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THE TINTYPE: Easy, Quick and Inexpensive

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com From the late 1800s, with the introduction of photographic film, to the late 1990s the technology of photography evolved constantly but fairly slowly, with lots of improvements but little that was highly...

NEW UNDER THE SUN: Photographing Aesthetic Female Muscle

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Women who compete in various kinds of muscle contests represent the Grand Opera of the female body. Model: Viviana Soldano. Photo by Bill Dobbins When it comes to photography, there are very few...

WET PLATES: When Photography was Really Hard!

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Wet-plate collodion photography is a technologically complex, labor intensive process. | Public Domain When Kodak created the Brownie camera in 1900, introducing the concept of the “snapshot” to the masses, it used the slogan:...

EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE: Capturing Motion

By Bill Dobbins It is reported that the vision of Leonardo Da Vinci was so acute that he could see almost in stop motion – giving him the ability to make an accurate drawings of the...

LOUIS DAGUERRE: He Did It With Mirrors

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Abraham Lincoln was one of the many celebrities of the age who sat for daguerreotype portraits. | LOUIS DAGUERRE Evolution often proceeds in fits and starts, with many extinctions and dead ends.  This is...

EUGENE ATGET: Images Of Disappearing Paris

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Eugene Atget was a pioneer documentary photographer who set out to record traditional Parisian scenes at the end of the 19th century before all was transformed by modernism. Photo: Eugene Atet Eugene Atet...

RICHARD AVEDON: Picturing Models In Motion

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com One of the most iconic of Richard Avedon photos – model Dovima and the elephants. © The Richard Avedon Foundation Richard Avedon was an iconic fashion photographer much of whose work was characterized by movement and...

EDWARD S. CURTIS: Documenting Indians

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) was a pioneer American photographer and ethnologist who specialized in Native American peoples and shot some of the most iconic photos of the American West ever created.  Looking at...

DOUGLAS KIRKLAND: Photography Is The Joy of My Life

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Douglas Kirkland’s  path to success was made possible in part by his involvement with picture magazines like Look and Life when he was still young man. Nowadays, when we are bombarded with images from the Internet,...

ALBERT WATSON: Cyclops – Master Photography with One Eye

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com This photo of Alfred Hitchcock was a milestone in the career of Albert Watson. Photograph©Albert WatsonA Cyclops in Greek and Roman mythology was a member of a race of giants with one eye set...