Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/05/10

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Subject: Re: HCB' Printings
From: Gary J Toop <>
Date: Fri, 10 May 1996 12:17:30 -0400 (EDT)

On Fri, 10 May 1996, Laurent Saminadayar wrote:

> Hi there!
> Maybe I can answer some questions about HCB' printings. Actually, I 
>Work with the same printer as HCB, called George Fevre, from Pictorial 
>Service. This man, who is now 65 or 70 years old, worked also a lot for 
>Robert Doisneau, Joseph Koudelka, Marc Riboud, Gisele Freund and so on. 
>He is, I believe, one of the best printer in the world. If you are 
>interesting in, I can give you some information on George's (and HCB's) 
>philosophy of printing. I don't think Gassman would agree to answer any 
>question, for George told me He is a strange guy; and you know, he is now 
>the boss of a 300 people lab!       
> Send me a mail if I can help in any way. And sorry for my english!

1)  Now that is an interesting offer!

2)  There is certainly no need to apologise for your english:  your 
postings have always been easy to follow.

3)  I would be curious to find out at least in a general way what kind of 
materials - developers, films and papers - HCB/Gassman use and used and, 
perhaps more importantly, what philosophy guided their work.  They seem 
to have been going for a very rich range of middle greys rather than lots 
of well-differentiated highlights.  I would be curious to know if that is 
true and if so, if they developed any ways that they thought produced 
that effect particularly well. 

4)  I certainly don't expect you to go out of your way to find that out, 
or to annoy anyone.  I am simply curious to know a little more about what 
kind of dark-room philosophy guided their practice.

Gary Toop

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