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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 "descreening" option.

Christina Z. Anderson
----- Original Message ----- From: "Judy Seigel" <jseigel@panix.com>
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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 the
titles, creating temporary shortages on websites such as Amazon.com. Amazon
seems to base prices of some merchandise on the recent demand and supply of
an item causing huge spikes in the selling price compared to the normal list
price. If you are a frequent reader of the Online Photographer blog you may
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 names
of photography. A great blog to place on your favorites list.

Don Bryant