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    Ray;

    You are looking at digital images. His Dye Transfer prints are truly beautiful when seen in person.

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    OK, I'll bite...

    What is the significance of the name "Ctein". That is, why did he change it? And the follow-up, why doesn't he use his given name?

    (As a kid, I was the one who would just ask the guy in the wheelchair, "why don't your legs work" instead of tiptoeing around him. Embarassed my parents when I did that. So this line of questioning falls into the same "if you don't ask, you won't know" catagory).
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    And my answer would be.........

    Ask him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    And my answer would be.........

    Ask him.

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    Composing polite email right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    Ray;

    You are looking at digital images. His Dye Transfer prints are truly beautiful when seen in person.

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    that's an over used excuse PE

    i don't find the subjects, compositions, lighting or perspectives to be anything special regardless of how the images are presented

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    Ray;

    I have one of his prints in my posession, and the digital image on his web site does not do it justice.

    But, each to his own, so think what you wish.

    And I do agree about the overuse as an excuse as you noted, so there is truth in what you say. OTOH, he is a well respected photographer and author, and his books are selling well. He is one of the editors of Photo Techniques.

    This time last year he gave a lecture at the George Eastman House IIRC.

    Not many of us can add all of that to their resume. There must be a reason.

    PE

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    Dear Folks,

    A couple of you have written me to alert me that Will started a thread about meeting me at WFC. He told me he was going to; no surprise there. But enough questions, explicit and otherwise have come up that I figured it would be easier to post directly here.

    (BTW, I know quite a few of you, and a couple of you have encouraged me to post to APUG in the past. The reason I haven't (and may not ever, beyond this thread) is not that I don't find it (and y'all) interesting, but that I have way too little time to do all the writing and correspondence I'd like to. If anyone here's got them to offer, I would pay VERY good money for several extra hours a day.)

    Anyway...

    Will, I kept my eye out for you the day after we chatted at the party, but didn't seem to run across you. Sorry; I'd have much enjoyed continuing our conversation, which was a bit too difficult to maintain in a noisy party.

    In the small world category, Laurie Toby Edison has been my dearest and bestest friend for over a quarter century. And I've been friends with Beth Gwinn for a bit over 20 years. In the picture of me at Boskone, I'm standing just to the right of Laurie's table; unfortunately, you can only see the back of the top of her head. But her two books are visible at the center bottom. And the woman in the background is Bayla Fine, a long-time friend of Laurie's and a very good bud of mine. In fact, she's snoring away as I write this-- we're taking a couple of days to tour upstate New York together.

    The Christmas in California prints in the art show were Epson pigment inkjet prints. Much of the CiC series also exists as dye transfers, but frequently the inkjet prints have turned out *better*! That's because getting natural-looking tonal rendition in that subject matter requires a characteristic curve that's high unnatural for silver-halide materials. Easy to achieve in Photoshop, not possible even with dye transfer in the darkroom. Dye transfer prints have a wider gamut and substantially greater tonal range, but having better control of the tone and color placement trumps that for many of these images.

    Getting a single name is easy; ya just asks the court ta do it! And throw a few hundred bucks their way. Getting all your personal documentation changed is mostly perseverance and tedium (pretty much every ID system has a mechanism for dealing with single names, but they're all different). Anyway, Ctein is my sole and legal name, just not the one my parents handed me. It started as a nickname in college. It has no significance; it was created by quasi-random typing on a typewriter. Eventually it took over my life.

    Folks could probably ferret out my old name, but I'd prefer they didn't (or at least not publicize it if they did). First, it's not the name I choose to use, and I think that's my choice to make. Second, I know of two other photographers in Northern California alone with exactly the same name as my old one. Imagine the confusion that could result from that name being associated with me, too! So, thanks in advance for your consideration.

    Finally... Ray, don't apologize for your taste! If everyone in the world liked my work, I'd be extremely famous and moderately rich. Which I ain't. Conclusion follows. Conversely, even the extremely famous and moderately rich photographers have folks of taste and discernment who do not like their work. No one has universal appeal. I'd have to be insanely unrealistic and either incredibly insecure or supernaturally egotistical to expect or demand such, and I'm none of those.

    pax / Ctein

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ctein View Post
    ... Ray, don't apologize for your taste! If everyone in the world liked my work, I'd be extremely famous and moderately rich. Which I ain't. Conclusion follows. Conversely, even the extremely famous and moderately rich photographers have folks of taste and discernment who do not like their work. No one has universal appeal. I'd have to be insanely unrealistic and either incredibly insecure or supernaturally egotistical to expect or demand such, and I'm none of those.

    pax / Ctein
    well put Mr Ctein, as is the rest of your post, you are obviously a man of many talents, perhaps i should rectify my ignorance in regard to yourself and your work, you are obviously held in esteem by some number of your peers

    Ray

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ctein View Post
    Dear Folks,

    --- snip ---

    pax / Ctein
    And thus spake the horse's mouth. Thank you for answering my questions.
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    Ray, If you're going to give my work a second look, I'd suggest you go to the monographs (http://ctein.com/monographs.htm). Then you can choose among five different groups, each one organized around a theme, that pretty well covers the (narrow) breadth of my work. Pick the one that most interests you. If none of them do, it's a fair bet that nothing else I do will.

    You can ignore the fact that these works are all digital prints. My aesthetics and sensibilities are pretty consistent regardless of the medium. From an artistic perspective, you aren't going to hate how I work digitally and love how I do dye transfer (or vice versa).

    pax / Ctein

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