June 2013 LSAT, Reading Comprehension, Q13

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project Estabrook, who was that again? Oh yeah, he's introduced in line 12 as the guy who has a "fantasy" of making fake antiques and selling them in flea markets. And in the fourth paragraph, the passage mentions Estabrook again, in the context of retaining imperfections in his works to "heighten the sense of nostalgia." Let's see if we can pick an answer that describes something Estabrook is associated with in the passage.

If you struggled at all with questions 8-14, odds are that you didn't quite catch the main point of the passage. Here's my summary, if you need a refresher.

A. I don't remember the subject of photographs ever being mentioned in the passage. Wasn't the whole thing about techniques?

B. I can come back to this one if I eliminate the other four answers. For now, I'm skeptical of it because I'm not sure that the passage had anything to do with "relinquishing control."

C. Nah. Photographers in the old days weren't trying to "exploit artistically the unpredictability" of the shitty technology they were using... they were using it because it was the best tech they had available at the time! Today's hipsters are trying to "artistically exploit" the unpredictability of the old tech. That's not what this answer is talking about though.

D. No. Estabrook believes the exact opposite of this, right? He's the hipster who is making fake antiques, after all.

E. No, I think Estabrook avoids manipulating photos after taking them. He's not Photoshopping images after they're made.

Circling back, I think the answer is probably B. When Estabrook uses old photographic techniques, he is "relinquishing control" over the photographic process.  (Newer technology would allow more control.) I didn't it immediately, but it's better than our other choices.

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