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THE GUN CAMERA: Giving New Meaning To The Term “Shooting Photos”

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Photography and airplanes came together in WWI when aerial cameras were used to shoot photographs for intelligence and surveillance of battlefield and enemy positions.  A few years later the British Royal Flying Corps started...

SHANE BALKOWITSCH: The Wetplate Tradition Continues

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Wetplate photo by Shane Balkowitsch The wet plate colloidal process was the first really successful widespread technology in photography.  The daguerreotype was introduced in 1839.  Making a daguerreotype involved a complex technological process that resulted in a...

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...

THE RELEVANCE OF THE VIEW CAMERA IN THE DIGITAL AGE

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com A view camera in 1858. It used wet plate technology with very slow emulsions. But the design of the camera itself has hardly changed since. | Public Domain Just as cars have gone...

PICTURING THE RAILROAD

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Some steam locomotives were huge, almost living beasts. They were complicated, hard to build and maintain, but in the 19th century they conquered the American continent. | Public Domain Imagine this: for all...

“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...

PHOTOGRAPHY DISRUPTIONS: The Impact of Change and Innovation

Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com In terms of photography, we live in a highly disruptive age.  Electronic imagery began replacing film at the end of the 1990s and we began to see all sorts of devices that can...

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...

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,...

DAVID HUME KENNERLY: This Kind Of Career Doesn’t Happen Anymore

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Journalism, sports, combat photography, Gerald Ford’s photographer in the White House, there have been few careers to approach that of David Hume Kennerly. The photographic career of David Hume Kennerly is amazing in its scope...