Category Archives: Photography

Requiem in Pace, Kodak

A case study in how to kill a great company It took a long time to completely bugger the company, but 2o years ago, a lot of us knew what was in store. If not for Kodak, I wouldn’t be … Continue reading

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Sometimes the Magic Works, and Sometimes it Doesn’t

December 1-12, 2011 London, Brussels, Charleroi, Mons, Amsterdam, Brussels, Charleroi, Mons, Brussels, London Aboard the Eurostar to London And so we bid a fond adieu and afscheid to Belgium. It’s a grey country; not just the grey of December, but a special … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Print

    This is where it began; it’s not much. There’s something in there. But hiding. The background is two sheets of cold rolled steel, blued and oiled. Blueing involves cleaning the oil off the steel with phosphoric acid, applying … Continue reading

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Why The Palladio Company Went Away: The True History of its Demise

Some of you may remember The Palladio Company, which made machine coated platinum-palladium photographic paper. That was my baby. And in it’s youth I gave it up for adoption, wishing it well in all it’s future endeavors. The idea of … Continue reading

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Inexorable Change and Resisting the Nature of Things

I hung on to summer tightly, tightly. Mostly, I hunger for shorter days and the hermetic gravity of the weak sun, bone deep warmth of a fire, and the long quiet nights. How odd of me to resist. It was … Continue reading

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Curators, Museums, The Critical Eye, and the End of Innocence

So, I had arrived; a one man show, at The Marcuse Pfeifer Gallery, on Madison Avenue (way before Soho and Chelsea were hot). I’m leaning on the counter, chatting with Cusie, (wow, this is real!) when in walks Susan Kismaric, … Continue reading

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Where I went wrong, at an early age

Death is the Mother of Beauty: Wallace Stevens When I was 8, or so, on the walk home from school, I found a flattened chipmunk corpse by the side of the road. I brought the tail home to Mother. Proudly, … Continue reading

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