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Subject: [Leica] HCB and Geometry
From: "Oliver Bryk" <>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 17:08:56 -0700

Steve wrote:
"I seem to remember the man himself said it was about geometry.
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Sent: 21 June 2003 22:22
Subject: RE: [Leica] HCB Did It All First
Did someone claim there was a "message" in the work? I missed that one.
Given that the work is about composition and form, I think message is the
last thing one would be looking for."

I quote from the book review by John Banville about which I posted a short
note about a week ago: " everywhere in his work, he has, one might say,
humanized geometry. Asked about this, he will not comment, but his wife nods
firm agreement. He ponders awhile. "I don't believe in God," he says, "but I
do believe in pi." Pen and paper are produced and he dictates some numbers.
It takes me a moment to recognize the formula for the golden section, the
mathematical rule of aesthetic balance which has been used by artists since
antiquity. He smiles his Zen master's smile. He is right, of course:
everywhere in his work the field of vision - apt phrase! - is portioned out
according to this formula; his eye divides the peopled world according to
the rules of the golden section." (The New York Review, July 3, 2003)

Oliver Bryk

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