Remastered and Reissued


General Photography

If you like listening to music that is a bit older than a few years, you have probably come across the phenomenon that at one stage or another, you find a “remastered” “new” version of your favourite album in stores. At the time of this writing, the latest trick is to add a DVD that contains the very same album, albeit in a different format, supposedly sounding much better, but - and this is really the only interesting bit for the record company - the whole thing costs you $20 or more. Usually, those “remastered” CDs sound just like the old stuff, maybe a bit more sterile, and typically with the volume cranked up quite a bit.

Turns out that something similar has now invaded photography, too. In an article in the New York Times, Michael Kimmelman reports on the photographic equivalent of “remastered” CDs, in this case, digitally “enhanced” photos originally taken by Walker Evans. Go and read it - before they start to hide it behind their electronic firewall. Needless to say, this is one of those issues from which endless discussions can (and will) be created.