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shell pebble

Brilliant but obsolete?

The Print - Ansel Adams, Robert Hardy Baker

Adams' reputation as the greatest print-maker in North American photography must be partly due to his absolute perfectionism in the craft. I never had the patience to work with such care...

These books are comprehensive, logically ordered, clearly written in plain English, and surprisingly interesting and inspiring. In the days of digital domination this one stands as documentary of a vanishing art form, far more difficult to learn, and finally far less flexible, than mastery of photo editing software, which can be attained in years (perhaps even months of intensive work and training) rather than the decades required for hand processing and printing.