Hi Lloyd, I think the bottom line is quality. Who evaluates quality? Here's a general term or answer: Posterity. A crossreference of informed opinion of others over time. For example, most museums will look at any photographer's body of work if it is presented well. Let's ask ourselves what the curator is looking for. In my experience, the first thing is a theme that ties the work together. Second he is looking for the idea engendered in the image and how well it is expressed. What he dislikes is imitation. He wants an original viewpoint born of a worldview. That's the motive force behind the image and its impact on the viewer. For example, an artist who was influenced by certain photographs is Edward Hopper. His theme was the loneliness and alienation in the 20th century. You have only to be on the scene in any city in the US at about 6AM -- or earlier -- to get photos very similar to Hopper's paintings. Adams saw his landscapes through a red filter over large format B&W film. His theme was landforms in their stark design. And the rendition was uncompromising in technical quality. Interesting discussion we can't find anywhere else on the Net. Bob -----Original Message----- From: lloyd@xxxxxxxxxxxx To: pure-silver@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Thu, 28 Dec 2006 8:38 AM Subject: [pure-silver] Multiple storage venues, multiple owners of our prints ...was Amusing Kodak commercial Shouldn't we be exchanging packages of our work for the purpose of archiving each others' prints, on a 'just in case' basis? regards, --le ________________________________ Lloyd Erlick Portraits, Toronto. website: www.heylloyd.com telephone: 416-686-0326 email: portrait@xxxxxxxxxxxx ________________________________ -- ________________________________________________________________________ Check out the new AOL. Most comprehensive set of free safety and security tools, free access to millions of high-quality videos from across the web, free AOL Mail and more.