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graphicdave



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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 12:29 am    Post subject: Old v New Reply with quote

Interesting article comparing the weight of today's digital equipment versus the Graflex days:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/essays/vanRiper/020726.htm
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Graflex Sid



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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My other grumble about the press photographers of today is the state of their dress.Scruffy load of individuals.
I've seen them laying on the floor of your senate hearings,camera around the neck,looking like old hobo's.
I'd instruct newspapers/press agencies to have photographers enter with dress sense.

The same happens to snappers in Great Britain.

Everyone once wore suits,besides the cameras getting heavy,the standard of 'how you look' has hit an all time low.

The term 'gutter press' comes to mind.
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Les



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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Relative to the times they live in, I don't think the modern press is any worse than the public, than the 'Graphic-press' was in their day. Or at least not by much.

Yes everybody wore suits, and press photographers were famous for wearing the cheapest suits well past the time they were worn out. The same goes with their hats; never blocked, always frumpy and disheveled, at least that's how the contemporary articles of the day saw them.

Now the iconic Vietnam jungle photographer (Dennis Hopper in "Apocalypse Now, or Darryl Anderson in "Lou Grant") probably moved the social status of the news photographer down a notch, and with it his clothes sense. But the general public has gotten fashion lazy too. When was the last time you saw anybody 'dress up' to shopping? Hats and gloves disappeared 40 years ago...About the time wearing T-shirts (normally an under garment) became acceptable as a replacement for a normal shirt.
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hartwell_a_m



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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

T-shirts became the norm during the 1960's so it would be closer to 50 years ago that dressing well went out of style.
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Graflex Sid



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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What an advertisement,showing on CBS/NBC news around the world.A hearing where everyone wore collar and tie,and admirals well booted and suited,etc.
...and the scruffs of the earth sitting in front on the floor taking pictures.The White House or others should present a strict dress code on appearing at these occasions.

What they do outside it's up to them-presenting this to the world on the nightly news isn't giving America a good name abroad.

In Britain of course the press are banned from these hearings,and even if you were invited to Buckingham Palace before H.M.The Queen,you are issued with very strict guide lines on dress wear.

The same orders are placed on you if you wish to travel on the Orient Express.We have our dignity.
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Dan Fromm



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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Horace, thinking of proper, one of my friends tells a tale of blacking the soles of his father's shoes before his father went to get his K. This, I gather, on advice. Oh, yes, nobility of the scalpel, his father was a Navy doctor.
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