Wednesday, 4 June 2014

The 10 most important photographs of the last 50 years

On the BBC news website today, the 10 most important photographs from the past 50 years.

What could they be?

Surely, a young soldier in Vietnam? Maybe a peace protester facing down a tank in China? 9/11?

No.

They include such important works as this:

Peter Fraser is one of the great colourists in photography. His pictures involve subjective, deeply felt, instinctual responses to the look of things in the world. There is the sense of a searching use of the camera and an openness to the potentially infinite pictorial possibilities of what is around him. Colour is integral to the ways in which his photography opens up new and unexpected ways of depicting aspects of the everyday and ordinary.

This is beautifully brought out in this picture of two plastic buckets, and the way it concentrates us on the subtle shifts in tones of blue between them. What might have been seen as obvious and common is transformed in this picture, made special and strange. The photograph is from a series he aptly titled Everyday Icons.


I'm obviously missing something...

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