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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...

Nicéphore Niépce: The Inventor of Photography

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com This is the view from the window of Nicéphore Niépce, one of the first photographic prints ever made. Photo by Nicéphore Niépce. The technology of photography became available to the world in 1839,...

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...

MATHEW BRADY: The Original War Photographer

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Civil War reenactments don’t really give the sense of how miserable an experience it could be serving during the conflict. About 620,00 died during the war and there were millions of casualties....

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...

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:...

PHOTOGRAPHERS: LEARN LIGHTING AND COMPOSITION BY STUDYING PAINTING

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Rembrandt made use of the technique of chiaroscuro – which according to Wikipedia “is an oil painting technique, developed during the Renaissance, that uses strong tonal contrasts between light and dark to...

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,...

LEWIS HINE (1874 -1940): Documenting Child Labor

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Imagine life at the turn of the 20th century.  Immigrants were flooding into the United States, many through Ellis Island (as dramatized in The Godfather Part II).  Thousands of Vito Corelones. Slums in cities...

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,...