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  1. 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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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    It's much more than a word game. The idea that other meanings accrue in the work didn't really emerge until the 20th century. That's a long time, considering how many thousands of years people have...
  8. Re: New demand for LF lenses from large sensor cameras? Photokino news

    Deleted. No need.
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    We need to be careful about giving much weight to authorial intent. None of the critical movements since the 1950s pay attention to it; it's just too fraught.

    Just because you made something, you...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    Re: a cigar just being a cigar ...

    The trouble isn't with the cigar as much as with the beholder. We humans are such active metaphor-makers. We just can't help ourselves. Contemporary linguistics...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    The "death of the author" is especially to grasp in photography. The photographer doesn't even have to be in the room.

    Friedlander attributes much of photography's wonder to its resistance to...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    This brings back your example of the apple. People asking what it's "of" often don't grasp the scope of their question. There's the specific apple that the light bounced off of to make the image (the...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    I've been meaning to compliment you on all your recent flower fairy work!
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    You could open an equally squirmy can of worms by declaring your work equivalent to nothing. As Hemingway allegedly once did.
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    Protection for a naked ink print

    In a stroke of luck, my printmaker damaged one of my 60" prints while mounting it for a customer. The damage is slight, but it's unsellable. So I get to keep it. Happy days.

    Since I don't have a...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    Did Minor ever say he was advocating for Stieglitz's definitions? He may have been proposing his own.

    Either way, Stieglitz was an incredibly unreliable witness, even to his own ideas and...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    I'll admit that I project a lot of my own ideas about metaphor onto Minor White's terminology. If he were here there's a good chance he'd correct me on some points. He was a student of George...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    One of the challenges is figuring out at what point to let nature take its course ... when to say that you've turned it into as complete a statement as it ought to be, and now the world can take it...
  19. Re: Purple Print - Matting and framing - Style opinion

    I'm not a fan of facemounting. It can look great, especially if you're going for a modern/minimalist feel. But it's expensive, there's a high failure rate, and the finished piece is fragile and...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    Austin, I was being a bit cheeky by listing so many terms. My point was that the can of worms implied by this thread is a big one. I did not mean to suggest that you have to be a theorist or a...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    I think you just have to understand the notion of metaphor. Minor didn't invent it!
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    These questions, of course, poke at the floodgates of critical theory.

    Connotation, denotation, metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, symbol, where meaning resides, how it got there, how to find it, if...
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    Re: V750 just died ..... now what???

    This may not be much help, but don't give up on it too soon.
    When my 4870 died, I punched it and tossed it in a box. A year or so later, I decided to check it before throwing it out for good. It...
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    Re: Replicating a warm tone paper look

    For an ink print, I'd do it through quadtone rip (create a custom color curve).

    If that's too much work, I'd create a hue/saturation/brightness adjustment layer and click the colorize option. Move...
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    Re: "Is photography over?" A short article

    It's true that Mr Adams and Mr. Szarkowski are exceptional in being good at both. But I think it's more significant that the better practitioners are rarely good critics, and vice-versa. Different...
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    Re: "Is photography over?" A short article

    Sometimes there is, sometimes not. I don't necessarily think it's a problem if there is such a gulf, nor do I think there needs to be one. Szarkowsky was a practitioner and a great critic. So is...
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    Re: "Is photography over?" A short article

    I've never understood the hostility toward people who think and write about art.

    It's all that goes on in this forum, isn't it?

    I personally favor the insights of people who have studied their...
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    Re: "Is photography over?" A short article

    Links: http://www.sfmoma.org/about/research_projects/research_projects_photography_over
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    Re: "Is photography over?" A short article

    "From my point of view, the fact that the world’s leading photo-curators would even pose such a question turned out to be more illuminating than most of the symposium’s content."

    This is where I...
  30. Re: Are Your Best B&W Inkjets Worth More Than Your Best B&W Wet Prints?

    Collectors have historically had a bunch of odd beliefs about value, which go beyond the signature. Among these is the valuing of prints of a low edition number over ones with a high number (which...
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    Re: NYT: Legal Battle Over Vivian Maierís Work

    I agree with this sentiment 100%. Unfortunately these cases get decided by very technical interpretations of the law, which may or may not end up seeming fair to anyone.
  32. Re: Are Your Best B&W Inkjets Worth More Than Your Best B&W Wet Prints?

    You mean everyone who buys photographs. That's a smaller number than everyone who argues about photographs.
  33. Re: Can we start a new digital/traditional troll subforum?

    They take up less space in the dining room.

    This I can say with certainty. Since I left my industrial loft to share an apartment with my girlfriend, the 3880 has lived on a cart about 5 feet from...
  34. Re: Can we start a new digital/traditional troll subforum?

    That's good news! I'm only in it for the money, so I just make million dollar inkjets now. Unfortunately they sell at a rate of one every 400 years.
  35. Re: Can we start a new digital/traditional troll subforum?

    I don't know. You don't need to go all digital right away unless your lifestyle demands selling prints for over a million.
  36. Re: Can we start a new digital/traditional troll subforum?

    Well ... I just looked again at the current list of most expensive photographs. Every print dated 1990 or later is digital.
  37. Re: Can we start a new digital/traditional troll subforum?

    The collectors I know would agree with you, but for them the "types" of interest include genre, subject matter, period, particular artists, or esthetics. Not process.

    I know there are exceptions....
  38. Re: Can we start a new digital/traditional troll subforum?

    I've had some beginning collectors ask about process. Experienced collectors and curators have never asked me about that stuff.
  39. Re: Can we start a new digital/traditional troll subforum?

    This is why I've been leveraging one of the great untapped possibilities of digital imaging ... I no longer even show people the pictures. Just the histograms.

    I'm in negotiations now with a Saudi...
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    Re: Dynamic range of RA4 vs digital pigment print

    True, of course, but I don't know if that's really a relevant comparison. Adobe RGB is a working space, while CMYK (in Photoshop) is a generic space that kinda sorta mimics the device space of a...
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