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FOAM, Invisible City, Oculus

Staving Off Infinite Regress By Way Of Interpreting Agee

Another James.

This entry is a feeder for a blog entry I wrote for FOAM’s blog. FOAM is the FOto museum AMsterdam. I’ll be writing an entry once a month. In this, my first foray into the FOAM bloggersphere, I use James Agee as a starting point to describe the relationship between seeing and knowing.

James Agee, begins his essay, A Way of Seeing (which can be found in Helen Levitt’s seminal book, A Way of Seeing), “The mind and the spirit are constantly formed by, and as constantly form, the senses, and misuse or neglect the senses only at grave peril to every possibility of wisdom and well being. The busiest and most abundant of the senses is that of sight. The sense of sight has been served and illuminated by the visual arts for as long, almost, as we have been human.” Read more… (new link redirects as the FOAM link expired)

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About kenschles

Ken Schles is the author of Invisible City (1988; reprint 2015 and 2016), The Geometry of Innocence (2001), A New History of Photography: The World Outside and the Pictures In Our Heads (2007), Oculus (2011) and Night Walk (2015 and 2016). His work has been nominated for the Deutsche Börse Prize, exhibited by The Museum of Modern Art, noted by the New York Times Book Review, cited in histories of the medium (Parr/Badger, Auer & Auer, 10x10 American Photobooks) and issued by some of the foremost publishers of our time (Steidl, Hatje Cantz, Twelvetrees Press). They're considered “intellectual milestones in photography” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), “hellishly brilliant” (The New Yorker). Ken Schles’ work is included in private and public collections such as The Museum of Modern Art, The Rijksmuseum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museo d"Arte Contemporanea (MACRO) Testaccio Museum, and more than 100 other museum and library collections world-wide. 
 Ken Schles is a NYFA Fellow. http://www.kenschles.com

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