Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/03/07

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Subject: [Leica] Ansel
From: leicaluvr at (Tom Schofield)
Date: Mon Mar 7 10:07:52 2005
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One thing we can thank him for is that his work is regarded by many as being 
largely responsible for acceptance of photography as an art medium in the 
first place.
Tom Schofield

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Slobodan Dimitrov" <>
To: "Leica Users Group" <>
Sent: Monday, March 07, 2005 9:16 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Ansel

> Out here in California, AA created a log jam with his work. Just about 
> everything was judged against it. It stifled the creative atmosphere, and 
> it kept other very venerable hands of the medium from getting their just 
> do. This was due to the very narrow market for this kind of work. With AA 
> saturating the market with prints geared to every level of sales, from 
> lithos to finished prints, it left little room for the others.
> Never mind that for the longest time, one's work was judged whether or not 
> one was one of his associates from the seminar circuit.
> S. Dimitrov
> On Mar 6, 2005, at 5:16 PM, B. D. Colen wrote:
>> Hey, I KNOW I'm in the minority. But keep in mind that the record holder
>> for photo book sales and calendar sales is that Australian woman who
>> shoots babies as fruits and vegetables. :-)
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:
>> [] On Behalf Of
>> Tom Schofield
>> Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2005 8:12 PM
>> To: Leica Users Group
>> Subject: Re: [Leica] Ansel
>> I once heard that AA's annual sales were higher than all other
>> photographic
>> art sales.  I guess that would put you in the minority!  ;-) Tom
>> Schofield
>>> On 07/03/2005, at 9:27 AM, B. D. Colen wrote:
>>>> That's fine, if you consider Ansel a Saint. I don't. I consider him
>>>> one of the great darkroom masters of all time, and a wonderful
>>>> photographic technician/innovator (the Zone system, etc.). But when
>>>> it comes to photography per se, I'm in that minority that consider
>>>> him a purveyor of boring calendar art. ;-)

Replies: Reply from enitka1 at (ernie nitka) ([Leica] Ansel)
Reply from s.dimitrov at (Slobodan Dimitrov) ([Leica] Ansel)
In reply to: Message from bdcolen at (B. D. Colen) ([Leica] Ansel)
Message from s.dimitrov at (Slobodan Dimitrov) ([Leica] Ansel)