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Barry Giddens

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H. - W. Eugene Smith -

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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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As Paul said, powerful stuff. Thanks @Digimonkey and @Helveticum for taking the time to kickstart this thread. I had never heard of W. Eugene Smith.
 

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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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I’m even more convinced now Iain, photography can be art.
 
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For appraisal today, another Magnum agency photographer - Elliot Erwitt. He was born in Paris in 1928 to Jewish Russian parents but grew up from 10 in the United States. A freelance documentary and editorial photographer for a living. His output was vast - he's still alive at 89 - but I don't know if he is still working. What I really like about his personal work is that it is completely free of cynicism - he delights in the odd, playful and surreal. He lacks any pomposity about his work - to the extent that in 2009 - he invented a fake alter ego - one Andre S. Solidor - ASS - to take the piss out of what he saw as the pretensions of contemporary photography. He did a book and exhibition before getting rumbled. To me - a real photographer's photographer - a dedicated Leica user. See what you think -

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New York 1953

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North Carolina 1950

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The Prado - Madrid - Goya's 'La Maja Vestido' - left - and 'La Maja Desnuda' - right.

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Erwitt had a thing about photographing dogs in the street -

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Cheers - I.

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For appraisal today, another Magnum agency photographer - Elliot Erwitt. He was born in Paris in 1928 to Jewish Russian parents but grew up from 10 in the United States. A freelance documentary and editorial photographer for a living. His output was vast - he's still alive at 89 - but I don't know if he is still working. What I really like about his personal work is that it is completely free of cynicism - he delights in the odd, playful and surreal. He lacks any pomposity about his work - to the extent that in 2009 - he invented a fake alter ego - one Andre S. Solidor - ASS - to take the piss out of what he saw as the pretensions of contemporary photography. He did a book and exhibition before getting rumbled. To me - a real photographer's photographer - a dedicated Leica user. See what you think -

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New York 1953

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North Carolina 1950

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The Prado - Madrid - Goya's 'La Maja Vestido' - left - and 'La Maja Desnuda' - right.

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Erwitt had a thing about photographing dogs in the street -

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Cheers - I.

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Nice one! Definitely seen a couple of those before too.
 

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For appraisal today, another Magnum agency photographer - Elliot Erwitt. He was born in Paris in 1928 to Jewish Russian parents but grew up from 10 in the United States. A freelance documentary and editorial photographer for a living. His output was vast - he's still alive at 89 - but I don't know if he is still working. What I really like about his personal work is that it is completely free of cynicism - he delights in the odd, playful and surreal. He lacks any pomposity about his work - to the extent that in 2009 - he invented a fake alter ego - one Andre S. Solidor - ASS - to take the piss out of what he saw as the pretensions of contemporary photography. He did a book and exhibition before getting rumbled. To me - a real photographer's photographer - a dedicated Leica user. See what you think -

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New York 1953

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North Carolina 1950

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The Prado - Madrid - Goya's 'La Maja Vestido' - left - and 'La Maja Desnuda' - right.

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Erwitt had a thing about photographing dogs in the street -

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Cheers - I.

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Great stuff Iain.
 

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For appraisal today, another Magnum agency photographer - Elliot Erwitt. He was born in Paris in 1928 to Jewish Russian parents but grew up from 10 in the United States. A freelance documentary and editorial photographer for a living. His output was vast - he's still alive at 89 - but I don't know if he is still working. What I really like about his personal work is that it is completely free of cynicism - he delights in the odd, playful and surreal. He lacks any pomposity about his work - to the extent that in 2009 - he invented a fake alter ego - one Andre S. Solidor - ASS - to take the piss out of what he saw as the pretensions of contemporary photography. He did a book and exhibition before getting rumbled. To me - a real photographer's photographer - a dedicated Leica user. See what you think -

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New York 1953

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North Carolina 1950

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The Prado - Madrid - Goya's 'La Maja Vestido' - left - and 'La Maja Desnuda' - right.

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Erwitt had a thing about photographing dogs in the street -

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Cheers - I.

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These are great,

The mother with her baby and cat on the bed is beautiful.

The separate drinking water fountains for white and clolored in North Carolina just shows how backward we were, notice how the sign is higher for the "white" and lower for the "Clolored" even now in some quarters this backward thinking is still there but hidden from view (slightly to keep on the right side of the law )

The man in Paris jumping / dancing against the wind with his umbrella is fab, he's not going to let the weather dampen his spirits!

The art gallery is very funy, it took me a little while to see what was going on but I got there in the end. :)

The dog related photographs I love, little & Large and bouncer at the end.........thank you I. :)P.
 
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The mother with her baby and cat on the bed is beautiful.
That's his first born and wife. Beautifully intimate.

The art gallery is very funy, it took me a little while to see what was going on but I got there in the end.
I included this picture specifically with you in mind as I know you like to look at your pictures properly. It's funny when you get what he is seeing. He makes his point I think? I probably should have translated the titles?

and bouncer at the end
I laugh out loud whenever I see this picture. Is the dug on the way up or down? What's it bloody doing there - in mid-air? The fact the picture is funny for me - should not distract us from Erwitt's genius as a photographer. This is a classic example of the HCB - 'Decisive Moment.' An inch higher or an inch lower the dug would not be in the right place in the frame. It shouldn't be sharp. You'd lose the movement and indeed moment?

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I've photographed a few dog shows over the years but I don't have anything easily to hand - owners really do look like their dugs and vice versa. Yours - I.

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For appraisal today, another Magnum agency photographer - Elliot Erwitt. He was born in Paris in 1928 to Jewish Russian parents but grew up from 10 in the United States. A freelance documentary and editorial photographer for a living. His output was vast - he's still alive at 89 - but I don't know if he is still working. What I really like about his personal work is that it is completely free of cynicism - he delights in the odd, playful and surreal. He lacks any pomposity about his work - to the extent that in 2009 - he invented a fake alter ego - one Andre S. Solidor - ASS - to take the piss out of what he saw as the pretensions of contemporary photography. He did a book and exhibition before getting rumbled. To me - a real photographer's photographer - a dedicated Leica user. See what you think -

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New York 1953

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North Carolina 1950

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The Prado - Madrid - Goya's 'La Maja Vestido' - left - and 'La Maja Desnuda' - right.

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Erwitt had a thing about photographing dogs in the street -

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Cheers - I.

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I have admired his work for many years and I must confess I had totally forgotten about him.
Thank you for reminding me.

What an unbelievable photographer he is.

His images will always remain in the top of the archives IMO.

Thanks for sharing I. :)
 

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That's his first born and wife. Beautifully intimate.



I included this picture specifically with you in mind as I know you like to look at your pictures properly. It's funny when you get what he is seeing. He makes his point I think? I probably should have translated the titles?



I laugh out loud whenever I see this picture. Is the dug on the way up or down? What's it bloody doing there - in mid-air? The fact the picture is funny for me - should not distract us from Erwitt's genius as a photographer. This is a classic example of the HCB - 'Decisive Moment.' An inch higher or an inch lower the dug would not be in the right place in the frame. It shouldn't be sharp. You'd lose the movement and indeed moment?

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I've photographed a few dog shows over the years but I don't have anything easily to hand - owners really do look like their dugs and vice versa. Yours - I.

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I hope the owner of those legs does not look like her dug! :) P.
 
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