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Old 04-12-2018, 06:51 AM
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Default Marquis Conlon photo cropped?

For you Conlon experts out there, attached are Conlon photo and reverse of Jim Marquis available on eBay plus an autographed Marquis photo postcard I bought maybe 25-30 years ago. Looks like same photo. Was Conlon known to crop his photos?
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Old 04-12-2018, 09:16 AM
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Most photographers do, at least a little. They take the picture they can, then adjust to get the picture they want.

There are exceptions, I thin Ansel Adams would wait for hours after setting up a shot to get just the right lighting. But then he was dealing mostly with landscapes.

I worked briefly in a photo lab and they did that sort of work and more.
On the flip side, a friend worked for the photo shop almost across the street. One customer worked for the Boston Globe, and had a couple cameras with auto winders and extended film magazines. He did sports, and would be given a list of shots the paper wanted and if for instance they wanted a pic of Rice at bat when ever he was at bat the guy would simply hold down the shutter and take what would end up being hundreds of pictures. Each extended magazine held enough film for 3000 pictures, so it was a LOT of photos taken. He'd give the film to the Globe who had their own photo lab. If something special happened he'd get the pics developed as a rush service, give the Globe sections of the film, and keep some to sell to other news services. He did pretty well since he was usually the first with pictures.

I saw a bunch of contact prints from one of his rolls of film, most of the pictures were pretty bad, but maybe 1 in 100 was really good.
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Old 04-12-2018, 10:25 AM
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Different crops of Conlon photos are definitely a thing:







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Old 04-12-2018, 10:46 AM
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Don't forget how cropped the famous Cobb sliding into third photo is. The action part of the original negative is all in the left half of the image.
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For you Conlon experts out there, attached are Conlon photo and reverse of Jim Marquis available on eBay plus an autographed Marquis photo postcard I bought maybe 25-30 years ago. Looks like same photo. Was Conlon known to crop his photos?
After taking a close look at both the photo and postcard it's clear you've got two different images. Take a look at the dugout in relation to his hat.
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I see that now. I concentrated on the dugout in relation to face and neck, but these were likely taken one after the other. I wonder if the other original is out there somewhere.
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Old 04-12-2018, 11:45 AM
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Conlon shot using 5x7 negatives until about 1916. If you print a 5x7 negative as an 8x10 print, as in the 1909 Cobb-Austin photo, you have to crop.
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