Coming October 8th: James Risser!
A photograph—as opposed to merely a photo—is not contrived, phony or fraudulent. The photograph is an image capturing an authentic moment that only existed once.
But, the art of the photograph is obviously something beyond its existence. It must create something new. It is a dynamic that only occurs when the viewer of the image sees something in the image that prompts an internal dialogue with the photograph. If a photographer is fortunate, perhaps one out of a hundred attempts will yield an image that speaks with meaning for another. My photographs are not photos. If they were, I would not show them to anyone because there would be no authentic point-of-view, no dynamic effect, no dialogue.
Only to the extent my photographs create a moment, a spark of something in the viewer, can they be considered in any way artistic or for that matter, a photograph.