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Just discovered Robert Frank. He's my new street photography hero.


Evening H. - in my experience - street photography doesn't get much better than Frank. 'The Americans' is his definitive book for me. I can't remember where I was - MACBA in Barcelona perhaps? There was an exhibition from the book. It was amazing to see 'real' prints of the pics - it was jaw dropping to realise that someone could be that good at it. His stuff is playful, surreal - never mean - he doesn't take the piss out of his subjects - in the same way as earlier seeing the Magnum anniversary exhibition as a 20 year old fledgling professional photographer. They both completely changed my approach to the job. All Frank's pictures were printed with the rebates showing - I think that maybe this is where I picked up the habit with my own pictures. The only other contender for me - streetwise - would be W. Eugene Smith? Good call on resurrecting this thread - yours - I.

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More Eugene Smith -

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From the Pittsburgh project. Deeply influential on Salgado anyone? Up until my work pictures went digital - about 2000 - we printed our own stuff. I used to have a nice side-line printing for other people. The top floor of our house was a darkroom. So - I know how to print black and white pictures - this one is astonishing, this would have taken hours to get it right. The burning in - the dark bits - are the simple part but I think the highlights have been - held back - still fairly simple - but it has also been treated with a dilute bleach solution - with a brush - to bring up the highlights. Salgado's printer - his wife - is a master at this technique. Smith did this himself - he was obsessional about the printing of his pictures. I think in part because he was speeding out of his tits at the time - please pardon my language. Bottom line - it's that good because - he saw the picture and would not let anyone else realise the vision. - it was taken with an old school Leica lens - you can't get them anymore unless you are prepared to sell your house. Carbon glass.

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Smith was a distinguished war photographer too,

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Him in his darkroom, printing the Pittsburgh project. Out of his face - I should imagine - looks like it. Artists are often flawed? Aren't we all in some way? It doesn't look like he put any weight on during it? No shit.

Yours - I.

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More Eugene Smith -

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From the Pittsburgh project. Deeply influential on Salgado anyone? Up until my work pictures went digital - about 2000 - we printed our own stuff. I used to have a nice side-line printing for other people. The top floor of our house was a darkroom. So - I know how to print black and white pictures - this one is astonishing, this would have taken hours to get it right. The burning in - the dark bits - are the simple part but I think the highlights have been - held back - still fairly simple - but it has also been treated with a dilute bleach solution - with a brush - to bring up the highlights. Salgado's printer - his wife - is a master at this technique. Smith did this himself - he was obsessional about the printing of his pictures. I think in part because he was speeding out of his tits at the time - please pardon my language. Bottom line - it's that good because - he saw the picture and would not let anyone else realise the vision. - it was taken with an old school Leica lens - you can't get them anymore unless you are prepared to sell your house. Carbon glass.

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Smith was a distinguished war photographer too,

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Him in his darkroom, printing the Pittsburgh project. Out of his face - I should imagine - looks like it. Artists are often flawed? Aren't we all in some way? It doesn't look like he put any weight on during it? No shit.

Yours - I.

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Some of the best art work in whatever medium was done under the influence of something or another... Flawed... Maybe,.... Even crazed but talented without a doubt. P.
 

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P. - mentalist with a paint brush -

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I've seen this in real life - a detail in the Prado - that's a tiny part of the picture - astonishing - off his chump? I suppose it depends on how we interpret these things? Yours -`iw
Ha, yes Iain, off his chump as you say.
I don't know if this artist partook in any substance or this was from a "straight" mind but I suspect the use of some form of mind altering substance. :) P. if it unlocks door's in your mind and let's you see freely I can see no harm in it, musicians have done it for years and some of their best work was done when they was away with the fairy's :) P.
 
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Amusingly - he nearly bankrupted the Magnum agency doing his 'Pittsburgh' project. Mostly because of the amount of time he took on it, the amount of film he shot but mainly the amount of Benzedrine he took doing it. Ha ha. A proper artist. I think Kerouac would have approved? Yours - I.

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Haha, Hunter S. Thompson definitely would have!
Powerful pictures though.
 
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