Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
Why do some photographic images have a sense of presence? I am not referring to carefully hand-crafted prints in this question, but images. Take some of Fox Talbots or Atget’s images, which exhibit a wonderful power of presence. They are merely a photomechanical process. So how can such a detached process embody the soul of the creator?
I think your answer is in your question. They both may have considered their work to be "carefully hand-crafted prints".
They also may have considered the medium to be more than "merely a photo-mechanical process" or a "detached process".