Dinner with Gerhard Richter

Tonight I had dinner with Gerhard Richter. On days when I struggle hardest to clarify some sort of reasonable personal vision, I frequently search out a documentary about an artist that evening. Painters, sculptors, photographers. It makes no difference. I love to watch them work and hear their ideas. Then I can forget about my own incongruities and enjoy theirs.


Watching Richter slather paint all over beautifully stretched canvases to create complex layers of imagery, I realize how similar it feels to work with an image in Photoshop. Having begun my artistic career as a painter, I can smell the paint. It’s not romantic. I feel happy that I don’t have to clean brushes or dispose of nasty chemicals. I only have to worry about hard drives crashing and losing everything I have ever photographed. In the end though, the problem is the same. How does one know it’s a good picture?

“I stop when there’s nothing wrong anymore,” Richter said.

Now I can sleep.

About Carol Dragon

Carol Dragon is a New York City photographer who focuses on portraiture. Her dramatic approach to capturing the essence of her subjects is done in a style reminiscent of master painters and yet is very much her own. Carol is one of the featured photographers in the recently released 100 New York Photographers by Cynthia Dantzig. She has a BFA and a MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Her client list includes CBS, Scholastic Publishing, AOL Time Warner and Anson Mills. She is available for commissioned work worldwide.
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One Response to Dinner with Gerhard Richter

  1. silvia suarez says:

    I loved this documentary! I found his work process fascinating…how he keeps adding and removing.

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