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    LensWork - July/August

    I just picked up the July/August LensWork (we finally got it on the shelves today).

    I don't buy every issue, but the portfolio by Alan Ross was just too good to pass up - his work is the kind of B&W that interests me. Great tonal range - I wonder what type of film he uses.

    I almost didn't buy it because of that horrible portfolio by Michael Evans. The images are flat, lacking emotion, and just plan blah..... Sad to see that Brooks would publish such a second rate portfolio as this.
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    Have not seen it yet. Lenswork usually has some great inspiring work in there. I'll have to go out and find me a copy tommorrow.

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    I like Lenswork better when it pushes a little harder. The Ross and Evans portfoios look like they could easily have been made in 1935, not just physically but sensibility-wise as well. For a "newer" art form, photography often seems so static, compared to, say, music or films or painting or sculpture or architecture...

    I was happy to see the writeup on the Seven Days project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjorke
    I like Lenswork better when it pushes a little harder. The Ross and Evans portfoios look like they could easily have been made in 1935, not just physically but sensibility-wise as well.
    Except the Evens portfolio was shot with a D70.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roteague
    Except the Evens portfolio was shot with a D70.
    ...of facades and details dating from 1905 or earlier. The abscence of human presence in both sets of work is saddening, It does not reveal, does not disturb the status quo -- pictures of (and for) bank walls.

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    I liked Evans work, but didn't like the seven days in Romania thing at all. Except for family snaps, I don't like any pictures with people in them.

    Ross's work is outstanding, I have one of his prints.

    Different strokes....

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    Interesting that this thread would show up this morning. As I was driving to work I was thinking about the Evans portfolio and that there was something about it that I just didn't like. It seemed a bit artificial to me. Almost manufactured. Normally I like most if not all of what Lenswork publishes but this one I don't care for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roteague
    Except the Evens portfolio was shot with a D70.
    I've not received my copy yet so I've not had a chance to view the issue, so

    I'm curious why what kind of camera Evens used/uses is signifigant.

    Maybe if he had used a full frame DSLR they would have been better?
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    Quote Originally Posted by donbga
    I've not received my copy yet so I've not had a chance to view the issue, so

    I'm curious why what kind of camera Evens used/uses is signifigant.

    Maybe if he had used a full frame DSLR they would have been better?
    Perhaps if he used film and learned how to print.
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    It think it is unusual to see San Francisco portrayed in such a gloomy manner. Having read the introduction to the section, I wonder if the pictures might be a very good representation of the photographer's state of mind!

    Since Lenswork goes to considerable lengths to reproduce the original, I have to assume that the odd tones were intentional. Some of them are visual equivalents to fingernails on a chalkboard at first look. I will be interested to see how they feel in a couple of months.
    I feel, therefore I photograph.

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