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Subject: [Leica] Magnum & the Dying Art of Darkroom Printing
From: benedenia at (Marty Deveney)
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2012 19:08:27 +1030
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These notes are from the photographer, not the printer.  They mark up
a proof like this and then the really fine tuning starts.


On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 6:42 PM, Tarek Charara <tcharara at> wrote:
> You'd have to make those note at some final stage so that you don't start 
> the whole trial and error process all over again. years later when you 
> need to print again.
> All the best from Paris!
> Tarek
> -------------------------------------------------
> Tarek Charara
> <>
> Le 8 mars 2012 ? 06:06, Mark Rabiner a ?crit :
>> I cant figure out if this is an example of a kind of obsesive compulsive
>> psychosis or an attempt at humor. There is also a famous one of a head 
>> from
>> Avedon. An image marked up way past any reason or comprehension.
>> I'll tell you what I think it is its drugs in the 80's.
>> But it might be Public relations. Your clients are supposed to think that
>> even though you ?yourself are not making the prints the relation between 
>> you
>> and your assistant or printer is so involved that its worth all the
>> ridiculous money they are paying you for the job and or print.
>> In reality when you go through sheets and sheets of paper in the darkroom
>> its a rather organic process of trial and error. And you cant be reminded 
>> of
>> it from a mark up or controlled by someone giving you a marked up thing 
>> like
>> that. The printer has to sweat it out themselves. Adams called it a
>> performance of a score. But your head is not buried in the score. You have
>> to look up from time to time and cue your orchestra.
>> --
>> Mark R.
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