Excellent article in today's NY Times
Lots to say about Analogue vs. Digital and the choice of tools.
In general, it is worth registering for the New York Times online if you don't already have it.
Two things of note - first is, while the bulk of the article is about Burnett's use of a Speed Graphic, not one of the images illustrating the story was taken with it.
Second, what wonderful language:
Nonetheless, when listening to Mr. Burnett talk about the evolution of photo technology, you hear a bit of the priest whose temple has been invaded by heathens.
"The change really started with autofocus," he said. "That opened up much of what used to be a more craft-based part of the business to almost anybody. I mean, if you can hold it steady and aim it and push that button, you can get an in-focus sharp picture a great degree of the time. And digital, I mean, now anyone with a camera can shoot one, see how bad they screwed up, try and fix it, shoot another one."
Temple invaded by the heathens.
David Burnett's take on Katrina with Speed Graphic in _National Geographic_--
Click on "photo gallery" for more photos (in color, by the way).
Burnett is just pointing out that to be a photographer, there is a tiny bit more than making a sharp, well exposed picture.
All that other stuff.
Wonder what it is.
"One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid,
and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"
Burnett is one of my favorite contemporary photographers. A few years ago I got a Private Message from him at over at the graflex.org forums. I felt like an 11 year old getting to have a chat with his favoriet baseball player all over again.
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Originally Posted by df cardwell
David Burnett is an incredible photographer!
He uses Holgas as well as the Speed Graphic, not that it makes a difference.
It just shows that he can make incredible photograph no matter what camera he is usung.
I've an aero-ektar stuck onto a speed graphic, and I don't know how he can hand hold that thing. It is heavy.. like 14 pounds heavy. I'm jealous that he was able to sync his rangefinder to that lens too.
I like his pictures. It's nice to see his images in the magazines.
I don't know that he usually hand holds it. I've seen photographs of him using it on a tripod. I think he had Ken Ruth calibrate his rangefinder. He posts occasionally on the forum at graflex.org.