Lenses: Part 2
What do you choose when you’re in search of extremes?
wide-angle will almost never be on the camera. I will shoot with the telephoto two or three times before I ever go to the wide-angle.” Even Walker Evans, famous for his ‘plainspoken’ record of Depressionera America, was fascinated with the compressing effect of a telephoto lens, fully stopped down, as part of his style of ‘pure record’.
Whatever drives this experimentation, it’s found typically among photographers who need to be able to jump from one subject, assignment and creative brief to another. It’s no surprise, then, that advertising photographers and the fast-disappearing breed of general magazine photographers are the ones who are most likely to carry a wide range of focal lengths in their large camera bags.
For instance, when ultra-wide lenses (meaning anything shorter than 28mm) began to be used by professionals in mass-market publications in the early 1960s, they were controversial for their