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Henry Wessel interview.
Old 07-30-2007   #1
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Henry Wessel interview.

Didn't know if anyone's seen this yet, so I figured I'd post it.

http://www.kqed.org/arts/people/spar...e.jsp?id=17900

I found it rather interesting, myself. He and I seem to share a lot of the same views on photography.
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Stephanie,

Thanks for posting that. I got quite a lot from that & I'd never heard of the man before.
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Stephanie,

Living here in the San Francisco Bay Area I was fortunate to see his exhibit at the MOMA and thoroughly enjoyed his photography. I learned a lot but it is better to hear him talk about his photography. The Cantor Museum at Stanford also has wonderful photography exhibits and is a great place to see the fine examples of photographers. Recently we saw an exhibit by Richard Avedon that was simply marvelous.This is the single most inspiring work since I saw an example of Ansel Adams' early beginnings before he went to landscapes, there were actual portraits he took and students milling around the campus where he taught. Great stuff !
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I'd love to meet him and discuss photography with him. I can relate to everything he says about photography because it's exactly how I feel about it. It's *really* nice to find out that a famous photographer actually shares my ideas and that my philosophy isn't just a crock of horse manure.
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Great stuff Steph. As one who lives his part of the USA his images have particular impact. We sense daily (perhaps unconsciously) much of what his photos make explicit.
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That was great, he was able to articulate his philosophy in plain English, and he had the photos to back up his words.
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If we ever go out that way I think I'm going to have to see his work. I'll take some pictures, too, of course.
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Stephanie,

You can see some of his photographs online here...
http://www.cowlesgallery.com/Wessel.html

Work in print was not that easy to come by for many years. Just a few small, scarce catalogs. But there are 2 recent publications of his work from Stiedl now which are very nice.

Note: There was a similar thread to this a week or so ago. see below.

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One of his reported comments has been one camera, one lens. This is really not true but probably close to being true. Stated it is: 28mm lens (Canon) on a Leica M? I did find that in 1980 Leica did have a viewfinder that had 28mm view lines (I've seen video of him using his camera and there is no extra finder). Does anyone know about this camera?
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Yep, Leica and most compatibles since around that time (or earlier?) have 28mm frame around the 90mm frame.
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One of his reported comments has been one camera, one lens. This is really not true but probably close to being true. Stated it is: 28mm lens (Canon) on a Leica M? I did find that in 1980 Leica did have a viewfinder that had 28mm view lines (I've seen video of him using his camera and there is no extra finder). Does anyone know about this camera?
Ages ago I saw a video/interview of his where he used a chrome M with what seemed like the Canon 28/2.8. From memory, he didn't use an external v/f. The camera looked puzzlingly like an M3 to me (which didn't make sense - no 28 or 35mm framelines) but in the end I thought he used an M4. I think he's really close to Winogrand's aesthetic, so similarity of gear is plausible to assume.

EDIT: Well, I found the video. Freeze at approx. 3:30 for a close look at the camera. N.B. All-metal advance lever + no lens release guard + traditional ISO dial + button rewind + no self-timer. Very possibly an M2 then (?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7SXO91sR8g

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telenous, thanks for that video, it is the one that I saw but couldn't find. And I don't know much about Leica cameras and lenses (or most cameras and lenses)(except the ones I own). I guess he had a screwmount 28mm and adapter or is there a Canon 28mm in M mount. I remember him saying the lens was a Canon.

johnwolf, thanks for that video. I'll watch today.
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Wessel's work fascinates me. I really can't explain why. Normally I would be turned off by his print quality, yet the pictures draw me in and hold my attention.
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Charjohncarter, thanks for bringing this one back. I'd completely forgotten about it until I saw the video again.

To your points about his lens, it is an LTM Canon 28 2.8. I know this because I have a similar setup now as well. I have the Canon 28 2.8 with an M adaptor on my M4-2. Instead of an external viewfinder, I consider the full viewfinder window to approximate the 28mm field of view.
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Very nice way around an external finder. And you are probably right about the screw mount. I can't find even one M mount Canon lens (but with my IN skills that doesn't mean much).

He lives somewhat close to me and I'm waiting for a local show, lecture, etc. Then I'll go and meet him.
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