This last Saturday I had the pleasure to attend the Paul Strand exhibition of photographs at the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma Washington. The photographs were not large, some being very small, and all matted and framed in white metal. I had been looking forward to seeing the prints since the first of the year and finally made there. The other showing was of Frida Kalho, her life though photographs, which included many famous photographers photographing great artist. This was simply spectacular. Several Paul Strand photographs appeared darker than I had imagined and upon asking I was told they were illuminated correctly. Two photographs especially bothered me. I have seen them reproduced in books and the vast shadow areas contain a lot of details. The two photographs in the show had no shadow details in very large areas of the images. At the show were two books by Strand, Photographs of the Southwest. I opened it up to the two photographs, walked over to them and held the book up and compared. The actual photographs were void of shadow detail but the book reproductions had the shadow detail. In my mind it should have been the other way around. A reproduction usually, but not always, would lose detail and not gain it. I ordered two books by Paul Strand, which are on the way, and will be eager to see the prints in the books. Anyone who can't get to the galleries due to location, time, or other reasons, get some books and don't feel that you are missing everything there is to offer. I have found that a couple of printings of an image can give you a very good impression. Apparently the printing is the performance as Adams would say. Because of the lack of quality of Verizon DSL I had to compose in text and cut and paste into the thread.