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Wednesday, June 24, 2015 / Labels: , ,

Just started: "The Camera Never Lies" free online course

Film, images & historical interpretation in the 20th century for those who have a general interest in history that draws on photojournalism as primary evidence, and films based on historical events.

June 23, 2015 /Photography News/ This short history course is an introduction to use of images and other media as historical evidence in the twentieth century, issues of authenticity and manipulation, and the place of film and historical adoptions as public history.

Course at a Glance
June 22, 2015 - July 31, 2015 (6 weeks of study)
5-10 hours/week
Language: English

Course Syllabus
Week 1: The Camera Never Lies - Introduction 
Week 2: Images and History in the Twentieth Century 
Week 3: The Air-Brushing of History: Stalin and Falsification 
Week 4: Photojournalism, Authenticity and Matters of Public Acceptability - The Battle of Mogadishu 
Week 5: The Power of the Image - Mount Suribachi, 1945 
Week 6: From Page to Screen - Film as Public History 


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 / Labels: , ,

TeraBella Media Presents: "Reflections" Photography Competition

Photo Credit: TBM
June 16, 2015 /Photography News/ Reflections are defining. They are capable of revealing so much about ourselves, an event or a moment in time. The likenesses that are mirrored sometimes reflect the true reality in this world. A reflection can also play a trick on the eyes and not necessarily reveal everything in plain view. At other times they are nothing more than pure illusions. TeraBella Media is seeking your most interesting images that reveal this “mirror image.”

Prizes:

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.

Entry Fee(s):

$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:

July 25, 2015 (11:59PM CST)


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Friday, June 12, 2015 / Labels: , ,

10 hand-colored photographs of the Crater Lake, Oregon


June 12, 2015 /Photography News/ 162 years ago today, on 12 June 1853, John Wesley Hillman was reportedly the first European American to see what he named "Deep Blue Lake" in Oregon. The lake was renamed at least three times, as Blue Lake, Lake Majesty, and finally Crater Lake.

“Crater Lake National Park may be reached from Medford, Oregon, on the Southern Pacific Railway, and on the Pacific Highway about 36 miles from the southern boundary of Oregon, or from Kirk, on the new Southern Pacific line between Eugene and Klamath Falls and near The Dalles – [aka] ‘California Highway.’

Motorists southbound from Portland may choose to traverse the Pacific Highway through Oregon City, Salem, and Albany, or go by the West Side Highway through Newberg, McMinnville, Corvallis, and Junction City where this road merges with the Pacific Highway [which] leads through Eugene, Roseberg, Grants Pass, and Medford. From Medford, the distance to Crater Lake is about 80 miles.”

“Crater Lake has inspired people for hundreds of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom.” (the National Park Service site)

The Oregon State University Press published a great book on the park entitled "Crater Lake: A History," by Rick Harmon, and the 1916 text on the Crater Lake set from “Pictured knowledge: visual instruction practically applied for the home and school” by Calvin Noyes Kendall and Eleanor Atkinson is available on Google books.

Photographs and text courtesy of OSU.


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Image Title: Sunrise from Victor Rock
Creator: Fred H. Kiser
Date.Original: Circa 1915-1920
Original Format: Lantern slides
Original Collection: Visual Instruction Department Lantern Slides



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Image Title: Crater Lake, view from north
Image Description: "Here is an inspiring view of Crater Lake – that which is left of grim old Mt. Mazama – the deepest and bluest lake in the world. It measures two thousand feet in depth and the intensity of its color is almost unbelievable even while you look at it.
Many Alpine lakes are blue under some lights. The deep blueness of Crater Lake may possibly be due to mineral which the water holds in solution; yet a glassful of the water is as clear as the clearest. Its cliffs from skyline to surface are a thousand feet high, and its color may be due in part to these surrounding walls and to its enormous depth. From the rim, a narrow margin of the water along the walls appears to be sea-green.
The lake has no visible inlet or outlet as it occupies the great cavity left by Mt. Mazama when it disappeared into its own depths.
It is a gem of wonderful color in a setting of pearly lavas relieved by patches of pine-green and snow-white—a gem which varies in hue with every atmospheric change and every shift of light.
Because of the unique character and extraordinary beauty of this lake called by Joaquin Miller, 'The Sea of Silence,' Crater Lake National Park was established in 1902."
Creator: Fred H. Kiser
Date.Original: Circa 1915-1920
Original Format: Lantern slides
Original Collection: Visual Instruction Department Lantern Slides



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Image Title: Crater Lake and Mt. Scott
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Image Title: Llao Rock
Image Description: "According to the legend of the Klamath and Modoc Indians the mystic land of Gaywas was the home of the great god Llao. His throne in the infinite depths of the blue green waters was surrounded by his warriors, giant crawfish able to lift great claws out of the water and seize too venturesome enemies on the cliff tops.
War broke out with Skell, the god of the neighboring Klamath Marshes. Skell was captured and his heart used for a ball by Llao’s monsters. But an eagle, one of Skell’s servant, captured it in its flight, and a deer, another of Skell’s servants, escaped with it; and Skell’s body grew again around his living heart. Once more he was powerful, and once more he waged war against the God of the Lake.
Then Llao was captured; but he was not so fortunate. Upon the highest cliff his body was torn into fragments and cast into the lake, eaten by his own monsters under the belief that it was Skell’s body. But when Llao’s head was thrown in, the monsters recognized it and would not eat it.
Llao’s head will lies in the lake, and white men call it Wizard Island. And the cliff where Llao was torn to pieces if named Llao Rock."
Creator: Fred H. Kiser
Date.Original: Circa 1915-1920
Original Format: Lantern slides
Original Collection: Visual Instruction Department Lantern Slides



