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Any comments please, on my review from LensCulture?


Submission Reviews – LensCulture – Series Category by Keith Goldstein

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Within my work, I try to capture a mirror of the emotions within myself. I look outside to look inside. I am not looking for truth. I seek proof of life.

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  • “Remember, without editing, there is no articulation. Selection and ordering means creating authority over your expression. It is what makes music out of noise, or meaning out of words. Photographic editing is somewhere in between music and (linear) writing.” — Erik Vroons , Chief Editor, GUP Magazine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Published by Keith Goldstein

Photographer, husband, dad, and passionate cyclist. Lives and works in New York City.

16 thoughts on “Lens Culture Reviewer Feedback

  1. Well, for one thing, the tone feels to me like the author is unaware that you’re a mature artist rather than some tyro. And, while I believe we both have a great regard for B&W, I am a bit tired of the assertion that one should stick to it for street photography. I assume you make considered judgements about when to render in color vs B&W, just as I do.

    That said, my experience from having others look at my work and curate it, includes a really strong bias to finding images that have a strong thematic and or stylistic similarity – so it doesn’t surprise me – I think that is, perhaps, what the B&W comment is about in the end – maintaining a degree of similarity among the images that makes it easier for the viewer to latch on to a single, easily discerned “style” by which your work can be identified and remembered.

    Congratulations on being reviewed! – I seldom get that far when making submissions.

    1. Thanks Adam. Yes, I do make very considered judgements as for b&w vs. color. The image, my thoughts, feelings, dictate the outcome. Since I began shooting digital, I’ve always defaulted to color. When I was a film shooter, b&w was the flavor of the day. It’s really the last few years that I began to explore b&w again, but color for me allows another level of expression.

  2. One of the most dislikable aspects of online critiques to me is that the reviewer rarely knows very much about the photographer. That may not be a terrible thing because the work should speak for itself. But, you inform the work. Your personal intent matters.

    To my way of thinking, the review came off a little high handed. One, the work he/she suggested you look at is predictable. Who’s doesn’t look at Robert Frank or Alex Webb? Two, I know you to be a very fine picture editor. I’m not exactly sure you need to practice. Three, I think you and I are the same. We always photograph something. We make a lot of pictures. Oh, like your friend Adam, I’m getting a little tired of hearing that black and white imagery adds a kind of gravitas. Shoot what helps you to express your vision.

  3. Hi Keith,

    I agree with Adam and Ray about the bw comments (and condescending tone). For me the colour images you included appear stronger for being colour. The way you handle colour in your work adds a new level of information about the grittiness of the city that I don’t get from the bw images.

    Excellent though the Webb’s book is, it seems odd to recommend a book dominated by the work of two renowned colourists (in the context of this review).

    Who’d be a reviewer?


    1. Thanks John.

      I have no idea who the reviewer is. I would think it was one of the judges.

      I’ve been contemplating what has been said about my work these past few days. I took a chance to include color along with the black and white. When I was more of a film shooter, I was totally committed to black and white 99% of the time. I only went to color with digital because that was by default. I almost didn’t even think about the change. It was just another layer. An additional emotional aesthetic layer to work with. I’ve only just returned to black and white fairly recently. An emotional aesthetic choice as well. I wanted to mix the two to show that there in some sense was no difference for me. Obviously the reviewer felt differently. I’ve read ad nauseam how many feel about the differences and I don’t agree. Just because an image is in black and white does not make it any more compelling than a color one. People feel that the absence of color strips the image down to an emotional level that a color one might mask. I would love to disprove that statement.


  4. I personally think that we all have our own artistic sensibilities, our own vision on the world and life in general, the way that we should or should not photograph people on the street. I think you make very good pictures and I especially like the color pictures in the street. As thou sense with your heart, a color photo bit as strong as a black and white! http://www.chrislavaud.com look my site, I present most of my color street photography because I love that. Standardization not please me, but I’m a rebel by nature !! Continuous take pleasure Keith.

  5. Hi, Keith! My belief is not what critics think about my work as a photographer but what my audience thinks of my work. Not only that, I produce work that I enjoy making and hope that others will, too. If not, that’s fine with me. There are many photographers submitting work to personal blogs, social media and photo-hosting sites (Flickr et al) whose work is outstanding (to my eyes) yet they receive very little “support”. When it comes down to it, we are all only as popular as our audience allows is to be!

    I always enjoy seeing your work – keep on posting, my friend!

    Best, Tony

    1. The support of my friends and fellow photographers are much more important to me then what a critic might say. I work for myself first and foremost. I let the rest fall where what may.

      Thanks so much Tony for your support!

  6. So glad for all the support you received from those who know you, Keith. I think your photography is exceptional and cuts right through to the heart of the matter. Thanks, Reviewer Feedback, but no thanks.

  7. Dear Keith,
    Your photography captures the heart and soul of the people that cross your path on a daily basis. The images are alive and a truthful presentation of the streets of New York City. Further, you are building a massive, highly professional and historic collection of New York City street photography.
    Happy New Year!
    Joelcy kay
    Edge of Humanity Magazine

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