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John Gutmann - The New Approach

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:11 PM
John Gutmann was a German-born American photographer and painter (yes, another one), born in 1905.
In Germany he worked as a photojournalist for Presse Photo, left Germany in 1933, and in America found an exuberant car culture, a dizzying array of billboards and graffiti, a racially diverse citizenry, music and dancing in the streets and young women galore. He especially took an interest in the Jazz music scene.
Gutmann is recognized for his unique "worm's-eye view" camera angle, and at the time this approach to angle and framing was not widely used by American photographers. He enjoyed taking photos of ordinary things and making them seem special, like street photographers do.
Some of his images predate by two decades the kind of informal, lonely-in-America pictures that Robert Frank made famous in ''The Americans.''

"As a rule I do not like to explain my photographs, I want my pictures to be read and explored. I believe a good picture is open to many individual (subjective) associations. I am usually pleased when a viewer finds interpretations that I myself had not been aware of." – John Gutmann





















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noperson Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
another great photographer
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batmantoo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Recognized one of his shots, but did not know that it was his. Thank you for the education! :)
Love the pictures you presented.
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Nattygrego Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Spectacular, thx for sharing Nuno !!!
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JACAC Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
a n o t h e r . g r e a t . p h o t o g r a p h e r
o b r i g a d o . Nuno
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JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great,another class street stud,thanks Nuno :thumbsup:
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PatrickMonnier Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Nuno,
Thanks for getting this journal together. I didn't know John and absolutely love his photos!

Once again, thanks for the education!
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Vermontster Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Good stuff, yet again!
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Batsceba Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Photographer
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Batsceba Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Photographer
a great german-born man :)
Many good photographers are of german origen ;)
"As a rule I do not like to explain my photographs, I want my pictures to be read and explored. I believe a good picture is open to many individual (subjective) associations. I am usually pleased when a viewer finds interpretations that I myself had not been aware of." – John Gutmann
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myoung4828 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
fantastic images! thanks for providing this to DA.
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