Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/12/22

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Subject: [Leica] Happy-Snaps
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 09:27:08 -0800

The connotation you hold in your mind is what you make of it. It is not
everyone else's view. I make fine art photographs and publish books which
are of my photography. These clearly are not "Happy-Snaps", But when I
carried my M6 to our Christmas party (last week), 35/1.4 ASPH, 800 film,
and took pictures of people and stuff... these are indeed "Happy-Snaps." My
wife only takes "Happy-Snaps." As do millions of other people. So you can
hold a derogatory image of "Happy-Snaps" in your mind if you wish. I don't.
And I will continue to use the term since, as coined by Ted, "Happy-Snaps"
means exactly what it says.


At 09:36 AM 12/22/98 -0500, you wrote:
>	I want to respectfully object to the frequent reference to
>"happy-snaps."  Many people take wonderful and moving pictures of the people
>and events that surround them every day.  One needn't be sitting court-side
>with an R8, o.k., an F5,  or trekking through Nepal with an M6 to take a
>moving and meaningful photograph.  Also, one needn't be shooting on
>commission or assignment to take remarkable photographs.  I find the
>"happy-snaps" designation to be disingenuous at least.
>		Buzz