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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...

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...

WHEN PIN-UPS WENT TO WAR

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com World War II involved a commitment from the entire country never seen before or since.  After Pearl Harbor, we found ourself in a two-front war – in the Pacific against Japan and...

THE WESTERN SADDLE: Form Following Function

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com   Before there was the American cowboy, there was the Mexican vaquero, who did essentially the same job. | Source: http://bit.ly/2LkrEGi The saddle is a supportive structure for a rider or other load, fastened to an animal’s back by...

FOCUSING ON THE HOMELESS

FOCUSING ON THE HOMELESS Photos that show they are human beings, not just statistics. By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Almost from the beginning, photography has been used to record and document social and historical problems and realities.  Until Mathew Brady and his colleagues...

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...

THE RAW FACTS: Why RAW Is The Best Format For Serious Photographers

By Bill Dobbins There seems to be less need to explain to photographers why they should be shooting in a RAW format nowadays than there was a few years ago.  This knowledge has pretty much...

EDOUARD BALDUS: INNOVATIVE 19TH CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHER.

EDOUARD BALDUS INNOVATIVE 19TH CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHER. By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Édouard Baldus (June 5, 1813, Grünebach, Prussia – 1889, Arcueil) was a French landscape, architectural and railway photographer.  Édouard-Denis Baldus was born on June 5, 1813 in Grünebach, Prussia. He was originally trained as a painter...

PICTURING BASEBALL: THE NATIONAL PASTIME

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Baseball has been played in the US for a very long time – at every level from the sandlot, to local amateur teams, to semi-pro and then the big leagues. | Source: http://bit.ly/2ZwTIj6 While...

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...