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Feb 5, 2019 12:41:36   #
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Feb 5, 2019 13:07:43   #
scaudill
 
Thanks for posting the link. Very inspiring work.

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Feb 5, 2019 13:09:42   #
BB4A (a regular here)
 
Thanks.

Capa is still my favorite. 😉

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Feb 5, 2019 13:44:04   #
srt101fan (a regular here)
 


Thanks much for posting. Amazing photographers; amazing work...

(You're a little off on the topic title, but we'll forgive you for that! 😒)

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Feb 5, 2019 13:51:53   #
AndyH (a regular here)
 
What a great topic to start us thinking, rgrenadier!

Some conspicuous absences as well as some surprising appearances.

I'll call out some absences that seemed noticeable - Arbus, O'Keefe, Liebowitz, Evans?

And some that surprised me with their inclusion - Man Ray, Mark, Taro, Eggleston?

Not arguing with any of these choices, but wondering what others think...

Andy

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Feb 5, 2019 16:42:48   #
rgrenaderphoto (a regular here)
 
AndyH wrote:
What a great topic to start us thinking, rgrenadier!

Some conspicuous absences as well as some surprising appearances.

I'll call out some absences that seemed noticeable - Arbus, O'Keefe, Liebowitz, Evans?

And some that surprised me with their inclusion - Man Ray, Mark, Taro, Eggleston?

Not arguing with any of these choices, but wondering what others think...

Andy


It gets your imagination going, right? Regarding the destruction of Frank Capa's D-Day images, from Vanity Fair:

At 6:30 on Wednesday night, June 7, a call finally came from the Channel: “You should get it in an hour or two,” then static destroyed the line. Around nine P.M. a small package was finally delivered; it contained the four rolls of 35-mm. film and six rolls of 120 film that Capa had shot in England, on the Channel crossing, and at Omaha. Rushed to the lab chief, the film was given to a young lab assistant named Dennis Banks, whose name would enter photography history. Morris waited upstairs, trying not to look at the clock. Then, from the darkroom the first call came from photographer Hans Wild, who had seen the astonishing images on the film and said, “Fabulous!” Morris had no time: “We need contacts! Rush, rush, rush!” More time passed. Then Dennis Banks burst into Morris’s office, sobbing, “They’re ruined! Ruined! Capa’s films are all ruined.”

Banks had put Capa’s films into the drying cabinet as usual, but was so frantic he closed the door with the heat on high, believing that would speed the process. Without ventilation, the heat melted all of the emulsion off the film. Morris held up the first three long strips of film one at a time. “It just looked like gray soup,” he told me. But on the fourth roll, 11 images miraculously survived, and Morris was astounded by their power.

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Feb 5, 2019 20:54:32   #
AndyH (a regular here)
 
Capa was one of a kind - his vision and versatility crossed all boundaries. Thanks for sharing this story.


Still surprised this hasn't engendered more discussion...

Andy

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Feb 6, 2019 00:35:03   #
JohnSwanda (a regular here)
 
You can always second guess lists like these, but I would add Eugene Atget, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, Yousuf Karsh, Richard Avedon, and Lee Friedlander in favor of some on the list.

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Feb 11, 2019 00:28:57   #
IDguy (a regular here)
 
Bias to B&W.

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Feb 15, 2019 16:16:53   #
Quinn 4
 
Did Capa use a Leica camera ? In Spain and Normandy, are some question he did not use a Leica. One story I read was that the cost of a Leica was too costly for him to have. When he was kill one of the cameras he had Contax II or III.

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