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    Yes there is. Not only photgraphy, I would claim they also print differently.
    As far as I am concerned.
    I feel the Americans are more harmonious and the Europeans more political and harsch in their photos. Not necessarily the motiv but the way it looks.

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    there are as many differences in how photography or art is accepted as there are people viewing it.
    it is easy to draw broad stereotypes about all of one group or all of another but it is individual not group.
    topless models are on billboards &c in france ( for example ) but that would not fly in the usa, not even with "pasties"
    just like all-you-can-eat-buffets are like a virus in the states but people don't seem to be as gluttonous outside the usa ...
    when i was a kid the "7-11 super big gulp" was pretty much the largest soft drink sold, anywhere ... now it is just a "medium"

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    "...but people don't seem to be as gluttonous outside the usa ..."

    Oh really!? Come visit us in Australia to view "the other" gluttons...

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    pasties?
    In the UK, pasties are meat-and-pastry confections much consumed in the South-Western regions ...

    "Nude with pasties" ... now there's something not even Bill Brandt in his pomp would have come up with

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
    Oh really!? Come visit us in Australia to view "the other" gluttons...
    Or those 9 courses meat meals in Argentina (or maybe its only 6).
    Nice work. You have a very talented computer.

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    Some examples of cultural differences that prevail from Asia; Chinese (generally) perceive B&W images to represent the notion of the past, and more predominantly with someone/thing that has died. As such, appreciation of B&W imagery as an art form is not overly common amongst Chinese ethnics, although the world does evolve. A more general Asian mentality with respect to purchasing, for example, prints from a gallery exhibition of "good" documentary photography is "why would I want to hang a photo on the wall of someone I don't know!"

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    There is a divide according to extensive surveys done by EK. This divide is growing smaller as time passes, but it is there. It crosses a multitude of lines based on ethnic group and continent as well as religions beliefs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    There is a divide according to extensive surveys done by EK. This divide is growing smaller as time passes, but it is there. It crosses a multitude of lines based on ethnic group and continent as well as religions beliefs.

    PE
    PE, can you elaborate as to what nature this divide takes as noticed by EK?

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

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    You need to look at the effect of the early Topographic photographers in the US quite different to Europe, then European switch much earlier than the US to smaller formats. Most importantly the very different effect of WWI & WWII on European photography. WWII almost killed photographic history as a continuous evolvement, materials were in limited supply in the UK the Government had asked people to give up high end cameras for military use and even after WWII new cameras were in very short supply until after 1950.

    The first UK Art Photography Degree course only started in the 1970's, we hardly saw the work of US photographers until around the same time, It was the Family of Man Exhibition being shown in London that changed things here.

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    Well, one is that men tend to take a different style of photo than women, and although some disagree with me here, in Islamic cultures and some others, women are not allowed to take pictures.

    As noted, the Chinese have the B&W / Color bias, and we have observed that Europeans prefer a different grade of contrast and color palette. Those are just a few.

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