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Subject: [Leica] An extraordinary collection of 40's Leica images
From: saganicc at (Saganich, Christopher/Medical Physics)
Date: Thu May 26 09:33:15 2005

In my limited experience with shooting, developing, and scanning B&W 
negatives, exposure and film development would be the most crucial step in 
the process.  The images presented are typical of perfect exposures on good 
quality medium speed film developed by a B&W expert.  After that all else is 

Christopher Saganich

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Subject: Re: [Leica] An extraordinary collection of 40's Leica images

The subject matter and compositions are impressive. But I'm also 
impressed by the technical quality of the digital presentations. It's 
not easy to get the tonal qualities reflected in these images. Some of 
the best I've ever seen!

I'm curious to know if they were scans of negatives, or scans of prints 
made from the negs. I'd wish there was some detail on the whole 
workflow, for that matter. The photographs are phenominal. But someone 
had to get them to look good on a CRT.  Was it because of a master 
printer, or a master scanner, or a master Photoshopper, or a combination?

I don't mean to take anything away from the master photographer, who 
deserves the most credit.


Feli wrote:

> Amazing work. Quite a document of the times.
> Feli
> On May 25, 2005, at 10:58 AM, Chandos Michael Brown wrote:
>> Someone in the Photonet Leica forum posted a link to the following site:
>> Evidently these are images exposed in Copenhagen during the war years,
>> but only recently processed and scanned.
>> The discussion here:
>> suggests that all of these images were made with a Barnack Leica and a
>> 50mm lens.
>> In the event, whether he made them with a IIIc or a No. 1 Kodak Pocket
>> Special doesn't matter.  He was one hell of a photographer.  I urge all
>> of you to have a look at these; simply amazing!
>> Chandos
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