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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...

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...

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....

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:...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...