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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...

HARRY BENSON CBE: A Celebrity Among Photographers

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com The IRA: “You’re perfectly safe Harry as long as there are children about.”.Photograph©Harry BensonTear gasses civil rights protestors in Mississippi. Shooting photos of what happens, what you see. Photograph©Harry Benson “A great photograph can...

NADAR: A Renaissance Man of Photography

Photographers nowadays tend to specialize. Most just do photography, some also direct films or commercials.  But that was not the case with Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (6 April 1820 – 20 March 1910), known by the pseudonym Nadar.  Nadar is considered...

HOW POSTERS REFLECT THEIR TIMES

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com A poster is any piece of printed paper designed to be attached to a wall or vertical surface. Typically posters include both textual and graphic elements, although a poster may be either wholly graphical or wholly text. Posters are...

When the Snapshot Was New – and Disruptive!

Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Growing up in the digital age the concept of “snapshot” is pretty much obsolete.  Millions of people are casually shooting trillions of photos on smart phones, tablets and other devices so that taking...

GEORGE EASTMAN: The Father of Kodak

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com With the introduction of the first Kodak box camera, suddenly non-photographers could shoot photos. But the original box camera, introduced in 1888, cost $25 – out of the reach of many. Source: https://bit.ly/2QHdD6Z As...

Julia Margaret Cameron: Victorian Photographer

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com The notion that women can become great photographers comes as no surprise to people who live in a world where Annie Leibovitz is perhaps the most famous photographer in the world.  But...

“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...

NICK BRANDT: Inherit The Dust

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Underpass with elephants. Credit: Nick Brandt Nick Brandt established a new standard with his portraits of African wildlife over the years.  His intent, he has explained, was to present them as fellow sentient...