Monthly Archives: September 2005

Portfolio review

Over the past two weekends I made roughly thirty-five prints (about half color and half B&W). Yesterday afternoon Leslie K. Brown, curator of the Photographic Resource Center at B.U., looked over my portfolio. It was a good experience — rather … Continue reading

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Paper comparison for B&W

The setup: Epson 2200 MIS Ultratone (UT7) inkset – including the Eboni matte black ink Adobe Photoshop CS Image working/color space: Adobe RGB (1998) 16-bit RGB mode Paul Roark UT7 for 2200 curves loaded into adjustment layers Photoshop “Print with … Continue reading

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Writing about B&W printing

I’ve said it before: printing black-and-white photographs at home is a dark art. Of course, printing B&W in a traditional “wet” darkroom takes years of learning and mistakes before you can count yourself among the elect. What’s the best paper … Continue reading

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What’s going on?

We finished painting the first floor of our house early last week — Churchill Hotel Ecru walls and Barnwood trim — but there’s just so much going on right now . . . The Newton Camera Club started the 2005-2006 … Continue reading

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Drive-by Photos, Part 1

Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Part One — Northwest

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Rhode Island Drive-by

“You know, if you had picked a smaller state — like Rhode Island — you could be done with your project.” Lisa and I were talking about my Commonwealth project, which was winding up its second year. “I bet you … Continue reading

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Developing World v. Third World

The term “third world” puts my teeth on edge. And I’ve heard it in the news a lot recently. Can we stop using it? I know that it’s a translation from the French, supposedly to designate “one third of the … Continue reading

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Appropriation in photography

You still have a few days left to read for free the New York Times‘ review of “Acting Out: Invented Melodrama in Contemporary Photography” at SUNY Purchase. (After the 8th, you’ll have to go to your library to read the … Continue reading

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Lies, Damn Lies, and Photography

A couple of photography exhibits challenge some cherished beliefs about truth. In Australia, one explores photographs as one of the “most problematic forms of visual representation.” Another in the Boston area exposes the limits of digital truth in contemporary photography. … Continue reading

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Flood readings

Sepoy over at Chapati Mystery gives the subcontinental perspective — and links to many interesting articles — on the floods in New Orleans and Bombay. (Sepoy, a grad student in the U.S., has quite an interesting and readable blog, by … Continue reading

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Floods

A few weeks ago I almost posted this snippet from the BBC: “Why does a week of heavy monsoon rain kill more than 400 people, cause damage estimated at nearly $700m, and completely paralyse life in a bustling metropolis?” ask … Continue reading

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