Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/05/16

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Subject: [Leica] Arbus
From: images at (Tina Manley)
Date: Sat, 16 May 2009 20:07:41 -0400
References: <17248FBB73F2415394F52A285C22FECD@Family>

At 07:50 PM 5/16/2009, you wrote:
>Anybody seen Fur??  It's the imaginary biography of Diane Arbus 
>starring Nicole Kidman. Should I look out for an imaginary Leica?

Probably not:
"Diane made another profound change with her camera. Previously, she 
had been using a Leica, which is a 35-millimeter camera. When used 
with the popular films, the pictures often exhibit a significant 
amount of grain. The visual perspective is that the grain slightly 
obscures the image. To Diane, grain was another version of a mask and 
undesirable. So she switched to a rollei medium format camera that 
offered two advantages. The camera provided sharper prints and less 
grain. In following her thread on realty, I believe that Diane wanted 
to remove any barrier that separating the film from the soul of her 
subject. In addition, the camera also had the ergonomic location 
advantage of being held at waist level. So, Diane was able to 
maintain a better connection with her subjects."


Tina Manley 

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