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Subject: [Leica] Talking about good books
From: Borges & Marinho Fotografia <>
Date: Thu, 01 Jun 2000 00:10:07 -0300

  Talking about good books, I found one few years ago in a flea market that 
I consider a very good reading for all the Photographers including the Zone 
System Club and
Fine Art Brotherwood(wich I'm member).

  PHOTOGRAPHY Artistic and Scientific
  by Robert Johnson and Arthur Brunel Chatwood
  London, Downey and Co. York Street, Covent Garden, W.C.  1895

  In one of the chapters, they wrote:

  "The aim of the photographer should be to produce by means of his camera, 
and by the aid of greater or less technical skill, not merely exact and 
minute copies of the objects wich he photographs, but photographs wich 
shall be the expression of his feeling and taste, and as such shall be 
entitled to rank as work of art. We are well aware that very few 
photographers look on their work from this point of view; they claim the 
title of Artist, but are ignorant of even the elementary laws of art. An 
amateur of exceptional technical skill showed us not long ago a negative of 
wich he was most proud; it had in all the elements wich might with a little 
taste have made a picture, but he expectd us to admire it only on account 
of its technical perfection and sharpness. One might read an advertising 
"Beecham's Pills" standing in the middle of a field some half mile distant.

  Nothing sounds more actual than this Book from 1895 !!  In fact, I think 
this book is a kind of photography Bible, maybe was wrote by Nostradamus...

  Sorry about the Size of this email, but I tough I would share this with 
all my friends from Lug.


  Luiz Marinho
  Sao Paulo - Brasil