We've heard from a number of people we've written about recently.
• First of all, I was charmed to receive a gracious and warm note from Judith Fox, whose moving and beautiful book I Still Do: Loving and Living With Alzheimer's we reviewed in April. Judith sent her note as a comment, so I've simply added it to the original post, where you can read it.
• Next, I got a very nice email from Julian Sander, great-grandson of the great 20th Century photographer August Sander, in response to this post. He tells me that there have been three ranges of prints from August's plates and negatives—August's own, those made by his grandfather Gunther after WWII, and the modern prints made by his father, Gerd. He points out that although August's own prints have great depth, modern prints are more consistent, which is important because August's pictures were not intended to be seen as single images. For those who can attend, he recommends a visit to the show at the Tate Gallery in London, which he helped hang.
The magnificent 7-volume set of August Sander's work—still available at the same very advantageous clearance price—has been the surprise bestseller in the first half of the year among TOP readers. (Who would have guessed that a multi-volume set could out-sell everything else? Not me.) I've spent a lot of time now with my own set. It's a gorgeous production, and will probably stand for a very long time as the standard published source of Sander's work.
• Chicago Tribune photojournalist Alex Garcia wrote to thank us for linking to his article (here's his latest one, by the way: "7 Mistakes to Avoid as a Photographer"). He says he was "overwhelmed in a good way" by the traffic we sent his way, and that all the attention was welcomed by those "inside the building" (that is, at the Tribune) since the shooters there had just started their blogs the week before.
Alex also mentioned an idea I think is very interesting. He thinks that "newspapers need to invest in their photographers more and to see them as brands to promote, just like their reporters and columnists." That makes almost too much sense. For example, I think of Stephen Crowley and Fred Conrad when I think of The New York Times. And now I'll think of Alex when I think of the Tribune. Anybody want to mention any favorite shooters—and what outlet they shoot for?
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