Conjuring Creative Permission from Our Tools

The feedback loop between our work and the objects around us

Craig Mod
19 min readMay 1, 2017

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When Robert Frank finally sat down to divine his seminal photography book, The Americans, he had to sift through more than 28,000 images.

In Frank’s vast collection were snapshots of an America that had rarely before been caught on film: snaps of Manhattan cowboys sitting atop garbage cans, snaps of suspendered men in straw hats chatting in a courthouse square, snaps of teenagers making out on picnic cloths, snaps of a segregated…

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