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    Ansel's contact show

    October 27 to November 25, 1936, at the American Place gallery owned and operated by Stieglitz, Ansel exhibited 45 prints from negs made between 1931 and 1936.

    Most were 8 x 10, some were 4 x 5, all were contact prints.

    This was Adam's initial show in New York.

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    Darn it. I read this post and at first thought it was about an upcoming show of Ansel's contact prints. I'd certainly make it down to NYC to see that!
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    I apologize Robert,

    I had been doing some reading and just thought I would share that bit of historical trivia which surprised me.

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    I saw a show in Gainesville, Florida last summer that had a number of Ansel's contact prints - or, perhaps, some were small enlargements. The prints were from a private collection. It was very surprising to see some of his familiar images printed small and less Wagnarian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Wooten
    October 27 to November 25, 1936, at the American Place gallery owned and operated by Stieglitz, Ansel exhibited 45 prints from negs made between 1931 and 1936.

    Most were 8 x 10, some were 4 x 5, all were contact prints.

    This was Adam's initial show in New York.
    I saw shows as late as 1970 wherein the Adams prints were contact prints. They were beautiful, too. All of 'em.

    I've also seen a lot of his marvelous early work ruined by enlargement.

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    Out of curiosity, were Adams' contact prints on Azo? I don't remember him talking about Azo in his books (I might be forgetting though), but I think he'd be someone to use that paper.
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    Adams did use Azo (it is mentioned in the book on making 40 photographs and I quote him in my update article on Azo), but he used other silver chloride papers as well. Back in the 30s and 40s photographers had a selection of silver chloride papers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael A. Smith
    Adams did use Azo (it is mentioned in the book on making 40 photographs and I quote him in my update article on Azo), but he used other silver chloride papers as well. Back in the 30s and 40s photographers had a selection of silver chloride papers.
    Thanks. I've only flipped through that book a couple of times, and obvioulsy I missed it.
    -Grant

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    I remember a story about a critic that lamblasted Adam. He said that the exhibit was boring and dull, because the prints were all the same size. I don't recall which show it was? But, I believe, Adam's wanted to prove that content is more important context in judging works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garryl
    I remember a story about a critic that lamblasted Adam. . . .
    With a few notable exceptions, if you can't "do", you teach. If you can't teach, you become a critic.
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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