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    Quote Originally Posted by David Henderson View Post
    I've been to a few exhibitions of his work and viewed his prints "in hand". The thing that struck me, beyond the fact that his work is exquisitely presented, is that the colouration of his work varies from one image to the next. Some look distinctly sepia, some vaguely pinkish, and some a beautiful indeterminate warm tone that I find it impossible to describe as a particular colour/tone. At the Banbury exhibition mentioned above the prints covered a long period and the differences in tone were very apparent. I think he has changed papers and approach to toning prints very substantially and from what I've sen of more recent work, is still doing so.
    He also change cameras and formats too. His early prints from that exhibition were made on 35mm, and the grain was very evident.
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    there is a half light doco you can youtube ( google video ) as well... very informative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Hawley View Post
    Stated another way, no magic bullets save for the man's experience and ability. Common materials available to everyone.
    Exactly.

    As far as contacting Michael about his process, I wouldn't hold my breath. If he even answers, he would tell you it is not the materials that make a photographer. In fact, I'd be VERY surprised if he talked at all of process. Not his thing.

    William Scott, Rolfe Horn and Jason Langer all used to print for him. You might try asking one of them. They all have email and websites. Bill Scott, is one of the kindest people you'll meet. Might be a good place to start. All will tell you there are no special tricks. The trick is not looking like Michael! There are already enough Kennabes out there and the look is wearing thin.

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    BTW - Michael not so long ago was printing for Ruth Bernhard.

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    The YouTube video is nice intro to his thinking & working methods. Thanks, "el wacho", for the suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doughowk View Post
    The YouTube video is nice intro to his thinking & working methods. Thanks, "el wacho", for the suggestion.
    That's an excellent video. Thanks for posting the link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billschwab View Post
    Exactly.

    As far as contacting Michael about his process, I wouldn't hold my breath. If he even answers, he would tell you it is not the materials that make a photographer. In fact, I'd be VERY surprised if he talked at all of process. Not his thing.

    William Scott, Rolfe Horn and Jason Langer all used to print for him. You might try asking one of them. They all have email and websites. Bill Scott, is one of the kindest people you'll meet. Might be a good place to start. All will tell you there are no special tricks. The trick is not looking like Michael! There are already enough Kennabes out there and the look is wearing thin.

    Bill

    BTW - Michael not so long ago was printing for Ruth Bernhard.
    Bill Scott's website is http://www.williamscottart.com/

    If you get a chance to take a workshop with him, I highly recommend it.

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    Well what do you know. I started this thread and clearly I have my head up my butt. Come to find out he is my neighbor and I could literally ride my bike over to his house. I never even heard of him till a few months ago and the video posted says he is the most influencial landscape photographer of our time. All I want to know is how he got the split color, warm lights and neutral darks, in his prints so I am going to write him and ask him. Whatever, it doesn't really matter except that I really liked the way it looked and have no idea how to do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billschwab View Post
    Exactly.

    As far as contacting Michael about his process, I wouldn't hold my breath. If he even answers, he would tell you it is not the materials that make a photographer. In fact, I'd be VERY surprised if he talked at all of process. Not his thing.

    William Scott, Rolfe Horn and Jason Langer all used to print for him. You might try asking one of them. They all have email and websites. Bill Scott, is one of the kindest people you'll meet. Might be a good place to start. All will tell you there are no special tricks. The trick is not looking like Michael! There are already enough Kennabes out there and the look is wearing thin.

    Bill

    BTW - Michael not so long ago was printing for Ruth Bernhard.
    Bill is right, Michael will give very little insight into his process...except to say I sepia tone my prints, etc... he speaks in very broad terms. He is a very nice person. William Scott answers e-mails fairly quickly and has been very helpful when I have had questions for him. I do collect some of his work as well so that might have influenced his decision to help me, however, I do believe he would try to help anybody that contacts him as he is a very down to earth kind of guy.

    Bill is also right about the kenna look. For instance, a lot of my work looks similar and I have tried intentionally printing my work to not look like his...but in the end some prints only look good with that dark kind dark quality. Would I print that way if I have never seen kenna's work. Some prints maybe...others perhaps not. I have had many debates with myself and others regarding printing and I think that no matter how one prints their work, someone could point out photographers whose work looks similar. The problem is that kenna is so prolific that people who may have never seen his work could print in a way that many others would say is similar to kenna. Micahel certainly has carved himself out a niche that others can't duplicate without being compared to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Simmons View Post
    Micahel certainly has carved himself out a niche that others can't duplicate without being compared to him.
    It is no wonder that many try to replicate his style considering how successful he has been. I doubt there is a photographer alive, or dead that has enjoyed such wild success in their own lifetime. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy either. If you do get to meet him, you will find he is one of the more kind and gracious people in this business. I remember once in New York sitting near him during a book signing. It was like a rock star was in town. The line went out the door of the Robert Mann Gallery... down the hall... down the elevator... out the door and down the block. One after another, people (obviously photographers) asked him the same things over and over... "what kind of film do you shoot?", "what kind of paper do you print on?", etc, etc. It was endless, yet each and every person was treated as if they were the first person ever to ask those questions of him.

    The next day I mentioned to him how hard it must be to deal with the same questions time and again and remain so gracious. What he told me was perhaps the best lesson I have learned in this business. Basically that these people are interested enough in his books and prints to part with their hard earned money to acquire them and that he was grateful for each and every one. Truly a great guy.

    Anyway... as for all the lookalikes, it is only natural I suppose. look how many people there are still trying to be Ansel Adams. He's really the only other that has been so widely known.

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    Interesting discussion,

    I greatly admire the work of Man Ray and Ed Buffalo.

    I have sought to do solarizations for years, years and years, finally a good friend introduced me to the manuscripts of Mr Jolly who basically laid out the formulas in terms I could understand.

    I waited for a couple of years and delibertley did not look at any Man Ray or Ed Buffalo work so as not to be influenced by them when I tried my own work. Even though I greatly admire them I did not want to photograph similar subject matter.
    It sounds like Kenna is a good dude and great influence to many photographers and it is tough when you admire someones work so much not to mimick them in a way, hopefully it is a tribute to their work more than a dead rip off.
    I cannot tell you how many people have been influenced by Anton Corjbin and his lith printing techniques.I know that I tried for years to be able to match the printing style and along the way I discovered a whole world of printing lith styles that I now head to , before the film, paper toner that AC printer used.
    I see nothing wrong in looking for influence and along the way bringing some of your own vision to the table.

    I will bet a couple of beers every great photographer was influenced by someone else and used them as a starting reference point.
    Look at Salgado's image of the two men fighting one with rifle, and then compare that to HCB image of the group judging the women after world war two. If Salgado wasn't greatly influenced by HCB I will eat my shorts.

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