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The Clash of Palladium and Silver – Photography Article

September 21st, 1979. Forty years ago, British rock photographer, Pennie Smith immortalized the destruction of a Fender P-Bass guitar by Paul Simonon of The Clash on the stage of The Palladium in New York City, on gorgeous B&W 35mm film. Her soft-focus, grainy image with its blown-out highlights and development stains has been dubbed by numerous publications and music fans, “the Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Photograph of All-Time.” Ms. Smith originally considered her masterpiece a throwaway. It was only until…

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Photographer Shares the Story Behind this Incredible Astrolandscape Photo – Photography Article

Two days ago, photographer Paul Schmit captured what he’s calling “the most difficult and technical astrolandscape shot I’ve ever planned and executed.” It’s an incredible shot, showing the ISS transiting the sunrise in front of some picturesque radio towers atop a mountain peak. This photo was weeks in the making, but Schmit tells PetaPixel he almost missed it. Schmit originally shared the story behind this shot in a Facebook post, where he did a good job of summarizing why this…

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This Photo Was Not Staged: Wedding Photojournalism vs Photojournalism – Photography Article

This is an unposed, naturally caught moment at Rachael and Carl’s wedding at The Vineyard in Stockcross, Berkshire. It’s recently won a couple of awards from This is Reportage and the Wedding Photojournalist Association. It’s a striking image, and drew some criticism that it must be staged, or was not photojournalism. So I thought I’d explain why I believe this is wedding photojournalism, and how I came about taking this image. The Setting The Vineyard is a 5-star hotel and…

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A Photo for Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary – Photography Article

I’ve been fascinated with the idea of incorporating the moon into photos whenever possible. And so, with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing on July 20th, I was excited by the possibility to shoot something special for the occasion: Putting a man “on” the moon. The man here is Ty Johnson, a paramotor pilot, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As NASA will tell you, getting a man to the moon is harder than it looks. This is how we…

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