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 on: Today at 12:44:24 PM 
Started by ripgriffith - Last post by ripgriffith
By which definitions? :-)
Susan Sontag, among others.

 on: Today at 12:40:32 PM 
Started by Dave (Isle of Skye) - Last post by ripgriffith
  A bit like the recent huge emphasis on our Remembrance Day (end of WW1).  It is really about remembering those that died in the great war - but it feels to me like the government use it to show solidarity with our armed forces now.  Fair enough you might say - but they have been led into the quagmire that is Afganhistan and Iraq and we are expected to show unstinting support for these ventures because of the suffering of the soldiers.  We talk about the 'heroes' and it eases the suffering of the soldiers and their relatives of those who are killed or maimed (somewhat).

Wonderfully said, Jim.  I want to share a quote from the playwright, Paddy Chayefsky, from his film The Americanization of Emily :

"It's not war that's insane, you see. It's the morality of it. It's not greed or ambition that makes wars. It's goodness. Wars are always fought for the best of reasons: for liberation or manifest destiny - always against tyranny and always in the interest of humanity. So far this war, we've managed to butcher some 10,000,000 humans in the interest of humanity. Next war, it seems we'll have to destroy all of man in order to preserve his damn dignity. It's not war that's unnatural to us. It's virtue. As long as valor remains a virtue, we shall have soldiers....

We shall never end wars... by blaming it on ministers and generals or warmongering imperialists or all the other banal bogeys. It's the rest of us who build statues to those generals and name boulevards after those ministers. The rest of us who make heroes of our dead and shrines of our battlefields. We wear our widow's weeds like nuns, and perpetuate war by exalting its sacrifices."

 on: Today at 12:40:11 PM 
Started by Eric Gulbransen - Last post by audiodoc
Really-so degrading-Let's stay on a higher plane than that.

 on: Today at 12:32:16 PM 
Started by ripgriffith - Last post by Isaac
It makes you look like an obnoxious idiot.

What does that little rant make you look like?

 on: Today at 12:30:35 PM 
Started by Brian Hirschfeld - Last post by joezl
I also own a Mamiya 67II. I haven't used it for years, since I started using digital cameras. The Mamiya is the perfect camera for my style of work. It is my favorite camera so, even though I no longer use it, I don't want to sell it. Go figure! The OVF is big and bright and the lenses are great. I've been hoping for a digital equivalent for years. I've considered the Sony RX1r but it has a fixed lens and the add on OVF isn't very accurate. If you're shooting film and enjoy using rangefinders the Mamiya 6's and 7's and any of the Fuji 67, 68 or 69' "Texas Leicas" won't let you down.

 on: Today at 12:29:41 PM 
Started by ripgriffith - Last post by Isaac
All photographers are, by definition, surrealists.

By which definitions? :-)

 on: Today at 12:27:38 PM 
Started by ripgriffith - Last post by amolitor
Let me clarify for (one of our) local pedants.

There are surely applications of the word "authenticity" which would be useful and correct.

Really, picking at individual words and phrases is so childish and tedious. It's the sport of the Internet, to be sure, but I really wish people would leave it. It's stupid. It's boring. It makes you look like an obnoxious idiot.

 on: Today at 12:24:43 PM 
Started by ripgriffith - Last post by ripgriffith
Given that HCB was a surrealist, I'm not sure what role "authenticity" might play in his work, and what it might mean.

There are surely definitions of the word that would make sense and be applicable, though.

All photographers are, by definition, surrealists.

 on: Today at 12:21:27 PM 
Started by wmchauncey - Last post by armand
On my iPad it looks a little too much saturation was applied !?

 on: Today at 12:16:56 PM 
Started by Chris Kern - Last post by armand
If you did not see it I also played here: with some files.
I'll try some of your suggestions and see if there is any improvement.

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