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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Finally found some code for putting previous / next day navigation into the blog (see left side). It will only appear within the last few days or so.  I really like it because you can go day by day.

8:14:46 PM    

Press Release:

Following the ad hoc announcement of Leica Camera AG, Solms, of February 17, 2005, stating that the Company expects a loss of half of its registered share capital in March 2005, the banks have partially terminated their credit lines. The remaining lines still cover the current liquidity requirements. The Company's Board of Management has entered into negotiations with the banks on a solution that will carry the Company until the time of its Extraordinary General Meeting on May 31, 2005, at which capital measures are to be proposed to the shareholders.

Click Here to read more. ( Thanks to Luke for the heads up. )

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This is sort of why I think it's just a matter of time until "cameras" and "photography" as we know it will be largely subsumed by the electronics "mixmaster" process that's underway: the snapshot will be replaced by the frame-grab; prints will largely be supplanted by flexible electronic displays; news photos will largely be ENG frame grabs (some of that is happening already). A lot of working still photographers are going find out what being a "niche" group is all about, assuming some of them (largely PJs for the moment) don't already know. - Barrett

I have to admit, that up until a year ago, I thought that I was going to be in the darkroom / film niche and would be one of the guardians of a lost art. And those guardians would hold the secrets and pass them along to their disciples. Another potential guardian bites the dust. What a world. Is it possible, as you suggest that the digital display will replace the print? Maybe. I can't see what collectors would do with it. Would there be digital limited edition files? I know that Bill Gates has these things all over his house; presses a few buttons and the display(s) change. I suppose that if there was a global protocal, you could give gift packs of files for Christmas. Do they just stay on all day, glowing away? Do you turn them on and off like a monitor? I remember predictions about the newspaper and the book going away - but it hasn't happened yet.

1:09:13 PM    

Window Dresser

One second after I took this shot, she came out and told me that I wasn't allowed to take pictures of the windows.  I asked her, why not?  She repeated that the window could not be photographed.  Not allowed. 

I said, no problem and wandered away.  Of course, she is right.  I don't think that you are actually allowed to take pictures of anything unless it belongs to you, and even then - not if it shows a brand name.  The only thing that I can think of that you are allowed to photograph is the sky, though not if there are any planes flying by in it which might be recognizable, and not if the air-space is owned by any municipality.  You can, however, still take photographs of yourself, so long as you get a model release from yourself in case you change your mind in the future.

12:51:34 PM    

Feb. is the cruelest month (not April). Print sales always fall to a trickle in February. This month has been no exception. I look back over the last five years in Quickbooks and see that February is always slump time. Maybe that's why the marketing gurus invented the President's Day sale; and anyway, President's Day is a made up holiday.

Photographer's Day. That's what we need in February. Or if you want to widen it, how about Artist Day.

I'm looking for the birth date of a prominent photographer that we could build this holiday around. I would look up his birthday but the cat is asleep on my lap and I don't want to disturb him, so I'll just suffice with a quote from Ansel that I found looking for his birthday:

I think you could push Artist Day in Europe, but not in America. Artists these days, in whatever field, are both looked up to, idolized, and seen as somewhat degenerate. That last is what we like about them. The ones that go out in a drug-induced blaze are our favorites; especially if they go before they get old. Look, we don't want to see visions of ourselves: boring. We want to partake in the fantasy of unlimited sex, drugs, and pampering. In fact, the most popular show in America is geared towards vaulting the regular citizen into this celestial arena.

Do you think these ladies and gentlemen at the top are happy to be there? They don't seem to be. After struggling to hit the heights, what do they want: privacy.


When, by a decree of the sovereign power,
The poor poet makes his appearance in a bored world,
With fists clenched at the horror, his outraged mother
Calls on a pitying God, at whom these curses are hurled:

"Why was I not made to litter a brood of vipers
Rathern than conceive this human mockery?" Baudelaire

"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs." Ansel Adams

"You don't take a photograph, you make it." Ansel Adams

9:13:27 AM