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Subject: [Leica] Photo show advice wanted.
From: rgacpa at (Bob Adler)
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2011 20:10:59 -0700 (PDT)
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I did see the display at your show Doug, and I agree that it was terrible. 
But I 
think that it was completely uncalibrated; the images were blown out and not 
sharp (probably showing jpegs?). It was also small.
I think a video display could be a good adjunct to a show, but a print is 
special. It's the complete presentation that makes it; the matting, the 
the kind of mounting (shadow box, recessed, etc.), the signature. The 
presentation is an integral part of what you show and hard to recreate on a 

I recently saw a display used, about 50" or 60" LCD, that combined landscape 
video with images. It was pretty cool to see the environs that the artist 
using via video and then to see some awesome images that were found there. 
music. Sound from the venue. And there were prints on the wall from the same 
display. So it really added to the depth of what you learned of the 
artist/photographer. I could see it being used at Big Sur, Pt. Lobos or 
very easily and really making for a terrific presentation.

So just like cameras and lenses, different films, chips, chemicals, etc., 
another tool we have that can expand our arsenal of how we convey our vision.
 Bob Adler
Palo Alto, CA

From: Doug Herr <wildlightphoto at>
To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
Sent: Sun, April 17, 2011 6:53:51 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Photo show advice wanted.

I agree with Ken and Bill.  Blue Wing Gallery had a large digital frame 
photos that I hadn't printed for the show and IMHO (perhaps those who have 
the exhibit can offer their opinions) the photos in the digital frame were 
nothing like the prints on the wall.  Might as well browse a website.

Doug Herr
Birdman of Sacramento

-----Original Message-----
>From: Bill Pearce <billcpearce at>
>Sent: Apr 17, 2011 6:49 PM
>To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
>Subject: Re: [Leica] Photo show advice wanted.
>Generally, I agree with things you say, but I have to say here, I think 
>idea sucks. For one thing, who wants to be examining a particular piece of 
>art and have it plucked from our eyes? Also, most digital fromes are rather 
>smallish, and I know that there are many of my pieces that look  like crap 
>at less than 8x10, not to mention all the stuff I've shot with the Xpan. 
>Which brings to mind, Next August I have an exhibit at a local gallery, and 
>many of the things shown are potical prints from xpan negs. Digital 
>just don't make it.
>On the other hand, for an exhibit by a group of University students, this 
>could be good.
>Bill Pearce
>-----Original Message----- 
>From: Lawrence Zeitlin
>Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2011 7:50 PM
>To: Leica LUG
>Subject: [Leica] Photo show advice wanted.
>This Sunday, in my post retirement avocation as a free lance art critic, I
>was asked to review a major New York area photo show. The show was the 29
>Annual Exhibit of the Photographers of Northern Westchester, sponsored by
>the Croton Council of the Arts. If you are familiar with the the
>photographic ecosystem of the New York area you will immediately recognize
>that Croton-on-Hudson is one of the few bedroom communities surrounding the
>city in which affluent and successful photographers, advertising executives,
>and TV nabobs choose to live. Others are Westport, and Katonah. (But never
>in New Jersey.)
>First let me say that the show was excellent, even judged against the high
>standards of the LUG. That's to be expected considering the occupations and
>the skills of the contributors. But the reason I'm posting this is to get
>opinions on a proposal offered by one of the show's organizers. As many
>photographers know, finding gallery space is difficult. There are more image
>makers out there than there are walls. Local galleries schedule shows two to
>three years in advance. What the show organizer wanted to know was if
>photographers would accept having their images shown on large professional
>quality digital displays rather than as paper prints on a wall. In effect
>the photographers would be time sharing the available space and could be
>able to exhibit a whole portfolio rather than a few mounted prints.
>So I am soliciting the opinion of Luggers on this question. How would you
>feel if a photo show consisted of an array of digital frames, each with a
>portfolio of pictures? The advantage is that more photographers could could
>exhibit more works. The disadvantage is that it flies against the
>photographic and artistic tradition of paper or canvas images on walls.
>Larry Z
>P.S. Of the 62 fine photos hung in the show, only 6 were in B&W.
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