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Subject: [Leica] KISS vs. slave labor
From: rbaron at (Robert D. Baron)
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2009 09:13:35 -0500
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For those of you in the Los Angeles vicinity, there is/was a
transplanted Frenchman named Gerard (last name escapes me) who was a
real master printer.  He owned a lab called Focus Foto on La Brea; you
can google it and call to see if he is still in business.

He apprenticed in Paris back in HCB's time and may still have a story
or two to tell.

He made some absolutely wonderful prints for me (much better than the
images deserved) when I was shooting film around the turn of the
century (gosh that sounds so long ago)....


===On Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 1:04 AM, Richard Man <richard.lists at> 
> Dr. Ted is of course correct that KISS is best (p.s. Uncle Ted, please send
> me your book and email me the cost, thx), as he said in the HCB thread.
> However, it's also a well known fact that his printer would probably have
> committed murder to salvage the negs if they are not so great. The exposure
> is everywhere. Hence the M8 in auto mode really would have been the best 
> for
> HCB - his printer probably would not lost as much hair! :-) Auto-S mode 
> with
> auto-ISO, RAW mode, that's as simple as it gets, and get a slave printer to
> do your post processing and printing.
> --
> // richard m: richard
> // w:
> // b:

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