Anyway, I' like to discuss his photography. The article indicates a body of about 15,000 pieces of work, so it was certainly not a passing fancy. The site has about two or three dozen.
There is a nice little page on the sight devoted to his equipment and methods, in his own words. He shot PlusX and later, TriX.
Following on your suggestion I did a quick review of a couple of dozen of the photos on the website.
Sorry, but I think they are "nice shots" but they reveal that Barry's calling was not photography.
They do provide an interesting historical record, however, of and earlier, more bucolic, AZ. The one that existed up until the boom began after the water and electric resources made possible by the Salt River Project started coming online around 1980.
EDIT: BTW, I think his photographic work tailed off after the 1950's. One might say he was a bit of a "renaissance man"; another might use the term "dilletante". ;)
I think its quite allright to not find anothers work to your taste, however, calling an obviously serious photographer a dilletante is a bit much.
Or you might say that they just generally are not all that impressive. Quantity of output is not a substitute for quality.
His pictures are no worse than mine. But that ain't saying much!
Anyway, fair enough to disagree - I've given my accolades here to Mr. Goldwater where I think he deserved them. I'll leave the thread now for others to discuss.
BTW, please don't bother reviewing my photos. I'm quite sure I qualify for your bucolic dilletante award. Thank you. I'm proud.
Now then, Jason, you were saying-----
Could you please explain to me how the above comments relate to the QUALITIES of Goldwater's photography?
He's been lauded on this site for many attributes - as you just have done with a recitation of his WWII missions. And, in fact, I mentioned his 1950's surveys of the Grand Canyon - did you read the whole thread here?
But, more to the point, how do your comments add to the erstwhile forgotten appreciation of his photography?
Isn't this what I think JB wanted the discussion narrowed down to?
Don't single me out by name as the one who doesn't appreciate the man's photography. Last I checked, other than what has been dredged up here today, no one even knew there were family using his name to extract a few bucks selling his pedestrian photos!
He may be your "god" - he's not mine!
After browsing through the website with his photography and words, it seems to me that Barry Goldwater might very well have been a contributing and enthusiatic participant on APUG, if APUG had been available to him, and he had had the time.
Just think of the discussions he and George and Roger could have engaged in!
On one extended photography trip, Edward and Charis Weston spent some time with the Goldwaters. Read all about it in her book "Through Another Lens."