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Dear all,

I have just create my Web Site on my photography works. I would be very interested to have your feeback about photographies that I publish on my web site: http://www.fxperth.com/en/photography/

I understand all of you have a really short time to respond to this kind of request but your comments will be really important to develop my work.

Thank you,


by FX de Perthuis de Laillevault at 2012-04-17 14:20:32 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Hi François,
I just had a quick look at your website and I have to say that your work is good and moving. The use of black and white is a good idea. And I like the somewhat “graininess” feel of the images. Did you use a film camera to make the pictures? Thanks for making images of poverty because there is a vast disconnect in this world with the haves and the have-nots.


by Joyce Paul | 19 Jun 2012 12:06 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | | Report spam→
Hi Joyce. Thank you very much for your interest on my work. I use Ilford film for my pictures (mainly 50 ASA and FP4 400 ASA).

Best regards,


by FX de Perthuis de Laillevault | 03 Jul 2012 09:07 | | Report spam→
I dont know, I am obviously not smart enough to navigate your website. I managed to get in one story of 2 images.

I saw some good images in the background, then tried to click it…no reaction.

The few images i saw: good, userfriendly; the worst I have ever seen.

by Tom Van Cakenberghe | 03 Jul 2012 18:07 | Kathmandu, Nepal | | Report spam→
Dear Tom,

I’m sorry that my pictures did not catch your interest. Regarding functionalities of the website, they seem to work properly. Perhaps you are having a problem with your browser or your Internet connection.



by FX de Perthuis de Laillevault | 03 Jul 2012 19:07 | | Report spam→
I too, like the photos but have difficulty navigating your web site. The few photos I was able to see I thought were good but they were partially hidden by the box with your biographical information. Probably there is a way to remove the box but I am unable to figure out how to do so. I use a Mac if that makes any difference.

by Barry Milyovsky | 03 Jul 2012 20:07 | Manhattan, United States | | Report spam→
Hard to navigate. Slow loading, too
That box needs to go.
“Algeria”? Only two pictures?
Your copyright is a waste of time (anyone can just crop it out) and it distracts from the images. either do a real watermark or nothing.
Why put your art collection pictures? They’re not very good and distract from the rest. Make a separate site for that.
What is your goal with the site? Have you achieved it? Is this a hobby or a commercial venture? If the latter, how do you feel you compare to the competition?
Forget film. You get no points for making things difficult for yourself.

But what I really think is missing is this: there are so many pictures of everywhere now; what’s the added value? You’re supposed to be an “expert”, why not use that expertise to inform your photos? Do something nobody else can.

Probably not what you wanted to hear but you did ask… Good luck!

by DPC | 03 Jul 2012 20:07 (ed. Jul 3 2012) | Paris, France | | Report spam→
Dear Barry,

Thank you for your post. If you go on the menu called photography, you will see different galleries. Clik on the gallery you want you will see all pictures contained in the gallery. Click on the picture of your choice and you will see it in full screen.

For the speed of loading, I really don’t know why is slow from your computer. I will try to get information about this.



by FX de Perthuis de Laillevault | 03 Jul 2012 21:07 | | Report spam→
I agree with what DPC said, you have relatively few photos online, and in some senses you seem not to be living up to your stated purpose; you have images, but no whole photo series posted, which might allow drawing conclusions that would be sociologically or anthropologically interesting. Artistic merit is important in individual images, but in Social Science, context is everything. These images are neither spot news nor essays. Let’s see more about the social situation and living environment of these people. It’s difficult to form a picture of your involvement with your subjects, or to form a more complete picture of them or their environment. Do something about that box, too, it’s distracting. I think you need more images, edited more in the form of an essay. I would ditch the Art photography (which seems to be more or less like museum or auction house catalog imagery without context). That said, your images are O.K., and I like the use of Black and White. Put up some more stuff and maybe sharpen the social science perspective. I do like your attitude and stated purpose, I have very similar interests. It’s a good start, build on it.

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 06 Jul 2012 21:07 (ed. Jul 6 2012) | Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→
good photos but hard to navigate

by Cengiz | 07 Jul 2012 14:07 | Chicago, United States | | Report spam→
Hi FX…I did say the images i saw were good (enough). You reply “not catch your interest.” which is not true. The whole novigation thing really isnt working out. Maybe you spent a lot of time making it or spent money on it. But it simply doesnt work.

I was a bit worried that my statement that this is the worst website in terms of navigation would piss you and others (smarter then me) off…but its simply true.

A portfolio website must make the images “the heroes” and all the fancy stuff is just a waste of time. Menu/galleries/images (and some captions) is all there is in the end.

by Tom Van Cakenberghe | 10 Jul 2012 16:07 | Kathmandu, Nepal | | Report spam→
Yes, your navigation needs some help. I’ve since gone back to your site and realized that there were more images than I realized. That slider on that navigation box is not very intuitive. You need something that will be a bit more apparent, and maybe a bit less clever. I can be pretty dumb, but then I do believe I’ve met editors, art buyers and fellow anthropologists dumber than myself.

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 11 Jul 2012 02:07 | Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→

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FX de Perthuis de Laillevault, FX de Perthuis de Laillevault
[undisclosed location].
Joyce Paul, Photojournalist Joyce Paul
Dubai , United Arab Emirates ( DXB )
Tom Van Cakenberghe, Tom Van Cakenberghe
Kathmandu , Nepal
Barry Milyovsky, totally unprofessional Barry Milyovsky
totally unprofessional
(emperor of ice cream )
New York , United States
DPC, Photographer DPC
Paris , France
John Louis Lassen Perry, Photoanthropologist John Louis Lassen Perry
Califon, New Jersey , United States
Cengiz, Cengiz
(freelance photojournalist)
Chicago , United States


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