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

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Subject: [Leica] Ansel
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Mon Mar 7 20:01:41 2005

I don't believe I called it crap - I was simply making the point that
crap is universally revered, so universal reverence doesn't necessarily
translate to quality...That's all. No, I don't think his work is crap in
the sense that a Kincaid's or a Keane's is crap. I just think his work
is banal. But as I said at the very beginning of this now painful thread
- that's my minority opinion. :-)

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Sent: Monday, March 07, 2005 7:07 PM
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Subject: Re: [Leica] Ansel

Isn't that a little harsh B.D.? AA's work may not be your cup of tea, 
it's hardly crap. I myself may not be a huge Adams fan, but he was an
extremely talented man.


On Mar 7, 2005, at 9:07 AM, B. D. Colen wrote:

> Well, first off - of course there were!
> Second, I, too, would like to have a body of work so universally
> revered
> - I would just hope that mine, like that of, say, W. Eugene Smith,
> Robert Capa, Richard Avedon, or Henri Cartier-Bresson was worth being
> revered. (And NO - I am not saying that I am worthy to have even 
> carried
> their equipment. ;-) )
> The sad reality is that far, far, far more people revere the paintings
> of Keene, or of Kincaid, than have even HEARD of the photographers
> just mentioned. Universal veneration does not quality make.:-)
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