|Photo: Trish Simonite|
October 6, 2015 /Photography News/ Doors can simply be instruments for leaving one room and entering another room or for venturing forth to the outside world. Some can be rather simple and plain and constructed of wood, straw or even from cloth. Others can be grand and ornate made of metals. A doorway is a passageway that can lead us to an unknown destination full of surprises and mystery, or it can lead us to home and security. Doors and their corridors can be obstacles that prevent us from seeing what is happening, and they can hide all types of secrets. TBM is seeking your creative images that best represent doors and their passageways.
- First Place: $400 (USD) cash prize
- Second Place: $200 (USD) cash prize
- Third Place: $100 (USD) cash prize
- Three (3) Honorable Mentions & three (3) Merit Winners will also be chosen.
All finalists will be announced in the TBMPN/WPN newsletter and on Photography News. Finalists will also receive recognition in on line gallery display and social media exposure via Facebook and Twitter.
Copyright: All submitted images remain sole property of artist/photographer.
$20 (USD) for first 4 images
(Up to 8 image entries may be submitted for additional fees)
Color and/or Black and White images will be accepted.
Eligibility: Contest is open to all individuals 18 years and older, worldwide.
Entry Deadline: November 11, 2015 (11:59PM CST)
For more info: http://terabellamedia.com/photo-contest/
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September 24, 2015 /Photography News/ In early years of American movies, Jacksonville, Florida, experienced a brief turn in the spotlight as one of the hubs for filmmaking on the east coast.
The Vim Comedy Company, based in Jacksonville and New York, was one of several film studios operating in the Jacksonville area in the first three decades of the 20th century.
Most of the images presented here were collected by one of the Vim actors, William "Billy" Bletcher (September 24, 1894 – January 5, 1979), while working at the studio between 1915 and 1917.
Before going out of business in 1917, it employed such stars as Oliver “Babe” Hardy, Ethel Burton, Walter Stull, and Kate Price, as well as Swedish-born director Arvid Gillstrom.
The Florida Photographic Collection contains more than 158,000 images, representing the most complete portrait of Florida available.
Courtesy of the Florida Memory / State Library & Archives of Florida
|Motion picture scene, 1916. This image was collected by filmmaker William "Billy" Bletcher (1894-1979) while working for the Vim Comedy Company between 1915 and 1917. The small film studio was based in Jacksonville and New York. The company produced hundreds of two-reel comedies (over 156 comedies in 1916 alone). Before going out of business in 1917, it employed such stars as Oliver Hardy, Ethel Burton, Walter Stull, Arvid Gillstrom, and Kate Price. Ethel Burton (Palmer) was a popular comedic actress who made her debut with Vitagraph Pictures in 1915. She co-starred in several Billy West comedies (a popular Charlie Chaplin imitator), and was married to director Arvid Gillstrom, a Swedish-born filmmaker who directed many of the West comedies. Burton did little acting after the 1910s. Most of the films she made in Florida were with the Vim Comedy Company. Tallahassee pennant in the background. L-R: Ethel Burton Palmer, Bobby Burns, and Walter Stull.|
|Motion picture scene, 1916. Harry Naughton, Ethel Burton, and unidentified actors. Unable to tell which individual is which.|
|Motion picture scene, 1916. L-R: Bobbie Burns, Ethel Burton, (?), and Walter Stull.|
|Motion picture scene, 1916. L-R: Rosemary Thebe and Harry Myers.|
|Motion picture scene, 1916. Ethel Burton Palmer is to the left and an unknown actor to the right. Ethel Burton (Palmer) was a popular comedic actress who made her debut with Vitagraph Pictures in 1915. She co-starred in several Billy West comedies (a popular Charlie Chaplin imitator), and was married to director Arvid Gillstrom, a Swedish-born filmmaker who directed many of the West comedies. Burton did little acting after the 1910s. Most of the films she made in Florida were with the Vim Comedy Company.|
|Motion picture scene, 1916. L-R: Walter Stull(?), Harry Meyers, and Rosemary Thebe.|
|Motion picture scene from Strangled Harmony, 1916. L-R: Bobby Burns, (?), Ethel Burton Palmer, (?), Walter Stull.|
September 16, 2011 /Photography News/ General Motors, also known as GM, was founded on 16 September 1908, in Flint, Michigan, as a holding company for Buick, then controlled by William C. Durant. At the turn of the 20th century there were fewer than 8,000 automobiles in America and Durant had become a leading manufacturer of horse-drawn vehicles in Flint, MI, before making his foray into the automotive industry. Today GM employs more than 200,000 people around the world.
