Yeah, but is it Art (transcript)

Well, a journey that began a year ago has finally arrived at its destination, and I have at last posted the text (as a PDF) of my talk at the Center for Photographic Art in January of this year. The zipped file is here: http://transfer.pronet.link/transfers/Yeah-but_is_it_Art-.zipand the unzipped pdf is here: http://transfer.pronet.link/transfers/Yeah-but_is_it_Art-.pdf Fair warning: this is not a “light read” – the PDF is 37 pages and over 13,000 words long… Read More

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My friend, Al Weber

Al Weber  passed away Feb 27, 2016. He was my friend, although others certainly knew him better or longer. What we shared, he shared with all: his love of photography. Because we both had a similar sense of simple designs and abstracts, we enjoyed sharing our images with each other.  More than any other single person, Al changed the course of my journey thru photography. Yes, I’ve been shooting for.. Read More

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Extrapolation: is the printer driver the same or better at enlargements?

I’ve seen this all over the web: “Don’t bother with fancy and expensive extrapolation software. Just let the printer driver do the enlargement. It’s just as good, if not better.” Overly optimistic, I’d say… but you tell me. Below is the same image extrapolated to 300% of the original size. On the left is the work of PhotoZoom Pro v6, and on the right is the Epson 9890 driver. The.. Read More

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Photography changes: the cellphone and photography as art

There are 7.2 billion people in the world, and 7 billion cell phone accounts. Cellphones now reach over 96% of the people, and over half of them are in the Asia-Pacific region. The penetration is 90% in developing countries.   40% of the world’s population is on the internet.   Every day over a billion photographs are uploaded to some place on the internet. That’s 12,000 photos every second.  .. Read More

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An earlier talk on Fine Art (2013)

(This talk was delivered a few times to fellow photographers, in late 2013. It proposes a definition for  “fine art photography” based on that which “the fine arts” as a group, have in common, and thus distinguishes between “fine art” and “high-concept art.”)   A Talk: “On Photography and Fine Art.”© 2013 Tracy Valleau Hello everyone. My name is Tracy Valleau. I started taking pictures over 50 years ago. Today,.. Read More

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Print fading, OBAs, Dye and Pigment, plexi and so on…

Here is the bottom line: your photographic prints ARE going to change over time. Period. You may be able to put that off for maybe 1000 years, provided you are so famous that you can get together with Corbis and Bill Gates, and get them stored in sub-zero temperatures underground in the Corbis photo vault in France. Chances are, however, if you’re that good, you’re not reading this blog. For.. Read More

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The Muse

When the Muse is on vacation, and my work fails to meet my own expectations, or at least my hopes, the nice thing about photography is that one can set the shooting aside, and practice the printing, or read and ponder, or study the work of others. In some ways, more than the other art form, photography is an act of faith. I’m at the place (after 50+ years of.. Read More

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Ramblings about photography as art- (2014)

Ramblings about photography as art- Art itself is about frozen time. The amount of time varies, but is frozen to some greater or lesser extent. A book always reads the same; a movie always plays the same; a concerto always uses the same notes; a sculpture is locked in form. Yet each new reading, each new performance, gives the viewer a slightly modified meaning or sound. Photography alone among these.. Read More

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Get a grip, people…

There is an amazing amount of  hand-wringing going on these days about the 4 billion cell-phone cameras out there in the world. “It’s going to ruin photography.” “We’re doomed.” “Nobody appreciates quality anymore.” High-end camera sales are going in the tank!” Get a grip people. 170 years ago, only a few people had cameras; then Eastman came out with roll film and put photography into the hands of millions… and.. Read More

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Thoughts on color work (2013)

  My friend has a new 27″ iMac and he is perfectly happy with the colors he’s seeing on-screen. So, when I advised that he might be happier with a Dell U2410, which shows 96% of the AdobeRGB (ARGB) color space (instead of the iMac’s approximately 80%) he wasn’t so sure.  He also wasn’t too sure that using hand-tuned profiles for his printer was going to make much of a.. Read More

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