Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/10/28

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Subject: Re: Getting serious
From: Alfred Breull <>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 09:36:27 +0100

Roger wrote:

>Take the photographer, as a variable, out of the equation. Put the same 
>photographer behind the formats for the shoot, assume equal skill of 
>that photographer with the various formats, the best optics available 
>for the various formats, equal films etc., and, the results will favor 
>the larger formats every time!

No, Roger. No.

Jeanloup Sieff's wrote, that he wanted to make a Hasselblad book all his
life, but hardly anyone wants those pix. His Hasselblad pix are simply a
loss (in comparison to his other pix), his M Leica (21 SA, 90 mm Elmarit)
are sellers. Helmut Newton's 35 mm pix are a loss, his MF pix are sellers,
Ansel Adams MF pix are a loss, his LF pix are in the center of attraction, etc.

No, Roger, I don't agree with you. Your argument a therotical argument,
which doesn't match to reality. We've been discussing that point some weeks
ago. You cannot take away the very special and individual handwriting and
soul of a photographer, and expect that she/he might be the same
breathtaking artist with just another tool. 

Besides, even the formal, tool and material, are part of the art in itself.
Try to imagine Michelangelo's statues/ sculptures in (maybe: white painted)
wood instead of marble, or Albrecht Durer with a spray can improving subway
stations ... No, Roger, I don't agree with you.