General Motors Company. Oldsmobiles 1897 - 1938. Photographs courtesy of the New York Public Library.
|Our First Oldsmobile - 1897|
|1900 - Oldsmobile, curved dashed ru[n]about, 1 cylinder|
|1901 - Oldsmobile, curved dashed runabout, 1 cylinder|
|1903 - Oldsmobile PIRATE special 1 cylinder racer, holder of 1 mile straight record.. 1903|
|1904 - Oldsmobile , curved dashed runabout model 6, 1 cylinder.. 1904|
|1909 . Oldsmobile Model D, 4 cylinders|
|1910 - Oldsmobile Model 23-24, limited, 6 cylinders|
|1913 - Oldsmobile Model 40, 4 cylinders|
|1915 - Oldsmobile Model 43, 4 cylinders|
|1926 - Oldsmobile Model 30-D, 6 cylinder, Landau Sedan|
|1935 - Oldsmobile Model F-35, 6 cylinder|
|1936 - Oldsmobile Model F-36, Touring Sedan, 6 cylinder|
|1937 - Oldsmobile Six Convertible Coupe - Family outing|
|1937 - Santa Claus writes O.K. on a new Oldsmobile Six|
|1938 - Lady with the fox terrier trying to shift gears in a new Oldsmobile eight cylinder convertible coupe|
September 16, 2015 /Photography News/ Born 148 years ago today, on 16 September 1867, in New Jersey, Eva Watson-Schütze was an American photographer and painter who was one of the founding members of the Photo-Secession, an early 20th century movement that promoted photography as a fine art in general and photographic pictorialism in particular.
In 1883, when she was sixteen, Watson-Schütze enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where she studied under well-known painter and photographer Thomas Eakins. Her interests at that time were watercolor and oil painting, and it’s unknown if she took any interests in Eakins’ photography. Between 1894 and 1896 she shared a photographic studio with Amelia Van Buren another Academy alumna in Philadelphia, and the following year she opened her own portrait studio. She quickly became known for her pictorialist style, and soon her studio was known as a gathering place for photographers who championed this aesthetic vision.
In 1897 she wrote to photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston about her belief in women’s future in photography: “There will be a new era, and women will fly into photography.”
In 1898 six of her photographs were chosen to be exhibited at the first Philadelphia Photographic Salon, where she exhibited under the name Eva Lawrence Watson. It was through this exhibition that she became acquainted with Alfred Stieglitz, who was one of the judges for the exhibit. One year later she was elected as a member of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia.
In 1902 she suggested the idea of forming an association of independent and like-minded photographers to Alfred Stieglitz. They corresponded several times about this idea, and by the end of the year she joined Stieglitz as one of the founding members of the famous Photo-Secession.
In 1929 Watson-Schütze became the director of The Renaissance Society, a non-collecting museum founded in 1915 at the University of Chicago.
Watson-Schütze died in Chicago in 1935. Later that year the Renaissance Society held a memorial exhibition of her work. It included 32 paintings and 2 drawings but none of her photographs.
Since Watson-Schütze's death there have been two retrospective exhibitions of her photographs: Eva Watson-Schütze, Chicago Photo-Secessionist, at the University of Chicago Library in 1985, and Eva Watson-Schütze, Photographer, at the Samuel Dorsky Museum Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2009.
|Nude woman on a rock, 1904|
|A Study Head, photogravure, 1900. Source: Camera Notes, Vol 4 No 3, January 1901|
|The Rose, 1905. Source: Camera Work, No 9, 1905|
|Head of a young girl, around 1900|
|Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead with Ralph Radcliffe-Whitehead, Jr.|
|Jane Whitehead and Lily, 1905|
|The storm, 1905|
|Kevin Carter's Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph|
September 13, 2015 /Photography News/ Born 55 years ago, on 13 September 1960 (d. 27 July 1994), Kevin Carter was an award-winning South African photojournalist and member of the Bang-Bang Club. He was the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph depicting the 1993 famine in Sudan. Following the winning of the Pulitzer Prize he committed suicide at the age of 33.
