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What I’ve Learnt From Peter Lindbergh – Photography Article

I’ve paged through his books at bookshops, and I know he’s done some of the Pirelli Calendar campaigns. But I’ve looked at his work again since his passing, and it gives insight on how he does it, and what type of person he was.  In this video, Peter says one thing that I will take with me for my photography career. The fact that when a photo is taken, there are two people participating. The photographer isn’t photographing a person. They’re…

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Gallery Told to Remove Mocked Up Billboard Images of Trump and Diana – Photography Article

Where’s the line between false advertisement and art in photography? What if it falls somewhere between the two? No doubt, you would assume that people visiting art gallery exhibitions would be able to discern the nuances between what appears to be a piece of art and what may be considered an advertisement. However, things are not as black and white, and sometimes these types of art creations may still fall under scrutiny of local lawmakers. Such case occurred in Estonia,…

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Here’s Why People Hardly Ever Smiled in Old-Time Photographs – Photography Article

Why does vintage photography gives some people “the willies”? Whether or not you’ve noticed this, the portrait subjects in the oldest black and white images are almost always glaring sternly into the lens. I love antiques and visiting vintage shops. In my years of browsing through those dusty old shelves (with their musty yet oddly satisfying odor), I’ve collected dozens of stereographs. These are side-by-side photographic prints of nearly identical images, which create a three-dimensional image when viewed through a…

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A to Z of Photography: Zeiss and Emile Zola – Photography Article

And so with some sadness, tinged with a sense of relief, we reach the final letter of the alphabet. And what better way to finish than with a vastly successful company that has virtually spanned the lifetime of photography, along with some photographic input from yet another novelist. Zeiss As photographers, we want a sharp image, aiming for tack sharp. Beyond this, there is Zeiss sharp. Held in similar reverence to Leica and originating from the same German smouldering pot…

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A to Z of Photography: Yashica and Madame Yevonde – Photography Article

In this article we turn to the society photographer, and fortune teller sounding, Madame Yevonde, but before her another Japanese brand that bit the dust. Yashica were prominent in the post-war photographic world, but when did they cease production? Yashica Founded in Nagano, Japan, as Yashinma Seiki in 1949, it’s eight employees began by making components for electronic clocks progressing to manufacturing it’s first camera, the Yashimaflex, by 1953. This was a 6×6 twin lens reflex that used lenses produced…

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A Look at ‘The Falling Soldier,’ One of the Best-Known War Photos – Photography Article

I’m Martin from the All About Street Photography channel, and today I would like to talk about a photo taken by legendary war photographer Robert Capa — a photo that is both very famous and also somewhat controversial. The photo in question is The Falling Soldier, taken in Spain at the beginning of Spanish Civil War by Capa, co-founder of Magnum Photos. It supposedly shows a Republican soldier at the moment of his death. If you are not familiar with…

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Sold! An Update on The Most Expensive Photobooks Sold at Auction – Photography Article

Based on feedback I received about my article investigating the most expensive photobooks ever sold, I reached out to the two largest auction houses in the World to provide a more authoritative list of photobooks sold at auction. What do you expect to see in this list? Both Sotheby’s and Christie’s press departments provided me with an authoritative list of the highest hammer prices for photobooks over the last decade or so. Without their assistance, this article wouldn’t have been as…

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A to Z of Photography: Weegee and Wet Plate Collodion – Photography Article

The cult of celebrity is alive and kicking, now seemingly the domain of the “influencer”. However history is littered with photographers who attained celebrity status — step back 80 years and Weegee made the unusual step from press photographer to, well, influencer! This was long after the second of our two articles, which looks at the wet collodion plate process. Weegee Weegee was a New York press photographer who assumed near mythical status because of his uncanny ability to be…

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A to Z of Photography: Von Wong (Interview) and Vivitar – Photography Article

This week we continue the A to Z of Photography with an interview with contemporary photographer Benjamin von Wong, renowned for his attention grabbing, fantastical images. We follow this with a history of Vivitar, a camera and lens manufacturer that didn’t make cameras or lenses! Benjamin Von Wong If you’ve watched Benjamin Von Wong’s BTS videos or TED talk then you will appreciate his fantastical images. Von Wong actually trained as a mining engineer in Montreal, hooked in by the…

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The Dying Vocabulary of Photography: Words That Don’t Mean What You Think They Mean – Photography Article

Language is a slippery thing. The meanings of words are constantly evolving. Add in the continuing leaps being made by the technology underlying photography, and it’s no wonder that the language photographers use is in an almost constant state of flux. Words Where the Meaning Has Shifted There are dozens of words and phrases that have been common place in conversations about photography for decades, but thanks to changing technology, the meaning of the following words has shifted. Bulb Most cameras have a bulb function, often designated as a…

