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Saturday, 11 July 2009

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Another fine Loengard book is Celebrating the negative. It is a collection of his photographs of the negatives of iconic images: Cartier-Bresson's Behind theGare St. Lazare, Kertesz's Satiric dancer and Walker Evan's Photographers Window Display are three examples. Studying the original negatives in this book makes a potent lesson in photography. It's always been a favorite of mine.

Rob Atkins
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I also enjoy Loengard's book "Celebrating the Negative," in which he photographs and tells stories about the negs behind many well known prints.
Jeff

Two small typos, "of played a mini-tour" the "of" should be "or" I think. In the footnote, "run the gamut," I think you mean "run the gauntlet."

No need to publish this comment :-)

Here is a cool link that you may enjoy since Jeff and Rob mentioned "Celebrating The Negative".
http://www.ethertongallery.com/html/specialprojects/negative/index.htm
I feel really fortunate to live near The Etherton Gallery.

For the non-US non-golfers amongst us, could you (or anyone else, really) explain just what the %&*# 'Q-School' might be?

Thanks. :-)

"could you (or anyone else, really) explain just what the %&*# 'Q-School' might be?"

Hi Julian,
It's the PGA Tour's Qualifying round. Basically, it's a 4-stage tournament where 1200+ hopefuls compete each year for 30 available slots on the PGA Tour, which is golf's Major League. Virtually everyone on the PGA Tour is treated like a rock star, and has access to huge piles of prize money. The Second Stage of Q School is also the way to get on the Nationwide Tour, which is like golf's minor leagues. Hmm, another American sports metaphor isn't going to do you any good, is it?...the Nationwide is a secondary professional golf tour with less prize money, for second-rank players, but it's a way to play full-time professional golf for a year. If I'm not mistaken, you can get a PGA Tour Card by being one of the top 20 money earners on the Nationwide Tour (with ties) or by being one of the top 30 finishers (with ties) in the First Stage of Q School. Some number of finishers in the Second Stage of Q School qualify for the following year's Nationwide Tour. I think. Don't quote me on that. And anyway the rules tend to change slightly from year to year.

To give you an idea how rich the PGA Tour is, you have to get all the way down to #190 on the 2008 money list (out of 262 players total) to get below a quarter of a million dollars in earnings. A whopping 104 players earned $1 million or more. And #190 most probably doesn't qualify for the Tour the next year (unless he won a tournament or earned an exemption in some other way). He has to go back to Q School to get back on the tour again. So Q School is extremely competitive, with a high entry fee and lots of contenders.

Naturally, each year in Q School you find young future stars on their way up competing with past Tour champions whose games have started to disintegrate, both alongside perennial hopefuls who play every year hoping to qualify for a year of pro golf on one of the two tours.

The First Stage of Q School (which actually determines who will go to the big tour) takes place after Thanksgiving every year, in early December, and I believe it's televised now, although I've never seen it.

John Feinstein, who wrote the classic golf book "A Good Walk Spoiled," also wrote a book called "Tales from Q School: Inside Golf's Fifth Major."

I hope someone will correct me if I've got any of the above facts wrong. I'm a very occasional golfer and only a casual fan.

Mike

I've got the title in question; picked it up in Borders when it was new out. It's full of good stuff. But I still want to see something about Philip Perkiss here :-)

Another good Loengard title is "Classic Photographs, A Personal Interpretation," which features iconic work from the pages of Life Magazine, along with short essays on each. I found my copy at a little bookshop for five bucks and thumb through it regularly.

Speaking of golf, I regularly shoot in the low 70's*, and have never made a dime at it.

Jeff

*If it gets any hotter, I won't venture out. (sorry)

Ordered his Pictures Under Discussion (found in used book market). Thanks for the suggestion. In a similar vein I'd like to suggest Pat Booth's Master Photographers (recently acquired a copy thru Craigslist). She passed away earlier this year at age 66, but had quite a life including model, photographer and novelist. The book contains interviews with 16 photographers discussing their favorite prints.

John,

Thanks for the link! I thoroughly enjoyed that, except for the fact that it made me wish I had a copy of "Celebrating the Negative" myself. I hope Mike posts the link on the main page.

Three cheers for the Internets!

Best,
Adam

Thanks, Mike. Ermmm, I think....

:-)

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