Reblogged from Lensrentals / Roger Cicala: The Heights and Depths of Nadar: TL;DR Version 

I’ve seen references to Nadar in lot’s of photography books, and recently I decided to google him to learn more and that’s how I came upon Roger Cicala’s post on Nadar. I do occasionally read his very informative articles, but hadn’t seen this one on Nadar. He was quite a character and among other things also a very good photographer!   This rotating self portrait gives one a glimpse into his character.    Roger’s article will tell you a lot moreRead more

Amazing still life from 1860 by Roger Fenton who worked to promote photography as art.

Wet plate collodion photography seems to be having a bit of a revival these days, and I have a number of friends working with that media. I’ve tried it, taking a workshop from Alan Barnes, and there’s a lot of skill required. Beyond getting good chemistry, there’s an art to the pouring and exposure that can only be mastered by few. It’s rare to see a complete plate without flaws, and getting good dynamic range is hard. That’s why IRead more

Photography | George Eastman Museum

The photography collection at the George Eastman Museum, among the oldest and best in the world, comprises more than 400,000 photographic objects dating from the introduction of the medium in 1839 through to the present day. It encompasses works made in all major photographic processes, from daguerreotype to digital, for a wide range of purposes, from amateur pursuit to artistic enterprise, from scientific inquiry to documentary record. The collection includes work by more than eight thousand photographers, and it continuesRead more

The Billboard Creative THE BILLBOARD CREATIVE

I learned about the Billboard Creative Show today – and it’s really cool!   The Billboard Creative is a non-profit that exhibits an annual open show on bill boards.  It’s brilliant!    Read more about it here: thebillboardcreative PUBLIC ART GALLERY Source: The Billboard Creative THE BILLBOARD CREATIVERead more

The battle between Pictorialism vs Straight Photography or rather Ansel Adams vs William Mortensen

William Mortensen could perhaps have been one of the most talented but little known photographers in the entire history of photography. Not only did he have incredible imagination and creativity, but he also had insane technical skills.   Even if you’ve been living under a rock, you would know who Ansel Adams was and be able to list off a few of his most famous photos. Both were some of Photography’s greats,   but why isn’t Mortensen as well known?Read more

Imogen Cunningham’s Sensual Photography | A R T L▼R K

Imogen Cunningham has been a favorite photographer of mine for her floral photography and environmental portraits of her children.  I enjoyed reading this post about her.  I did not know for example that she went to a technical high school in Dresden Germany, nor that she first opened a portrait studio in Seattle in 1910 which was really quite early still for photography in the west coast.  She and Anne Brigman, another one of my idol’s were photographing in theRead more

This Odd House Is a Shrine to Early Photography

This Odd House Is a Shrine to Early Photography http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/odd-early-photography-shrine-portugal-casa-relvas Interesting read about an eclectic 19th century photographer in Portugal, named Carlos Relvas, who built his house to be a perfect studio upstairs with lots of windows for natural light and darkroom downstairs.  The creators project blog post is a great summary but there’s more information on the Case Estudio website itself though its a bit hard to navigate.Read more

Helmut Newton Retrospective at the FOAM Museum in Amsterdam

Recently I visited the Netherlands for a quick meeting and overnighted in Amsterdam where the FOAM Museum is.  If you are close or will visit this wonderful city this summer, then you should try to stop in at FOAM to see the Helmut Newton show which is quite fantastic!  The show runs until September 4th, 2016.    They have a large number of his photos spanning his entire career in many rooms spread over the three floors of the museum.   ThisRead more

Excellent article on Diane Arbus

“Was Diane Arbus the Most Radical Photographer of the 20th Century?”  by Alex Mar I thought this article on Diane Arbus was very well written and revealed some facts about her personal and photographic life that I had not heard before.  Well worth reading!   And if you can, check out the show of her very early photographs at the MET in NYC that is currently running!   Here’s the link to the show details Diane Arbus Early Years    AndRead more

ACLU Releases List of Rights of Photographers

ACLU Releases List of Rights of Photographers You have broad rights to photograph in public.  Confrontation with citizens and authorities when you are photographing has become more frequent since 9/11. Police have been particularly sensitive to being filmed or photographed after Ferguson et al.  It’s a good idea to become familiar with laws and your rights so you can act professionally if confronted and hopefully defuse the situation.   The ACLU has put together a good list and review here:Read more