Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/24

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Subject: Re: [Leica] snapshot! insult or compliment?
From: "Steve LeHuray" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2001 16:54:18 -0500

>>Last year in "American Photo", Cornell Capa called one of his brother's
>>photographs (the little girl running on the street with her mother during a
>>German bombing) "a snapshot". He called it a masterpiece, too.
>>So I do not suppose it really is an insult. It just depends on the image, I
>>Matteo Persivale
>>Milan, Italy
> On a similar note, Andreas Feininger has said of his brother's (T. Lux)
> photographs: "They are just snapshots. Occasionally he'd do a good one. But
> that came as a surprise probably. I don't know. I may be totally wrong."
> While he feels he *could* be wrong, the use of "snapshots" in the above is
> clearly dismissive, as it was in the post that spawned this whole thread.
> And while the discussion of the "snapshot ethic" has proven interesting, it
> think it probable that, when used in reference to the work of a
> professional photographer, the word has undeniable pejorative connotations.
> Guy
......except I wonder why does our very own, well known, professional
photographer, Sal Dimarco sign his posts here with "Happy Snaps" ??? I know
Sal well enough to know he is NOT dismissing anybody's photography.