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A Brief History of Building the Transcontinental Railroad

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com TEXT COURTESY OF THE LINDA HALL LIBRARY The ceremony for the driving of the “Last Spike” the joining of the tracks of the CPRR and UPRR grades at Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 10,...

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...

THE AMAZING INVENTION OF THE BICYCLE: The Wonder of Two-Wheel Transportation

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com There are millions of bicycle riders all over the world – riding all sorts of bikes including those equipped with complex multi-gears, cruisers, BMX bikes, mountain bikes, recumbent bikes, bicycles-built-for-two and nowadays an increasing...

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...

FAMOUS BEAUTIES – An Old Tradition Continues

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com In his 1962 book THE IMAGE: Or, What Happened To The American Dream, historian Daniel Boorstin wrote about how “pseudo events” have taken the place of real events (and this was before the invention of...

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...

ANSEL ADAMS: Master Photographer of Landscape and Light

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984)1942© The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust*Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston There is an exhibition at the Museum of...

PHOTOGRAPHY DISRUPTIONS: The Impact of Change and Innovation

Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com In terms of photography, we live in a highly disruptive age.  Electronic imagery began replacing film at the end of the 1990s and we began to see all sorts of devices that can...

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...

JEFF DUNAS: Capturing Time With Photographs

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Cameron Diaz. ©Jeff Dunas 2019 Here is a learning method I recommend to aspiring photographers.  Take a book of photos you like, or a magazine layout or perhaps some images you have downloaded...