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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

W. EUGENE SMITH: The Tortured Artist of Photography

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Waste water containing mercury was dumped into the ocean at Minamata, Japan – resulting is extensive sickness and death which the guilty corporation refused to take responsibility for. © 2017 Aileen M. Smith In the...

WET PLATES: When Photography was Really Hard!

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Wet-plate collodion photography is a technologically complex, labor intensive process. | Public Domain When Kodak created the Brownie camera in 1900, introducing the concept of the “snapshot” to the masses, it used the slogan:...