I assume too much sometimes.
I should have added, to John Kennerdell's article "In Defense of Depth" yesterday, a reminder that John was the author of the article I published in Photo Techniques in 1997 that introduced the term "bokeh" and the concept behind it to photographers in the West.
I added two other articles to John's—one by Oren Grad on the terminology of bokeh in Japan, and the one that really allowed the trio of articles to be published in Photo Techniques at all, Harold Merklinger's fine investigation of the technical underpinnings of the appearance of out-of-d.o.f. blur. (Photo Techniques, as its name implied, was a technical magazine, and didn't publish a lot of articles about pure aesthetic considerations without also covering the technical side.) But despite the fact that all three articles appeared together, John's was the first and really the central one, and the one that kicked things off.
Please forgive me for assuming that was common knowledge. If I had thought about it for half a second I would have realized it is not.
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