Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Reel Foto Blog 1st Year Anniversary and the 1st image on the Internet


A year ago this week, the Reel Foto Blog was born on an unassuming rant extolling the genius of Henri Cartier-Bresson. One year on, the blog continues to rant on the genius of photography itself. To celebrate this moment of firsts, here is a little bit of trivia: The above picture holds the distinction of being the first photographic image published on the Internet.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Toni Frissell: Style in Motion


Since the advent of fashion photography, the industry has been blessed with dozens of ingenious photographers who have one or another paved the way for future generations through their methods of lighting, directing, composition, film processing and what have you. Unfortunately, many of these early architects who captured style in motion aren't as acknowledged as others. One of these photographers who deserves more renown is Toni Frissell.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Martin Munkácsi: A Portrait in Motion


In the early decades of the last century, photography was just breaking into the world of fine portraiture and fashion. Most photographers were content with the drab backdrops of the studio, but a few broke out of the studio's claustrophobic corners and sought out a more animated backdrop. One of these was Martin Munkácsi who made his name as a man who made fashion and portraits in motion.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

9-Eyes: The Silliness that is Google Street View


From the serious scenes of the World Press Photo, it's time to look through the other side of photojournalism. Google Street View has grown in bounds and leaps over the last few years, which also means its derivative uses have also multiplied exponentially. One of the more unusual uses is the selection of quirky day-to-day images that have found their way on countless Street View blogs online. For now, enjoy the silliness that is Google Street View as presented by 9-Eyes.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The World Press Photo 2012 Winners



Last week, the winners of the prestigious World Press Photo awards for 2012 were announced. As with previous years, the international competition revealed the world, both often seen and unseen, in a series of exciting, devastating and thought-provoking images. The following is just a preview of the full gallery of winners of the World Press Photo 2012.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Herman Leonard: The Art of Jazz


A whiff of cigarette smoke, a touch of spotlight, a tenor saxophone taking the lead, it's as if you're in the very presence of the late great Louis Armstrong or Miles Davis or Ella Fitzgerald or Duke Ellington. It's an unlikely scenario now, but for Herman Leonard, photographing the art of Jazz was an everyday song.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Don Hong-Oai: Painting Chinese Photographs


The boundaries between photography and art have oftentimes blurred to produce a sum greater than its parts, and this blog has featured many such intersections, from Karl Blossfeldt's plant portraits that come to life, to Liu Bolin's self-portraits in cityscapes, to Pablo Picasso's paintings of light. In keeping with the eastern theme of this week, today's post features an intersection that's even blurrier than before; some say these are paintings, others photographs, and some say that Don Hong-Oai has done the impossible by painting Chinese photographs and producing a true marriage between the two mediums.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Middle Kingdom: Photographs of Old China


From the glorious cities and fields of the USA, it's time now to travel to the other side of the globe, to a place and time when the present world power that is the People's Republic of China was just breaking out of its centuries old dynastic monarchy and laying the foundations of its present day republic. These old photographs of China are now testament to what once was the Middle Kingdom.