In March 1993, while on a trip to Sudan, Carter was preparing to photograph a starving toddler trying to reach a feeding center when a hooded vulture landed nearby. Carter reported taking the picture, because it was his "job title", and leaving.
Sold to the New York Times, the photograph first appeared on 26 March 1993 and was carried in many other newspapers around the world. Hundreds of people contacted the Times to ask the fate of the girl. The paper reported that it was unknown whether she had managed to reach the feeding center. On May 23, 14 months after capturing that memorable scene, Carter walked up to the platform in the classical rotunda of Columbia University's Low Memorial Library and received the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography.
With the success of the image came a lot of controversy, and questions were raised about the ethics of taking such a photograph. An article printed in 1994 in the St Petersberg Times commented on the morality of Carters actions, ‘the man adjusting his lens to take just the right frame of her suffering might just as well be a predator, another vulture on the scene,’ (Stamets cited in Ricchiardi, 1999).
The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) have a ‘Code of Ethics’ which sets out certain ethical responsibilities when carrying out journalistic work, one reads as thus, ‘while photographing subjects do not intentionally contribute to, alter, or seek to alter or influence events’ (NPPA, 2010). Considering this, one can say Carter was objective and documented what he saw, capturing the severity of the situation in Sudan. But does this alleviate him from the responsibilities of being a good human being?
On 27 July 1994 Carter drove his way to the Braamfonte near the Field and Study Centre, an area where he used to play as a child, and took his own life by taping one end of a hose to his pickup truck’s exhaust pipe and running the other end to the driver's side window. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning, aged 33. Portions of Carter's suicide note read:
"I am depressed ... without phone ... money for rent ... money for child support ... money for debts ... money!!! ... I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain ... of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners ... I have gone to join Ken if I am that lucky."
Carter's story is depicted in the 2010 feature film, The Bang-Bang-Club in which he was played by Taylor Kitsch.
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September 1, 2015 /Photography News/
When You Go Home,
When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,
For Their Tomorrow,
We Gave Our Today.
The Second World War (1939-1945) is generally accepted to have begun 76 years ago today, on 1 September 1939, with the invasion of Poland by Germany, and subsequent declarations of war on Germany by France, Britain and most of the countries of the British Empire and Commonwealth.
These photographs show the men and women who served in World War II, 1939-1945. They are from the collections of the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, and the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands.
|Farewell, n.d., between 1940-1945, by Sam Hood. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales|
|6th Division arrives at the wharves, 9-10 January 1940, by Sam Hood. Note: Sydney - Berlin was the aim, but High Command had other ideas. The 6th Division was largely responsible for the defeat of Italy in the Middle East, then moved on to Greece and New Guinea. This photo is from a collection depicting the wartime departure of the 6th Division for the Middle East, 9-10 January 1940. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales.|
|Second World War. German soldier in a tank. [possibly a Renault UE, a French made "Armored Tractor" or "Infantry Supply Vehicle"; designed for utility work, used and modified by the Germans]. German soldiers are helping the French farmers plough their fields. France, 1941. From the collection of the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands.|
|This photo is from a collection depicting the wartime departure of the 6th Division for the Middle East, from Sidney, 9-10 January 1940. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales.|
|Soldier's goodbye and Bobbie the cat, between 1939-1945, by Sam Hood. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales.|
|Wounded and invalids. German wounded return their empty coffee cups to Red Cross nurses just prior to departure. Location unknown. 1941. From the collection of the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands.|
|War loans displays, State Theatre, Sidney, October 20, 1943, by Sam Hood. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales.|
|April 11, 1945, Deventer, the Netherlands. From the collection of the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands.|
|Liberation of the concentration camp Amersfoort. Three Dutch army officers behind barbed wire. From the collection of the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands.|
|Starved prisoners, nearly dead from hunger, pose in concentration camp in Ebensee, Austria. The camp was reputedly used for "scientific" experiments. It was liberated by the 80th Division. 7 May 1945. Author: Samuelson, Lt. A. E.|
In photos: Remembering Gustave Le Gray, one of the most important French photographer of the 19th century
|The Beech Tree, by Gustave Le Gray (circa 1856). In October 1999, Sotheby's sold a Le Gray albumen print "Beech Tree, Fontainebleau" for £419,500, which -at that time- was a world record for the most expensive single photograph ever sold at auction to an anonymous buyer. Later that day -at the same auction- an albumen print of "Grande Vague, Sète" ("The Big Wave at Sète," "The Great Wave, Sète") also by Le Gray was sold for a new world record price of £507,500 or $840,370 to the same anonymous buyer who was later revealed to be Sheik Saud Al-Thani of Qatar. The record stood until May 2003 when Al-Thani purchased a daguerreotype by Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey for £565,250 or $922,488.|
August 30, 2015 /Photography News/ Born 195 years ago today, on 30 August 1820, in Villiers-le-Bel, Val-d'Oise, Jean-Baptiste Gustave Le Gray has been called by the J. Paul Getty Museum "the most important French photographer of the nineteenth century" because of his technical innovations in the still new medium of photography, his role as the teacher of other noted photographers, and "the extraordinary imagination he brought to picture making".
