Behind the Scenes: Editing
Two million photographs were submitted to Steichen for the Family of Man Exhibit. He and his team at MOMA edited down to 10,000 possible images, and finally cut it down to 503 images, representing 293 photographers (163 Americans) from 68 countries. That's a lot of images left on the cutting room floor. For photographers, we go through a similar process -- make photos, winnow them down and then let others see them. A process of Delete, Keep, Share. The Roadside America project includes about 7000 images of raw material. Here are a few to share. You can see more in the books and on the website in color or black and white infrared.
And, if you ever see an image you are interested in, whether that be on Instagram or in the newsletter, don't hesitate to reach out and inquire. For example, one person recently inquired about pictures of barns. I went through the photo archives and pulled together a number of different barn pictures for them to choose from.