I'm just back from Los Angeles where I squeezed in a few minutes between other obligations to see the Robert Adams show. (A public thank you to the staff at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art who got me and my two kids in for free when I explained I had only a half hour to spend.)
It's a large show and I wasn't able to spend nearly as much time with it as I would have liked but one thought struck me that mitt be worth discussing here on the LFF--what is Robert Adams' general printing philosophy? I've seen many Robert Adams images over the years but never so many in one place at one time. Putting aside the many other issues that the show and the images might raise, I want to mention a technical issue--most of the prints looked lighter than "traditional" printing, even underexposed. Significant areas of white are simply paper white--clouds, chutes, etc.
Clearly is was a deliberate choice.
So two questions:
1) Why did he print the images that way?
2) Do you think his strategy (if that is what it is) in doing so is effective?