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 11:16:09 2004

The thought occurred to me that most of the text, for example, "But what was 
once a sophisticated stretch to stroll along and amuse oneself, has, over 
recent decades, turned into a rather shabby place covered in weeds and 
rust," is totally wrong for the present, but correct for the 70's and 80's.

I can only conclude this is some attempt to show the decline of American 
culture and civilization, from a European perspective.  I don't blame them 
one bit.

Chris Saganich

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Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2004 1:39 PM
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Subject: Re: [Leica] The Barnack Award, or bubble gum photography!

I admit that after looking through the images - and they aren't big
enough to really see - I found nothing that attracted me. "Not in the
audience" I guess. I don't know why this images, which feel cold and
distant, should be of value unless those who view them believe they
stand above and beyond their subjects with a certain kind of cool

Oh well. I didn't go to art school. What do I know?


On Wed, 14 Jul 2004 09:03:13 -0700, Slobodan Dimitrov
<> wrote:
> 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
> execution.
> 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
> photography.
> S. Dimitrov
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