"For Foster, a print’s history is far less important than its visual beauty and the response it inspires. “It doesn’t really mean anything to me, who shot the image,” says Foster. “But when I do find an image that’s one of the best, I just flip out about it. I like thinking that it could be a Lee Friedlander or a Diane Arbus or a Henri Cartier-Bresson.” Years of photo-hunting have helped Foster train his eyes to recognize an interesting composition among the thousands of snapshots at flea markets and antique shops. “I’ll pick up a handful of a hundred, and I flip them like a deck of cards, because I can tell that quickly whether they have any intrinsic visual power at all or not,” says Foster. “Out of a hundred, I might find a single one that’s even a maybe. That goes to show you how many average, boring, mundane, same height, same scene, same everything is repeated in these old images."
"That the past zigzagged along - just like the present does - with nobody knowing what’s coming next.
Only we do it more complicatedly, and it’s because our lives are that much more complex than theirs were that it’s worth bothering about the past.
Because if you don’t know how you got somewhere, you don’t know where you are. And we are at the end of a journey - the journey from the past."
~ James Burke in Connections 10 - Yesterday, Tomorrow and You (via fabianmu)