I went to a gallery opening a couple of nights ago and there was photographer in the show. She was a very traditional 4 x5 B&W image kind of person and about half of her pictures were essentially straight on pictures of rather boring statuary. The rest were sort of standard 4x5 fare - technically excellent pictures of buildings or storefronts reproduced in exquisite detail. I must admit that the incredible reception, almost awe, these pictures evoked puzzled me. Is perfect reproduction, without necessarily added meaning, an artistic end in itself? (you know, swings, tilts, platinum prints etc.) And how does this apply to pictures of existing art?