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Thursday, 24 March 2011


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If The Americans doesn't win I'll stop buying photo books. At least for a few days.

That was fun.


#10 was tough. #7 was tougher. #15 is the only one I don't have an opinion on. But #4 is the one I feel most strongly is tipping the wrong way. Weegee's character, chutzpah, and legend is weighing on people. Klein's "Life is Good & Good for You in New York" is the better book, no?

If I had known about this tourney, I definitely would have stuffed the ballots on the Wright Morris / Walker Evans match–I'm with you there. I haven't seen you mention him much, but I thought about Morris a lot when the 'previsualize' debate was going on, thinking about photographers and writing, and how one (Morris) can be so good while another (White), well, not so much... Not a fair comparison, perhaps, but one I know.

I've been enjoying The Home Place again recently, even if the image quality is pretty terrible. Do the old editions of his books have better printed images in them? If not I'd love to see a deluxe version with great iq.

Love this; thanks for the link!

Think I own over half of these team first editions (including some earlier French team counterparts), and choosing among some would be like Sophie's Choice (ok, not that hard, but hard). However, since Strand is not in the tournament as a team owner this year, that eliminates some favorites.

Evans and Kertesz are among my favorite owners, but their tourney representatives here don't match up (print) quality wise to some of the opponents. (One of the best re-creations of Evans' players, (print) quality wise, that I've seen is Steidl's modern team compilation, 'Walker Evans: Lyric Documentary'.) Still, Evans over Morris.

Need more time to consider.

Brassai beats his night-time teacher? Cruel. But, I understand.

Tough tourney this year, but like Obama, I see the first seeds in every bracket as almost unassailable. But maybe not, I've already been surprised a couple of times.

Mike, maybe your opinion of Meatyard's Lucybelle would change if you read my book "Ralph Eugene Meatyard: The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater and Other Figurative Photographs" (D.A.P. 2001)

Not knowing a better place to put this, I'll drop it here. Might help you sell some things...

Amazon price tracker: CamelCamelCamel: http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/005189.php

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Doug Wong: This site allows you to track price history and has price drop and price watch alerts. Ever since I discovered it a few weeks ago, I've looked at it before I bought anything on Amazon just to make sure I was at or near a historical low. The price charts are intuitive, and allow you to see highs and lows for the past year, 6 months, 3 months, 1 month. You can set your tracker to include just Amazon.com, 3rd party sellers, or Used. The best part? It's absolutely free. (more at the Cool Tools blog...)

Where's that darned "like" button?

Walker Evans v. Wright Morris is a true conundrum for me at least. Evans as a pure photographer interests me more, but Morris's photo novels have been a true inspiration for me personally because I discovered his work soon after I started producing a kinda sorta similar thing for myself, which I call Photocomics.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I have now spent 5 times as much time on THIS spring tournament than the other bouncy bally one.

I went to Blake Andrews' site and joined in for those choices I knew and could vote for.

All the time I was thinking, what is there in my nature and human nature that feels compelled to rank people for how good they are at every endeavour?

If I were picking the fastest man to run a hundred yards, then it would make sense to know who that man was.

But artists? Photographers? Why?

I know this is against the grain of community fun, but it is a question and not just rhetorical.

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