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  1. 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.
  10. Re: When did Visualization become 'pre'- visualization?

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

    Amazing series.
  12. 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....
  13. 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...
  17. 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...
  24. 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...
  35. 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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