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    Re: why are there no "modern" super fast LF lenses?

    Also consider that in terms of depth of field, f5.6 on 4x5 is somewhere between f1.4 and 1.8 on 35mm.

    And on 8x10, f8 like f1.2 on 35mm.
  2. Re: Interesting quote from a former photo rep on how digital changed things

    This was my reaction also. All the pros I know used polaroid, and many of them complained about being micromanaged by art directors before digital came along.

    It wouldn't surprise me if things...
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    Re: Photography = Flat, Soulless and Stupid

    I think this is to say that painting is "harder" than photography, in the same way that playing the violin is harder than singing. To make something that passes for a painting takes more labor and...
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    Re: Photography = Flat, Soulless and Stupid

    The problem has nothing to do with who shares his opinion; it's that his opinion is poorly argued. It isn't really argued at all. It's a pile of assertions based on premises that go unquestioned (and...
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    Re: Photography = Flat, Soulless and Stupid

    To the Guardian's credit, the comment thread is filled with articulate and literate skewerings of the article. We could learn something from the Brits.
  6. Poll: Re: "Editions": A way to limit yourself and your overall marketability in general?

    It would seem to be about this at first glance, but you're describing more of a commodity model. What many artists encounter (myself included) is buyers who want some assurance that their print's...
  7. Re: Cindy Sherman "Untitled Film Stills" (incomplete) set sells...

    Yeah, on a very fundamental level. You're still talking what does/doesn't appeal to you. I don't care what appeals to you. I'm not talking about what appeals to me, either, if you happen to have...
  8. Re: Cindy Sherman "Untitled Film Stills" (incomplete) set sells...

    Ha! I don't doubt it. No intent to toss her into the historical dustbin. I'm just not familiar with her newer work (or with what people have said about it) so I haven't commented on that.
  9. Re: Cindy Sherman "Untitled Film Stills" (incomplete) set sells...

    40 years is a long time in art. How many movements since 1800 lasted much longer than that? Impressionism, pictorialism, Cubism and all the early-modern European isms ... they fizzled faster than...
  10. Re: Cindy Sherman "Untitled Film Stills" (incomplete) set sells...

    Important means she's had a significant impact on the history of the medium. She more or less created a genre. You don't get to call something a fad when it continues after 40 years.

    Marcel...
  11. Poll: Re: "Editions": A way to limit yourself and your overall marketability in general?

    I didn't vote in the pole because it seems kind of beside the point. I don't think I have much agency in that decision anyhow. Work tends to find its market.

    I have a bit of an experiment going on...
  12. Re: Cindy Sherman "Untitled Film Stills" (incomplete) set sells...

    She's exerted so much influence on her contemporaries and followers that there isn't much more to say. You can either acknowledge her importance or be a revisionist. Opining about liking or disliking...
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    Re: So. What do you do with 1megabyte files?

    I'm sure the cloud is the future of all this. At the moment, unless you have South Korean bandwidth or Darin's patience, it's probably not a reasonable option for most people working with media files.
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    Re: So. What do you do with 1megabyte files?

    I don't know how you can make that generalization for everyone. A hard drive that's twice as big costs at least twice as much. Whether the cost-benefit difference makes sense for you depends on your...
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    Re: So. What do you do with 1megabyte files?

    You don't need anywhere near that resolution for a 16x20 print. People will argue this, but you can make a print with less than half the linear resolution which, if done properly, will be...
  16. Re: Artist Resale Royalties (aka ‘Droit de Suite’)

    I understand the sentiment behind resale royalties, but not the legal or ethical justification.

    When we sell a photograph to someone, it's already a restricted sale. They get ownership of an...
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    Re: Is Photography Dead?

    Drew seems to be arguing with an article he didn't read.
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    Re: Is Photography Dead?

    Yay, photography's dead. Long live photography.
  19. Re: The path to success in photography, formal education or not?

    Being good at good at photography is a different kind of success professional success. I suspect that for most smart people, anything can be a learning opportunity. Formal education represents an...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    This reminds me of the drawing of the sheep in "The Little Prince."

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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    I tried to explain to my dad that in physics, a car slowing down is a kind of acceleration. He's a Harvard grad; I didn't get anywhere.

    Language is funny like that. A word means something...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    It describes ambiguity if you flip the sign and signifier around. If in overdetermination, there are more causes present than are necessary to cause the effect, the effect would be the words present...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    There are limp-wristed American-types, also ... they just aren't as well dressed.

    Ambiguity is a big deal, but is perhaps too broad to be an orthodoxy. This whole thread is technically about...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    The death of the author is hardly without controversy. My feeling (to paraphrase Twain) is that its death has been exaggerated. Except in this case it's not ironic, because we're talking about an...
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    Re: For the folks who call digital fauxtography...

    The first use of that clever pejorative in this forum was by Ellis Vener in 2005

    But we can't even give him credit. The Museum of Fauxtography was started in 1985. Maybe you can find earlier uses...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    I think "evocative," while more vague and wooly, is also more honest. A formal arrangement of objects might evoke a feeling, but it isn't the equivalent of that feeling (or of anything else).
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    Re: For the folks who call digital fauxtography...

    I call it super-pseudo-quasi-helio-lumo-quantum-electro-estheto-anarchic-grapho-plasty.

    But that's just me.
  28. Re: When did Visualization become 'pre'- visualization?

    Doing it afterwards would be post-posterous.
  29. Re: Nicolas Nixon: Forty Portraits in Forty Years on the NY Times

    Amazing series.
  30. Re: Looking for example of quality between contact print vs enlargement

    I enjoy it too. But I think of this a private pleasure; it's not what I make the prints for.

    When I want to do that kind of voyeuristic detail peeping on digital images, I do it on screen....
  31. Re: Looking for example of quality between contact print vs enlargement

    That's sounds convincing, but drum scanners and film scanners are able to resolve down to film structures that are much finer than the smallest image structures.

    With prints, the only thing that...
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    Re: "Is photography over?" A short article

    Thank you Drew for speaking on behalf of not just everyone, but everyone of the future. A rare gift.
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    Re: "Is photography over?" A short article

    I think ideas like this are sneaky ... they don't admit it, but they're really about the power struggle for defining "traditional" photography.

    When I look at the history of the medium, I see...
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    Re: Carbon inks, which ones to use?

    Climate is one of the best predictors of printer trouble. If you live someplace dry, or without much climate control (big season-to-season humidity swings) you're more likely to have clogs than...
  35. Re: Looking for example of quality between contact print vs enlargement

    In my experience the optical system of an enlarger degrades the sharpness of the negative significantly. You lose more edge contrast than you do by other methods. You lose some with a scanner, too,...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    Well, this presumes there's a theory approach and a non-theory approach. I think this is a common but mistaken notion. Theorists in many cases are just putting labels on what people do anyway. Some...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    I think it's vital. It keeps you from falling into the Humpty-Dumpty trap of thinking your work means something just because you want it to. It enforces rigor. It encourages you to find a critical...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    The question is about the relevance of intent. Most critical positions assume the question of intent is either irrelevant, or some combination of unimportant and impenetrable. If we're interested in...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    It's interesting to me that this is modernists reacted against, in many cases. William Carlos Williams: "No ideas but in things"; Wallace Steven: "Not ideas about the thing but the thing itself";...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    Exactly. It has nothing to do with you. But it has everything to do with the life of your image in the world. Your ideas about what the cigar is or isn't may change, and they may disappear completely...
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