Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age

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Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age

Unread postby bakubo » Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:01 am

I went to see this approximately 300 photo Magnum photo exhibition at the University of Texas at Austin today:

http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/2013/magnum/

Excellent and the presentation was good too. The prints were of various sizes by many Magnum photographers. I am sure lots of the internet yahoos would have hated almost every single photo though because even many of the smaller prints (5x7, 6x9) were not eye cutting sharp when viewed at 3 centimeters. :lol: There would have been screaming and derision by the dogmatic extremists with their 10x loupes. Not sure about CA, distortion, and all the other things that so many people are obsessed with since I didn't even bother checking. They were wonderful viewed from a normal viewing distance. Very nice exhibition. If you happen to be in the area the exhibition runs until 2014/1/5.

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Unread postby bakubo » Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:36 am

By the way, you can also see a complete Gutenberg Bible in a glass case in the lobby. I assume everyone knows what that is, but if you are not sure then here is some info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gutenberg_Bible

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Unread postby bakubo » Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:25 pm

Probably about 90% of the photos in the exhibition are B&W. Some of the photos are famous iconic photos from Capa, Cartier-Bresson, et al that you have seen before.

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Unread postby bakubo » Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:51 pm

I was walking around late yesterday afternoon with my camera and I sort of wondered if all the photos in the exhibition had been taken with digital cameras if some of them, maybe a bunch of them, would have been deleted in the camera? I imagine these photographers are smart enough to not be over concerned (concerned, of course, but not over concerned) with all the technical details and let those things override what the image looks like and whether it is interesting. Fortunately, the photos had not been deleted. I will try to keep this stuff in mind.

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Unread postby bakubo » Sun Oct 27, 2013 3:38 am

Here is the Gutenberg Bible in the lobby:

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Unread postby bakubo » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:28 am

One of the things I miss about not being in Tokyo right now is the ease of seeing so many photo exhibitions. For the last 25 years I have a set of places I often check out since they have free exhibitions that tend to change about every couple of weeks. Some of them have moved locations over the years and a few have gone away and a few new ones have cropped up. The thread subject exhibition in Austin last fall was really good. I wish I could see it again. As I was working on some B&W photos today it reminded me of the exhibition. :)

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Unread postby bakubo » Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:19 pm

MarinaDots wrote:I had a felling it was his Ive seen it in person before was a little dirty at the time but still amazing


Marina, now that's what I am talking about! You are becoming a regular here on the forum. It would be helpful if your posts were a bit less cryptic though. What did you see that was a "little dirty"? Do you mean you saw this photo exhibition and it was a little dirty? Or, maybe, you saw a Gutenberg Bible and it was a little dirty? I agree though, both were amazing!

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Unread postby Dusty » Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:14 pm

Henry, Marina is just a fairly intelligent spam-bot. Parses the previous conversations in the thread, then, using word matches, interjects a mostly grammatically correct sentence.

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Unread postby bakubo » Thu Dec 11, 2014 3:06 pm

Thanks, Dusty. Yes, I know. She/he/it has livened up the forum a little though. :lol:

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Re: Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age

Unread postby bakubo » Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:00 am

bakubo wrote:I am sure lots of the internet yahoos would have hated almost every single photo though because even many of the smaller prints (5x7, 6x9) were not eye cutting sharp when viewed at 3 centimeters. :lol: There would have been screaming and derision by the dogmatic extremists with their 10x loupes. Not sure about CA, distortion, and all the other things that so many people are obsessed with since I didn't even bother checking. They were wonderful viewed from a normal viewing distance.


This was published yesterday and I just read it:

Does Sharpness Matter?

http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2016/02/does-sharpness-matter.html

Then the following comment reminded me of what I wrote above:

Kenneth Tanaka: "Anecdotes: I have the wonderful privilege of often seeing some of the most renowned photographic prints in public and private collections, from Fox-Talbot to Burtynsky and Gursky. I doubt that half of them would pass muster as 'sharp' to an amateur photo forum crowd. A few years ago a major American museum photo collection deaccessioned a large Berenice Abbott print. To my eye it was lovely. But amidst the museum's many other Abbott prints this one, which was printed later, was a bit too good. Specifically, it was a bit too sharp and snappy to be representative of Abbott's body of work. It was clearly a later interpretation of the work."

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Re: Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age

Unread postby bakubo » Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:21 am

Good article.

A Few Further Complications In Lens Testing

http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2017/03/a-few-more-complications-in-lens-testing.html

So what I'd recommend is not necessarily choosing your lenses based on lens tests at all. Information is good, and good information like Roger's is infinitely better, but even good information is still just data. A good lens is one that does what you want it to do and that you feel good about...based on how the pictures look. Keep looking until you get there—whether finding it comes early or late, and whether the process is easy or difficult, casual or fanatical, or expensive or cheap. Don't let other people tell you what you're supposed to like, yes; but be mindful not to let lens tests dictate to you what you're supposed to like either.


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