Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/03/19

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Keepers [was: David Bailey...]
From: "Steve Unsworth" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 23:13:12 +0100


I've heard about HCB demanding to see proof sheets.


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[]On Behalf Of Guy Bennett
Sent: 19 March 2002 22:39
Subject: [Leica] Keepers [was: David Bailey...]

On the issue of "keepers" per roll, I particularly enjoy looking at proof
sheets by photographers to see how many shots and what type of angles they
used to get a given iconic picture. There are reproductions of proof sheets
in some of the monographs I have and it's always enlightening to study

One example that comes to mind is a proof sheet of pix by Kertesz. It's in
Bohran's "A.K.: His Life and Work" on page 278, for those of you who have
the book. It shows 21 treatments of a given scene, all slightly different.
There's another example in Boubat's little photograpy manual, "La Photo,"
on page 182 in my old edition. It shows some six variants on his famous
image of a man sleeping on a terrace overlooking Nazaré, Portugal. In both
cases, you can see that something caught the photographer's eye, and they
just explored it for a while, trying a number of variations on the basic
"theme" of the picture.

I've heard (probably on this list) that Magnum likes to see the proof
sheets of photogs they're considering to have as members. Could this be the

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