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THE RELEVANCE OF THE VIEW CAMERA IN THE DIGITAL AGE

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com A view camera in 1858. It used wet plate technology with very slow emulsions. But the design of the camera itself has hardly changed since. | Public Domain Just as cars have gone...

PICTURING THE RAILROAD

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Some steam locomotives were huge, almost living beasts. They were complicated, hard to build and maintain, but in the 19th century they conquered the American continent. | Public Domain Imagine this: for all...

“WE HAD FACES!” Norma Desmond On Looking Like A Movie Star

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Greta Garbo had one of the great photogenic faces of all time. However. Credit: George Hurrell Faces, and recognizing what they look like, are so important to human beings that we have a...

PHOTOGRAPHY DISRUPTIONS: The Impact of Change and Innovation

Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com In terms of photography, we live in a highly disruptive age.  Electronic imagery began replacing film at the end of the 1990s and we began to see all sorts of devices that can...

LEWIS CARROLL IN PHOTO LAND

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t...

GEORGE HURRELL: The Ultimate Hollywood Portrait Photographer

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com In the 19030s, and 1940s there was no television and certainly no Internet.  Lots of people read magazines but almost everybody went to the movies.  During the Depression, when times were hard,...

DAVID HUME KENNERLY: This Kind Of Career Doesn’t Happen Anymore

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Journalism, sports, combat photography, Gerald Ford’s photographer in the White House, there have been few careers to approach that of David Hume Kennerly. The photographic career of David Hume Kennerly is amazing in its scope...

Film is Not Dead

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com One of the staff at Samy’s Camera Culver City and I were looking at some old film cameras, the kinds we both used to use.  He told me there was a renewed interest, especially...

W. EUGENE SMITH: The Tortured Artist of Photography

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Waste water containing mercury was dumped into the ocean at Minamata, Japan – resulting is extensive sickness and death which the guilty corporation refused to take responsibility for. © 2017 Aileen M. Smith In the...

THE RAW FACTS: Why RAW Is The Best Format For Serious Photographers

By Bill Dobbins There seems to be less need to explain to photographers why they should be shooting in a RAW format nowadays than there was a few years ago.  This knowledge has pretty much...