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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...

WE KNOW WHAT THEY LOOKED LIKE: How Photography Gives Access The Past

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Not so long ago, the only way to view a likeness of somebody was in a painted portrait. The idea that anyone had of what historical figures like Alexander The Great, Julius...

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...

WILLIAM HENRY FOX TALBOT: Pioneer Photographer and Scientist

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com An artistic composition: Talbot wrote of it: We have sufficient authority in the Dutch school of art for taking as subjects of representation scenes of daily and familiar occurrence. A painter’s eye...

GREG GORMAN: Celebrity Photographer – And More

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Actor Djimon Hounsou as photographed by Greg Gorman.Greg Gorman is a celebrated photographer of celebrities.  And much more.  While  I’ve always been aware of his celebrity portraits, what else impressed me about his...

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...

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...

THE 1913 ARMORY ART EXHIBITION: How It Helped Free Photography From Pictorialism

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Nude Descending A Staircase by Marcel Duchamp was a cubist-inspired painting and was the kind of art that suggested to photographers that there was no point trying to emulate painting styles of...

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...

ALEXANDER GARDNER: The Tragic Realities of the Civil War

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com You frequently hear nostalgic sentiments expressed regarding the Civil War.  There are reenactments, monuments to Confederate generals, memorial celebrations and displays of the Confederate flag. But these sentiments ignore the stark reality that...