Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Trend Setters

Henry Cartier Bresson [1908 - 2004] The famous French photographer, whose name is synonymous with street photography .... His candid street photography style still infleunces photographers worldwide ... made famous the words "decisive moment"...

W Eugene Smith [1918 - 1978] An American photo-jounalist who started the trend of photo-essay , that is, a set or series of photographs that are intended to tell a story or evoke a series of emotions in the viewer ...

Alfred Eisenstaedt [1898 - 1995] German-American photographer better known as Eisie is called the father of photojournalism ... He shot over 80 "Life" covers. his work is described as 'easy looking', both easy to look at, and stunning in the apparent simplicity of his approach. It was popular rather than highbrow.... His most famous work is the "The V-J Day Kiss".

William Egglestone [ born 1939] An American photographer ... pioneer of modern day color photography ... he is credited with securing the recognition of color-photography as legitimate artistic medium in art galleries.

* In 1914, the "National Geographic" was the first magazine to produce color photographs ...

Dr. Harold Edgerton [1903 - 1990]... An American photographer ... invented high-speed stroboscopic photography ... He is largely credited with transforming the stroboscope from an obscure laboratory instrument into a common device seen in nearly every camera ... Famous for images like
- A bullet through an apple ...
- A droplet of milk that looks like a clown ...
His work was featured in an October 1987 National Geographic Magazine article entitled, "Doc Edgerton: the man who made time stand still."

Robert Mapplethrope [1946 - 1989] An American photographer ... very controversial ... Noted for his flowers and male nudes ... His works stirred debates about government funding of questionable "art"!

Phil Borges [born 1942] - Famous for photographs of Tibet and Dalai Lama ..

Edward Curtis [1868 - 1952] - Famous for photographs of Native Americans ...

The American Civil War [1861-65] was the first war to be throughly recorded by photographs ....

4 comments:

Jay River said...

Edward S. Curtis, Legendary Photographer, What no Photoshop?

Curtis didn't use a Canon or Nikon SLR, but made his images with a 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 Premo reversible back camera. It had a 22" bellows, and a ground glass back. It took at least 15 minutes to set up a picture, and his fastest shutter speed was 1/100th of a second. He didn't have a "healing" or "cloning" tool, sharpening, curves, or levels... neither Photoshop nor the computer, or the CCD had been invented yet. My God! How did he do it?

For as much criticism as this man has received in the last century, it leads one to think that perhaps he did create a little magic. Perhaps he was on to something in the photographic world.

The beginnings of the modern west certainly resonate in the works of Edward S. Curtis. His photos were made at a time when Indians already driven from their lands were being shorn from their cultures.

This history is very apparent in a new film on Curtis's works, THE INDIAN PICTURE OPERA, (www.curtisdvd.com, DVD). In it, his images are explained in his own words. It's a re-creation of a 1911 E.S. Curtis lecture and slide show.

This film goes way beyond the images in showing how the west was transformed. It was a last grasp at recapturing was he called the "vanishing race". Ironic that Curtis's works were underwritten by J.P. Morgan, who helped bankroll expansion of railroads into America's west.

A journey into the past is always enlightening. Even though photography has been reinvented by digital, it's golden age was a century ago.

Jyoti said...

Thanks Jay
for your input. I sincerily appreciate.

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