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Subject: RE: [Leica] New Street Photos from Hanoi. - BACK ON PHOTO RELATED TOPIC
From: "Beddoe, Neil" <>
Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 18:28:39 +0100

Lucky you didn't mention gun control.

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From: olivier nguyen []
Sent: 31 May 2002 17:45
Subject: Re: [Leica] New Street Photos from Hanoi. - BACK ON PHOTO

oh god!  i should more becareful next time i post so I won't bring up such a

topic between capitalism and communism.
sorry everyone.  please close the topic. :)

>From: Ted Grant <>
>Subject: Re: [Leica] New Street Photos from Hanoi. - BACK ON PHOTO RELATED 
>Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 08:50:14 -0700
>B. D. Colen wrote:
><<But this is one of those examples of someone being in a setting,
>observing, feeling, smelling, hearing everything about it, taking a still
>photo, and then thinking that the viewers of that photo will observe, feel,
>smell, and hear everything the photographer did when he pushed the shutter
> >
> > The only thing that's ever in the photo is what's in the photo. ;-)<<<
>Hi B.D.
>You couldn't have explained it more meaningfully. People constantly read 
>kinds of things and feelings into a photograph far beyond what the
>photographer did or felt as all he or she did was .... simply expose a
>moment on film.... sans absolutely everything he or she was feeling at the
>moment of shutter release.
>I mean, look at the comments about Steve Barbour's latest child photograph
>of a kid in a hospital for example.  There was fear of a needle to the
>typical reactions of native peoples to a camera and several other imaginary
>things in their own minds which had absolutely nothing to do with the
>When in reality, it was a sick or recovering child in the hospital. It
>could've been any child. What Steve did was a capture  a moment of stress
>any child has in a strange environment when they're ill.
>There are a couple of things photographers shouldn't do... well OK lots 
>than a couple,  but these will do.  Pre-conceiving before you get to the
>shoot site and putting imaginary feelings into a photograph with no
>relevance to the reality of the moment of exposure.
>However, quite frankly none of us being perfect, we do it all the time. But
>that doesn't make it right, as generally it screws-up what the pictures can
>be or are.
>Ted Grant Photography Limited
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