Thursday, November 29, 2012

Helen Levitt: 95 Lives (A Kickstarter Film by Tanya Sleiman)

The Internet has been a wonderful tool for introducing thousands of photographers to the pioneers and artists of the industry. Unfortunately, there are still many worthy photographers whose works deserve more attention than they're currently getting. One Kickstarter film project, entitled 95 Lives by Tanya Sleiman, is hoping to show the world more about one such street photographer: Helen Levitt.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Gabriele Croppi: Urban Landscapes in Black and White

Creating something fresh in the world of landscape photography can be a challenge for even the most seasoned photographer as much of the photograph's success depends on the scene itself. If the weather is the same, or the vegetation hasn't changed, then a photographer might end up with the same image over and over again. It's the same difficulty with urban landscapes, only there's the added challenge of capturing the dynamic city life in a static scene. Gabriele Croppi goes the other way around in his black and white images of the Metaphysics of the Urban Landscapes.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Daniel Kukla: Mirror Landscapes

Sometimes, it's the most simple things that make a photo essay great. A single strobe light, a different colored backdrop, or a different wardrobe on a subject can make a viewer take a second look at a porttait. For landscapes, this can be a trickier, but Daniel Kukla has found a way to make an old format into something new by creating two landscapes in one. In his series The Edge Effect, the photographer combines contrasting scenes and colors to create mirror landscapes.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Omote 3D: The 21st Century Portrait

The advent of camera phones and affordable DSLRs have made portrait sessions a commonplace occurrence. Hiring a professional photographer is now reserved for more formal occasions such as weddings, and even then it's not unusual to ask a friend to just take pictures with his entry-level DSLR. The quality of the 21st century portrait is rapidly deteriorating. However, a new project in Tokyo is doing away with the traditional paper portrait in favor of miniature sculptures. These are the 3D printing results of Omote 3D.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Andy Warhol: The Celebrity Polaroid Portraits

Today's most famous photographers and artists use the latest technology available in order to create the best quality work possible. Whether it's the latest full frame DSLR or medium-format camera, along with dozens of high-powered strobe lights set against immense backdrops, commercial photographers will always try to top their previous shoot. But sometimes when you're famous enough, the simplest camera can still produce images of note. That's the story with Andy Warhol and his celebrity polaroid portraits.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Louis Daguerre: The Father of Photography

When looking at the beginnings of photography, diffierent arguments can be made as to who invented the first camera or who shot the first photograph. Sufficient evidence can be presented however, in favor of the pioneering inventors who first made photography available to the greater public. If ever there was a Father of Photography, Louis Daguerre would have a rightful claim to that title.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Man Ray: Photography As Art

There's no doubt that photography grounds itself in being able to take factual scenes with objectivity. Most people might argue that editorial photography really began with the advent of Photoshop and its related programs, but almost 100 years ago, one pioneering artist was blurring the lines between photography and art, even advocating for photography as art. This is the ground breaking work of Man Ray. (WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS NUDITY).

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Mario Testino: Hollywood Royalty

Young photographers looking to break into the print industry today will have to face an uphill climb. Not only  are there more photography enthusiasts encouraged by cheaper DSLR prices, there are also established professionals who have made a name for themselves photographing Hollywood royalty. Even those that have spent 20 or 30 years in the business don't seem to be retiring anytime soon. If there's one photographer that has been there and done that, it's Mario Testino.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Patrick Demarchalier: In Vogue

Over the years, consumers have come to expect a certain quality when it comes to magazine covers and editorial prints. Whether it's in the pages of Vogue or Vanity Fair, people expect to see subjects lit by soft light against stark grey backdrops or gorgeous mansions. Creating photographs like these becomes a challenge when the photographer has to jump from portraiture to fashion to fine art. One photographer who makes the whole business look easy is Patrick Demarchalier.