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Monday, November 27, 2006

Send Us a Birthday Present


Blogger Nick said...

I'll consider this first year of TOP payed with my subscription to the 37th Frame which halted after one edition and I promisse a nice gift on TOP's second birthday, deal!?

9:24 AM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

Deal, although there may be something else coming to you for your 37th Frame subscription. At first, the plan was to make TOP a pay site, at which point the 37th frame subscibers would get free passes. Recently the idea in favor has been to provide "TOP Expanded" editions in PDF format, downloadable for a small fee, and leave the website alone...if that happens, subscribers will be able to get the downloads for free. But hold that thought and we'll see what shakes out.


9:32 AM  
Blogger Mark W Jordan said...

Well it is certainly interesting to see Ray McSaveny on the top ten list, and I agree with your assessment of his photographs. I have known Ray for over 30 years and have taken a number of workshops with him. His creativity - along with his modesty - was impresive. BUT - your list ignores one of Ray's great friends and co-photographers - BRUCE BARNBAUM. He too, is a west coast Zone man, whose work includes not only the Ansel Adams cloning of far too many photographers (yet over 30 years of photographing landscapes, Bruce's works have grown in luminosity and meaning, something that did not happen with Adams), but also incredible architectural work, work that defines the interiors of cathedrals, the interiors of places that he discovered long before they became cliches (like Antelope Canyon), impressionistic images of things in nature, and so on. His books show his breadth and his beauty, and the far ranges of his interest. Also - he is one of the world's best darkroom printers who clings doggedly to the chemical process, despite being hounded to do otherwise. Bruce transcends the photographer, as he is also one of its most impressive teachers, and certainly the funniest, although his photos do not match his humor, much as Erwitt's do. (Good choice there, too.) Sorry, but the omission of Bruce is too glaring an oversight to let it go without comment.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Alan Rew said...

Re your ' Send Us a Birthday Present' link, which I'd like to use, I think PayPal requires an email address for the recipient, so could you supply one, Mike?

2:30 PM  
Blogger Rich said...

I'll second Nick. I didn't receive one issue of the 37th Frame to which I subscribed maybe a year ago? Not that I'm complaining Mike, this is the one site I check first each morning. I'm just justifying my cheapness this time around. The TOP expanded is a good idea.


2:37 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

Hi Alan,
It's supposed to be all setup, so it's automatic if you click on the button. And thanks!


3:44 PM  
Blogger Alan Rew said...

OK Mike - works fine. Donation on it's way.
Thanks for the last year's supply of entertainment, education and inspiration.

6:58 AM  

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