One of my many “finds” at yard sales was a beautiful old pastel drawing I bought for eight dollars. I liked it the minute I saw it. Recently I decided to take it apart, clean the glass and polish the wood frame. I found a signature I hadn’t noticed before. Who was the artist? Maybe there was a story behind the drawing. A little searching on the Internet came up with a few people with the same name. I took a chance on emailing the most likely one based on geography, and the artist, a former math teacher now 84 years old emailed me back. He was delighted to know I gave his drawing a good home, but had no idea how his work ended up in a yard sale. Have you ever thought about what will happen to your photographs when you are gone?
Nolan Preece writes about Erik Lauritzen in A Call to Photograph, who arranged for his life’s work in photography to be archived for future generations. Erik was a close friend and he was well loved in the photo community. Also on this topic, Al Weber introduces FfPP, the Foundation for Photographic Preservation he created to facilitate preservation of the works of photographers.
This expanded issue also gives you serious summer reading on digital workflow: the word that no one wants to think about. With four in-depth technical articles that highlight workflow that works, starting with Monitor Calibration by Steve Anchell, Post Processing with Photoshop, Lightroom and Nik Software Plug-ins by Steven Dreyer, Micro Four Thirds > Wireless Transfer > iOS by Dan Burkholder, and Workflow for Making Great Inkjet Prints by R. Michael Walker.
We’ve also added a new feature, Reader Assignment. David Wells gives an overview and tips on the technique used to complete the first assignment Two Twilights are Better than One and photo technique is offering subscribers a special discount on a personal review of your photographs made for the assignment—you can do the assignment, upload up to 10 photographs to the Photo Synesi website and get a personal written and voice review by David of how you did. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get feedback on your work. Look for more Reader Assignments from different photographers/reviewers in upcoming issues.
But it’s not all about digital is it? In the traditional photography arena, Tillman Crane provides a comprehensive overview on black and white film technology and the line- up of currently available black and white films, and Bob Hirsch interviews Stephen Berkman who works in the historic collodion wet-plate process.
Also in these pages are two outstanding portfolios, Paulette Tavormina discusses her exquisite still life photographs from the portfolio Natura Morta; and Flying with Red Bull, where Chris Vanderyajt shares notes from his journal and his action packed photographs. Wrapping up the issue is Donna Foster, who takes us for a walk with the dogs on Page 56.
The next time you pass by a yard sale this summer, stop. You could find a discarded modern treasure, relive the angst of being an art student by rescuing a photograph from the 70’s, or find an image that is of significant historic value. What about making those nameless faces on tintypes and discarded cartes-de-visite prints part of your family? Think about it. Perhaps in the future someone will rescue your photographs too.