These are two SEPARATE topics.
How are they separate? How are medium and imagery not tied together? Your original post was about your frustration that young photographers aren't aware of people that influenced the medium 70-100 years ago. I don't know what they have been showing you, and it may be Flickr type stuff, but maybe not. Are you aware of current trends in photography? Can you humor us and name three very influential photographers working within the past 10 years?
I trust Kodak not at all. Their outrageous history in this area is available for everyone to read.
Wilhelm, I have a lot of confidence in. BUT, his tests are limited. They do not take everything into consideration. They can't.
RC papers are no good. Don't use them for serious work. They are also visually inferior, but most people can't see it.
I have an image of a sunflower on my wall that I shot slightly OOF to emphasize color and form over detail. It looks like a painting, and I like it quite a bit. Should I not have produced that image unless I painted it (i.e., I should deprive myself of it because I can't paint)?
What you're describing is mixed media art, with some photographic element. This has been happening since the 60s at least. You're moving into a more general "all art is crap nowadays" topic.
I'm doing the best I can.Quote:
I don't think YOU are paying attention.
1. How you got there, platinum, silver, digital, does not matter. The final image is all that matters. I DID NOT say, anything goes under all circumstances.
2. You have a responsibility to your buyers not to use materials you know to be garbage. Knowingly selling trash is called swindling.
Where did I say "70-100 years ago"? You keep trying to put words in my mouth.
As for photographers working in the last ten years... I see new work constantly. I will not play your silly game.
Current trends in photography, now or at any time, cannot make the history of photography irrelevant.
(Personally, I think mixed media is to art what the one man band is to music, but to each his own.)
I never said they were irrelevant. I think you are putting too much emphasis on what you think other people should know in order to make photographs.
People sell trash as art all the time. C-prints sell at auction for vast amounts of money despite their fading.
As for the time period, you didn't, I did. As for my "silly game", I only asked for any three names. I looked at your work and can see the time period that influenced you, is it not fair for these kids to look at someone more current for inspiration? If you started in photography in the late 1970's looking at people working 20 years earlier, then why shouldn't they be looking at people working in the late 1990's and early 2000's?
i find it very odd you poo-poo what wilhelm says for rc prints, but you hold in high regard what he says for ink prints.
all sorts of claims were made just a few years ago about archival ink/pigment sets, and they were all wrong. i have no confidence in what the institute has to say.
its just said to sell media, nothing else, and to appease an industry in its infancy since the traditional industry was nearly dismantled.
if i want to call them hand painted photographs,
or bleached and tinted cyanotypes or hybrid prints
i can do that. i can and also call them photographs ...
so if you weren't talking about a photograph not being a painting from an artistic perspective
what were you talking about ? there is a whole history of photography + drawing + painting + engraving being in bed with eachother
are you suggesting these types of photographs have no "history" in photography ?
a literalist is the last thing i would ever want to be ...
This is beginning to get tedious.
Do you REALLY think a violinist trying to make his violin sound like a tuba is going to produce important music?
Great paintings are made by painters, NOT photographers trying to make their photographs LOOK like paintings.
Great photographs result from photographers wringing the very best out of the photographic medium, not by trying to make the photographic medium imitate some other art form.
If you think otherwise, then you won't mind your brain surgeon using a spoon instead of a scalpel.
I seriously doubt you shot that sunflower out of focus on purpose.