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The World’s Oldest Webcam Is Finally Being Shut Down After 25 Years – Photography Article

The world’s oldest webcam is finally shutting down after a whopping quarter-century of service, marking the end of an era that began in the infancy of the modern internet we know today. FogCam will be shut down at the end of the month after 25 years. The camera was set up in 1994 by Jeff Schwartz and Dan Wong while they were students at San Francisco State University as a way to show what life was like on the campus.…

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Team Captures First 4K Footage of Titanic, Reveals Startling Deterioration – Photography Article

Few historical events have remained in the public consciousness quite like the sinking of the Titanic, and after over a century of sitting on the bottom of the Atlantic, a production team has captured 4K footage of the wreck for the first time. Atlantic Productions captured the footage for an upcoming documentary, marking the first time the ship has been visited in about 14 years.  Atlantic Productions are pleased to announce they have recorded the first ever 4K images of…

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A to Z of Photography: Ultimate Confrontation and Umbo – Photography Article

We now arrive at the second of the three tricky letters of the alphabet. Unfortunately, U is uselessly underwhelming but ultimately and uniquely utilitarian! The first an iconic photo of political protest and confrontation, a theme that continues to this day in newsrooms across the world. Then discover Umbo. Ultimate Confrontation Picture the historical setting – your government, which stands for law and order, of setting a high legal and moral standard, is involved in illicit and illegal activity, of…

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A to Z of Photography: Tilt-Shift and Train Wreck at Montparnasse – Photography Article

This week we turn to a train wreck of an image — yes the iconic photo “Train Wreck at Montparnasse Station”! But before we get to that, step back to the dawn of photography and understand the principles behind tilting and shifting the lens relative to the sensor. Some of the highest profile photographers use tilt-shift lenses in their day-to-day work, so find out why that is. Tilt-Shift Photography Is there something so inherent to the design of the camera,…

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A to Z of Photography: Shooting Sex and Strip Photography – Photography Article

Sex and stripping seem to go hand in hand, but in this edition of the A to Z of photography, I cover the acclaimed work of fashion photographer Bob Carlos Clark, “Shooting Sex” and then delve into the technical details of the photo finish. Shooting Sex Shooting Sex is the eponymous semi-autobiographical work of Bob Carlos Clarke (also this link). With 176 13×11″ glossy pages, this weighty hardcover tome is about how to shoot on the theme of sex rather than…

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A to Z of Photography: Reflex Camera and Tony Ray-Jones – Photography Article

At pretty much three-quarters of the way through the alphabet we stop at R, an eminently popular letter, to look at the foundation of pretty much all contemporary cameras — the Reflex. This is followed by the inspiringly funny work of Tony Ray-Jones whose career was cruelly cut short. Reflex Camera The Reflex Camera is at first an odd name as, unless you an English graduate, it sounds like a knee-jerk response to being hit! However reflex also means to…

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Photoflash Bombs Were Once Used to Light Nighttime Aerial Photos – Photography Article

Digital cameras can see in color in near darkness these days, but decades ago, there were very different solutions for capturing usable photos at night. One example is the photoflash bomb, a special type of bomb that was designed specifically to explode in midair and illuminate the world below for aerial photos. The photoflash bomb was commonly used by military spy planes to capture images of the ground at night from higher (and safer) altitudes. From the outside, they looked…

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A to Z of Photography: Wayne Quilliam and the Queen – Photography Article

In this issue of the A to Z of Photography we turn to possibly the thorniest letter of the alphabet: Q. Fear not as we take you on a journey from an interview with the antipodean photographer Wayne Quilliam, through Elvis, Brahmanandam Kanneganti, Kim Kardashian, Princess Diana, and Donald Trump before finally arriving at the Queen. Wayne Quilliam Wayne Quilliam is a bit of polymath when it comes to photography, undertaking events, drone imaging, documentary, landscapes, videography, and contemporary art…

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Here’s What Photoshop Was Like in 1988 – Photography Article

You might not realize it, but Photoshop has entered its fourth decade of existence, and in those many years, it has had a lot of time to evolve into the highly intricate and powerful application it is today. Ever wonder what it was like to use in its early days? Check out this awesome video that shows what it was like working with a version released in 1988. Coming to you from Computer Clan, this fun video looks at Photoshop version…

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A to Z of Photography: Panoramic Photography and the Pillars of Creation – Photography Article

