Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2011/04/18

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Subject: [Leica] Photo show advice wanted.
From: afirkin at (afirkin at
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2011 03:24:58 -0400
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I think it can work, but should be an addition to a collection of 'static'
images, that the viewer can come back to. The risk is putting too many
images up. The mind can only take so much. An exhibit of more that 100
images is a BIG exhibit, and most do not concentrate enough to get through
that sort of load. I think "hit them" with the best shots in limited
number to leave an instant impression; moving screens should be reserved
for those few who then want to delve further.

> 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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In reply to: Message from lrzeitlin at (Lawrence Zeitlin) ([Leica] Photo show advice wanted.)