Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/11/03

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Subject: No, Gerard ...
From: Alfred Breull <>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 17:45:46 +0100

No, Gerard, it's not true. Neither with music nor with paintings. 

Great Musicians or painters took & take great care in their compositions -
completely different to modern (e.g. motor/ winder or p&s or popular)
photography, where you shoot 1.70 m film, and hope you might have gotten the
one and only shot. The large number of photographers taking lots of pix of
the same subject is the only reason, that one of them _cannot avoid_ to have
a nice pic among the lot of garbage. Simply: the rule/law of large numbers ... 

But, of course there are exeptions also. Rare exeptions. Not because they
might use a Leica - just because they either reflect and anticipate before
they act or immediately react on the one and only opportunity. 

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At 09:38 03.11.1997 +0100, you wrote:
><I refuse to accept that luck is involved>
>The reality of photography is that it is a game of chance operations. You
>are able to influence certain elements, but it is chance (luck) that has
>made many of the real great images of photographic history. HCB, Winogrand,
>Salgado & Co. won't say the contrary, I guess. Same thing in music and same
>thing in painting. What the photographer basically does, I think, is
>setting up a trap to catch chance. Make many pictures and you will
>increase your chances of producing the exeptional image.
>Gerard Captijn.