Mike sends me this snippet with link to the article… I like the part where “the audience gasps.”
Frankly, I don’t understand the whole 645 ratio. The full frame dSLR is the same ratio as the Leica M or any 35mm camera. “And he has the images processed to look like Tri-x.” Yeah, right. The world – she’s filled with so much hype, so much misinformation. Give me a break. I just got word from HCB’s ghost who has been haunting my apartment for the last few nights. He confided in me that if he were to begin shooting now, he’d be using a digital p/s. He says my article about using the dSLR for street photography was pretty good – tres bon – but that it’s not the camera – it’s the eye behind the camera. I think that’s what he said, my French not being what it once was.
And Joel Meyerowitz is printing on an HP. I mean – when the big boys do these switches all of a sudden the new technology is given the okay. Soon you’ll see them in print ads with their endorsements of the new-fangled equipment. Things that the worker bees knew about years ago.
And just so you know – I’ve seen Salgado’s prints when they were in NY, and they are lovely. I don’t mean to say anything about him, or Meyerowitz who I am also partial to. It’s just the idea of the audience of fans finding out that Dylan has gone electric. Good golly. How could he. He’s betrayed something. Get over it.
Oh – so here’s the snippet and the link to the article that caused the gasps. What would make me gasp would be if Salgado decided to use a view camera. There is a good point in there about the problems with film going through all the security stuff these days; and it is a comfortable feeling for me – even when I just go to Top of the Rock or wherever I’m subjected to having the camera scanned that I don’t need to worry about fogged film.
and now comes news that Sebastiao Salgado is using Canon:
One of his friends suggested that he try digital, which at first he resisted. However, he did try a medium format 645 back and was quite impressed by the quality. Since the medium format back setup was a bit large, he eventually settled on the Canon full frame (1Ds-something?). However, he still uses it like in the film days: his assistant makes contact sheets for him, and his camera is modified to give the same 645 ratio he is used to. He also has the images processed to look like Tri-X. For prints, a lab converts the data into a 645 negative and prints using traditional darkroom process!