There will always be a big place in my heart for beautiful pictures of ugly things, and Laura Letinsky's discarded Styrofoam cups, paper napkins, plastic cutlery, crushed cans, and paper bags couldn't be prettier. Carefully composed with soft colors and wonderful lighting, Letinsky creates the timeless beauty of the classical still life with the chaotic banality of contemporary consumer culture.
"17th-century Northern European painting set up the conditions for photography, in that it demanded a kind of monocular seeing. It required equal attention to everything, which is what a photograph does. So photography came along less as an invention, and more as a realization of a way one sees, and a reinforcement of this way of seeing."