“For the past year self portraits have been my constant passion. At every opportunity I would fasten my camera to its tripod and steal from the house out into the insane world of everyday people, in hope of recording a bit of real fantasy. And as the world of fantasy is governed by another dimension in time, I had to learn to react and compose my photograph with great speed. The self-timer buzzes for ten full seconds, allowing the world to change its complexion right in front of my static lens. It is this spontaneous quality that is so exciting to me. The people react to my presence, to the buzzing machine a few feet away, to the words I have to say – suddenly, click! The machine has made its ‘decisive moment’ and only the film knows what latent treasure it owns; for I was busy being the subject matter and will have to wait until after processing to see what all really happened – and what expressions did all those people have there standing in front of me, anyway?”

Mike Mandel, from the book MYSELF: Timed Exposures

“For the past year self portraits have been my constant passion. At every opportunity I would fasten my camera to its tripod and steal from the house out into the insane world of everyday people, in hope of recording a bit of real fantasy. And as the world of fantasy is governed by another dimension in time, I had to learn to react and compose my photograph with great speed. The self-timer buzzes for ten full seconds, allowing the world to change its complexion right in front of my static lens. It is this spontaneous quality that is so exciting to me. The people react to my presence, to the buzzing machine a few feet away, to the words I have to say – suddenly, click! The machine has made its ‘decisive moment’ and only the film knows what latent treasure it owns; for I was busy being the subject matter and will have to wait until after processing to see what all really happened – and what expressions did all those people have there standing in front of me, anyway?”

Mike Mandel, from the book MYSELF: Timed Exposures

“Atget is my favorite, even though he didn’t have a really sharp-breaking curveball like Kertesz, or a high hard one like Weston, and couldn’t cover a really big outfield like Cartier-Bresson, because he played position perfectly, handled everything that came his way, and made the whole thing look as easy as girl’s softball.” John Szarkowski 

- From Mike Mandel’s Photography Baseball Cards, 1975

“Atget is my favorite, even though he didn’t have a really sharp-breaking curveball like Kertesz, or a high hard one like Weston, and couldn’t cover a really big outfield like Cartier-Bresson, because he played position perfectly, handled everything that came his way, and made the whole thing look as easy as girl’s softball.” John Szarkowski

- From Mike Mandel’s Photography Baseball Cards, 1975

Dear Mike Mandel:
To say that I was surprised and touched with your letter would be modest. It took me “back and off-guard” I thouht it to be one of the novelist of ideas I have heard of in sometime…Your findings of 30 other people have the same name through-out the United States makes it quite unique. I hope that you will obtain the responses from all so that your study will be meaningful to you and your goal.
As for myself, I am a Supervisor of Industrial Arts in the New York City Schools…I am rounding out my career next January 31, 1975 and will retire to my new condominium in Del Ray Beach, Florida. I have a lovely wife and two children. My son is not married and my daughter is to an attorney. All live in Brooklyn and they too plan to leave New York City soon. I am the only one in the family with the name of Edward, so that it ends at my doorstep.
Sincerely Yours,
Edward Weston
- from Seven Never Before Published Portraits of Edward Weston by Mike Mandel

Dear Mike Mandel:

To say that I was surprised and touched with your letter would be modest. It took me “back and off-guard” I thouht it to be one of the novelist of ideas I have heard of in sometime…Your findings of 30 other people have the same name through-out the United States makes it quite unique. I hope that you will obtain the responses from all so that your study will be meaningful to you and your goal.

As for myself, I am a Supervisor of Industrial Arts in the New York City Schools…I am rounding out my career next January 31, 1975 and will retire to my new condominium in Del Ray Beach, Florida. I have a lovely wife and two children. My son is not married and my daughter is to an attorney. All live in Brooklyn and they too plan to leave New York City soon. I am the only one in the family with the name of Edward, so that it ends at my doorstep.

Sincerely Yours,

Edward Weston

- from Seven Never Before Published Portraits of Edward Weston by Mike Mandel

 “Self-discovery through the camera? I am scared to look for fear of discovering how shallow my Self is! I will persist however…because the camera has its eye on the exterior world. Camera will lead my constant introspections back into the world. So camerawork will save my life. I wonder if camera will give me an image of my Self that I will want to live up to.” Minor White Read my essay: Hope, Failure and Binoculars – Meditations on Minor White

 “Self-discovery through the camera? I am scared to look for fear of discovering how shallow my Self is! I will persist however…because the camera has its eye on the exterior world. Camera will lead my constant introspections back into the world. So camerawork will save my life. I wonder if camera will give me an image of my Self that I will want to live up to.” Minor White

Read my essay: Hope, Failure and Binoculars – Meditations on Minor White