mantonb
late july 09 013

mantonb

    Andy Warhol professed not to believe in art. He did believe in photography. A good picture was "in focus and of a famous person.” In 1930 Berlin the not yet famous Christopher Isherwood wrote, "I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording not thinking. Recording the man shaving at the window opposite and the woman in the kimono washing her hair. Some day, all this will have to be developed, carefully printed, fixed." More than half a century later his partner Don Bachardy, portraitist of the famous and un-famous, sat with Isherwood during his final days fixing his image again and again as the corporeal Christopher faded from view. Fame has changed as Warhol predicted and so has photography. Part light, part lens, I glow and fade as the days pass, focusing and fixing the world around me. Welcome to my galleries.