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HARRY BENSON CBE: A Celebrity Among Photographers

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com The IRA: “You’re perfectly safe Harry as long as there are children about.”.Photograph©Harry BensonTear gasses civil rights protestors in Mississippi. Shooting photos of what happens, what you see. Photograph©Harry Benson “A great photograph can...

GREG GORMAN: Celebrity Photographer – And More

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Actor Djimon Hounsou as photographed by Greg Gorman.Greg Gorman is a celebrated photographer of celebrities.  And much more.  While  I’ve always been aware of his celebrity portraits, what else impressed me about his...

LEWIS HINE (1874 -1940): Documenting Child Labor

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Imagine life at the turn of the 20th century.  Immigrants were flooding into the United States, many through Ellis Island (as dramatized in The Godfather Part II).  Thousands of Vito Corelones. Slums in cities...

MATHEW BRADY: The Original War Photographer

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Civil War reenactments don’t really give the sense of how miserable an experience it could be serving during the conflict. About 620,00 died during the war and there were millions of casualties....

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...

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...

The Endangered Tradition of Street Photography

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com The land of the free and the home of the homeless. Street photography allows you to capture views of the world most don’t get to see. Credit: Bill DobbinsOut and about with...

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...

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...

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...