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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...

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 EFFORT OF MAKING PHOTOGRAPHS

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Jay Maisel has spent a career working hard to see what was worth capturing as a photograph. | Source: http://bit.ly/2Yovw11 Looking at something and really SEEING IT are two different things.  You can talk to...

MATTHEW ROLSTON: Photographer Royale

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Back in the 1980s, there were three celebrity photographers in Los Angeles who were colleagues, collaborators and friends: Herb Ritts, Greg Gorman and Matthew Rolston.  “Although we were technically competitors,” Rolston explains,...

ERWIN BLUMENFELD: The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women: Documentary is a film by Remy Blumenfeld of the life and career of photographer Erwin Blumenfeld that is hugely informative and insightful and is a must-watch for any...

WILLIAM HENRY JACKSON: Picture Maker Of The American West

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Long before Ansel Adams, William Henry Jackson introduced America to the wonders and grandeur of the West.  Photo by William Henry Jackson. | Source: https://bit.ly/2HEW46c Nowadays, we are very familiar with the impressive landscapes...

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...

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...

MOMENTO MORI – Victorian Death Photos

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com The fact that in modern times we no longer deal with widespread death in the population the way they did back in the 19th century will be attested to in part by...

GRETA GARBO: The Perfect Face

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Any photographer is aware that some faces are more photogenic than others.  Some that look great to the eye simply doesn’t register very well in two-dimensional photographs.  There are those that come...