Biographies are studies of someone's life based on cumulative research. Good ones may reveal something, but probably barely scratch the surface of what actually went on. The internet is allowing me to do something VERY different.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum
Friday, March 16, 2018
The Daze of My Life: Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #89:
Daze, #89: Along with all of the projects and events in Los Angeles, there is another important aspect to being here - it gives me time to work with my master printer, Michael Wilder, and to fine tune what I have learned about color from my exchanges with Eliot Porter. If you follow this blog, you will know that I first met Michael when I was looking to print post #41, on the new (at that time) color material, Cibachrome. We are both attracted to the archival quality of the color dyes, and the vibrant rendering of the primary color scale. Cibachrome, however, is a “raw" material that needs technical darkroom work to bring out the full range of the print. Through the 70’s, Michael and I spend a great deal of time in his darkroom in Venice developing those adjustments. Many viewers of my prints ask if I have “done something” to create the saturated color. Certainly Wilder and I print to bring the most out of any image using what the marriage of print and film offer, but Eliot Porter taught me that “saturation” of color occurs first in the field, you just have to see and understand it. Most people are surprised that some of the best conditions for COLOR photography are in the bright overcast, and during a rain. Both of those conditions are true for post #43, and the image from Big Sur, above.
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