[Alt-photo] Alt-photo-process-list Digest, Vol 156, Issue 9

MARK NELSON ender100 at aol.com
Fri May 12 19:33:24 UTC 2017

I always found Judy to be extremely knowledgeable about things alt photo and especially gum.  We definitely sparred some on the alt photo list, but it was mostly good discussion and never mean spirited.  I told Judy that the next time I came to New York I wanted to have a corned beef sandwich with her at the Carnegie Deli.

Thus, I had the pleasure of meeting Judy a number of years ago and we did indeed meet at the Carnegie Deli.  We had a delightful sandwich and conversation.  Afterwards we window shopped some on our way to a show of artist’s portraits one of my students did on POP paper with image setter negatives I made for him.

One store front showed New York T-Shirts.  Judy showed me her all time favorite t-shirt.  It wasn’t I “heart” New York… in big letters on the front it said “I fucking hate you fucking fuckers”.  I think one of her books was a collection of photographs of people wearing a variety of unusual t-shirts.

When we got to the gallery, we were admiring the portraits, one of which was of Sandy King, when a couple came along talking about alt processes.  The guy was excited about having just gotten a Cyanotype kit from Bostick and Sullivan. Suddenly Judy whirled around and began yelling at the guy, “why in the hell are you buying a Cyanotype Kit when you can make the chemicals yourself?”  She really let this stranger have it.  This confirmed to my thinking that Judy was indeed infused with the famous “New York Attitude”.

Quite a lady.  I have a full set of the Post Factory Journal.  I had one of them bronzed because there is a sentence in it praising the design of one of my digital step tablets—I was shocked when I first saw this statement hehehehe.

I always am thankful for having the Internet and the Alt Photo List and other cyber communities that have brought me in touch with great characters like Judy.  

I can’t imagine her resting in peace…. She’s giving someone in hell…. I can imagine her yelling at the Gatekeeper…. “What do you mean you can’t find my name on the list??????"

Thanks Chris for letting us know.

Best Wishes,
Mark Nelson

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> On May 12, 2017, at 4:26 AM, alt-photo-process-list-request at lists.altphotolist.org wrote:
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> Date: Thu, 11 May 2017 19:04:13 -0600
> From: "Christina Z. Anderson" <christinazanderson at gmail.com <mailto:christinazanderson at gmail.com>>
> To: Alt List <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org <mailto:alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org>>
> Subject: [Alt-photo] sad news
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> Dear Alt List,
> I just found out via FB that Judy Seigel has died. 
> The funeral will be Sunday May 14, 10 AM Riverside chapel, 76th Street and Amsterdam if you are in Manhattan.
> http://www.riversidememorialchapel.com/obituaries/show/3046 <http://www.riversidememorialchapel.com/obituaries/show/3046>
> It saddens me when our “greats” from the alt list pass on, and lately this seems to have happened often. Probably because I’ve been on the alt list for almost 20 years now.
> I have benefitted from so much knowledge, even through the controversies. It has been a “spicey” group off and on through the years, but that always has been an impetus for me to pursue excellence.
> I remember fondly meeting up with her in NYC, probably around 2000, and having a wonderful dinner with her near her Greenwich Village residence.
> I credit Judy as one of those who put gum on the map and kept the conversation going.
> Her Post Factory Journal series  has been a great resource, as I can see since we are still discussing it on this list. I have two sets, one for me, one for my students, of which I cannot part. They’re on the “keeper” shelf along with my gum monographs from the late 1800s. There are so many list members represented in those pages. It reads like an alt list diary.
> How amazing she was married 65 years, through such changing social times!
> Chris

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