Re: And how sharp I am was/Re: Temperaprint & Gum

From: Ryuji Suzuki ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 01/31/04-02:40:30 AM Z
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From: Judy Seigel <>
Subject: And how sharp I am was/Re: Temperaprint & Gum
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 15:12:11 -0500 (EST)

> I think by the way (say I, risking a few knives myself) there's ENTIRELY
> too much concern with sharpness in this field. I make an analogy to the
> obsession over archivality that you DO NOT FIND, and NEVER HAVE FOUND
> among painters or persons who draw. That's because they're confident
> about what they're doing, don't feel worried that it's not REAL art, so
> they try to prove a point with archivality. Same with the hand-coated
> processes -- seem not as slick as factory paper, so they try to PROVE it's
> valid by being, so to speak, holier than the pope. Who is the sharpest
> gets to be the best "artist" or the best alt photographer, or...?

If one knows what are the limits on sharpness of his/her material,
which is, say, entirely too much, and this person chooses an inferior
technique for a good reason, that is rational. If one's material and
technique lack enough sharpness and need a reason to be happy with it,
that's suspicious. (Same for archivalness, Dmax, whatever.)

Ryuji Suzuki
"Reality has always had too many heads." (Bob Dylan, Cold Irons Bound, 1997)
Received on Sat Jan 31 02:41:05 2004

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