The swirly bokeh of fast lenses designed by Joseph Petzval in the mid-19th century is no longer solely available to fine art photographers using view cameras. In July, we profiled a Kickstarter campaign by Lomography to fund the creation of a brass Petzval for Nikon and Canon mounts. Now, a new campaign is hoping to fund the production of an F3.8 120mm lens for medium format cameras with a Pentacon Six and Hasselblad compatible mount. [more]
Rob Oechsle, a photographer and researcher, has compiled a series of photographs from the late 19th and early 20th century featuring Geishas. What makes these photos all the more striking is the fact that they feature these women in swimwear and against themed backdrops. It goes against our traditional views of how these women lived and dressed and gives us a deeper insight into the extent of Geisha influence on Japanese culture. [more]
These photos completely alter my perspective on the past. A black and white photo, for me, evokes a completely different emotion than that of a colorized counterpart, especially if it’s a photo I’ve seen in black and white for over twenty five years. In any case, this is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time. I seriously need to see a tutorial on this. [more]
The photography world lost one of its legends on Thursday with the death of fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville. She was 81. Turbeville lived in Manhattan, until her death, which resulted from her battle with lung cancer. Known as the “anti-Hemlut Newton,” Deborah Turbeville’s sense of femininity, combined with her penchant for darkness, made her one of the influential greats. [more]
You don’t have to be into photojournalism or documentary photography to know that Robert Capa was one of the seminal names in 20th century photography. The last few years however, have seen various accusations surface that his iconic photo “Falling Soldier” – apparently showing the moment of death of a Spanish solider – was set up. This week new evidence came to light that might once and for all confirm the true story behind one of the most debated images of all time.
When it comes to architectural photography, there is one that stands above all: Julius Shulman. Not only was he responsible for creating the world’s most iconic images of architecture, but he was on the forefront of pushing the boundaries of the art form into what it is today. [more]
Whatever type of photography you focus on, I doubt there are many of us that aren’t mesmerized every time we pick up and thumb through a copy of National Geographic magazine. Over it’s lifetime, it’s become synonymous with capturing images of people, places and wildlife that show us the undiscovered or hidden side of our increasingly homogenized world. [more]
Celebrities are all over the headlines, news channels, radio shows, and billboards. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there are probably a couple dozen famous faces that will instantly come to mind when you hear their name. What we don’t get to see normally, however, is the celebrity before the spotlight. Photographs taken before, or early in their career or before their accomplishments, before a camera in their face was an every day thing. Can you recognize them all from the portraits below? (Highlight the space to the right of their number to see the name.)
In a recent Reddit AMA to commemorate the craft’s leaving of our solar system, a Voyager 1 team member (name unverified) commented that all cameras were turned off permanently after the iconic “Pale Blue Dot” photograph was taken on Valentines day in 1990. Between then, and its launch date on Sept 5, 1977, hundreds of thousands if not millions (exact number unknown) of photos have been taken by the craft on its journey. These are just a few.
The phrase “go big or go home” seems to take on a special significance with photographer Dennis Manarchy. Obsessed with the concept of scale and the possibilities of working with massive negatives to create portrait images more than two stories high, he and his team have created a 35-foot view camera, the world’s largest film camera. The project, nicknamed “Butterflies and Buffalo”, aims to use the traveling view camera as a conduit for documenting more than 50 of the unique cultures in America. [more]
Photographer and historian Marc Hermann has done a beautiful job pulling historic crime scene photos from the New York Daily News archive to blend them with photographs of the same locations today. For those who live in New York now, it may be easy to forget just how rough the city was in the not-too-distant past. [more]
Years ago the only way to print a photo was to make test strips, make a test print, go back and dodge and burn details, make more test strips, another test print and so on and so on until you got the result you were after. In these photos released by Magnum Photos in New York, you can get a closer look at the process followed by their master printer, Pablo Inirio. [more]
In this episode of the (always) fantastic “Capture,” supermodel Helena Christensen and photographic legend Mary Ellen Mark sit down with Mark Seliger and discuss their unique approaches to making their images. Mary Ellen Mark talks about what it was like to photograph Mother Theresa and how every circus in India was more imaginative than the last. Helena Christensen’s love of photography began when she hitchhiked around the world as a teenager, [more]
I grew up as part of the generation of photographers that developed film (or had a lab develop it) and mounted photos in family albums. At the time, I would remember thinking it wasn’t a particularly special exercise or the photos themselves weren’t particularly amazing. But how many of you remember the feeling – often years later – of finding those same ‘mundane’ shots and nostalgically revisiting the past? Wasn’t that a powerful and often wonderful feeling? [more]
In 1983, the BBC aired a documentary series called “Master Photographers” interviewing and showcasing some of the most influential photographers of all time – from Alfred Eisenstaedt to Bill Brandt to Andre Kertesz. In this episode, the great Ansel Adams and his penchant for cowboy hats and bolo ties. Adams was unquestionably brilliant. It’s one thing to read his thoughts from a book; it’s another thing entirely to hear them. [more]