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Old 01-13-2014   #1
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Alex Webb shooting in Korea

I came across these two videos (50 mins each!) of Alex Webb shooting recently in Korea. I admire his work and so far they seem to be very interesting...check them out here and here. (is there a way of embedding youtube videos?)
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I like Alex Webb too, but the edit on those videos is...terrible. Is it just me ?
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In the first video, Alex carries too much, I think he really does not need the back pack....go light....

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Just finished the first video. Nice to see his modus operandi, not all that different from my own. More patient maybe Also good to see he's not too protective of his M9, taking it out in the rain just covering it with his hand.
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Nice video, but did Joel Meyerowitz teach him how to dress?
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In the first video, Alex carries too much, I think he really does not need the back pack....go light....

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Yes he does. Considering he's carrying 2 M9s, the backpack is probably filled with batteries.
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35mm 'cron V.4, and was that a Vivitar 283? He seems quite a hard worker.
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Thanks for the links. I like to see established shooters work, especially with Magnum credibility. I'm happy it's a modern video, too.

I have to say...I still like his older work, with deep blacks and color grain. Maybe it just seems more "authentic" in my mind's eye.
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I came across these videos the other day. Was interesting to see DAH using an X100! He loved the GF1, I figured the GX7 would be the natural progression?!

Wish they showed more of their finished product. Of the shots they showed, it was good to see all content and no gimmicks, though only one or two struck me as anything amazing.
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I like Alex Webb too, but the edit on those videos is...terrible. Is it just me ?
I agree. I think the edit is okay for non-photographers. But for us, we want to cut to the chase. I also think it's hard to make good videos of street photographers in action because the dynamic is changed.
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On Webb using the Summicron-35v4, it seems to me that this is an earlier version on the Summicron-35, at least judging by how my v4 looks like (no vented hood). However, precisely what lens Webb uses is, in my view, not as interesting as how he shoots.

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I thought the wording on the lens bezel indicated V.4. I could never hope to come close to his level, but I did enjoy watching his very simple way of working, One lens, old fashioned flash, always incident metering for the highlights. There are certainly lessons to be learned here. I found the tiny video camera on his camera distracting, but I imagine he did, too. Just a part of the gig, I guess.
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Mitch, I read an interview with Webb when he and wife Rebecca were doing their recent work together. He said he was processing his M9 files to look like film. It wasn't really made clear whether that was his preference, or whether he did it to match previous work for projects. For me, I like my digital shots with a touch of grain (color) or generous amounts (b&w). My eyes are old-school!!
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He seems quite a hard worker.
yeah, he was a magnum nominee when he hadn't even finished college yet...............
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IMO, Webb is the least interesting thing in these videos...
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IMO, Webb is the least interesting thing in these videos...
i agree. his not a prima donna like moriyama and not to mention a good actor like james nachtwey so naturally his not going to make for a good video subject

but then again any money made from photography today is a bonus
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Unless I missed it, Webb never views through his auxiliary finder, does he?
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Hhhmm, there is no "V.4." marking on the v4 lens, nor have I ever seen any version indication on any Leica lens.

On the video camera on top on his M9, I was wondering what that was.

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I just meant that I thought that the wording "Leitz Lens Made in Canada" was unique to that version. Someone on the RFF had said so in a post awhile back.
Yeah, I think that was one of those GoPro cameras.
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Unless I missed it, Webb never views through his auxiliary finder, does he?
the aux vf is for prefocused shots.
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Watched both the videos and found the information about Korea and its people more fascinating than Webbs photography. Based on the shots shown I thought they were pretty poor. Maybe he has better work elsewhere but this failed to impress me. That said, he's a professional and makes money from it, so what am I doing wrong?