With this installment we revisit the whole sub-genre of panoramic photography. Literally(!) a wide subject, discover the history behind it, the software to create it, and the competitions to enter. Once you’ve scrambled your way through the panoramas, discover one of the most beautiful photos in the universe. Read on. Panoramic Photography Standing on the promontory, you gaze in awe at the vista before you, a huge expanse of space that seemingly sucks you in to a void, drawing you…

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How Does Climate Change Art? – Photography Article

You might think that when a piece of art is finished, it is done in every sense of the word, now a static object — unchanging, permanent forever. But it’s anything but; in fact, all art is fleeting when you place it on the timescales our planet runs on. Just how do climate and art interact? What can art tell us about climate, particularly as it continues to be at the forefront of discussions of the future of humanity? Coming…

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Now, Where Did I Put That? Famous Lost and Left Behind Cameras and Film – Photography Article

Have you ever run out to a shoot and realized that despite your best laid plans, you left something behind? Packed up, boarded a plane, and realized you left your memory cards or film at home? How far back did you have to go to get it? Imagine realizing that you had to travel 238,900 miles? Or worse, 170 years into the past. The Moon Many camera aficionados know that there is a treasure trove of Hasselblads on the moon. In an…

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One of the Most Iconic Kissing Photos Was Staged – Photography Article

What’s up, photography fans? It’s Martin here from All About Street Photography, and today I want to talk about the story behind the famous photo Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Town Hall) by French photographer Robert Doisneau. If you are not familiar with Doisneau, here’s a video I made about his life and work: People like my photos because they see in them what they would see if they stopped rushing about, and took the time…

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New Exhibition Shows How a Look at the Dark Side Can Show a Photographer the Light – Photography Article

An amazing new exhibition has just opened, depicting images once lost to history and giving us a behind the scenes glimpse at some of the greatest mysteries of our time. I love history. As the saying goes: the past may not repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme. And there are few better ways to understand the current world we live in than to look into our past to recognize similar patterns to the waves we currently find ourselves riding. I am also a…

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A to Z of Photography: Noise and Helmut Newton – Photography Article

Moving on to N, we enter the second half of the alphabet and with that a headlong rush to Z. It’s been a blast getting to this point, but now we start the countdown. In this issue the A to Z of Photography we visit that most unwanted of digital acquaintances, noise, before taking a peek at the cover work (and Polaroids) of Helmut Newton. (Image) Noise A digital sensor reduces to a device that counts the number of photons…

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Watching ‘Chernobyl’: How Important Are Visuals for Understanding History? – Photography Article

When we think of history and how dry it may appear as a subject to some, what role do visuals play in increasing genuine interest and cultivating understanding of things that have happened? I myself have always had a strong interest in history, and as such, never truly considered the importance visuals may play in generating interest for those who may find it an uninteresting subject in general, until I came across the new historical HBO TV mini series “Chernobyl” (2019), which…

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A to Z of Photography: Inge Morath and Minolta – Photography Article

With M we reach a significant milestone in the A to Z of Photography as this is the halfway mark. So far “Bronica and Burtynsky” and “Fujifilm” have been the most read with the “Family of Man” and “Image Stabilization and Into the Jaws of Death” languishing at the bottom of the popularity charts! Onwards then to Inge Morath and Minolta. Inge Morath Inge Morath was born in 1923 to Austrian parents who, as scientists, worked in various laboratories across…

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A to Z of Photography: Lenna and Leica – Photography Article

This week we move on to L in the A to Z of Photography and an image of Lenna that has impacted every photographer, along with the little red dot… yes, this article gives a brief overview of the history of Leica, a brand that has influenced everyone directly or indirectly through either their design or the photos shot with them. Lenna Lena Söderberg, pronounced Lenna, is a Swedish model born in 1951 whose claim to fame is being the…

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LAPD Crime Scene Photos from the Mid-1900s – Photography Article

A new exhibition in Los Angeles will feature crime scene photos captured by police officers in the Los Angeles Police Department from between 1925 and the 1970s. Back in 2001, Fototeka founder Merrick Morton, who’s also a photographer and LAPD reserve officer, received unprecedented access to Los Angeles’ records department and its immense photo archive. At the City Records Center in downtown Los Angeles, which houses 150 years worth of city documents in 47,500 square feet of cardboard crates, Morton…

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Photographing Heritage Railroads | Fstoppers – Photography Article

Trains, trains, trains. Heritage Railroads offer a lot of fun and a great photographic subject for those who like to travel. In this article I share my methods of capturing these magnificent vintage iron horses. As an adolescent, I became enthralled with model railroads. My father and I constructed an HO gauge railroad in our basement, complete with models of buildings, lichen trees, and gravel based railroad tracks. I spent hours creating small balsa wood structures from hobby kits. We…

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