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Thursday, 27 October 2016


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If I may add another photo news: there's a 3 books, 1500 pages, 24kg, 695£, 1000 limited boxset from Don Mccullin, called "Irreconcilable Truths".

I've vastly enjoyed reading the autobiography itself by the way.
For the other volumes of the set I don't know what's already been published.


Mike, if you want a print of Migrant Mother or any of the millions the Library of Congress has on file you can order them. Get a print. Used to be able to get a high resolution scan to print out. Have done this for teaching purposes in the past. FSA images and many more are available.
If nothing else the catalogs are often interesting to look at.

I downloaded and used 'Migrant Mother' to see what it looks in print and also to see what it might look like using current post processing tools (software, paper, ink). It was an interesting experiment. A friend and experienced photographer with a good eye was 'gobsmacked' (another interesting word) when he saw one of the prints on Hahnemuhle Ultra Smooth Matte paper.

It might be a useful subject for your current printing project.

[Did that once!



"Every photograph of life contains a little death, and every shining moment portends an indeterminate, inscrutable future. The meaning of that is chaotic and uncategorizable, a jumble and a mystery." You said it better than anyone else did, to my knowledge. A photograph transcends the life it depicts, but includes the life of the photographer as well. The photograph doesn't even have to be of life itself. A photograph of the manifestation of a life past may also have an "uncategorizable mystery", at least to some individual who continues to live for a while afterwards.

"What is our relationship to the subjects of our pictures? What about our duty?"

You may want to ask that of World Press Photo with their recently minted... “creative documentary photography” category.

Regarding your early snow, I hear you regarding your "no, no, not yet" feelings. On the northwest coast of California, I view October as a transition month from "total" summer to "total" winter, but I always pray it falls mostly into the summer camp.

Not this year, alas! Tons of rain already.

Regarding World Press Photo's new documentary photography category that doesn't require adherence to traditional standards of photojournalism: welcome and overdue.

I wrote a piece about the controversies surrounding those standards being violated, most notably in photo competitions like World Press Photo, including whether subjects of documentary photography should be paid...


A couple of years ago, a girl I knew who was just a week short of her 21st birthday un-expectedly passed away of a previously undiscovered heart defect. The line at the visitation was as long as any I have ever stood in, which was a testimony to the sweetness of her soul and kindness to others. As I finally rounded the corner into the room where she was surrounded by her family, there was the centerpiece table with a candle on each side of one of the portraits I had taken during my senior portrait session with her just a couple of years prior. I stood silently amongst people commenting on what a beautiful and fitting portrait it was of her, most of whom did not know I had taken it. I said nothing as a complex wave of emotions and thoughts went through me. I was touched that of all of the photographs of her there, it was chosen as the centerpiece, and yet so sad. Who could have ever imagined at the time I took it how it would one day be displayed in a way it was not intended.


Thanks for the link. I downloaded the file and will print and hang a copy of it. About the weather out your window, in my part of the world we are entering now what we call "BBQ Season". Temperatures coming down already. Just last night we were at around 28 degrees. We might need to use a sweater soon.

Snow already? Here in Lisbon today it will be 30 C...

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