The Photographer’s Playbook by Aperture features photography assignments, as well as ideas, stories, and anecdotes from many of the world’s most talented photographers. Many of the assignments have an air of whimsy, but despite their seeming playfulness, they are a fundamental attempt to re-address the way we see photographs.
For the gallery opening and release of the book, Aperture assigned a select group of photographers to create work based off of their own assignments. We created a film with Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg around the premise of his quote in the book:
Eric William Carroll: Chicken
(Inspired by Jim Goldberg)
‘Choose a person, preferably a stranger, to make a portrait of. After securing their permission, begin photographing them. Ask them to try a few poses, move the camera around, suggest a different location. Never stop photographing. If/when the subject becomes visibly irritated, snap the shutter at an even faster pace. Fake technical problems to prolong the session for as long as possible. The only rule is that you cannot choose to stop photographing; the subject must tell you that they no longer wish to have any more pictures made. Bonus points for those who get a model release signed post-shoot.’