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EUGENE ATGET: Images Of Disappearing Paris

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Eugene Atget was a pioneer documentary photographer who set out to record traditional Parisian scenes at the end of the 19th century before all was transformed by modernism. Photo: Eugene Atet Eugene Atet...

AUGUSTUS FREDRICK SHERMAN: Documenting Ellis Island

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the U.S. as the United States’ busiest immigrant inspection station for over 60 years from 1892...

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...

Why Do We Love BW Images: Maybe Because They Are Easier For The Brain...

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com There is a graphic quality to BW you don’t get with color. It is especially effective in images where there is little color in the first place. Credit: Bill DobbinsThe earliest known...

THE GUN CAMERA: Giving New Meaning To The Term “Shooting Photos”

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Photography and airplanes came together in WWI when aerial cameras were used to shoot photographs for intelligence and surveillance of battlefield and enemy positions.  A few years later the British Royal Flying Corps started...

LOUIS DAGUERRE: He Did It With Mirrors

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Abraham Lincoln was one of the many celebrities of the age who sat for daguerreotype portraits. | LOUIS DAGUERRE Evolution often proceeds in fits and starts, with many extinctions and dead ends.  This is...

YOUSUF KARSH: Portrait Photographer Extraordinare

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com A sself-portrait by Yousuf Karsh Since painting evolved to focus on realistic representations of reality many hundreds of years ago, creating portraits of contemporary individuals became a major subject for artists.  Being commissioned...

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...

HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON: A Photographer And His Leica

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Using a small and unobtrusive camera like the Leica made images like this possible. BELGIUM. Brussels. 1932. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum PhotosHenri Carter-Bresson (1908-2004) was a pioneer in candid, street photography.  He mastered...

JACOB RIIS: Lighting Up The Slums With Flash Photography

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com The 19th century was a period of mass immigration to the United States.  There were no immigration laws as we have today, only medical exams to screen out diseases like tuberculosis.  (See young Vito...