Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/03/12

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Subject: [Leica] Not Buying M8
From: chs2018 at (Chris Saganich)
Date: Wed Mar 12 09:06:59 2008
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Well again, vision doesn't cease with the shutter.  The extension of vision 
into the darkroom or the computer is often necessary.  Those who are 
solidly grounded in the conceptual framework of extension of vision 
photography or the painterly concepts of photography have little trouble 
with the digital world.  Like solarization or IR film these are obvious 
painterly concepts, removing reality from images, bringing attention to the 
handwork rather then the subject.  Except in the digital world this 
commingling of concepts becomes so subtle that reality can be purged or 
invented without anyone seeing it.  It is like there is violence being 
committed but no one notices or cares, the violence is invisible, and this 
is why the digital world seems sinister to me.  Perhaps in academics there 
is a language for this but I haven't come across it.  There is a new animal 
in the forest and I'm trying to understand what it eats.

At 07:49 AM 3/12/2008, you wrote:
>A great many of the worlds greatest photographic images have come from very
>difficult negatives.
>Difficult as in way over or under exposed;
>Not in focus or otherwise soft.
>Poorly composed.
>A decent image was made from them with someone in the darkroom who knew what
>they were doing.
>Now its a bit easier to do those things.
>And by a lot more people.
>So what?
>A lot more people have Photoshop and are good at it than had darkrooms and
>were good at it.
>This offends the small proud darkroom club.
>Those of us who were able to swing darkrooms.
>I for one am very glad that photography has been made more democratic.
>If that's the word.
>More for everybody.
>Not just those who could swing darkrooms.
>Mark William Rabiner
>Leica Users Group.
>See for more information

Chris Saganich, MS, Sr. Physicist
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
New York Presbyterian Hospital
Ph. 212.746.6964
Fax. 212.746.4800
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