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    Quote Originally Posted by MaximusM3 View Post
    I'm not fine with that at all but I don't think you are correct in your assessment. If your thinking is indeed logic, then who are the artists who have gotten the proverbial short end of the stick, with their glorious, but largely ignored, body of work?
    OK, why don't you start by sharing what you believe makes HC-B's work great?

    Now tell me what makes James Nachtwey's work great?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGW View Post
    OK, why don't you start by sharing what you believe makes HC-B's work great?

    Now tell me what makes James Nachtwey's work great?
    I asked the question first

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    Thanks for making my point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGW View Post
    OK, why don't you start by sharing what you believe makes HC-B's work great?

    Now tell me what makes James Nachtwey's work great?
    Ok, here is your mistake...you are comparing. Being analytical/critical of someone's work is not about comparing it to others. Nachtwey's work is great in a much different way. If you want to be hit over the head with a sledgehammer with overpowering images of poverty, death, horrors, narrative photojournalism of some kind, then great, he's your man. I don't find his images universally appealing and that is likely the reason why he's not Bresson. You are seeing things from a purely subjective standpoint while claiming that Bresson's work stands simply by virtue of celebrity status, which is 100% wrong on all counts. Anyway..enough time wasted here..

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    I had nothing really constructive to add, that's why I deleted my message, even though I don't think it's fair to do so in case someone read it and was in the middle of replying.
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    Bresson was able to utilize new tech, take photos, and articulate a philosophy of photography. He was in the right place at the right time as a pioneer and archetype. His content has subjective merit on a continuum of appreciation. Nevertheless he is iconic for his ability for the space he created in popular and artistic culture. Argue all you want over his photographic merits, but his legacy is solid.

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    His work tells a story and that is what makes it stand out. There are so many technically correct photos published (especially with the invention of the web and digital photography) that tells no story it sometimes makes me sick.

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    Very well said, Aristophanes.

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    There always was, and always will be, more to Magnum than HC-B.

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    In such a subjective interpretation of subject matter we are all allowed to have our opinions. HCB is, to me, a true visionary. Instead of focusing on boring details like perfect exposure every time, he focused on content. It's really difficult to argue with his compositional skills, his sense of placing objects within the frame, and of capturing moments of real interest. To me it is his vision that was always his strong point, and I wholeheartedly believe he got the recognition he deserved.
    I don't care what anyone else says about him, because it's what he means to me. I have seen quite a few of his Sid Kaplan printed originals, and every time I do time stops for me; I just stand there and behold, spellbound. Few photographers do that to me, and I have seen a good number of prints in my days. No intellectual justification required. Just pure enjoyment.
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