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THE GUN CAMERA: Giving New Meaning To The Term “Shooting Photos”

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Photography and airplanes came together in WWI when aerial cameras were used to shoot photographs for intelligence and surveillance of battlefield and enemy positions.  A few years later the British Royal Flying Corps started...

EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE: Capturing Motion

By Bill Dobbins It is reported that the vision of Leonardo Da Vinci was so acute that he could see almost in stop motion – giving him the ability to make an accurate drawings of the...

Film is Not Dead

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com One of the staff at Samy’s Camera Culver City and I were looking at some old film cameras, the kinds we both used to use.  He told me there was a renewed interest, especially...

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...

LEWIS CARROLL IN PHOTO LAND

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...