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Re: Truth Beauty book

Chris wrote

> What I cannot understand, though (forgive my opinion here), is that
> generation's fascination with the Michallet paper that had strong vertical
> lines.

Chris, when I look at the Demachy prints I see someone trying to make
photos look like chalk drawings. He chooses the red chalk color and
uses the tiniest brushes lifting out highlights to emulate academic
drawing standards of the 19th century. One of the prints in the St.
Louis show a couple of years ago of fishermen pushing their boat up
onto the beach had remarkable details in the hands. Knuckles that we
would understand without further delineation in a photo he had
carefully highlighted no matter how dense the shadow it hovered in.

I love the prints but think it is a very interesting look into the era
that he felt compelled to such extremes. In that context his use of
common drawing paper texture seems a natural.