Re: Truth Beauty book
Yes, the fact that it is not Amerocentric or Eurocentric, having Czech,
Japanese, and Australian chapters is really wonderful.
I have an email into the publisher to see if they are planning on printing
another run. I also asked how many they printed in the first place but
probably they won't answer that question.
What I cannot understand, though (forgive my opinion here), is that
generation's fascination with the Michallet paper that had strong vertical
lines. You can tell it a mile away in a book. I wonder if that paper is
still made and if people nowadays have used it and like it? Demachy and
Kasebier both printed on it, and it also looks like it made its way to Japan
and Czechoslovakia as well, or maybe another brand of that same very lined
paper. It, to me, just seems so out of touch with a soft focus type
print...reminds me of a bad scan job one gets when one doesn't check the
Christina Z. Anderson
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From: "Judy Seigel" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, May 10, 2009 10:02 PM
Subject: RE: Truth Beauty book
Many thanks to Don for mention of The Online Photographer, which my
normally obstructionist browser actually brought me to. I generally agree
with Geoff Wittig's praise & blame, tho I'd probably be more extreme in
both directions. (Having to go to the back of the book to find the medium,
or what he calls the "form," of a print is beyond exasperating.)
It's awfully tempting to buzz up to Rochester to see this show while it's
there... I was in fact fantasizing about a jaunt to Tokyo because I found
the Japanese section (with its amazing gum prints) the most seductive &
amazing of all... also entirely unknown to me previously. In fact I cannot
believe the "Peony" print by Ori Umesaka, 1931. It's a gum print, it says,
so sharp and contrasty (and delicious) I can't help speculating that it
was "improved" in production of the book. (Believe it or not, that's
happened even to me.)
What I'd also like to know is why can't they have these shows in NYC where
they belong ?
On Sat, 9 May 2009, Don Bryant wrote:
To all interested in this book,
This maybe just pure speculation but this title was featured on Mike
Johnson's blog, The Online Photographer, Feb. 9th, 2009, by guest
contributor Geoff Wittig.
Mike regularly features or highlights brief reviews of niche fine art
photography books and this seems to occasionally cause a run on some of
titles, creating temporary shortages on websites such as Amazon.com.
seems to base prices of some merchandise on the recent demand and supply
an item causing huge spikes in the selling price compared to the normal
price. If you are a frequent reader of the Online Photographer blog you
have read some of Mike's comments about this consequence in the past.
Carl Weese, once a frequent poster to the Alternative Photo Process List,
occasionally contributes there as well as other notable and un-notable
of photography. A great blog to place on your favorites list.