Vision and Images, 1981 — Iconic American Photographers on Photography

These are some great inspiring time witnesses and documents: long forgotten videos with Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel interviewing some of the greats of American photography. Recorded in 1981, the series portrays the iconic photographers Arnold Newman, Elliott Erwitt, Garry Winogrand, Horst P. Horst, Harry Callahan, Frederick Sommer, Duane Michals, Cornell Capa, Burk Uzzle and Joel Meyerowitz. Especially liked Meyerowitz remembering how he met Henri Cartier-Bresson who jokingly took him for a policeman, and then they set off…

Or Erwitt Elliott using a little horn to get the attention of people so that they turn around… Or Horst’s “first brave click of the shutter” and him using “Hasselblads, Rolleiflexes and that sort of thing,” equipment that “doesn’t matter at all. It really doesn’t, absolutely not,” says Horst and refers to a pinhole photograph by Edward Steichen — shot with no lens — that’s now in the collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Don’t mind the video quality. It’s all about the content. These interviews are serious food for thought; like a holistic crash course in comprehensive über-photography education; important reminders what’s possible with so much less gear.

All of them have amazing stories to tell. Without further ado, here’s the complete series. Meet the persons and motivations behind their work and fame. Take your time, one at a time. Open a nice bottle of wine, sit back, relax and get inspired:

Arnold Newman, 1981:

Elliott Erwitt, 1981:

Garry Winogrand, 1981:

Horst P. Horst, 1981:

Harry Callahan, 1981:

Frederick Sommer, 1981:

Duane Michals, 1981:

Cornell Capa and Burk Uzzle, 1981:

Joel Meyerowitz, 1981: