You might remember that this week's Book of the Week (have you noticed that's a new feature? It's because I'm about hip deep in books I keep meaning to mention, but never seem to get around to) is Why Photographs Work by George Barr. Just thought I'd mention that photograph #26 in the book is from our very own little corner of the web, i.e., TOP, the site you are reading at this very moment.
As George recounts in his analysis, Gordon Lewis took the picture as one of several "example" pictures while reviewing the Pentax K-7 for TOP. So many readers responded positively to that picture in particular that we had a more or less spontaneous print sale of it, which did quite well—and that's how a print of it came to be framed on my office wall.
So now it's made its way into a published book as well. What's next—a national advertising campaign? Will Gordon make an edition the size of a poster, limit it to 7 copies, and price each one at $250,000? Am I going to encounter this picture in the latest "History of Photography" tome that I'll be wrestling with in the nursing home when I'm 90?
Maybe we should send a copy to Oprah, or Ellen.
More seriously, congratulations to Gordon on being included. I'm tickled about it, too.
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