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    Where are Insane Genius Photographers?

    This came to mind from the Van Gogh thread.

    Mr. Van Gogh clearly had 'issues'. Madness, insanity, drug abuse? Perhaps. Hit in the head as a kid? Genetics?

    But this is not about Vincent Van Gogh. It's about us and our photographer heroes.

    Some say Vivian Maier was 'crazy'. I doubt that. She was a prolific shooter, like Barry Winograd. Both oddballs, but not insane.

    Perhaps photography is too complicated and device orientated to allow madness to shine. We need to remain technically capable. Even with a cell phone.

    Or do we?

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    Re: Where are Insane Genius Photographers?

    I like to take photos of trains at night, especially in winter during the worst winter weather the Northern Plains can dish out. A lot of people think I'm a little nuts.


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    Re: Where are Insane Genius Photographers?

    Edwin Land was a driven, but certainly not insane, inventor. George R. Laurence (http://robroy.dyndns.info/lawrence/mammoth.html) was also an inventor. Like Edison and John M Browning, he had modest schooling, but like them he had the vision of a genius.

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    Re: Where are Insane Genius Photographers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Two23 View Post
    I like to take photos of trains at night, especially in winter during the worst winter weather the Northern Plains can dish out. A lot of people think I'm a little nuts.


    Kent in SD

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    Brrrr! Perhaps nuts, but an impressive series of photographs. Even the ghost of O. Winston Link should agree.

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    Re: Where are Insane Genius Photographers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Two23 View Post
    I like to take photos of trains at night, especially in winter during the worst winter weather the Northern Plains can dish out. A lot of people think I'm a little nuts.


    Kent in SD

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    Hi Kent

    Impressive work.. have you ever heard of my father in law Al Paterson - he had an incredible collection of Steam and Modern Engines.

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    Re: Where are Insane Genius Photographers?

    JP Witkin?

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    Re: Where are Insane Genius Photographers?

    My point man for the years when I was starting was W Eugene Smith. Recently I've finally gotten around to reading his biography, and am learning how incredibly self-centered and driven he was. I'm not sure that he was actually crazy, but he certainly appears to have had some serious personality problems that both made relationships with other people often difficult, yet also drove his photography to a level that a more casual person might not have achieved.

    But then to counter that, I have also been reading bios of my current favorites, and many of them appear to be as smooth and mellow as could be, so I guess there are different possible paths to achievement.

    However, I do notice that too often fame falls on the obnoxious who are always intent on self-promoting and pushing themselves to the front, the fame happening in spite of not because of their work. I guess art is a lot like politics in that respect.

    It's all confusing.
    Thanks, but I'd rather just watch:
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    Re: Where are Insane Genius Photographers?

    Eadweard Muybridge? He wasn't exactly insane, but did suffer a traumatic brain injury in a stagecoach accident. He went on to have , you might say, an eventful life

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    Re: Where are Insane Genius Photographers?

    Mad geniuses? W. Eugene Smith and Garry Winogrand come to mind. I won't mention some of the photographers I've worked with and for.

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    Re: Where are Insane Genius Photographers?

    There are many, one example that comes quickly to mind is Lauren Simonutti (google her). Also http://www.insidenola.org/2018/01/co...rkert-and.html.

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