MSA O/N Aug/September 2022 - "New Topographics photography"

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Artillery positions, Fort Washington, Maryland. Part of the defenses of Washington DC, and the site of the most embarrassing military debacles of the War of 1812. The commander of the fort, upon seeing the approaching British ships, and after enduring a relatively brief assault, surrendered the fort with little resistance.

These are great, interesting story, thank you very much.
 

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Artillery positions, Fort Washington, Maryland. Part of the defenses of Washington DC, and the site of the most embarrassing military debacles of the War of 1812. The commander of the fort, upon seeing the approaching British ships, and after enduring a relatively brief assault, surrendered the fort with little resistance.

And then when in Fort York they neglect to mention all the way until the end of the tour that the American captured the place.
 

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The "New" Topographics is now half a century old. Still interesting in many cases, but hardly new.

I don't think the term "New" in this case refers to time, but rather a "New" conception. But then again that may be old as well.
 

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The "New" Topographics is now half a century old. Still interesting in many cases, but hardly new.

"New Topographics" was the name of the movement epitomized by Bernd and Hilla Becher. At the time of its conception it was "new", but at this point, from the academic perspective, the two terms are fused together to represent the style of photography they represent. Just as Post Impressionism refers to a specific time period and group of artists, rather than a demarcation point for everything painted AFTER the Impressionist period, which would be represented orthographically as post-Impressionism, rather than Post Impressionism.
 
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I enjoy most of Paul Fitz's Flickr photos, especially the antique Volvo we see on this thread. What we see here is something many of us tried to accomplish with 2475 and 35mm Kodalith in the old days with varying degrees of success. Glass plates and other old tech seem rarely to work with portraits or nudes, but the old stuff tends not to die until the urge dies.
 
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Well, I'll leave you all to your kind of fun then. I presume Matt is directing me to something related to esthetic topics etc instead. I get it, but really have other things to do for now. If he wants to switch my posts over there, or even delete them, fine with me. I've ruffled enough feathers the past couple days.
 

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"New Topographics" was coined by John Szarkowski specifically for a group show at MOMA featuring Robert Adams work among others.

Not true. "New Topographics" refers to a 1975 exhibition at George Eastman House, curated by Britt Salvesen of the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. The show included Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, the Bechers, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schjott, Stephen Shore and Henry Wessel Jr. Shore was the only color photographer.

A great book published by Steidl in 2009 recreates the original catalog and explains the concept and style involved.
 

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Not true. "New Topographics" refers to a 1975 exhibition at George Eastman House, curated by Britt Salvesen of the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. The show included Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, the Bechers, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schjott, Stephen Shore and Henry Wessel Jr. Shore was the only color photographer.

A great book published by Steidl in 2009 recreates the original catalog and explains the concept and style involved.

My mistake. But the fact remains that the term was coined for the show that included Mr. Adams.
 

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Well, I'll leave you all to your kind of fun then. I presume Matt is directing me to something related to esthetic topics etc instead. I get it, but really have other things to do for now. If he wants to switch my posts over there, or even delete them, fine with me. I've ruffled enough feathers the past couple days.

I've acceded to Drew's suggestion, and moved a few of his posts to the other New Topographics thread - which he was already posting in anyways :smile:
I also deleted a number of his posts, plus a few of the others that were responding to his posts. That may mean that parts of this thread are a bit choppy, and we have lost some things that helped flesh out our understanding of the New Topographics premise, but if anything of that nature needs to be posted again, feel free.
 
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I'm glad to see beautiful and on topic work posted in this MSA so far. Thanks all!
 
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