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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...

IN SEARCH OF DECISIVE MOMENTS: The Challenges of Modern Street Photography

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbins.com Sometimes you get better street photos when you talk and interact with your subjects. Photo: Bill Dobbins  Anyone knowledgable about photography and the great photographers of the past is bound to respect the...

Mel Sokolsky: Life Not In A Bubble

by Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com There were a lot of iconic fashion photographers working in the 1960s.  Photographers like Richard Alvedon, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton and David Bailey.  But another was a brash youngster from the Lower...

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...

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,...

THE SUBJECT OF SUNSET PHOTOS IS COLOR

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Everybody loves shooting photos of sunsets.  And sunrises, too – but that means getting up very, very early and driving to a selected location.  Which is often a lot of trouble.  Besides...

When Photography Was New – And The World Marveled At What It Revealed

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com The digital photography age is an era of instant gratification as far as picture making is concerned.  When Kodak introduced the Brownie in 1900 it advertised, “You push the button – we...

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...

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...

WHY BEING A PHOTOGRAPHER IS LIKE BEING A BUGGY WHIP MANUFACTURER IN 1902

Economic times change and business models come and go.  When my sister was very young she repaired parts of Linotype machines.  I remember shopping for the best price on a Selectric typewriter.  Duesenberg was...