Monday, 23 February 2004
Pix Of The Day: All Creatures Great And Small
CREDITS (L to R) with picture titles: AfterimageGallery.com/
© Steven Sellars, 'Apple Eyed Ram';
© Elliott Erwitt, 'New York, 1946', (courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery);
© Ted Orland, 'Gate and Guard Dog, 1975';
© Greg Dimijian, 'Male Hippopotamus Guarding Territory, Botswana, Africa, 1991'.
WHERE: Dallas, Texas, USA. WHAT: online 'Creatures' photo exhibition.
Thumbnail clicks pop-up source pages with larger images.
We have visited AfterimageGallery.com before, to view one of Adriel Heisey's prints. The gallery was established in September 1971, making it one of the oldest art galleries in the world devoted exclusively to photographs, claims the web site.
To mark the occasion the gallery requested over forty photographers to send in pictures selected by the gallery for a themed exhibition entitled 'Creatures'. The exhibition was mounted on 15 September 2001. All forty two entries are available online at a generous viewing size: other galleries and individual photographers might take note, then check to see how their own presentations compare.
Many people pitching prints costing hundreds, or even thousands of dollars, imagine that sales are going to be affected if they show anything larger than 25Kb or 250 pixels on the web. Worse, the images are often disfigured with ugly copyright symbols or other dross, the idea being that visitors will not download the picture to save themselves money. The really bad news is that they are correct, sales are affected: the images are so unappealing that prospective purchasers lose interest!
We selected four images from across the three  online gallery pages, to be featured in today's thumbnail strip. Our choices were determined by a common theme of humour, and were not in any way made to indicate ranking of the exhibits. We did think that one image stood out even in this exalted company: tomorrow we will feature the photographer who took the picture, along with the particular image, and you may be assured that he has many others of an equally high standard.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)