Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.

— George Eastman.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tribute to Kodachrome


                                    You give us those nice bright colors
                                    You give us the greens of summers
                                     Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah!
                                     I got a Nikon camera
                                     I love to take a photograph
                                     So Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away

                                   —Paul Simon, 1973

Promised Land
Eric Meola

Pilot on Wing of F-18
The Kodachrome Project

Carrier Night Landing Trails
The Kodachrome Project

Afghan Girl
Steve McCurry

Still from the Zapruder Film
Abraham Zapruder

Polar Bear
Curtis Arthur

Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah
Geoffrey Coleman

The Kodachrome Project

Times Square
The Kodachrome Project

Red Chairs
The Kodachrome Project

Grand Canyon
Eric Meola

Corn Islands, Nicaragua
Peter Guttman

Peter Guttman

Wigwam Motel, Rt. 66
Peter Guttman

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Inspiration - Self Portraiture

Click on the photographers names for links to Wikipedia.

“The ability to make a truly artistic photograph is not acquired off-hand, but is the result of an artistic instinct coupled with years of labor.”    

Man Ray - 1924
"To make a picture you need a camera, a photographer and above all a subject. It is the subject that determines the interest of the photograph."

“We do not take pictures with our cameras, but with our hearts and minds.”

"The camera is a remarkable instrument. Saturate yourself with your subject, and the camera will all but take you by the hand and point the way."

"The invisible has to be pictured,
the unspeakable has to be said,
the unthinkable has to be dreamed,
the intangible has to be held tight"

"To me the face – the eyes, the expression of the mouth – is the thing that reflects character. It is the only part of the body that permits us to see the inner person!"

"A beautiful print is a thing in itself, not just a halfway house on the way to the page."

"For me the subject of a picture is always more important than the picture. And more complicated."

"My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person."

"My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph."

"When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God."

"...all photographs are selfportraits."
               —Minor White

Inspiration - Irving Penn

"A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective."
          —Irving Penn

Compare with Picasso portrait by Arnold Newman.

Compare with Audrey Hepburn portrait by Philippe Halsman.

Hell's Angel

Compare with Hitchcock portrait by Philippe Halsman.

Gisele Bundchen

Gisele Bundchen

Kate Moss

Al Pacino

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Inspiration - Richard Avedon

"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth."
          —Richard Avedon

Bob Dylan

Brigitte Bardot

Compare with portraits of Marilyn Monroe by Arnold Newman and Philippe Halsman.

Inspiration - Minor White

I am always mentally photographing everything as practice.
           —Minor White

Inspiration - Martha Holmes

Jackson Pollack

Inspiration - Henri Cartier-Bresson

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

Inspiration - Philippe Halsman

Compare with Audrey Hepburn portrait done by Irving Penn.

Salvador Dali

Albert Einstein

Compare with Hitchcock portrait done by Irving Penn.

Two of a Halsman's"jump" portraits. Richard Nixon above, Marilyn Monroe below. Halsman commented, "When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears."

Another portrait of Marilyn Monroe, compare with the Monroe portraits by Richard Avedon and Arnold Newman.

Philippe Halsman self-portrait.

"A good portrait is incredibly hard to create, there is too much temptation to pander to the individual rather than portray them as they really were."
Philippe Halsman
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