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Rare, Full-Color Photos from WWII

March 8th is International Women’s Day, so we figured it was a good time to show some rare, color images from WWII…where women played an incredibly important role and came out in droves to support both the war effort and the economy. These were taken by Alfred T. Palmer, who was an Office of War Information (OWI) photographer for the United States from 1941 to 1943. It was during this time that he, along with other photographers working for the government, captured some 1,600 images. [more]

Vivian Maier – The Greatest Photographer You’ve Never Known

Most photographers, are looking for validation from their peers. We’re so often on flickr, 500px, twitter, and Facebook; showing off our work to others. Vivan Maier however, lived an entire life as an incredible street photographer, without anyone knowing or seeing her work for nearly 50 years. The new film, Finding Vivian Maier is hoping to expose a new audience to the work of Vivian Maier. [more]

Sarah Moon: The Master’s Thoughts

Sarah Moon is an icon, without a doubt. Her work has been an inspiration to me from the beginning of my career. She’s a soulful and deep artist and has certainly earned her spot as one of the top “100 most influential photographers.” That’s why hearing her explain the chaos of her mind while she shoots is such an amazing experience for me. It’s the very same chaos that I experience, and I bet you do too.

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These Early 1900s Collodion Images of Iceland Will Transport You To Another World

Here at Fstoppers, we definitely share a lot of photos made with cutting edge techniques and the latest technology, and while this is great for making everyday things look pretty snazzy, it’s easy to overlook the historical value that photography can have. This collection of glass plate negatives by photographer Magnús Ólafsson are an amazing look at a culture that you most likely had never paid much thought to. [more]

A Photography Based Proof Why We Most Definitely Did Land On the Moon

I have always been fascinated by space travel. Back in college a friend showed me a documentary that proposed that the moon landing is a hoax. The arguments were based on photography, videography, and lighting tricks and I remember thinking “wow could this really have been staged?” Mr. SG Collins makes a pretty compelling argument claiming that neither NASA nor Stanley Kubrick were actually technologically capable of producing a video that could stand up to modern scrutiny. Collin’s photographic argument should put a final nail in the conspiracists’ theory for good. [more]

A Chemical History Of Photography

When I bought my first DSLR 4 years ago, I offered a very enthusiastic “SAYONARA!” to the film era. This wasn’t because I’m not grateful for the journey that photography has endured to end up where it is, but because my ADHD spark plug of a mind needed a process that was faster and more efficient than it’s film and darkroom roots. Even with the mindset that I have towards the film era and the process of early photography, this video is pretty cool and goes through a brief history of photography via the paradigm of a chemist. Enjoy!

Intimate Exposé On Commercial Photographer Fred Lyon

I’m a big fan of the mission and idea behind websites like Kickstarter. I appreciate creating a community of people from all over the world who help each other pursue their dreams. On Indieagogo, a site similar to Kickstarter, I came across this cool project on photographer, Fred Lyons. [more]

World War II Photos Superimposed On Same Modern Street

Dutch historian, Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse, blends the past and present using photos from World War II and pictures from the same places today. Jo will literally spend hours trying to locate scenes of photos from the war and then photograph the modern day scene at the same angles so that she can blend the two pictures in Photoshop thereby creating her “Ghosts of History” photo series.  [more]

Hauntingly Beautiful Abandoned Europe: Meet Urbex Master Andre Govia

With it being halloween and all, I figure this would be a perfect set of shots for it. Andre Govia has a very good eye for the creepy and scary shots. This series of shots from abandoned locations in Europe are simply spectacular. He is currently on a tour to capture the most haunted and creepy images he can and is doing a very very good job of it so far. [more]

Getting Inspiration: What is Your Favorite Photography Book?

Inspiration comes from a variety of sources, but I’m guessing that seeing the works of others has always been big for you. Seeing someone else’s work probably is what got you interested in photography to begin with. So what gets your creativity flowing? For me, though my work in photography resides in the Advertising / Editorial realm, inspiration for my work comes in the form of photojournalism. [more]

One of The Best Uses of Timelapse We’ve Seen: Endeavour’s Final Journey Through The Streets of LA

As Fstoppers’ resident aviation dork and lone Angeleno, I’d be making a huge mistake not to share this incredible timelapse of Endeavour’s final journey. Filmed over a sleepless weekend by an all-star timelapse team, the video chronicles Endeavour’s slow, delicate, and surreal journey (which made for the perfect timelapse subject) from Los Angeles International Airport to its final resting place at the California Science Center. [more]

Ian Ruhter Shoots Inspiring People With an Enormous Wet Plate Setup

We’ve featured Ian Ruhter before: his Silver and Light series was an incredible display of talent, ingenuity and originality. I’m glad to say that he’s back at it again, this time criss-crossing the country, telling the stories of inspiring people with his portable darkroom setup. Watch as Ian shoots Madison, a young girl who overcame some serious setbacks, and creates a series of incredible portraits using his custom made (very large format) camera which is built into the back of a box van. [more]

Frank Hurley: Photographs Documenting Shackleton’s Shipwreck and Story of Survival

Twenty-seven people were all there were when Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition went awry. Luckily for us (they were lucky enough, all surviving after months and months), one of those was a photographer, Frank Hurley. Here are some amazing photographs documenting the 22 months spent stranded on the world’s most remote continent. [more]

10 Photo Hoaxes Throughout History

It’s incredibly easy to fake photos these days with a few minutes in Photoshop, but it wasn’t always that easy. Take a look at these 10 photo hoaxes throughout history, from the first one in 1830 to some more modern ones. [more]

Netflix Adds Documentary Depciting War At Its Most Terrible

Now available on Netflix, “Shooting Robert King” goes behind the scenes of what it was like to be a documentary war photographer. You always hear and see images from the war but NEVER about what it’s like to be thrown into it as a documentary photographer. At just 24, American photojournalist Robert King began his 15 year journey to follow his passion. Originally he set out to win a Pulitzer prize, but in the end found himself with a life changing experience. [more]

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