Re: overpriced Brakhage on eBay?

From: John Matturri (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Sep 30 2007 - 19:05:42 PDT

I used to think that the notion of a vintage print in photography was nothing but a marketing scam, which it largely is. But that might not be so where the materials for the original print weren't available for the later print. That will happen increasingly in both photography and film as materials disappear. It may be the even a beat up print might have historical importance in suggesting what an ideal print might be like (perhaps in anticipation of possible future digital processes that will be able to reproduce the effect of a particular print stock perfectly). Whether that historical importance, if it exists, is worth the extra cash, I have no idea.


Fred Camper:
"Vintage prints" do not mean the same thing in avant-garde film as they do in the photo world. There, the photographer has typically made a "vintage" print her- or him-self, and near the time the image was shot. Many avant-garde filmmakers did not even check the prints that came back from the lab very carefully. Also, a "vintage" film print may have been projected dozens of times, and have scratches and splices and coffee stains and more.

Fred Camper

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