Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/11/28

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Subject: [Leica] Sam Abel/ Richard Prince
From: amr3 at (Alan Magayne-Roshak)
Date: Fri Nov 28 09:39:48 2008

On Thu, 27 Nov 2008 Tina Manley <> wrote:

>Yea, Sam Abel!!  I totally agree, especially the part about the "art 
>world" not accepting editorial photography as being worthy of being 
>considered "art" but a copy is art.  I also like his comment that 
>Prince's work is obviously plagiarism and that the copy is breaking 
>the Golden Rule.  I attended a master class taught by Sam Abel at 
>Santa Fe and thought at the time that he had a lot of good common 
>sense.  This article only confirmed my first impressions.  I wish 
>somebody would knock "art" critics on the head with this kind of logic.
I'm not surprised at how Sam is taking this situation.  I met him at a news 
seminar in 1977, and was very influenced by his pictures and his 
personality.  He had 
such an aura of calm and serenity(as did his work), that it was almost a 
mystical experience 
to sit and talk with him. 
I wish for that "knock" too.  Once I was rejected for a photo show at a 
Racine, Wis. museum, 
and when I attended the opening and was talking to the director, he 
indicated with his hands 
that art photography was "up here", and journalistic pictures were "down 
there".  I was not 
impressed with a lot of the photos that ended up on the walls.


Alan Magayne-Roshak, Senior Photographer
University Information Technology Services
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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