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    Re: How to take my printing to the next level?

    I think it helps to study the prints you consider great. Look at them analytically; try to figure out why they work on you the way they do. And how the printmaker accomplished it.

    A great help...
  2. Re: Are art galleries dinosaurs on the way to extinction?

    This is a common pattern for museums that have tried to save themselves by investing in facilities instead of art.

    See this recent story, and ponder if the even bigger problem might be the bozo...
  3. Re: Are art galleries dinosaurs on the way to extinction?

    Contrast that with Woody Allen: "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work, I want to achieve it through not dying."
  4. Re: Are art galleries dinosaurs on the way to extinction?

    Dying has always been a good business plan for artists.
  5. Re: Are art galleries dinosaurs on the way to extinction?

    Exactly. Try making a cold call to donate work to a museum collection. I'm guessing you'll get some version of the same response (or a link to a page with submission instructions ... an anonymous...
  6. Re: Are art galleries dinosaurs on the way to extinction?

    Enough spenders that plenty of these galleries are still paying their rent 10 years later.



    That happened around ten years ago. Big prints aren't a big deal anymore. But people continue to make...
  7. Re: Are art galleries dinosaurs on the way to extinction?

    I don't see how photography galleries are endangered by rich people buying stuff as an investment. That phenomenon just created a different market segment. This has been going on for even longer with...
  8. Re: Are art galleries dinosaurs on the way to extinction?

    A lot of what happens is real estate fanciness accelerating faster than gallery fanciness. Darin mentions photo galleries in the West Village. That used to be a bohemian neighborhood. Now it's one of...
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    Re: Do we still need Black and White FIlm???

    Agreed. I can't imagine going back to color film from digital. But if I do another black and white project I'll at least consider film. BW film has some unique strengths.
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    Re: I'm interested in a printer, I think...

    I asked an Epson tech about whether or not to turn off the 3880. He said turn it off when you're done for the day, but keep it turned on if you think you'll use it again in the next several hours.
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  11. Re: Are art galleries dinosaurs on the way to extinction?

    I don't think they're going to disappear. But they're probably going to face competition from other art-selling models. Some of these may be other kinds of brick-and-mortar business; a lot of them...
  12. Re: Is Ansel Adams' The Print a good beginner's bible?

    I remember liking it. Probably most helpful if you think of it as a primer and not a bible. Especially concerning AA's esthetic opinions and assumptions (all of which are rooted in a time long ago,...
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    Re: I'm interested in a printer, I think...

    If I were to attempt to untangle this morass of unsupportable assumptions and bad logic, I'd probably throw my back out of joint.
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    Re: I'm interested in a printer, I think...

    My printmaker has a 44" Epson and 60" Canon. The Canon is newer. His appraisal is that Canon is great for billboard media, and also a great respite from clogging ... it almost never clogs, while the...
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    Re: I'm interested in a printer, I think...

    My printmaker (for big stuff) uses a 7900. I think. He says it clogs constantly. Besides that, he loves it. He gestured around his studio and said that it had literally paid for everything. And the...
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    Re: I'm interested in a printer, I think...

    FWIW, I've had clogging problems with every inkjet printer I've used, with the exception of the 3880. I'm hard on printers; mine sit idle for weeks at a time between projects, and until recently, I...
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    Re: Using my large format image for book cover.

    I'm starting to consider it a matter of professional ethics push back hard against this kind of thing. I try to keep a cool head, but to use it as a teachable moment. It's not just for the sake of...
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    Re: Recommendations for a photo book

    I should have been more specific and made my advice about books sold primarily as artist monographs. Books that have a large appeal outside the art book audience often get published more easily. They...
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    Re: Recommendations for a photo book

    Blurb's quality is now very, very good. This assumes you prepare the files properly. It can take some homework to figure out the best way to do so.

    An advantage to blurb is that it can cost you...
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    Re: Tell me about printing on canvas....

    Sorry, I left out the part about the glazing. It's glazed with UV-blocking plexi. We also looked into museum glass (heavy, fragile, expensive) and museum plexi (crazy expensive). Plain old UV plex...
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    Re: Tell me about printing on canvas....

