A precious moment in time
"A finger presses the trigger of a camera: a slight motion, but it captures a moment in our planet’s history that might otherwise have been lost.
Which moment? How faithfully recorded? What can it tell us?
A photographer’s decision sums up, in the wink of a shutter, a lifetime’s learning, growth, desires, so the photograph endures not only to preserve the moment but to speak about it to anyone who sees.
Another person looking at it cannot escape being changed.
The photographer and the viewer might never meet except through the picture, but something of each enters the other when they share what it has captured."
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Excerpt from Petersen's Masters of Contemporary Photography; Bert Stern: How to Turn Ideas Into Images. Text by Jim Cornfield. ©1974 by Jim Cornfield and Alskog, Inc.