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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...

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...

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...

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...

The Endangered Tradition of Street Photography

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com The land of the free and the home of the homeless. Street photography allows you to capture views of the world most don’t get to see. Credit: Bill DobbinsOut and about with...

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:...

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...

EDWARD S. CURTIS: Documenting Indians

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) was a pioneer American photographer and ethnologist who specialized in Native American peoples and shot some of the most iconic photos of the American West ever created.  Looking at...

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...

Mel Sokolsky: Life Not In A Bubble

by Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com There were a lot of iconic fashion photographers working in the 1960s.  Photographers like Richard Alvedon, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton and David Bailey.  But another was a brash youngster from the Lower...