Saturday, June 30, 2012

Phillip Toledano: Put Your Game Face On


"Put your game face on" is a popular saying when trying to encourage a person to go the extra mile, but what exactly does the "game face" look like? Artist and photographer Phillip Toledano has discovered and documented how it looks like in his comical series "Gamers".

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Phyllis Gordon Walking Her Cheetah


In the style of Salvador Dali walking his anteater, here's a quick post showing American actress Phyllis Gordon walking her pet cheetah around London in 1939.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Diane Arbus: The Weird and the Wonderful


Looking through the images of Helmut Newton in the last post, one might think that most of the world is glitz and glamour, and everything easy on the eyes. Of course, that's far from the truth, and most photographers just take pictures that sell the most. Some other photographers, however, made it their mission to capture the weird and wonderful, insisting on recording the beauty of the person as the whole. Photographer Diane Arbus made a name for herself doing just that.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Helmut Newton: Bare and Naked Fashion


Turn the pages of almost any fashion magazine and it's very likely that you'll find a scantily clad lady or ladies in a number of advertisements. While most of them will be very tame compared to the bare and naked fashion photographs of David LaChapelle and Herb Ritts, these images wouldn't exist without the pioneering work of the fearless Helmut Newton.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Few Quick DSLR Camera Reviews and Recommendations


A few readers commenting on the last post regarding compact camera reviews rightfully realized that because cellphone camera technology is getting better and better each year, it might not make sense to spend $200 for a separate camera. While that might be true for smaller units, most publications still look to DSLRs in the field of professional photography. Here then are a few quick DSLR Camera Reviews and Recommendations.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Few Quick Compact Camera Reviews and Recommendations


Some of my friends have been asking for my recommendation on camera gear, so this week I'll be diverging a bit from the usual Reel Foto blog photographers' series and give you a quick rundown of what I think are the best compact cameras out in the market today, along with a few links to more reviews and recommendations. I won't go into detail about each product, or describe their pros and cons. I'm simply listing down three compact cameras that should suit 99% of your everyday photography needs based on my very biased view.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Walker Evans: Depression Era Portraits


With the likes of Dorothea Lange and Gordon Parks already featured here for their Depression era portraits and images, you would think that everything that needs to be said about that time has already been said. This blog would be remiss, however, if it did not feature the stark images of photojournalist Walker Evans.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Gordon Parks: Issues in Black and White


Most photographers stay true to their field of specialty; rarely do photojournalists successfully delve into studio portraiture without going back to their documentary background, and vice-versa. There are of course a few rare instances where a photographer can go beyond his field and be recognized internationally. Gordon Parks is one who jumped from one field to another, dealing with different issues in black-and-white and in color, all with seemingly little difficulty.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Glory that was Kodachrome: Old Color Photographs from the Shorpy Archive


In today's digital age, there doesn't seem to be any limitations when it comes to color photography. It's become so easy to alter the color and look of your images with tools like Instagram, but over 50 years ago when commercial color photography was just in its infancy, some of the most beautiful images were made without any kind of special filters. That was the glory of Kodachrome, and now these old color photographs are easily viewable courtesy of Shorpy.com.