Dear Friends, Just back from my week's holiday in Melbourne. If that seems a strange place to go to escape from care, consider the fact that they have hotels, hot running water, and bookshops. My days of camping in a hoochie with a rifle and a billy of tea are over.... They also have the National Gallery of Victoria - this last week exhibiting a Man Ray room with many of his famous photographs. I am assuming that what I saw were many originals, but I am unsure whether I saw final prints or just darkroom work prints. In any case I was somewhat taken aback by them. Not from an artistic standpoint, I hasten to add - I have several books on Man Ray and his assistants and recognised many of the images. What puzzled me was their presentation. Small. Dark. Raggedy-edged. Crumpled and flattened-out. Spotty. Bronzing over. All matted beautifully, but sometimes lost in the center of a vast frame. I'm talking about a 6 cm x 9 cm image in a 12 in x 16 in frame. And smaller in larger. Some images up to 11 x 14 but none what I would have come to believe was an exhibition size. Is this what happens at other international exhibitions? None of the images looked like the posters used for the advertising - these were closer to what I had seen in books. I am wondering a little cynically if the look of some photographers is made by their printer and indeed the publisher's printer rather than themselves. Still fascinating images nevertheless - enjoyed it once I overcame my surprise. Uncle Dick ============================================================================================================= To unsubscribe from this list, go to www.freelists.org and logon to your account (the same e-mail address and password you set-up when you subscribed,) and unsubscribe from there.