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    There are some people who let success get to their heads, but I think the really serious artists are too focused on their work to worry about celebrity.

    I was at a party last week at a publishing house focused mainly on journalism and human rights, and a writer/photographer came in and walked up to a few of us and said, "let me introduce you to a friend of mine. He's a photographer, Bruce Davidson," and I'm thinking, "wow, I'm finally at one of those New York parties people talk about all the time," but what a completely informal, unassuming guy. I asked him what he was working on, and he said he was producing a solo show for the Boston MFA, and talked about how it was great to work with the young, independent-minded curators there, and he said he was working on another project in LA, but felt he needed to find a local writer to collaborate with, so he wouldn't come off as an "East Coast snob."

    If he didn't have that kind of accessible, easy-going personality, he probably couldn't do the kind of documentary work he does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    If he didn't have that kind of accessible, easy-going personality, he probably couldn't do the kind of documentary work he does.
    That kind of attitude is worth a million bucks!

    BTW.. when David A Goldfarb writes, I genuflect. Please don't let that go to your head!

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    I have always been heartened by the humbleness and directness of APUG people like PE, Ralph Lambrecht, and others.
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    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guitstik View Post
    +1 P.E. is my hero.
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    I would love to use the "FP" flash setting on my camera, but I cannot find "Flash Powder" anywhere... such is life.

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    Some of the hero worshipping leads people up blind alleys as they automatically assume the posters are always right, and the lack of rigourous questioning compounds the errors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    There are some people who let success get to their heads, but I think the really serious artists are too focused on their work to worry about celebrity.

    I was at a party last week at a publishing house focused mainly on journalism and human rights, and a writer/photographer came in and walked up to a few of us and said, "let me introduce you to a friend of mine. He's a photographer, Bruce Davidson," and I'm thinking, "wow, I'm finally at one of those New York parties people talk about all the time," but what a completely informal, unassuming guy. I asked him what he was working on, and he said he was producing a solo show for the Boston MFA, and talked about how it was great to work with the young, independent-minded curators there, and he said he was working on another project in LA, but felt he needed to find a local writer to collaborate with, so he wouldn't come off as an "East Coast snob."

    If he didn't have that kind of accessible, easy-going personality, he probably couldn't do the kind of documentary work he does.
    Wow... very cool David. I saw him speak a couple years ago in New Orleans, and he seems like a very down to earth photographer who was quite generous with his knowledge. I'm looking forward to seeing his show in Boston.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Kershaw View Post
    Yes, it is surprising who turns up here every-so-often.[SNIP]
    How true. There is a member here who used to work for the same employer I do, and I met him back when I worked in Seattle many moons ago. Total surprise. I won't say who, but he may in fact be retired and out practicing Australian right-hand turns on his Webster cycle (only a traffic signal engineer would get that one)...

    This is a truly outstanding forum IMO to both learn and share information. I've learned a fair amount from numerous members in the short time I've been here, and I was actually able to help someone else out a few days ago from prior darkroom experience I had. Always feels great when you can give back something to the community.

    I've said enough, I'll shut up for now.
    I would love to use the "FP" flash setting on my camera, but I cannot find "Flash Powder" anywhere... such is life.

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    As well as changes in active members, the ambience of APUG seems to subtlety change over time.

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    I'm not sure why any successful photographer would feel the need to be arrogant on a forum made up of mostly hobbyists, but often, those concerned with technique and science don't get on with the artists.
    The person who commented about wanting to 'emulate' a photographer may not understand that this person could have spent his whole life developing his style, technique and art. His rudeness may have been a reaction to somebody trying to find out his secrets. In the same way, those concerned with photography as an exact science may be rude to very talented photographic artists with great eyes, natural ability with a camera, but lacklustre technique. The 'scientists' might be miffed that all their time spent learning the science hasn't paid off so much in terms of compelling photography.

    This is without a doubt the best resource for the craft, with lots of very knowledgeable people always willing to share, but the artists tend to get what they need from APUG and carry on with their voyage into expressive photography.

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