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ETIENNE-JULES MAREY – Capturing Motion with Chronophotograpy

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com The introduction of photography in 1839 made it possible to capture and fix still images for the first time in history.  Over the course of the next few decades, the technology of...

CARLETON WATKINS: Photographer of the America West

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com In the 19th century, as more of the western part of the United States was being explored, it was hard for some people to take seriously the descriptions they heard of places...

THOSE DARING YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES: WWI And The Birth Of Aerial...

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com We have long taken for granted seeing photos taken from the air of such things as cities, buildings, roads and landscapes.  Not only that, but with the recent introduction of drones  average...

SHANE BALKOWITSCH: The Wetplate Tradition Continues

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Wetplate photo by Shane Balkowitsch The wet plate colloidal process was the first really successful widespread technology in photography.  The daguerreotype was introduced in 1839.  Making a daguerreotype involved a complex technological process that resulted in a...

THE MYTH OF DEPTH OF FIELD

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com A traditional view camera includes controls like shifts, swings and tilts to racially change the plane of focus falling on the film plane. | Source: https://bit.ly/2XnZcrt Photographers know that the term “depth of field”...

RICHARD AVEDON: Picturing Models In Motion

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com One of the most iconic of Richard Avedon photos – model Dovima and the elephants. © The Richard Avedon Foundation Richard Avedon was an iconic fashion photographer much of whose work was characterized by movement and...

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 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...

“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...

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...