THIS WEEK’S PHOTOS OF THE WEEK ARE TRULY A DIFFERENT THEME. PHOTOGRAPHY AS AN ART. WHAT DO I MEAN BY THAT? WELL, WHEN YOU GO INTO AN ART GALLERY, NOT A PHOTO GALLERY, YOU NOTICE THAT THE ARTIST TENDS TO DRAW THEIR PAINTINGS AS A STORY. THOSE ARE THE MOST FAMOUS OF ALL PAINTINGS. THERE ARE SOME FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHS IN HISTORY THAT ARE THE SAME WAY. THIS COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS ARE JUST LIKE THAT. AND THESE WE CAN ALL LEARN FROM. THIS COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS ALL COME FROM SOME OF THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE WORLD, WHO HAVE WON AWARDS FOR THEIR “STORYLINE” PHOTOS. TAKE A LOOK AT THESE AND SEE IF YOU FIND THAT THESE ARE JUST AMAZING PHOTOS THEMSELVES. DIFFERENT THAN WHAT YOU ARE USED TO SEEING, BUT, STILL, SUCH AMAZING TALENTS PORTAYED HERE:
“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”
– Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Minds Eye
A. Aubrey Bodine
Nickel Coffee 1941
Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia, 1962
Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in a film still from The Band Wagon (1953)
Doroteo Arango, Pancho Villa
“The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.”
– Henri Cartier-Bresson..
Richard Tuschman/Courtesy Klompching Gallery, New York “Somewhere in Kazimierz”
Maori, Rauwhiri Winitana Paki, Taupo Village, North Island, New Zealand, 2011
Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, NYC, 1948.
This portrait of Joni Mitchell by Graham Nash predates the couple’s breakup at the end of 1969. “She was listening to an acetate to make sure everything was right. Even though I was living with Joni, I didn’t want her to know why I was taking the image. I’m actually shooting through one of those kitchen table chairs that have a hole in the top where you put your hand in to lift the chair.”
Intermission at Chinese Mission School in San Francisco, 1936
Boulevard Montparnasse, Paris, 1931
Édouard Boubat, 1947
Ryder One 1992
Photographic prints developed and printed on fiber-based paper using a four-color process invented by Theodore-Henri Fresson. The process is a laborious and tightly controlled family secret which uses pigment rather than dye, and the print is therefore unusually stable.
“Back to Simplicity”
Mary Jane Russell, New York, Harper’s Bazaar, 1950
Lillian Bassman’s work as a photographer may have never been noticed by the art world if it weren’t for a trash bag full of her negatives that were found when she was already in her 70s. Bassman got her start as an art director under the tutelage of Alexey Brodovitch at Harper’s Bazaar. Working on a spin-off of the magazine, she s…howcased the work of photographers like Richard Avedon and Robert Frank, artists who inspired her to explore the medium herself. She developed a signature style, capturing dreamy black-and-white portraits of graceful models through experiments in the darkroom—cropping, toning, bleaching, and using gauzes and tissues to manipulate images until they took on the look of mysterious fashion illustrations.
American, 1917-2012, Brooklyn, New York
“Walking the piglet” – 2013
Los Angeles 1974
State of Michoacan. Patzcuaro
“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
― Dorothea Lange
This was truly an interesting collection of photographs this week. I hope you will take a moment and realize the impact of these photographs. There is history behind taking these kind of photographs. They teach us about life. I hope we will take a moment and learn about this different type of photography and realize that:
I have been a photographer for many years. Worked in retail selling cameras and accessories for over 20 years. Taught many photo classes, and have even been a judge in several county fairs. Now, I want to share photo instructions and entertainment with all other photographers around the world.
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