"A portrait is not a likeness," Richard Avedon said at the time of "In the American West. "The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth."

     

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Inspired and inspirational. Everyone who picks up a camera or writes words should at least attempt to be as generous as Zen Cat.

June 17, 2006

Alvin is the Zen Cat. That might sound profound, or otherwise just stupid. But for me it's filled with meaning. Anyway, I was going to talk about Alvin, not me, right? He's just got that eye for photography that is pure talent. I remeber the first time I saw his photographs I asked him if he was a professional p… Read more

Alvin is the Zen Cat. That might sound profound, or otherwise just stupid. But for me it's filled with meaning. Anyway, I was going to talk about Alvin, not me, right? He's just got that eye for photography that is pure talent. I remeber the first time I saw his photographs I asked him if he was a professional photographer. It turned out he's not. He can take pictures of people and make them look alive. And then he always add fantastic stories. Looking at his photos is a truly satisfying experience.

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February 11, 2006
Auspicious Bubble (deleted)

Zen Cat (Alvin) is one of my most favorite flickr photographers. He's got an amazing eye for everything - humor, beauty, tragedy, irony, and the talent to produce unforgettable photographs out of what he sees. I love his street portraits especially. And the newsstand guys. And the manniquins. But there's more! He w… Read more

Zen Cat (Alvin) is one of my most favorite flickr photographers. He's got an amazing eye for everything - humor, beauty, tragedy, irony, and the talent to produce unforgettable photographs out of what he sees. I love his street portraits especially. And the newsstand guys. And the manniquins. But there's more! He writes too. Alvin's pictures and writing together are little masterpieces (and just the right length for those like me with the attention span of a sand flea). If you've had a lousy day, skip whatever pill you take and read a Zen Tale instead. I guarantee you'll end up smiling. Or at least scratching your head wondering what that was all about. But you won't remember why you were in a bad mood, I promise. Zen Cat seems (yeah I know, it's the internets) like the kind of person you'd love to have in the group of friends sitting around your kitchen table, talking late into the night. Just lock up your dolls, first.

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January 2, 2006
best shop (deleted)

What can I say about Alvin's photography? That he captures moments so perfectly? That he's inspiring? ... it's not just the photos, it's the stories that accompany them also. They are sometimes provocative, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always, always entirely enjoyable to read. What a star ... one of the be… Read more

What can I say about Alvin's photography? That he captures moments so perfectly? That he's inspiring? ... it's not just the photos, it's the stories that accompany them also. They are sometimes provocative, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always, always entirely enjoyable to read. What a star ... one of the best on Flickr, without a doubt.

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December 22, 2005
smalldogs says:

Like so many other photographers here on Flickr, ZC completely inspires me to get outside and take some pictures and just do a better job dammit! All of his pictures have a unique quality that I hope I can achieve with lots more practice. The night shots blow me away.

October 15, 2005
Charming Icicle (deleted)

~I stumbled in here because I saw a face that grabbed my eye and my attention one day, then I started to get addicted to the emotion and meaning in the images, and then I fully appreciated Zen Cat's eye and attention to people, places, things, that most would just pass by and never notice...thnx for all you have shared… Read more

~I stumbled in here because I saw a face that grabbed my eye and my attention one day, then I started to get addicted to the emotion and meaning in the images, and then I fully appreciated Zen Cat's eye and attention to people, places, things, that most would just pass by and never notice...thnx for all you have shared and the images to come...all the best!~

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September 8, 2005