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Basic Critical Theory for Photographers by Ashley la Grange

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Appendixes

A.Print Quality

The context within which an image appears is of major concern to critics of photography, however this original context is often not available to students and as a result they rely to a significant extent on reproductions of the original images to make judgements. These reproductions vary significantly in quality, scale and accuracy.

As a rule reproductions are inferior in quality and this is particularly important to remember when looking at the work of photographers who exploit photography for its ability to render detail and a full tonal range, for example Edward Weston’s work. Ideally, before making any judgements (and that includes agreeing with a critic), the photographer’s original work should be viewed at a gallery, ...

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