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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...

THE ORIGINAL CAMERA: A Look At The Camera Obscura

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Photographic technology introduced the camera as a device for recording images on a light-sensitive medium in 1839. Since then we have seen this apparatus in various iterations – from the view camera...

DAVID HUME KENNERLY: This Kind Of Career Doesn’t Happen Anymore

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Journalism, sports, combat photography, Gerald Ford’s photographer in the White House, there have been few careers to approach that of David Hume Kennerly. The photographic career of David Hume Kennerly is amazing in its scope...

IN SEARCH OF DECISIVE MOMENTS: The Challenges of Modern Street Photography

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbins.com Sometimes you get better street photos when you talk and interact with your subjects. Photo: Bill Dobbins  Anyone knowledgable about photography and the great photographers of the past is bound to respect the...

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...

THE SUBJECT OF SUNSET PHOTOS IS COLOR

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Everybody loves shooting photos of sunsets.  And sunrises, too – but that means getting up very, very early and driving to a selected location.  Which is often a lot of trouble.  Besides...

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...

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...

When Photography Was New – And The World Marveled At What It Revealed

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com The digital photography age is an era of instant gratification as far as picture making is concerned.  When Kodak introduced the Brownie in 1900 it advertised, “You push the button – we...

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...