Larry Towell, Canadian, born 1953 According to Roger Hicks: "He takes pictures, he says, 'for history'. As a result, there are those who will dismiss him as an ageing hippie, and his work passé, predictable, recycled, self-indulgent. They are fools." Larry Towell's own advice is: Be true to yourself. Don't try to be something you are not. Get out; get away from home once in a while.... (and also)... you spend more time editing and looking than shooting. It seems obvious to me that Roger himself saw all the qualities he states in the images. He therefore sees the content, presentation and quality as something which has been done before, by people such as Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Stephen Shore and even Martin Parr. All trail blazers who have gone their own way and made it in the field of photography and recognized as innovators of their times. For Roger to ignore this fact and to denigrate those who seek novely and innovation in the current moment seems strange and counter-intuitive. Yes, Larry Towell's work is all the things Roger states. This does not mean that the work is not worthy of acclaim now. Magnum sees that. However, to call people fools for seeing the ageing hippie, and his work passé, predictable, recycled, self-indulgent - is to deny that they actually see the truth of Towell's work. They see the influences which have worked to bring his work in the style he chose, deliberately, to use in its production. No, Roger, not fools. They are people who recognise the style and influences. Towell is not a romantic. He chose that way and is recognized for it by parts of the photographic community. That's all.