... I am not sure if that was an insult. My point was that you could see from 3m (10') that the skin on the cheek didn't look like real skin. For a portrait of a beautiful woman, that is a real problem in my book. Just because some collectors don't see that, doesn't mean that we should all stop caring.
This is not an indictment of the photos, btw, many were great. This, and a few others were just enlarged too much, IMO.
No insult what so ever - serious collectors buy work for many reasons, none for the technical reasons we here at LL put so much effort into.
I agree with you that 35mm digital do not hold up well in large print sizes.
It might be a problem for you and me, but obvious not for Russel James.
BTW I saw Nick Brandt gorgeous large prints at Paris Photo, they do hold up very very well (Pentax 67)