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Subject: RE: [Leica] That McNally Book! --Slobodan --
From: "Jay Coleman" <>
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2002 21:07:56 -0700

I saw the exhibit when it was at Grand Central Station in New York.  As I
understand it, they were shot on the giant (40x80) Polaroid camera.  The
prints you see are the originals (being Polaroids).  They are terrible.
While I do not feel they are as bad as Slobodan says in terms of
composition, although they could certainly be better given the subjects, the
technical quality is very bad.  They are green, either from improper color
temperature on the lights or improper handling of the materials and not
particularly sharp given their direct nature.  I mention the technical
aspect not for its own sake but because it detracts from the pictures.  When
you are making a 40x80 of the kind of subjects McNally had, the point is to
make it technically perfect.  Why bother otherwise with the giant camera and
the studio?  well, corporate sponsorship, maybe ...

Jay Coleman

- -----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of S Dimitrov
Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2002 6:11 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] That McNally Book! --Slobodan --

Take a look at them. Then ask yourself, would I want to be portrayed in
the same manner. Or have your family, for that matter, photographed like
Don't let their size intimidate you, that's just corporate
monumentalism, trying to make you bleat.
Slobodan Dimitrov

"James A. Gatlin" wrote:
> Slobodan.... as you know, ads for the Skirball display are all over the
> radio airwaves.
> I was thinking about heading out that way one day this week just out of
> curosity.
> I have to pass by on the 405 a couple of times anyway.... so why not?
> Tell me... what about it in particluar turns you off?
> Jim G.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "S Dimitrov" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2002 5:10 PM
> Subject: Re: [Leica] That McNally Book!
> > While I have no interest in seeing this farce, some of the Angeleno LUG
> > members might be so inclined. 'IT' is in our town as we speak, in vivo.
> >
> > ...and just when I thought it couldn't get any worse with "Survival in
> > Sarajevo" last month.
> > That was a case where a journalist had the mendacity to think he was a
> > photographer. While the 35mm material was just bearable, the 120 work
> > was resoundingly hideous. Definitely the work of a preening dilettante.
> > That the two should bookend each other comes as no surprise.
> > Slobodan Dimitrov
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