Well, I'm very disappointed to learn that, no doubt due to the economy, the Museum of Modern Art will evidently not be issuing the expected reprint of John Szarkowski's Looking At Photographs, one of my very favorite books about the art of photography and photography as an art. It was supposed to be available on March 1st, then the date was put off till "mid-March," and now the whole thing has apparently been scrubbed. I was really looking forward to browbeating you into buying this book, which has long been at the very top of my recommended reading list for anyone who's interested in photography and has any ambition at all of understanding it. It's...well, I had a whole encomium ready to launch at you, but there isn't much point now.
...Although I guess it doesn't matter anyway, because people have evidently pretty much stopped buying stuff through my links anyway, as the global downturn finally reaches the bunkered bulwarks of TOP. Far be it from me to encourage profligacy in hard times—I ought to encourage my readers not to spend money, right? But let's put it this way: be frugal, yes, but if you're going to be buying something through Amazon, B&H Photo, or Adorama Camera anyway, please remember your old friends at The Online Photographer, will you, and buy through our links? Pretty please? It doesn't cost you anything extra, and thus does not constitute a bailout. We need the pfennigs to keep the fire in the furnace. Scraps, is what it is, but you do not want to see me beg. (I have my pride. It's around here someplace.)
Finally, a bit of blind news: I can't see this BBC video on the fabulous work of the late, great James Ravilious, but if you're lucky enough to live in the United Kingdom you can, allegedly. There are only four days left for viewing it for free online. I've heard it's good. I wish I could tell you based on personal experience, but I live in a wretched, remote, underprivileged and underserved area of the world as far as the BBC is concerned, and curse the luck.
All that, and it's been raining for three days.
As you can probably tell I'm feeling sorry for myself this morning. I'll get over it. Just gotta slap myself and yell at the mirror a little and I'll be fine. Hmmph. Can't even watch the @#$@%! Ravilious video. Grumble, grump, mulligrub and collywobble.
(Thanks to Eolake and Robert Lee)
P.S. Especial thanks to those who have used our links recently. Or ever, actually. I hope what I said did not sound ungrateful...quite the opposite is the case.
Featured Comment by John Driscoll: "Cheer up, the Ravilious video is on YouTube."
Mike replies: Thanks very much John! Also, it hasn't actually been raining for three days—there was a brief interlude during which it snowed and everything froze. Ah, Spring.
Featured Comment by Carl Weese: "The [Ravilious] work is wonderful and the documentary is generally good (I didn't find the accents all that hard to parse for some reason) but can we please form a pact to break the hands of any documentary director who insists on cropping all the pictures he's supposed to be showing us! In this case there was even a full sequence with the wife explaining how terribly important exact framing was to this photographer. But the director crops everything into an incorrect letterbox extreme rectangle with no way for us viewers to even know how much of the original picture he's cropping away. BAH!!"