Instructions not included: what the vanishing manual says about us

The Disappearance Of The Instruction Manual
by Mark Svenvold

InstructionsNIIn the late 17th century, the printer Joseph Moxon published Mechanick Exercises, the first guide to printing in any language. It had been nearly 240 years since the debut of Gutenberg’s press, and books had proliferated. There were Bibles, of course, along with lots of schlocky literature, some porn, and guides to everyday topics—how to polish jewels, how to cast a spell against your enemy. But Moxon’s manual was subtly different. It rang with a decidedly DIY tone and suggested that readers could learn a new trade, at home, in their spare time.

And so it went. As manuals explained more complex systems, they grew in size, developing into the heavy, barely penetrable and largely unread books that most people think of today. But then in the 1980s, the manual began to change. Instead of growing, it began to shrink and even disappear. Instead of mastery, it promised competence. My new iPhone, for instance, came with a “manual” that was about as brief as a Christmas card (and I did not read it). A recent rental car did not come with a manual at all, making its nonreading a snap (but finding out how to pop the trunk rather difficult).

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Mariacarla Boscono by Peter Lindbergh

Vogue Italia September 2014
Peter Lindbergh Photography

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“When the child was a child, it was the time of these questions.
Why am I me and not you ?
Why am I here and not there ?
When did time begin, and where does space end ?”
Peter Handke, Wings of desire

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Mariacarla Boscono by Peter Lindbergh
Styled by Clare Richardson

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What Is a Photograph?

What Is a Photograph?
Organized by ICP Curator Carol Squiers, What Is a Photograph? will explore the intense creative experimentation in photography that has occurred since the 1970s. Conceptual art introduced photography into contemporary art making, using the medium in ways that challenged it artistically, intellectually, and technically and broadened the notion of what a photograph could be in art. A new generation of artists began an equally rigorous but more aesthetically adventurous analysis, which probed photography itself—from the role of light, color, composition, to materiality and the subject.

What Is a Photograph? brings together these artists, who reinvented photography.
Matthew Brandt, Marco Breuer, Liz Deschenes, Adam Fuss, Owen Kydd, Floris Neusüss, Marlo Pascual, Sigmar Polke, Eileen Quinlan, Jon Rafman, Gerhard Richter, Mariah Robertson, Alison Rossiter, Lucas Samaras, Travess Smalley, David Benjamin Sherry, Kate Steciw, Artie Vierkant, James Welling, Christopher Williams, Letha Wilson

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What Are You So Afraid Of?

What Are You So Afraid Of?
To be a great photographer, hobbyist or pro, takes courage. You have to constantly be pushing yourself to go outside of your comfort zone, and do new things.

afraid“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” – Napoleon Hill

“Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.” – Mark Twain

Fear and overcoming fear by Lauren Lim, read it all at:

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Learning to see by Tom Dinning

Learning to see | A person history of photography (1947-2012)
Take some time to read the complete PDF … you’ll see !

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… What are you two looking at? my Old Man would ask.
Nothing much.
Are you teaching her to see?
I guess I am.

tomdinning040… Together we sat for an hour or so and watched. I don’t
remember everything I saw that day while sitting there in that small boat with my Old
Man but I do know I was there, in every sense of the word, with every sense of my
body, taking in what I could. Once again I was learning to see and it was so fulfilling
it was almost painful. I don’t remember if I had a tear in my eye but I should have.

tomdinning000… Everyone has a vision of the truth. We can all find it and photograph it as we see it.
When that is done, the beauty will be revealed. Finding your truth may be closer than
you think.

tomdinning030… Learning to see appears to be taken for granted. Yet
outside the speech centre of the brain, the visual cortex is the largest single area of
the brain dealing with function other than movement and sight is responsible  for
80% of sensory input and learning for a sighted person. For some strange reason we
expect it all to be working perfectly from the moment the child sees the light at the
end of the tunnel, so to speak. …

tomdinning050… If we learn to see as the child does, we open a new world to our vision and add to
our own experiences. We learn about people and places. We see the connections
and relationships. We share in  a world as no other generation has ever done before.
Don’t let the world pass you by. Stop for a while and ponder. Learn to see as others
do. …

tomdinning010… It was said of Ansell Adams that, after spending many hours in his darkroom,
processing the results of many days of photographing his beloved landscapes, he
would occasionally burst into the daylight holding a freshly exposed and still dripping
print and utter excitedly ‘I think I have got it’. …

tomdinning020… I remember seeing a documentary many years ago when a group  of journalists and
anthropologists ventured into the Highlands of New Guinea to find a group of
indigenous people who had never had contact with people outside their own village.
One of the photographers took a Polaroid image of a village member and showed
him the photograph. At first the villager was bemused. He had no idea who it was.
He then became terrified when it was explained it was an image of him because he
thought the photograph contained part of his ‘soul’. Slowly he realized the
significance of  what he held in his hand and he smiled deeply, shared the photograph
with his family. …

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This PDF is made available by Tom Dinning on the condition that it is  used freely to
teach others how to see.

All contents are protected by copyright laws and cannot be reproduced without the
express written permission of the author.

Tom Dinning can be contacted at tomdinning@bigpond.com.
Other material by the author can be viewed at http://tdinning.blogspot.com.au/ and http://notesfromthecamera.blogspot.com.au/

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Did you see what I saw !?!