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NOT A LOVELY WAR: Images of WWI

| Source: https://bit.ly/2HfY44nBy Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com The First World War represented a sea change when it come to modern warfare. In the Civil War, which took place some 50 years earlier, most soldiers were armed with single...

AUGUSTUS FREDRICK SHERMAN: Documenting Ellis Island

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the U.S. as the United States’ busiest immigrant inspection station for over 60 years from 1892...

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...

“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...

HAROLD FEINSTEIN: A Genius of Street Photography

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com According to Harold Feinstein, Coney Island represented a melting pot that allowed him to show what real life for Americans was really about. Credit: Harold Feinstein © Harold Feinstein Photography Trust THE MASTER...

WILLIAM HENRY JACKSON: Picture Maker Of The American West

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Long before Ansel Adams, William Henry Jackson introduced America to the wonders and grandeur of the West.  Photo by William Henry Jackson. | Source: https://bit.ly/2HEW46c Nowadays, we are very familiar with the impressive landscapes...

MOVING PICTURES – Thomas Edison And The Invention Of The Movies

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com The projector and camera of Thomas Edison, combined with the celluloid film of George Eastman, gave birth to the multi-billion dollar movie industry we see today. | Source: https://bit.ly/2Kqdsdt It has been well known...

PICTURES IN SECRET: The Spy Camera

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com A spy camera disguised as a watch. | Source: http://bit.ly/2nIjtuM In the beginning, cameras were large and bulky.  Usually, view cameras were as large as 16X20. Frames on which a lens was attached on...

ALEXANDER GARDNER: The Tragic Realities of the Civil War

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com You frequently hear nostalgic sentiments expressed regarding the Civil War.  There are reenactments, monuments to Confederate generals, memorial celebrations and displays of the Confederate flag. But these sentiments ignore the stark reality that...

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...