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Where do you guys stand on the "Lost Ansel Adams" controversy?


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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   Carlo Medina

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Posted August 03 2010 - 05:38 AM

Over the last few days I've been following the controversy regarding the [Jim Rome] "allegedly" [/Jim Rome] lost and rediscovered Ansel Adams plate glass negatives. Part of me really wants to believe they are his negatives, from a historical perspective and as a great admirer of the man. Also, the story of how they ended up in a garage sale, if they are his, is just compelling historical storytelling type of stuff.


But the Adams heir has gone out of his way to discredit this find, and the experts seem to be split. The finder and his team of experts make a compelling case to me, more so than anything I've read from the side that contends they are not legitimate. But maybe that's just the part of me that wants this to be truly a find of epic proportions for those in the Photography and Art field.


What do you guys think?


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#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted August 03 2010 - 06:07 AM

I have no idea, but I tend to agree with TOP:

http://theonlinephot...uncle-earl.html


Edit:  forgot to add that I think Adams was an exceptional writer and teacher and inventor, but his images leave me a bit cold.


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#3 of 7 OFFLINE   Will_B

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Posted August 03 2010 - 08:23 AM

As another Earl would say, "karma!"


In trying to dupe the world into valuing the pics for big bucks through his media blitz, the con man got undone by the very same media blitz. Yay.


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#4 of 7 OFFLINE   Bryan X

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Posted August 03 2010 - 08:41 AM

I think Uncle Earl.



#5 of 7 OFFLINE   JohnRice

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Posted August 10 2010 - 04:24 PM



Originally Posted by Sam Posten 

Edit:  forgot to add that I think Adams was an exceptional writer and teacher and inventor, but his images leave me a bit cold.


For me, his images are a little like Stanley Kubrick's movies.  Precisely honed and like it is taking the science to such a level as to almost make it art, but, in the end, as you said Sam, a bit cold.  Still, he advanced so much understanding of B&W film.  Fortunately he didn't live to see his advancements become meaningless.


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#6 of 7 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted August 10 2010 - 04:47 PM

Well said!


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Posted August 11 2010 - 08:43 AM

Glad to hear I'm not the only one (around here) who wonders a bit about Adams' works.  We may still be heretics of course, but even heretics could use a few friendly companions, no? /img/vbsmilies/htf/laugh.gif

 

This reminds me about my feelings toward Mozart.  To me, Adams may well be a lot like Mozart.  To be sure, there are works to admire and some to enjoy too, but I do seem to be a bit too vulgar to fully appreciate and absorb all the divinely sublime substance that must so apparently exude from them all. /img/vbsmilies/htf/smiley_wink.gif /img/vbsmilies/htf/tongue.gif

 

And (co)incidentally, there used to be a Belgian dpreview forums regular who hated Mozart and thought him to be totally derivative, boring and unoriginal -- and probably felt similarly of Adams to some extent too.  He was a rather controversial forums regular, but I became friendly w/ him (and his 2.8 buddies, et al).  Those were interesting times for me (as interesting as things can get on the net anyway /img/vbsmilies/htf/tongue.gif) as a complete newbie in photography -- I'm of course excluding all prior casual, p&s experience when I say that. /img/vbsmilies/htf/biggrin.gif

 

Think I *really* need to get out more... /img/vbsmilies/htf/laugh.gif

 

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