Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/07/14

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Subject: [Leica] The Barnack Award, or bubble gum photography!
From: saganicc at MSKCC.ORG (Saganich, Christopher/Medical Physics)
Date: Wed Jul 14 09:35:27 2004

I didn't recognize the place and I go there regularly.  He does capture a 
certain quality which reflects an off season feel, or mid-week early 
afternoon feel.  On weekends the place is a circus.  

Chris Saganich

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Leonard 
J Kapner
Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2004 12:28 PM
To: 'Leica Users Group'
Subject: RE: [Leica] The Barnack Award, or bubble gum photography!


I don't know what "bubble gum" photography is, but I find this series of
images for the most part rather contrived, dull and uninteresting - a pale
imitative reflection of the Arbus photo-documentary approach to subject

But, maybe that's how Coney Island comes across to the European observer...



-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Slobodan
Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2004 9:03 AM
Subject: [Leica] The Barnack Award, or bubble gum photography!

I decided to enter this year's Oskar Barnack Award 2004 competition. I
figured what did I have to lose but a little bit of mail cost. It's been an
interesting experience, in that it's like throwing something into a big
black pit and not hearing when it lands.
They finally posted the results on the Leica website, and I have to admit I
wasn't disappointed. Most of their past selections have shown a predilection
toward a particular style, or mannerism, that is essentially European in

I kept mulling of what it reminded me of, when it dawned on me where I've
seen the like of it before. In this case, more like where I've heard it
before, as the term bubble gum popped into my brain.
I guess that this is their way of going after the youth market, by selecting
what is essentially 70's retro imagery. In other  words bubble gum
S. Dimitrov

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