Finally made it over to the Carter yesterday, and re-visited Avedon's In The American West. It was really a wonderfull experience, and since I have been IN the darkroom more recently, and in part due to changes in viewing photography because of APUG was able to 'see' this exhibit with new eyes.
First was the appreciation of the pure SIZE of these prints, some so large that they had to be printed in sections...did not recall this from the last time I saw them. Next was how white the whites are and how black the blacks are, really quite amazing to me, the mid tones are just incredible. Next would be the 'look' each print has, the bokeh of the lens maybe, not sure....but where the image is sharp well each wiskered old timer looks like it would ripe the hide of a horse, you can almost smell the coal on the miners, feel the grit and grime on there clothes....well you get the point.
These images are real....it's the only way I can put it and each one leaves you feeling like you just looked into the soul of the subject. If you happen to be in the North Texas area for some reason or get a chance at any time to see some of these prints, do yourself a favor and see them....don't think you will be sorry you did.