Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/14

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Subject: RE: [Leica] OT reference material/equipment questions
From: Paul Chefurka <>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 13:47:25 -0800

The biggest problem with Freeman Patterson is that after reading one of his books you want to shoot like him, and what's worse, he's given you the tools to do it!  He's been responsible for more camera club memberships than any other dew-drop-covered spiderweb photographer in Canada (and I mean that as unkindly as it sounds).  I can't think of anyone who has destroyed more potential individualism in budding photographers.

I prefer to drink the technical stuff and the artistic inspirations from different wells.  In many ways I prefer tech books that contain absolute junk photography - you're less tempted to emulate the illustrations.


- -----Original Message-----
From: John Collier []
Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2001 3:56 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] OT reference material/equipment questions

Is this all not getting far too personal and vindictive? Can we just drop it
and get back to the original question on good reference materials?

I have greatly appreciated books by Henry Horenstein and Freeman Patterson.
They have the technical information but the emphasis is on personal
aesthetic expression.

John Collier