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“WE HAD FACES!” Norma Desmond On Looking Like A Movie Star

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Greta Garbo had one of the great photogenic faces of all time. However. Credit: George Hurrell Faces, and recognizing what they look like, are so important to human beings that we have a...

ALBERT WATSON: Cyclops – Master Photography with One Eye

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com This photo of Alfred Hitchcock was a milestone in the career of Albert Watson. Photograph©Albert WatsonA Cyclops in Greek and Roman mythology was a member of a race of giants with one eye set...

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...

DOUGLAS KIRKLAND: Photography Is The Joy of My Life

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Douglas Kirkland’s  path to success was made possible in part by his involvement with picture magazines like Look and Life when he was still young man. Nowadays, when we are bombarded with images from the Internet,...

ART STREIBER: Success One Step At A Time

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Photographer Art Streiber has done some really big deal photo productions. For example, he was the photographer for the official Vanity Fair Paramount Studios 100 Anniversary Photo Shoot.  A big sound stage, 57...

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...

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...

THOSE DARING YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES: WWI And The Birth Of Aerial...

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com We have long taken for granted seeing photos taken from the air of such things as cities, buildings, roads and landscapes.  Not only that, but with the recent introduction of drones  average...

GEORGE HURRELL: The Ultimate Hollywood Portrait Photographer

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com In the 19030s, and 1940s there was no television and certainly no Internet.  Lots of people read magazines but almost everybody went to the movies.  During the Depression, when times were hard,...

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...