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MARY PICKFORD: The First Movie Star

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com In the earliest days of Hollywood, actresses and actors in films were not named in the credits. They were called things like “The Biograph” girl. Not allowing them to have a fan base...

ERWIN BLUMENFELD: The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women: Documentary is a film by Remy Blumenfeld of the life and career of photographer Erwin Blumenfeld that is hugely informative and insightful and is a must-watch for any...

NADAR: A Renaissance Man of Photography

Photographers nowadays tend to specialize. Most just do photography, some also direct films or commercials.  But that was not the case with Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (6 April 1820 – 20 March 1910), known by the pseudonym Nadar.  Nadar is considered...

WE USED TO DO IT WITH POLAROIDS

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Noways it is comparatively easy to judge exposure and lighting balance shooting in the studio.  You just look at the image display and histogram on the back of the camera or your...

MATTHEW ROLSTON: Photographer Royale

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Back in the 1980s, there were three celebrity photographers in Los Angeles who were colleagues, collaborators and friends: Herb Ritts, Greg Gorman and Matthew Rolston.  “Although we were technically competitors,” Rolston explains,...

FAMOUS BEAUTIES – An Old Tradition Continues

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com In his 1962 book THE IMAGE: Or, What Happened To The American Dream, historian Daniel Boorstin wrote about how “pseudo events” have taken the place of real events (and this was before the invention of...

JACOB RIIS: Lighting Up The Slums With Flash Photography

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com The 19th century was a period of mass immigration to the United States.  There were no immigration laws as we have today, only medical exams to screen out diseases like tuberculosis.  (See young Vito...

THE GUN CAMERA: Giving New Meaning To The Term “Shooting Photos”

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Photography and airplanes came together in WWI when aerial cameras were used to shoot photographs for intelligence and surveillance of battlefield and enemy positions.  A few years later the British Royal Flying Corps started...

SHANE BALKOWITSCH: The Wetplate Tradition Continues

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Wetplate photo by Shane Balkowitsch The wet plate colloidal process was the first really successful widespread technology in photography.  The daguerreotype was introduced in 1839.  Making a daguerreotype involved a complex technological process that resulted in a...

THOSE DARING YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES: WWI And The Birth Of Aerial...

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com We have long taken for granted seeing photos taken from the air of such things as cities, buildings, roads and landscapes.  Not only that, but with the recent introduction of drones  average...