POINTS OF VIEW
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Translated  in collaboration with "Windsor Institute"

In general I have always felt that we look at pictures too quickly, almost without pausing. We pick up a picture give it a glance and pass on to the next one: just a simple visual impression without taking the time to absorb the detail contained in the picture; without placing value on the esthetic or trying to understand the photographerís intention.

And thatís what happens on all levels. Whether we look at simple holiday snaps or a collection of family photographs or even the images in newspapers and magazines. Even when we visit an exhibition, we just pass the pictures as if we are being chased by an evil spirit.

As a spectator I have been guilty of this. But from the photographerís point of view this is a frustrating situation since he has normally through about his photograph and through it has tried to impart some idea, feeling or emotion. Logically, he expects a more attentive contemplation from the spectators that will allow some kind of communication, a minimum  dialogue.

This idea I have just expressed has often made me stop to study a photograph; to give it a moment of stillness, to examine the different elements and to put it in its generational and cultural context to let memory do its work and bring ideas, recollections or images related to its subject or esthetic. Finally, to let the necessary time pass so that the evocative power of the photograph can manifest itself.

This is a very gratifying exercise which I would like to share with you. For this reason I have chosen pictures of importance by great photographers and Iíve let them take me to their worlds. In doing so Iíve enjoyed all the power of the picture and Iíve been able to appreciate the richness and mastery of the authors. If you enjoy this experience then you will know what to do. Itís within your reach. Nothing could be simpler; it takes only a few minutes more.

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