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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...

MOMENTO MORI – Victorian Death Photos

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com The fact that in modern times we no longer deal with widespread death in the population the way they did back in the 19th century will be attested to in part by...

NICK BRANDT: Inherit The Dust

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Underpass with elephants. Credit: Nick Brandt Nick Brandt established a new standard with his portraits of African wildlife over the years.  His intent, he has explained, was to present them as fellow sentient...

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...

WILLIAM HENRY FOX TALBOT: Pioneer Photographer and Scientist

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com An artistic composition: Talbot wrote of it: We have sufficient authority in the Dutch school of art for taking as subjects of representation scenes of daily and familiar occurrence. A painter’s eye...

ETIENNE-JULES MAREY – Capturing Motion with Chronophotograpy

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com The introduction of photography in 1839 made it possible to capture and fix still images for the first time in history.  Over the course of the next few decades, the technology of...

BARON ADOLPH DE MEYER: The First Fashion Photographer

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com The earliest fashion photography was necessarily stiff and awkward in a time when lenses and emulsions were slow and studio lighting was essentially primitive.  But even as photo technology improved the fashion...

CARLETON WATKINS: Photographer of the America West

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com In the 19th century, as more of the western part of the United States was being explored, it was hard for some people to take seriously the descriptions they heard of places...

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...

BEFORE PHOTOSHOP, THERE WAS JERRY UELSMANN

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Boats, for Jerry Uelsmann, often symbolize some kind of spiritual journey or transformation. Photo ©Jerry Uelsmann. In the digital age, creating images that involve manipulation of reality, multiple exposures and compositing is relatively...