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Saturday, 06 February 2010


I was unable to download the vid last week when you made the post but I got to see it all last night. It's a keeper.

He really did produce some great work. One of most interesting parts for me was seeing how he interacts with his models. There was no "Yeah bay-bee" stuff. He did it by constantly maintaining eye contact and adding a twitch or a raised eyebrow here and there. Fascinating to watch. I'm planning on trying it out at my next shoot.

Great stuff! Thanks Michael for the link and Chris for providing a working host.

Chris. Thank you. You are the son every father yearns for. One day it would be nice to think mine would sort through all my negs and digitals and set up an exhibit with them.

Very interesting Doc... Most interesting still is the Olympus PEN showned at 27:07. 3 classics in one moment? I love when "old timers" embrace the novelty in this case the digital. The whole workflow and studio managed by the son is just inspiring...

Thank you Mike, this was a precious gift from T.O.P indeed.




Being an Englishman living abroad I was back in the UK I was home for the holidays and discovered this documentary on BBC4 late one evening (I think I saw it twice, at 1am and 3am). My wife is from the US and we both agreed that it is this sort of show that the BBC does much better than most broadcasters around the world. 'Duffy' was a great story told with much affection. I particularly liked the tale of the smoking model who was reminded by Duffy about the need to smoke only where permitted!

In passing I would add that this was only one of a few great shows I caught up with; Simon Schama on Mark Rothko was also superb, as was seeing again Christopher Nupen's Sibelius documentary.

Damn, that video is loading fast now! It's served by Vimeo, yes? If I understand that sentence correctly.

An interesting doc. It never answered the question I had 'what does Duffy' think of the photos now'. Apart from the crap he described his burnt negs as.
Had he sorted the negs and kept the ones for the exhibition?

He certainly shifted the style of photography.

A burning question is 'If the photos were NOT of celebs' then would they be of interest?

I go to every exhibition I can get to and I feel cheated when I find that it is basically a selection of celeb photos taken by a 'name'.

Too often I suspect that the real value in the photos is not the photographers skill but the face of a celeb. I wonder does that annoy the hell out of Duffy.

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