A COUPLE YEARS AGO my friend Matt Brandon and I lectured at the Himalaya Club in New Delhi, India. I remember it more clearly than similar lectures I’ve given, for two reasons. The first is that Delhi was rocked by a series of bomb blasts before the lecture began, but things went ahead as planned, with only a delay of a few minutes to accommodate people stuck in the resulting traffic chaos. Business as usual. Mildly unsettling, to say the least. The second reason I remember it so clearly is the Q&A period afterwards that threatened, if briefly, to go dangerously off the tracks. The rogue question was twofold. One: “Do you do any postprocessing to your images?” to which I answered, “Yes.” Two: “So how do I know it really looked like ...

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