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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    Well, nobody can really be responsible for those people, and who'd want to?

    Anyway, I' like to discuss his photography. The article indicates a body of about 15,000 pieces of work, so it was certainly not a passing fancy. The site has about two or three dozen.

    There is a nice little page on the sight devoted to his equipment and methods, in his own words. He shot PlusX and later, TriX.
    JB,

    Following on your suggestion I did a quick review of a couple of dozen of the photos on the website.

    Sorry, but I think they are "nice shots" but they reveal that Barry's calling was not photography.

    They do provide an interesting historical record, however, of and earlier, more bucolic, AZ. The one that existed up until the boom began after the water and electric resources made possible by the Salt River Project started coming online around 1980.

    EDIT: BTW, I think his photographic work tailed off after the 1950's. One might say he was a bit of a "renaissance man"; another might use the term "dilletante".

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    Quote Originally Posted by copake_ham View Post
    JB,

    Following on your suggestion I did a quick review of a couple of dozen of the photos on the website.

    Sorry, but I think they are "nice shots" but they reveal that Barry's calling was not photography.

    They do provide an interesting historical record, however, of and earlier, more bucolic, AZ. The one that existed up until the boom began after the water and electric resources made possible by the Salt River Project started coming online around 1980.

    EDIT: BTW, I think his photographic work tailed off after the 1950's. One might say he was a bit of a "renaissance man"; another might use the term "dilletante".
    I'd have to disagree, I like the most of the ones I've seen, and 15,000 self processed negs over 50 some years is hardly the work of a dilletante.

    I think its quite allright to not find anothers work to your taste, however, calling an obviously serious photographer a dilletante is a bit much.
    That's just, like, my opinion, man...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    I'd have to disagree, I like the most of the ones I've seen, and 15,000 self processed negs over 50 some years is hardly the work of a dilletante.

    I think its quite allright to not find anothers work to your taste, however, calling an obviously serious photographer a dilletante is a bit much.
    Well, you might say that his lack of recognition as a photographer is a VAST LEFT WING CONSPIRACY to deny him his due because of his contrary political beliefs to that of those generally attributed to the "ARTISTIC ESTABLISHMENT".

    Or you might say that they just generally are not all that impressive. Quantity of output is not a substitute for quality.

    His pictures are no worse than mine. But that ain't saying much!

    Anyway, fair enough to disagree - I've given my accolades here to Mr. Goldwater where I think he deserved them. I'll leave the thread now for others to discuss.
    Last edited by copake_ham; 02-02-2007 at 11:25 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by copake_ham View Post
    BTW, I think his photographic work tailed off after the 1950's. One might say he was a bit of a "renaissance man"; another might use the term "dilletante".
    Some people have jobs George, and succumb to corrupting their artistry for that sake. Barry certainly did have a hiatus from photography in the early 1940s, frivolously flying cargo airplanes through (not over) the Himalayan mountain passes. I wasn't there (hadn't been born yet) but I have heard that was one of the most dangerous things a person could do. What a chump! Bet he missed the best shots of his life doing that.

    BTW, please don't bother reviewing my photos. I'm quite sure I qualify for your bucolic dilletante award. Thank you. I'm proud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Hawley View Post
    Some people have jobs George, and succumb to corrupting their artistry for that sake. Barry certainly did have a hiatus from photography in the early 1940s, frivolously flying cargo airplanes through (not over) the Himalayan mountain passes. I wasn't there (hadn't been born yet) but I have heard that was one of the most dangerous things a person could do. What a chump! Bet he missed the best shots of his life doing that.

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    Alex,

    Could you please explain to me how the above comments relate to the QUALITIES of Goldwater's photography?

    He's been lauded on this site for many attributes - as you just have done with a recitation of his WWII missions. And, in fact, I mentioned his 1950's surveys of the Grand Canyon - did you read the whole thread here?

    But, more to the point, how do your comments add to the erstwhile forgotten appreciation of his photography?

    Isn't this what I think JB wanted the discussion narrowed down to?

    Don't single me out by name as the one who doesn't appreciate the man's photography. Last I checked, other than what has been dredged up here today, no one even knew there were family using his name to extract a few bucks selling his pedestrian photos!

    He may be your "god" - he's not mine!

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    After browsing through the website with his photography and words, it seems to me that Barry Goldwater might very well have been a contributing and enthusiatic participant on APUG, if APUG had been available to him, and he had had the time.

    Just think of the discussions he and George and Roger could have engaged in!

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    On one extended photography trip, Edward and Charis Weston spent some time with the Goldwaters. Read all about it in her book "Through Another Lens."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Mitchell View Post
    On one extended photography trip, Edward and Charis Weston spent some time with the Goldwaters. Read all about it in her book "Through Another Lens."
    That's interersting Bill. It appears to me that he was friends with Adams and Weston before he became a "name" political figure.

    As far as his photography is concerned, and from his own words, he wanted to capture the essence of the land he loved, Arizona. I think he succeeded in that. No, he was not quite on the level of Adams or Weston, but I don't understand why being on that level should be a necessary criteria for success. On the contrary, I think its highly to his credit that Adams and Weston became friends. The connection of those friendships would have surely been photography. And again, his photography preceeds his political career by a good amount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Mitchell View Post
    On one extended photography trip, Edward and Charis Weston spent some time with the Goldwaters. Read all about it in her book "Through Another Lens."
    The Goldwaters (i.e. Barry and before him, his parents) were a prominent family in AZ arising from the wealth they'd made as merchants.

    They were also sophisiticated and educated people in a land that at the time, was still characterized as a "rough and tumble" society. At the time of the Weston's; AZ was defined by the 4"C's": Copper, Cotton, Cattle and Climate.

    It was a mining state; with a nascent agriculture based on the Hoover and Roosevelt Dams that began to harness water resources; as well as a dry ranching location (requiring large spreads - see the story of Sandra Day O'Connor's family for this aspect); and ,finally, a location where well-off people who'd contracted tuberculosis went "for the cure".

    It is unsurprising that the Westons would have called on the Goldwater's - who were prospering by merchanting these industries.

    Thus, I'm not sure what the point is here - except, perhaps, to underscore the point I noted about dilletantism.

    Maybe I should have said that Barry Goldwater was an amateur photographer, as he was also an amateur radio operator, who leveraged his position as a prominent scion of a wealthy merchant family to rise to political prominence.

    But as I look at the photos on the website, I see ordinary compositions that are more "reportorial" than inspired. They provide an interesting historical chronicle of a time and place (AZ from the 1930's to 1960 or so). But so what? If they didn't have his name on them - would anyone today consider them noteworthy?

    I doubt it.
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    If they didn't borrow theri pedigree from a completely separate field, they'd be entirely forgotten. My point exactly.

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