When his career began in 1972, Lewis BALTZ conducted an insightful interview, his first considered statement about photography. In an increasingly sardonic exchange, Lewis BALTZ describes the character of his practice, articulates his position within and against the world of photography, and comments on his intellectual heritage and professional ambition. Lewis BALTZ's art and Mercury presence are a pervasive exploration of the character of his medium.
"The tension implicit in any photograph is the tension between an inert, black-and-white, two-dimensional object, and an event that actually existed in the phenomenal world. A successful photograph mediates, though never completely resolves that tension.” (© Lewis BALTZ)
The previously unpublished interview that reappeared recently is reprinted here for the first time, fully commented on with an essay by Duncan Forbes.