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Re: Jose Ortiz-Echague and Fresson


Several reasons I can suggest.

There may also be personal connections of which I am not aware. But here are some of the things that may have moved them.

At the time Ortiz-Echague was one of the most famous photographers in Europe, and had been using the Fresson paper for almost 50 years. Perhaps they felt that they owed him the favor.

And, he was one of the most powerful men in Spain and a person of great accomplishments outside of photography. He was one of the first pilots in the Spanish, rose to the rank of General in the Army, and served as President of both SEAT (a company that produced cars) and of another company that produced airplanes.

Basically, I figure they came to the conclusion that their secrets were safe with him, given his age at the time and his status in Spanish society.


At 9:41 PM -0600 5/21/07, Christina Z. Anderson wrote:
When the Fresson family
ceased commercial distribution of the paper they
provided him with the technical knowledge to coat
his own paper, and he constructed a coating
machine and thereafter called his process
"carbondir" (carbon directo) so as not to offend
the Fressons.

Why would, do you think, the Fresson family share their secrets with him and yet not with anyone else since then?

I notice they still do Sheila Metzner's work as well as Deborah Turbeville's...