    At that size I don't do any of it myself. I have a friend with an art printing business who I collaborate with. We both work on color-managed systems. I bring him a match print (from my smaller epson...
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    Re: Tell me about printing on canvas....

    Thanks for the informative post, Bruce.

    One part I'd modify ...



    It's possible, and pretty. It's just expensive. I've been having 4x60 prints mounted on aluminum dibond, and then framed...
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    Re: Tell me about printing on canvas....

    Agreed. There's the stuff they print billboards on, but it's pretty ugly. I see potential for some different substrates.
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    Re: Tell me about printing on canvas....

    I don't know what exists ... but considering that it would be possible to manufacture any kind of fine-denier woven or non-woven fabric, with a smooth, ink-receptive coating, I have to think that the...
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    Re: Tell me about printing on canvas....

    I see your point. For me there's such a strong association between canvas and paint that I have trouble shaking it. And I do think they look a bit like paintings, at least from a certain distance....
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    Re: Tell me about printing on canvas....

    If you're making a big print, it's much cheaper to tack canvas onto a stretcher frame than to dry-mount photo paper (onto sintra or dibond or aluminum plate). And with the stretched canvas, you can...
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    Re: Robert Frank: "There are too many images."

    I see nothing but evidence that the public cares about photography (as art) more than ever. I see higher prices paid for photography at galleries and auctions, I see more photography-only galleries...
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    Re: Robert Frank: "There are too many images."

    Frank is a very smart and insightful guy, but I see nothing smart or insightful in his remark. What's the right number of photographs for the world? Once upon a time, when Nicephor Niepce made the...
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    Re: Tell me about printing on canvas....

    I'm with Kirk on how they look. I don't like it. It's not just the esthetics; they look to me like they're trying to be paintings.

    However, I understand the practical appeal. I'm working on a...
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    Re: Photo Shop and working with a Drobo storage.

    Any drive that's more than 50% full will be dramatically slower than when it was new. It's not just fragmenting; your data will start occupying physical drive regions that are closer to the spindle,...
  31. Thread: Gallery Scams

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    Re: Gallery Scams

    I've done a couple of shows like this, but both were with non-profits who had credible curators (one was a cool outfit called artbridge, that prints shows on billboard material to create outdoor...
  32. Re: A footwear thread for landscapers (running shoes vs. hiking boots?)

    Like how the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is different from highways in much of the west. Or anywhere in the developed world.
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    I just took my girlfriend shopping for hiking shoes a couple of weeks ago. She's got some foot issues, so I was open to anything that worked for her. When I brought up the subject of ankle support,...
  34. Re: Do you know what is the first landscape photograph conceived as art?

    As an aside, a curator at a historical museum once advised me to snap up any landscape daguerrotypes I stumbled onto, because they're so rare (and no, he's not talking about contemporary ones).
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    Paste wax (bee seal, sno-seal, or nikwax paste wax) are the old standards. Lately, emulsified products like Nikwax aqueous wax have become the preferred choice, because bees wax can sometimes make it...
  36. Re: A footwear thread for landscapers (running shoes vs. hiking boots?)

    I've become a running shoe guy (love my trail running shoes w/sticky rubber). But it depends on your feet and on the terrain.

    If you're expecting a lot of snow (especially hard summer snow) or...
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    Re: Landscape hikers – “10 essentials” or not?

    It's backpacking heaven along the crest trail. Someday I'd like to take the opposite approach and spend 3 or 4 days up there. Maybe bring some climbing stuff for day trips to the peaks. Or a good...
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    Re: Landscape hikers – “10 essentials” or not?

    I think so. I have a small first aid kit, which has mostly been useful for tape and moleskin. I only bring it if I'm going up with someone less experienced, or if going somewhere more remote. It has...
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    Re: Landscape hikers – “10 essentials” or not?

    Just a quick trip report ... awesome, amazing walk. I almost didn't go at all because of lousy forecast (the National Weather Service described a complex pattern which included the word "monsoon,"...
  40. Re: Landscape photography: dead and forgotten at art museums?

    Are you sure you saw all the photography at MoMA and the Met? At MoMA, at least, there's always been a big couple of rooms housing 19th and 20th century work from the permanent collection. It...
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