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Comment on Cabin Fever 2018: Bits & Pieces by A. David Wunsch

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:50:08 +0000

That New Yorker piece on paper jams is very good but it contains one of the very few errors that I've caught in 60 years of reading the magazine. On page 43, column one, we find "Because the top side of an airplane wing is flat , while the underside is curved, the air above moves faster than the air below , and the wing rises." The air above does indeed move faster than the air below but it's because the top side is curved and the bottom side is flat. I knew this when I was 11. I guess their fact checkers missed this one.






Comment on Guest Post 24: Robert Dannin on the “Day in the Life” Projects (c) by A. D. Coleman

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 01:22:02 +0000

As editor and publisher of Dannin's commentary on the DITLO projects, I should point out that, as clearly indicated in the editor's note preceding each of his Guest Posts and the bio note at the end thereof, Robert Dannin served in various executive capacities at the picture agencies SIPA, Sygma, and Magnum. Consequently, his perspective on the DITLO series is that of an agent representing the short- and long-term interests of working photographers, not that of a picture-maker. His chosen medium of expression is the written word, not the photograph. Thus your charge of "jealousy" as his motive for this critique, and your demand that he validate his analysis by showing you his photos, immediately proves itself both careless and silly. Nor is Dannin a "photo critic," in the sense that we usually use that term nowadays. He's a photo-industry insider with significant credentials as such, whose perspective merits serious consideration, in my opinion. Your general charge that "many photo critics ... lack the talent or stamina to walk the walk and feel the need to diminish the work of those down in the trenches producing the content" has the same logic as an accusation that umpires lack the talent and stamina to play nine innings of baseball. Worth pointing out that in no other medium — film, theater, dance, music, literature — do performers regularly complain that the critics are not performers themselves. That whine remains unique to photographers (a considerable number of them, at least), showing how far this medium still has to go to reach maturity.



Comment on Guest Post 24: Robert Dannin on the “Day in the Life” Projects (c) by Larry C. Price

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 21:17:47 +0000

I’ll just be blunt here...Dannin's broad-brushstroke bashing of the many fine images published in the DITLA project smacks of a jealous rant. Why is it many photo critics often lack the talent or stamina to walk the walk and feel the need to diminish the work of those down in the trenches producing the content? Surely, even through his lens, there must have been a few relevant images published in the volume. I would love to see and compare his images from such a project with any of those who participated. More basic: Dannin seems to lack the perception to recognize the brilliance of the Day in the Life brand invention. Publishing this story of America at the time resulted in a wildly popular and original book. Photojournalists recognized this project as a collective storytelling opportunity that transcended a few "day rates." This critique is, like, so overthought.