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#80 Our Photo (Party) Game

On second thought, it’s not much of a game, but it is fun to try to picture these in your mind from our descriptions, and then see them here. That’s pretty much the extent of it.

Zdenko Feyfar, “Flax (near Jilemnice)” (1944)

Zdenko Feyfar, “Flax (near Jilemnice)” (1944)


Elliott Erwitt, “Siberia” (1967)

John Guttman “Omen” (1934)

Pirkle Jones, “Cowboy, AZ” (1957)


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#67 The Life/Time Project

I’ve been trying to figure out how to best execute this idea since 1989. First as a book. Then a Hypercard stack, then CD-ROM… CD-I… Website… then Wiki…

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The first proposal (looking for an agent) in 1989

The first proposal (looking for an agent) in 1989

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from Chapter 17

from Chapter 17

from Chapter 28

from Chapter 28


Ross Goodwin, the guy at Google that Suzanne mentions…

http://www.thehypertext.com/2015/12/01/novel-camera/


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#56 Why We Print

(and Happy Birthday Ansel)

The Mac OS Mohave wallpaper photo, artist unknown, and hypothesized to be somewhere around Death Valley.

The Mac OS Mohave wallpaper photo, artist unknown, and hypothesized to be somewhere around Death Valley.

Sand Dunes, Sunrise, Death Valley (1948) by Ansel Adams

Sand Dunes, Sunrise, Death Valley (1948) by Ansel Adams

TOP REASONS TO PRINT:

  1. The selection process is part of the photographic process. It’s an important threshold to subject images to, particularly now that it’s so easy to take images.

  2. They proscribe how an image is consumed. You just don’t know what kind of device your image is going to be viewed on — it could be big or small, cropped by software or through reposting, over- or underexposed by a range of uncontrollable brightness settings on devices, modified in any myriad ways. If you care about the thing you’ve created, you want to control many aspects for how it is to be viewed, and decide how it should be presented— including its size, framing, surroundings, and exposure. Giving this up is giving up too much…

  3. You have to live with an image to know that it’s good. We keep thinking of printing as the deciding moment as to whether something is “good enough” - but we really can’t know that until we HAVE the print, and spend time with it. Printing is part of this evaluation process. (It’s another reason to print often, even if we only frame occasionally.)

  4. The creation of an object. A photo isn’t just an image, it’s a physical manifestation of that image. Ansel Adams said that the negative is the score, and the print is the performance. Each performance is another opportunity to do something amazing. And having a THING that you can hold… look at repeatedly, over time… this is special. Printing MAKES it special. It MAKES it iconic.

  5. The hedge to technology. Sometimes an image is important enough that you just need to make sure it’s not ephemeral, able to be lost or buried. Maybe tech will get better and you’ll always be able to see those digital files, but — probably not.

  6. Legacy curation: when we die, what of these images do we pass along as important. Do we just hand over a key to a cloud account with terabytes of images? tens or hundreds of thousands of images? Who would go through that? And what would they find important versus what you know to be important? Printing takes on this issue and creates an important subset that can be managed, saved, passed along, enjoyed.


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#48 Decorating with Photographs

Suzanne Fritz-Hanson, “Santa Barbara, 2018”

Suzanne Fritz-Hanson, “Santa Barbara, 2018”

Robert Motherwell, Red Sea

Robert Motherwell, Red Sea


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