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The thing in the hot shoe looks like an auxiliary finder, and could be anything from 21 to 35, although I am not sure there's a black SBLOO. I didn't notice him use it once. Light meter for incident reading, fair enough given the difficult variations in light in that market. Very patient, establishes rapport. Sees something in the most unpromising of settings. That shot they featured with the silhouetted figure centre, the embrace on the right, and the red on the left: that's a killer.
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most superstar amateurs who use sunny 16 must be surprised that a master uses a light meter, almost constantly... not even the camera meter
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I don't know why he needed the meter. It was cloudy bright. And IMHO an incident reading should be taken at the subject with dome facing toward camera position. But maybe with digital he changes his ISO so often that it's easier to just take a reading than do a mental computation. Whatever makes him happy. I like my Pentax Digital spot -- now THAT'S a meter!
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I don't know why he needed the meter. It was cloudy bright. And IMHO an incident reading should be taken at the subject with dome facing toward camera position. But maybe with digital he changes his ISO so often that it's easier to just take a reading than do a mental computation. Whatever makes him happy. I like my Pentax Digital spot -- now THAT'S a meter!
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On the video camera on top on his M9, I was wondering what that was.

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It looks like a GoPro. There are a few POV videos from photographers who mount it on their hotshoe and recording video while they shoot. Eric Kim had one, if I recall and I just saw video from a sports photographer who had one mounted on his over the course of a season (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raGH-TlkLU4). It can give you an interesting perspective on how a photograph is made
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Always interesting and inspiring for me to see another photographer work. However, while several times during the video I wished it was me going around with my camera there, I barely thought "I wish that shot was mine". These videos have the same effect on me as studying the contact sheets of highly reputed photographers: they prove that the memorable shot is a rarity for big names too, and the only way to have a few great shots a year is to take many thousands.
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the blatant fact here is that the dude shooting the video footage of these documentaries is the real visual star of this series

the video totally out stages even the best photographers. videographer's framing, angles and closeness to the subject is perfect

btw, south korean films are some of the most innovative and visually interesting compared to anything from hollywood, so the true smarts here is using famous photographers from the west symbolically in order to get camera-tourists from the west to come to south korea
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My second photo studio from 1983 to 1984 was at 2 West 32nd St in NYC. It was right before it became "Korea town." I frequently visit the Korean dumpling and other stuff restaurant at the same address -- street level. The food is very good. And the Korean people I've met are intelligent and friendly. So, like many others I viewed the footage of Alex Webb and tried to see if it was someplace I'd like to visit. I don't know about the market. The cattle auction looked more interesting. For me, I think I'd want to go to a crowded urban area for photos. People have brought up Moriyama. I like the videos of him in Shinjuku, which he classically refers to as a stadium of sin -- for me this looks like a more fertile photography destination than the market Webb visited. I will say, Webb is good with resolving very complex compositions -- the one with the orange traffic cones was for me, brilliant. As for films -- Hollywood runs the gamut -- blockbusters which from cinematographer perspective appreciate less, to Coen Brothers , indies, and many others, especially 30-60's that are some of the best ever.
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so it is safe to use a vivitar 283 on the M9?

great videos btw, enjoyed watching both and will watch the ones with DAH afterwards
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There are some other few videos in the same "In Frame" series featuring Magnum photographers in Korea: Chris Steele-Perkins, Patrick Zachmann and, coming up soon, Thomas Dworzak.
http://www.arirang.co.kr/TV2/TV_Vide..._CODE=TVCR0704
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I enjoyed the videos very much even though I thought they could've been better in terms of content and discussion with Alex Webb. Still, I enjoyed seeing how Webb, one of my favorite photographers, goes about shooting and some of the things he had to say. As for the quality of the photos, that is just the nature of the type of photography he does. If folks were expecting to see lots of amazing photos or even one amazing photo, they are underestimating the amount of effort, persistence, and chance involved in getting the types of photos Webb is famous for.
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I was able to watch all the episodes of this series, but I was particularly surprised with Alex Webb's episodes (Ep 03 and 04).


Why did Alex Webb had to carry that bulky backpack and an over-sized vest when all he had to use were two Leica Ms? What was in his backpack and in his vest pockets?

I also found Alex's philosophizing and comments about photography laughable, more so because he did not even get a single image which was any good or interesting, in fact he should have used a 28mm in the market and those tight alleyways, and even a 24 or 21 indoors but then again his the 35mm warrior of photography's past.

I highly recommend this series, there are 20 episodes and in my opinion the best ones are with Chris Steele Perkins.
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