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Guest Post 26: Frank Cost’s Instant Photobook Project (b)

The constraint of time imposed by the self-imposed necessity of finishing the book on the same day makes it impossible to look too deeply into the images or second-guess my choices. I also have no time to bring anyone else into the selection or sequencing process. The first opportunity I have to study the details in the images is after I receive the first printed copy of the book in the mail. In every case I have been delighted by aspects of the images or coincidental relationships that I never observed at the time the exposures were made, nor even when I assembled the book. […]

Guest Post 26: Frank Cost’s Instant Photobook Project (a)

When I reviewed the images on the camera monitor, I found myself wanting to show other people the results of my solitary photo session. Then I had an idea. Why not try to use all the new technology to create and publish a book of these self-portraits that same day? What better way to demonstrate the capabilities of Internet-enabled digital print to the Xerox customers? […]

Guest Post 25: Harris Fogel on the Minor White Debate

What Coleman did for us, and certainly for myself as a future photo educator and curator, was to instruct us by example never to ignore the forces that propel the visibility and inclusion of certain photographers over others. […]

Guest Post 24: Robert Dannin on the “Day in the Life” Projects (g)

The intrusion of vendors directly into the editorial process under the guise of Day in the Life’s corporate sponsorship signaled the demise of one’s liberty to work outside the boundaries of pre-established, packaged formats, confining experimentation to techniques built into the equipment or provided by software. […]

Guest Post 24: Robert Dannin on the “Day in the Life” Projects (f)

Entrepreneurship undisguised by any pretense to journalism was baked into the Day in the Life paradigm, not only in the superficiality of its origins among San Francisco’s technophiles but, more deeply, in the quest for profits while conceding the rest — esthetics, syntax, semantics, emotions, accuracy — for a piñata stuffed with penny candy and meaningless trinkets. […]