one day at a time…
Tuesday, 30 March 2004

Pix Of The Day: Technicians Working In The Dark
CREDIT: © Photoshot/Photoshot.com
WHERE: London, England. WHAT: the work of photo technicians.
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Charles James Evening Dresses, 1948 © Cecil Beaton Archive, courtesy Sotheby'sSome photographers, Ansel Adams was a well known example, insist on controlling the whole process from the shutter being fired until the final print is hung. To do so has become something of a touchstone, so that we know of one famous photographer who claims to do so, but does in fact send out his color printing, though in fairness he is a master printer capable of doing the work. Other photographers are more up-front, and when appropriate will often publicly acknowledge the other members of their virtual team.

Today's picture is by Cecil Beaton, and illustrates the work of Bob Wiskin and Terry Davis who are the company 'Grade One Photographic', which was awarded the job of reprinting all Beaton's work. You may read about the two technicians, along with their recollections of some famous photographers from their days with 'Vogue' magazine: an interesting look behind the façade of the industry.

Norman Parkinson, whom we featured recently, once said, "A photographer without a magazine behind him is like a farmer without fields." Readers who are interested in the world of fashion photography may enjoy a piece by Aidan O'Rourke, which presents an overview of the history of the discipline with example images to illustrate the development of various styles up to the present day. Some of the famous fashion photographers in Aidan's piece have already appeared here, and we will be featuring the work of several of the remainder over the next few weeks.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)