Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/07/27

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Subject: [Leica] Leica ace jean-loup sieff
From: Robert Appleby <>
Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 08:50:32 +0200

Not to offend Arthur or Ted, but I've always thought Sieff's photography
was the absolute pits. At least Helmut Newton has a sense of humour
occasionally, like the picture of the girl being swallowed by a croc. I
can't see anything positive in Mr. Sieff's snapshots, except perhaps the
"craft", which would, I suppose, make him a _real_ photographer. Isn't
anybody tired of seeing juvenile fantasy female nudes? Very sellable, of
When I first starting looking at pictures (about 70 years ago) I loved
Gibson, Friedlander, Winogrand, HCB and a whole slew of American "New
Colour" snappers. Out of that lot the only one who's still with me now is
probably Winogrand. He had a light touch and was a master of the Cairo
Quickstep. His zoo pictures and 60's party snaps are unbeatably funny. 
Maybe we should have a list of of the three photographers we most hate -
that would be revealing, as everyone seems more or less to agree about who
they love.
Robert Appleby
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