Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/08/11

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Eugene Smiths problems
From: "Daniel Ridings" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002 16:25:56 +0200

Rob Appleby wrote:
>I'll just add: when I first picked up a camera in the early 80's, there 
>two people I wanted to be: HCB and WES. In the end, of course, I became RA.
>Oh well... ;-)

Oh well, if you're going to admit it, so will I ... add Robert Frank.

I think what appealled to me about Smith was his attitude that he was 
dealing with an art. I was a frustrated artist turned to journalism ... the 
closest I could get to photography training and keep peace within the 

I wonder if my attitude hasn't changed since then. I was disappointed to 
learn that the lower right-hand corner of "Dr. Schweitzer marking timbers" 
was superimposed from another negative.

There's a nice pocket edition of a Smith's work in Phaidon Press' "55" 
series (55 pictures ... nice printed ISBN 0 7148 4035 1 ...

I'm glad noone has gotten upset about the OT ... :)

All the best,

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