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Wednesday, 11 December 2013


This book is no doubt related to this exhibition at the Carter: http://www.cartermuseum.org/exhibitions/color-american-photography-transformed

Both books are very nice recommendations as christmas gifts. The first one for my niece because she is in a group of young people who get bored by all the clean digital images these days. One of the Lomo cameras is with her very often.For them film is superior and much more interesting (at the moment). The second book for me. Since I own both editions of Cteins excellent books about Digital restoration I got more and more interested in these old photographs lying around in my familys archives. In between the most of these photos got a better home to stay alive for a longer period. I collected more of them and found out who is who in these archives. But there are more black and white pictures than colored. The old colored ones are in very bad condition and are faded . Restoration is more difficult for me because I started photography in black and white and have no idea how they looked like in the 60s or earlier. Might be very interesting to read about.

Is there any difference in reprodution quality between the US and UK editions of Twentieth-Century Color Photographs: Identification and Care?

I presume they are printed by different printers (but perhaps not?).

I had forgotten about your first edition review (6 years is a long time) but it was a hoot to read. Myself, well I'm cross platform telented. I can take just as bad a picture with a thousand dollar camera as with a ten dollar camera.

Is the Pénichon sufficiently detailed about the printing process itself that it would be useful to someone writing a series of historical middle-grade novels about a photo-printer? The research for this thing is rather painful.

Dear Kevin,

I've only got the US edition, so I forwarded your question to Sylvie. If she's got both editions in hand, presumably she'll get back to me (or you) with an answer.


Dear Timprov,

She lays out the steps for most processes, but you'd have to know all the details of the craft yourself. It'd be useful, I think, but you couldn't write a credible scene based on her descriptions.

pax / Ctein

Dear Kevin,

This back from Sylvie:

"The printing quality and the paper are very similar; both were printed in China but I don't know if it was the same printer. T&H has a HC, Getty has a soft one. I hope this helps."

Which, to my mind, makes the T&H edition definitely the better deal.

pax / Ctein

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