- As a photographer I always wanted to add text to my images. Many people told me that a photo should speak for itself. Yes, it can, but I find nothing wrong to add a poem or a short text that would evoke a different response. In other words, sometimes the photographer can drive the narrative or better yet the audience can dispute it thereby creating a dialogue, which makes it all the more interesting. Looking at Duane Michals photographs I think it does just that.
- Take for example the photograph above. Looking at the photo and the text seemingly complement each other. A declaration that something did happen on that date. However, one might think perhaps the photograph was staged and contrived to look that way.
- I often do this with my images where I take an image and combine it with text in order to force a meaning. Barbara Kruger did this with her work, although oftentimes the images were found images. Nevertheless, the text used was to highlight issues of the day such as feminism, racism, etc.
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