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I suppose that I'm supposed to put the complimentary remarks of people on this page (and I have posted a few), but... well, there's just something about some of these... I offer my personal guarantee that I have not altered the spelling, punctuation or sentiments.

Note there hasn't been any change on the web site for a while... Not mugged on the subway or anything bad?


Dear Dave, I've looked at your site a couple of times. I like your work. Keep
it up (after you die you'll be famous).
[ed. If I do become famous after I'm dead, then I may need to re-evaluate my business model.]


Dear Dave,
I love your work. It is so beautiful. I love to take pictures myself.
I have always wanted to get a black and white camera. Can you tell me about
them and how much do they cost.

Dear Dave, Your site reeks of class.
[ed. Hmmm. Could that be my new slogan? Dave Beckerman Photography, the site that 'reeks with class']


Sorry, I'm not interested in buying any, but youre awesome! Do you sell many of these?

Dave,
My friend has a science project that deals with taking black & white pictures of colored construction paper to test on dogs to see if they are colored blind.
We took the pictures of the colored constrution paper, but the didn't turn out. Any help on lighting or position would be greatly appreciated.


[ed. I have been working on a similar project for about ten years and have the same problems]


Dear Dave,
Why do you say the print size is 5 x 7 and the mat size is 8 x10? What does that mean? And I really do love your pictures...


Dave, I would like to learn more about your style and techniques so I can attempt to emulate your stlye at the best of my capabilities... I was wondering how you approach strangers who you want to photograph or if you approach them at all...

Dave,
You have several images as good as all but the most famous of HCB (Cartier-Bresson).
Your composition is excellent, doesn't require improving, but you need to edit much more vigorously. Most of your pictures are basically a lot of "Indecisive moments."

[ed. We have found that 'indecisive moments' are more difficult to capture so have decided to specialize in that market.]


Have been messing with cameras for forty years...have yet to like much of what I've done.

HI I WAS ON YOUR INTERNET SITE TO ONLY VIEW A FEW IMAGES BUT MY FRIEND CLICKED THE (ADD TO SELECTION)I THINK IT WAS CALLED THAT . ANY WAY BACK TO THE POINT IF THIS SELECTION IS GOING TO COST ME COULD U PLEASE e-MAIL ME BACK AND TELL ME HOW TO DE SELECT IT . THANKS PS: I LIKE THE PICK OF THE GUY SPITTING OUT THE MOUTH WASH ,I THINK IT MUST HE MUST HAVE BEEN HARD TO FOLLOW IN A THICK CROWD & THEN TO CATCH HIM LIKE THAT ,ITS COOL.

...at first I used a really crumby point-and-shoot, which turned out extremely grainy pictures no matter what film I used. Recently I purchased a much better point-and-shoot with a great zoom, but now I have to work at the graininess...

 


Dave,
Through the ages, the greatest challenge, the greatest triumph and reward in the arts has been the depiction of the human figure. To put the problem into your own context, that means taking pictures of people on the streets of New York. Your greatest fear it seems is taking pictures of people. You have to overcome that somehow by confronting it and mastering it through regular confrontation. You have to take the camera out, stick it into their face and trip the shutter. Period. No hiding, no telephoto, no nonsense. And most important no denial, no apology. If shit happens afterward, so be it. Who cares? You're a New Yorker, can't you take a little abuse? The end result is worth it.

[ed. Apologies if these remarks offend anyone]


I really enjoyed your photos, despite your listing Ansel Adams as an influence (I can't see it, thankfully).

Dear Dave,
After veiwing the entire selection of work posted on your website, I wonder, do you know what makes a good photograph? It is in your honest moments when your photographs become touching. It seems as if you bounce between salable images and truthful ones. Why not an edit? Sorry if I offend, however the strong ones will stay with me.

Dear Dave,
I really like the site that you created. I felt that it would be an honorable thing, to tell you how I was mesmerized by your images. My style is almost identical, trying to capture people as they are. Good luck to you in the future. I am sure that you will definitely leave your mark in the photographic industry.


I am a young Danish man, who collect pens with advertisement from all over the world. I have in my collection such a pen from your company. The pen is however a little too used, I can no longer read all of the text. I would therefore kindly ask you if you want to help me. You can do so by sending me a new pen.

[ed. I don't have any pens with my logo and don't plan on making pens with my logo. In fact, I don't have a logo. Are things that slow in Denmark?].

Dave, your images in the "people" section are such a refreshing approach to capturing everyday life in documentary style. I loved them. They made me smile and even laugh!