And so it begins...The 8x10 Beard

September 28, 2015  •  2 Comments

Some of my favorite photographers of all time have unknowingly influenced me to follow in their footsteps.  Of course, I love their photography and their contribution to the arts and to the world, but it is their beards that I am referring to!  I am 5 days into my future 8x10 beard and I will keep you posted during this epic journey.  It has to be done, and I am committed to the process.  

Ansel Adams, Clyde Butcher, and Edward Steichen all sported what I call "The 8x10 Beard".  It is a little-known fact that the last right of passage in the world of large format photography, is that you have to grow and properly maintain a white/gray beard.  It simply doesn't count if you are too young or if the beard is not white/grey.  This is all part of the rules.  

I am finally at a place where I can begin the journey to start on this long-awaited honor.  I have been working in the darkroom and with film for over 35 years now, so the time has come to join the club with some of the best company one could imagine.  Below are some photos of Ansel Adams, Edward Steichen, and Clyde Butcher.  They simply would not be the same if they did not have their 8x10 beards.  I can't explain it, I just have to adopt it and move forward.  Wish me well and I will keep you posted on my journey.  


Ansel Adams

Ansel AdamsAnsel Adams

Edward Steichen 

Edward SteichenEdward SteichenEdward Steichen, ca 1960 /Philippe Halsman /sc

Clyde Butcher

Clyde ButcherClyde Butcher


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Thanks Stephane, for the comment! Stay in touch.
Stéphane Rocher(non-registered)
What a great post and all the best for your journey to become a proud owner of a 8x10 beard. I have about 35 years of film photography in my pocket and my beard is white but I feel I'm not ready yet for a 8x10.
Only just now discovered your blog and will certainly be coming back on a regular basis.
Best wishes
(based in UK)
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