|Gustave Le Gray, Self-portrait (late 1850s)|
Le Gray was originally trained as a painter, studying under François-Édouard Picot and Paul Delaroche. Later, he crossed over to photography in the early years of its development.
He made his first daguerreotypes by 1847.
He taught photography to students such as Charles Nègre, Henri Le Secq, Nadar, Olympe Aguado, and Maxime Du Camp.
|Photographic portrait of Louis-Napoléon / Napoleon III (1852) by Gustave Le Gray|
Despite being a successful portraitist (Napoleon III being one of his clients), the studio Le Gray opened in 1855 was poorly managed and he ran into debts. As a consequence, he closed the studio, abandoned his wife and children, and fled the country to escape his creditors.
|Alexandre Dumas (father), 1860, by Gustave Le Gray|
He began touring the Mediterranean in 1860 with Alexandre Dumas, crossing paths with Giuseppe Garibaldi. Later, Le Gray went to Lebanon, then Syria, settling finally in Egypt in 1864, where he stayed for the rest of his life.
|Camel transporting artillery, Egypt (1866), by Gustave Le Gray|
Gustave Le Gray's technical innovations include:
- Improvements on paper negatives, specifically waxing them before exposure making the paper more receptive to fine detail.
- A collodion process published in 1850 but which was theoretical at best. The invention of the wet collodion method to produce a negative on a glass plate is now credited to Frederick Scott Archer who published his process in 1851.
- Combination printing, creating seascapes by using one negative for the water and one negative for the sky at a time where it was impossible to have at the same time the sky and the sea on a picture due to the too extreme luminosity range.
August 26, 2015 /Photography News/ Born 176 years ago in Denmark, on 26 August 1839, Kristen Feilberg (Christen Schjellerup Feilberg) is best known for his images captured in Sumatra, Singapore, and Penang.
After giving up his dream of becoming a painter, Feilberg followed his sister to Singapore in 1862 where he worked partly as a tobacco agent and partly as a photographer. In 1867, he set up his own studio in Penang and, the same year, exhibited 15 views of Penang and Ceylon at the Paris World Exposition.
The earliest photographs of eastern Sumatra were taken by Feilberg in 1869. Considered to be of excellent quality, they include integrated group portraits of workers on tobacco plantations. They are presented in three albums entitled "Views" at the Royal Tropical Institute.
Feilberg died in Singapore in 1919.
Scores of Feilberg's photographs from the collection at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam can be accessed on Wikimedia Commons as well as at the Tropenmuseum itself.
|Three Batak warriors with spears and swords in front of a wooden construction. A dog lies between the two girders at the left. Circa 1870|
|Batak war canoe near Lake Toba, Sumatra, 1870|
|Deli river, circa 1870|
|Batak family, circa 1870|
|Portrait of a Batak woman, circa 1870|
|Batak village, circa 1870|
|Portrait of workers, Deli, circa 1870|
|Batak, circa 1870|
|Dyak women, Borneo, 1860s|
|Rev. Habb preaching to the Klings (South Indians) in Penang, 1867|