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  1. Re: Writing Advice for Photographers from Jorg Colberg

    I didn't suggest we can't interact with a single piece of art. I'm saying that a single work of small scale is almost never enough to articulate a complete vision (or explore the possibilities of an...
  2. Re: Writing Advice for Photographers from Jorg Colberg

    That's easy. The answer is always No.

    Whenever we have the illusion that a piece stands on it's own, it's because we have enough background and context to understand it. This includes familiarity...
  3. Re: Writing Advice for Photographers from Jorg Colberg

    Then maybe the alternatives would interest you.
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    Re: Peter Lik deserves our skepticism

    You don't sell an image, you sell a print. Just like in analog photography.

    Photographic print sales include certain stipulations. One is copyright (the photographer almost always retains it)....
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    Re: Unsharpening an image

    First, "unsharp mask" is a sharpening filter. A confusingly named one, for sure, but it will do the opposite of what you're trying to accomplish.

    Gausian blur is the antidote to sharpening with...
  6. Re: Writing Advice for Photographers from Jorg Colberg

    I'm pleased to hear that. I'd find it unsettling if so much could be accomplished by a savant. I realize that most of what I know about Friedlander himself is anecdotes are about his dodging...
  7. Re: Writing Advice for Photographers from Jorg Colberg

    That's interesting. It might mean you have more expansive tastes than most of the photographers in question. Just because they've articulated their vision doesn't mean you would have made the same...
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    Re: Peter Lik deserves our skepticism

    That logic could be used to excuse literally anything.
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    Re: Peter Lik deserves our skepticism

    My take: if Lik staged this sale, it is problematic because


    1) it means he's dishonest;

    2) His dishonesty served to create false value, and therefore fleece his potential customers;

    3) he...
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    Re: Peter Lik deserves our skepticism

    Ok, I'm going to have to unpack this tautology. You are not naming a specific corporation or politician, so you are implying that all corporations and politicians are dishonest—and that they...
  11. Re: Writing Advice for Photographers from Jorg Colberg

    Absolutely. I think a big part of the backlash against writing comes from the assumption that writing has to explain. I can't stand it when artists try to explain their work.

    But they can use...
  12. Re: Writing Advice for Photographers from Jorg Colberg

    I don't think there's any guarantee (or even a likelihood) that a persons work will define a vision. Honestly, I don't think most artists do. It's one of the things that separates an accomplished...
  13. Re: Writing Advice for Photographers from Jorg Colberg

    The longer I'm involved in the arts generally, the more I'm interested in bodies of work rather than just individual works. I mean assemblies of works which, through selection, grouping, sequencing,...
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    Re: Peter Lik deserves our skepticism

    Researchers speculate that Drew is an advanced artificial intelligence algorithm that can spontaneously generate jeremiads on any topic.
    It seems to be functioning perfectly.
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    Re: Peter Lik deserves our skepticism

    If it's fake, I'm curious to know more about the history of this kind of thing. It probably has a name. The only other case (alleged) that I've heard of was a relatively unknown Aussie painter who...
  16. Re: Writing Advice for Photographers from Jorg Colberg

    Uh ... I didn't say nor imply that all photographers dislike writing.

    Apologies if it looked that way. In my experience, *many* photographers are resistant to the idea of writing. Often...
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    Re: Peter Lik deserves our skepticism

    No, it's a serious one, and one that's finally being asked by journalists. It wouldn't be the first time a photographer made up a bombastic story like this to attract interest. The other megabux...
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    Re: Peter Lik deserves our skepticism

    It's been my understanding that every one the $million-plus sales of contemporary photography has been on the secondary market. Which lends a lot of the suspicion to this "private sale."

    It would...
  19. Re: Writing Advice for Photographers from Jorg Colberg

    This is my favorite piece by Jorg.

    I find photographers' resistance to the written word to be tedious. It usually means they're resistant to thinking about their work, and this shows up as lack...
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    Re: Business VS Art for Art's sake

    Increasingly likely that he's just a professional fraud:
    http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?118565-Peter-Lik-deserves-our-skepticism&p=1196550#post1196550
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    Peter Lik deserves our skepticism

    And I seriously doubt he deserves any of the attention.

    http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/buyer-beware-treat-peter-lik-photo-sale-with-scepticism-20141212-125khz.html
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    Re: Business VS Art for Art's sake

    In light of recent news concerning Peter Lik: I retract everything I ever said about anything.
    Just do your thing, man. Maybe you'll get rich 'n famous, maybe you'll get hit by a falling meteor.
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    Re: Someone near NYC please buy this!

    If no one's jumping on this I'll mention it on Flakphoto.
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    Re: $6.5 Million for a Peter Lik

    I don't usually like to say things like this about someone who's alive, but, um, yeah.

    Seems a bit like the pendulum swinging savagely away from un-pretty, brainier work. No fear of finding ideas...
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    Re: Business VS Art for Art's sake

    Re: museums seldom collecting contemporary work ...

    Not to state the obvious, but you gotta ask what kind of museum it is. If it's called, say, a contemporary art museum, it would be kind of...
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    Re: Business VS Art for Art's sake

    This might as well be a postmodernist manifesto.
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    Re: Business VS Art for Art's sake

    I have no doubt that a good number of artists put their "career" first and got famous / collected / endorsed by Big Institutions as part of a master plan. But I doubt this has been the path taken by...
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    Re: Business VS Art for Art's sake

    And be lucky. And be prepared to live with what you asked for.
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    Re: Anyone making backlit inkjet prints?

    This makes sense. Transmissive media generally need twice the image density of reflective media, since the light only passes through once. When you look at a print, the light passes through the...
  30. Re: What amateurs do you know who are worth looking into?

    A lot of famous contemporary photographers are amateurs, or might be depending on your definition. If they make their living teaching are they still amateur?
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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.
  32. 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.
  36. 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...
  37. 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...
  38. 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.
  39. 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...
  40. 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...
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