Some Thoughts After A Visit Today....

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    Went to one of the local museums this morning and thought I would share some thoughts on what was there. First was a nice selection from the permanent collection of several well know artist, then there were other works from the museum collection by various artist, including a nice Photogravure (sp) that I took interest in after the recent threads. There were several by Ed Curtis from his works out West. There was a very large Orotone - artist unknown, must have been at least 16x20 and was magnificent..subject was the CA Redwoods and it looked like you could just step into it.

    The main reason for the post, and the reason I stopped to see what was going on, is there is a 'Special' Exhibit on the Lewis & Clark trail. All of the work was done with a pano camera (don't recall what size - 6x17 I think), all color - which I did not mind, and the output was digital. Films were scanned and output to digital. For the first time, I really understood what everyone complains about the 'saturated' color of Cibas or Digital..it was just a tad too much. After seeing some dye coupler prints earlier, plus the plt/pld prints and all of the wonderful silver prints these just left me feeling....unhappy, the colors were not 'right'.

    Was wondering if anyone else has had this feeling.
     
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    Every time my camera club has a print competition. It's a wonder there's enough ink in those little containers to print some of them.
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    who was the work by?
     
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    I was by Brent Phelps, a photographer who is currently an associate professor of visual arts at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. There is a smaller display of his artwork at the UNT art gallery which is free to the public--the Amon Carter exhibit is $6. I agree, Mike, I wasn't very impressed.

    I was up there today, too, but must have arrived after you left (didn't get there until 3:45). The 16x20 orotone was quite a sight to see--looked incredibly 3-dimensional, but rather dark/muted in tone. What really impressed me was the sparkle in the albumen prints on display. I didn't pay for the exhibit (after seeing part of it at UNT I wasn't going to for over the $4 student fee to be unimpressed), but they did sucker me for $100 in the gift shop for the Revelations Diane Arbus book.
     
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    That was it Jeremy, since I'm a member it did not cost any extra.

    Yeah, I was there around 10:30 a.m. - I like to get there before everyone else does - more time to look without anyone wanting to get by. Agree with you about the orotone looking dark, but so far everyone I have seen is like that. This one is actually much lighter than most I have seen, and was really taken by the 3-d look of it. The albumen prints are one of the reason I go up there all the time...they are unreal, in my mind they really blow away many of the prints you see. Did you get a chance to see the 4 half dome prints by AA? It was a great exercise in how much difference paper can make with a print. One was from the original portfolio, one was a modern print and don't recall what the other two papers were - but one could really see the difference in the prints. Then there was a print by Steglitz I think it was - one plt and one pld...these were really interesting to see.

    You did not miss much by not going to the show, if you had already seen some of his work...now that book, hmmmm!! I was hoping to get 'An Enduring Grace' by Laura Gilpin, but it appears to be out of print - so will have to check the used book market, or just goggle it.
     
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    I really enjoyed the Double Take section, too. For everyne else: the Amon Carter had a small room where they hung different printing interpretations of a photographer's single image. The AA print on the luminos charcoal (???) was quite different than the work I am used to seeing from him. I always go into the gift shop with the intent of buying a membership, but always spend that alloted money on a book instead and don't have enough left over for the membership!