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In view of the downright offensive post about Roger, that Pete so rightly locked, I would go on record as saying that Roger is the most stimulating photo-journalist since Victor Blackman. His books are informative & useful. He is not afraid to admit when he is wrong (Zone System?) , and easily the most thought provoking writer around today.
Count me as a fan.
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That's the part of AP I look forward to reading the most actually. He's pithy, can be sarcastic but is normally bang on the money
Don't know Roger Hicks but I met - and remember so well - Victor Blackman and, indeed have a personally signed copy of one of his books. Have a huge respect for Victor so maybe I should seek out Roger's work...
Roger Hicks....that's a name I've not heard in a while. I used to get a lot of his books from the library (he wrote loads of them) - his knowledge of photography was encyclopeadic. His photographs? Well, the impression I got was that his knowledge outstripped his talent but perhaps I didn't see his best.
Double post. It's probably not worth reading twice.
Or even once
Quote: In view of the downright offensive post about Roger
I assume you are talking about my post and if you ask me I wasn't offensive enough. I can't believe that is why the thread was locked and if it was I want a refund on my membership because I believe I am as entitled to my opinion of the blustery old fool as you are. I like reading his articles to but only so I can laugh at his pomposity. The whole magazine is a complete waste of paper, in my opinion, as it is boring, full of adverts and continually drones on and on about how great film is and how much better cameras were in the forties.
Have you actually looked to see why your thread was locked?
I assume it was because it was the same as the other thread, which I missed, at least I would hope it was. I don't mean to offend anyone, except Roger Hicks of course, I just believe in saying what I feel Nd will defend svengali's right to disagree with me as well.
Roger Hicks is indeed a bit of a pompous twit, but he's absolutely aware of that and that's why he's such a good read. It's why I spend 5 minutes in WH Smiths every Tuesday!
Quote: the impression I got was that his knowledge outstripped his talent but perhaps I didn't see his best.
I'm certain Roger would agree with you.
He is however, a true gentleman (unlike a certain person in this thread), and always ready to help others. A few years ago I had an interest in a certain camera - still have, but can't afford to even consider it right now - and spoke with Roger on the phone, he being one of the handful of owners in the UK at that time. Despite his not knowing me from Adam, he would (if I had been living closer to his then home in Kent) have loaned me his for a day (this item costs about as much as a Canon 1Ds II, for what its worth). I won't hear a word said against him.
If Mr Wolf doesn't like Roger's writing, that's his perogative, but it doesn't give some right to hurl invective. That says more about the insulter than about the target.
Oh! - he's that bearded bloke who lives in France & goes on about Leicas & landrovers....
I do find myself agreeing with him on more than one occasion - wolf999 If you had to write a column every WEEK - you might ramble a bit too. He obviously has vast knowledge & experience to call on.....he does his job -providing a bit of light-hearted observational reading to mull over & stimulate debate...
Great guy - no bull in his books.
Keep the wolf from the door?
Quote: If Mr Wolf doesn't like Roger's writing, that's his perogative, but it doesn't give some right to hurl invective.
He puts himself in the public eye, I didn't ask him to, so he opens himself up to critisism. I dare say he doesn't do it for free and good luck to him if someone is prepared to pay him for being a pompous ass then I only wish I could find such an easy way to make a living. I did say earlier that I liked his column too it certainly livens up a very, very dull publication.
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