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Photogs / Photo Exhibits This is the place to discuss a particular Photographer (work, style, life, whatever), as well as to post Gallery and Museum Photo Exhibitions and your own impressions of them. As we march on in this new digital world, it is often too easy to forget about the visual importance of the photographic print, as well as their financial importance to the photographer. It is also interesting to remember that some guy named Gene Smith shot with lenses that many lens test reading "never had a picture published in their life" amateurs would turn up their their noses at, as being "unacceptable."

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Ralph Gibson~ NY Times ~ 5 March 2018
Old 03-06-2018   #1
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Ralph Gibson~ NY Times ~ 5 March 2018

Thought some here on RFf might Enjoy this article... I Did !!

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/05/l...ph-gibson.html
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Old 03-06-2018   #2
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Most excellent Helen, thanks for sharing.

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Old 03-06-2018   #3
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Thank you Helen! Ordered the book
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Forgot how great that guy is..thx Helen!
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Many thanks Helen - I'd just watched a recent interview with him last week. I have one of his books - really enjoy his images
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Yes. Thanks, Helen. Gibson was just becoming known about the time I became interested in photography. Selections from his first books were published in photo magazines of the day and I've admired his work since then. He has always been an inspiration. I bought "The Black Trilogy" last month when it came available.
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He is known to use TRIX 400 pulled to 100 ~ 200 iso. And develop in Rodinal. The time is 1+25 for 7 or 11 minutes, this is based on the old TRI-X formula.

This is from our member [email protected]; I wonder if he didn't use a deep red filter on some shots too.

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Old 03-06-2018   #8
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Fantastic pics, thanks for posting!

Digital shmidital, just grab some film and go shoot!
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He is known to use TRIX 400 pulled to 100 ~ 200 iso. And develop in Rodinal. The time is 1+25 for 7 or 11 minutes, this is based on the old TRI-X formula.

This is from our member [email protected]; I wonder if he didn't use a deep red filter on some shots too.

Thanks Helen!
In the interview I watched I seem to remember he said he uses digital these days. Great images whatever
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Thanks for posting.
I think one of those pictures is art.

"I don't know what art is, but I know it when I see it" Abraham Lincoln
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“The one time in my life when I insisted on taking all the credit and all the blame, when I stood for my personal autonomy, I was recognized.”

Thanks for posting this Helen..
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In his pre digital days..he used a Focomat 1C enlarger w/Focotar wide open.
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Great article thanks! Buying myself a copy of his book
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Thought some here on RFf might Enjoy this article... I Did !!

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/05/l...ph-gibson.html
Thanks for sharing, Helen.
He is one of the greats. He made me see the light.
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Many years ago I bought a copy of “The Somnamubulist” and was entranced by Mr. Gibson’s work. Somewhere along the way in one of his books or in an interview he was praising Leica cameras with the statement, “one could wander the world equipped with only a Leica and a 50mm lens and be totally happy.” At that point I became a rangefinder user and a few years later realized my dream of owning an M3 and 50mm Summicron. Hooray to him!

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Thanks for sharing this with us Helen. Somehow this one flew under my radar.
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Fantastic. A complete original. Some really important insights there.
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I'm a big fan, and hadn't seen this - so many thanks for posting the link.

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Thank you. He's one of my favorites. And he's a genuinely nice person.
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I love Ralph Gibson's photographs.
I was once allowed after one of his shows had ended, been allowed by the gallery, to vew all of them, albeit leaned against a wall.
Sadly, perhaps due to RG's age, since getting the monochrom, there are no special images..
I noticed this with other "famous" photographers.
Guess i've started a war!
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Wow wow wow! This is special.
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I'm a big fan of Gibson's work. Thanks for sharing !
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I love Ralph Gibson's photographs.
I was once allowed after one of his shows had ended, been allowed by the gallery, to vew all of them, albeit leaned against a wall.
Sadly, perhaps due to RG's age, since getting the monochrom, there are no special images..
I noticed this with other "famous" photographers.
Guess i've started a war!

perhaps it was because he has been waiting 7 months to get his sensor replaced.

(but we all know the truth is that shooting on film is where the soul and inspiration lies..)
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One of my inspirations, along with music. I met him at the NYC Javits Center years ago in the late '80s at a photo show. He was signing but no one showed up except myself! We yakked about Leicas. He was nice enough to inscribe my copy of In Situ "Dear Steve - keep using that IIIc!"

A wonderful man and a really good guitarist.

I will probably get the book.
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In his pre digital days..he used a Focomat 1C enlarger w/Focotar wide open.


I read in a magazine article long ago that he was using the enlarger that Robert Frank had given him and that Robert had printed the prints for his book The Americans on it


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Thanks for the Inspiration, Guys
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Thanks for the Inspiration, Guys

Michael Kenna, Keith Carter, Ralph Gibson....

Without the influence of that triumvirate---
I would still be a photographer
but a very different one.
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