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Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: negatives (slightly off topic)

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  • Lisa Davidson
    It s a calotype in essence, the way Fox Talbot did it first. Lisa ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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      It's a calotype in essence, the way Fox Talbot did it first.

      On Mar 22, 2008, at 10:07 AM, Anthony Archer wrote:

      > Reminds me of the street photographer in South America who took
      > people's pictures with his view camera, using photo paper and no
      > film. He would load the film holder with paper, insert it in the
      > camera and expose the scene on it. He would then tray develop it
      > in a dark box, and then mount the developed "print" on a holder in
      > fromt of his camera. As the "print" was reversed, he would shoot
      > a copy of it on another sheet of photo paper, and then develop it
      > the same way. Since it was a negative of a negative, it was now a
      > positive. Sold it to the customer and they were both happy.
      > And then there is my favorite Calvin and Hobbes cartoon-
      > Calvin: Dad, how come old photographs are always black and white?
      > Didn't they have color film back then?
      > Dad: Sure they did. In fact, those old photographs are in color.
      > It's just the world was black and white then.
      > Calvin: Really?
      > Dad: Yep. The world didn't turn color until sometime in the 1930s,
      > and it was pretty grainy color for a while, too.
      > Calvin: That's really weird.
      > Dad: Well, truth is stranger than fiction.
      > Calvin: But then why are old paintings in color?! If their world was
      > black and white, wouldn't artists have painted it that way?
      > Dad: Not necessarily. A lot of great artists were insane.
      > Calvin: But... but how could they have painted in color anyway?
      > Wouldn't
      > their paints have been shades of gray back then?
      > Dad: Of course, but they turned colors like everything else did in the
      > '30s.
      > Calvin: So why didn't old black and white photos turn color too?
      > Dad: Because they were color pictures of black and white, remember?
      > Calvin: The world is a complicated place, Hobbes.
      > Hobbes: Whenever it seem that way, I take a nap in a tree and wait for
      > dinner.

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