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Image Title: Dutton Cliff and Phantom Ship
Image Description: "Here is Dutton Cliff on the southeast shore, with the so-called Phantom Ship is a volcanic island masted with rock spires and decorated with a few scattered evergreen trees. From a number of points it has the appearance of a ship but under certain lights and shadows “The scene changes magically while you watch” and the ship blends so completely with the walls beyond that it vanishes."
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Original Collection: Visual Instruction Department Lantern Slides



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Image Title: Wizard Island in Crater Lake
Image Description: "A close view of Wizard Island in the lake near the west shore. It is a perfect little volcano – a crater within a crater. Although a few pines are growing upon it, the island’s lava and ashes appear as if just cast from the internal furnace. The island rises several hundred feet above the lake-surface, and it’s crater is eighty feet deep. The island is a good view-point at noon, at evening, or when the blue cold crater glows and sparkles with the reflected fires of a million fiery worlds."
Original Format: Lantern slides
Original Collection: Visual Instruction Department Lantern Slides





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Image Title: Glacier Peak
Original Format: Lantern slides
Original Collection: Visual Instruction Department Lantern Slides



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Image Title: Crater Lake in winter
Creator: Fred H. Kiser
Date.Original: Circa 1915-1920
Original Format: Lantern slides
Original Collection: Visual Instruction Department Lantern Slides



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Image Title: Garden of the Gods
Creator: Fred H. KiserImage Title: Sunset on Garfield Peak
Image Description: "And here, it seems are gathered together bits of many wonderful scenes in this marvelous park and blended into one by the colorful tints of a glorious sunset."
Original Format: Lantern slides
Original Collection: Visual Instruction Department Lantern Slides



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Image Title: Garden of the Gods
Creator: Fred H. Kiser
Date.Original: Circa 1915-1920
Original Format: Lantern slides
Original Collection: Visual Instruction Department Lantern Slides




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Thursday, June 11, 2015 / Labels: ,

In photos: Remembering celebrity photographer Julia Margaret Cameron

June 11, 2015 /Photography News/ Born 200 years ago, on 11 June 1815, Julia Margaret Cameron was a British photographer best known for her portraits of celebrities of the time, and for her photographs with Arthurian and other legendary themes.

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Study of Beatrice Cenci. Model is May Prinsep. 1866. Albumen print, 335 x 267mm (13 1/4 x 10 1/2"). Scanned from Colin Ford's Julia Margaret Cameron: 19th Century Photographer of Genius. Originally from National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford.

Cameron's photographic career was short, spanning eleven years of her life (1864–1875). In 1863, when she was 48 years old, her daughter gave her a camera as a present, thereby starting her career as a photographer. Within a year, Cameron became a member of the Photographic Societies of London and Scotland. In her photography, Cameron strove to capture beauty. She wrote, "I longed to arrest all the beauty that came before me and at length the longing has been satisfied."

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"Annie my first success", Julia Margaret Cameron's first photo that she was pleased with. Subject is Annie Wilhelmina Philpot (1854-1930). 29 January 1864. Albumen print, 188 x 145 mm (7 3/8 x 5 3/4"). National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford.
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Wist ye not that your father and I sought thee sorrowing? Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879). ca. 1865. Albumen print, 25.2 x 28.8 cm. George Eastman House Collection.
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Entitled "Sadness", this photo shows the actress Ellen Terry at the age of 16. 1864. Carbon print, 242 x 240mm (9 1/2 x 9 1/2"). Royal Photographic Society. Scanned from Colin Ford's Julia Margaret Cameron: 19th Century Photographer of Genius.
Although her style was not widely appreciated in her own day, her work has had an impact on modern photographers, especially her closely cropped portraits.

Cameron's sister ran the artistic scene at Little Holland House, which gave her many famous subjects for her portraits. Some of her famous subjects include: Charles Darwin, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, John Everett Millais, William Michael Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Ellen Terry and George Frederic Watts. Among Cameron's lesser-known images are those she took of Mary Emily ('May') Prinsep, wife of Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson, the elder son of Alfred Tennyson and a British colonial administrator. 

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Ophelia Study No. 2. 1867. Julia Margaret Cameron. Albumen print, 33.0 x 27.1 cm. George Eastman House Collection.
Cameron's posed photographic illustrations represent the other half of her work. In these illustrations, she frequently photographed historical scenes or literary works, which often took the quality of oil paintings.

During her career, Cameron registered each of her photographs with the copyright office and kept detailed records. Her shrewd business sense is one reason that so many of her works survive today. Another reason that many of Cameron's portraits are significant is because they are often the only existing photograph of historical figures. 

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Charles Hay Cameron, husband of Julia Margaret Cameron. 1864. Albumen print, 291 x 223mm (11 1/2 x 8 3/4"). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Scanned from Colin Ford's Julia Margaret Cameron: 19th Century Photographer of Genius.
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Portrait of Henry Thoby Prinsep, member of the Prinsep family, descendants of John Prinsep, merchant in India and later Member of Parliament. Albumen print with arched top. 1866.
Cameron's niece Julia Prinsep Stephen wrote the biography of Cameron, which appeared in the first edition of the Dictionary of National Biography, 1886. Julia Stephen was the mother of Virginia Woolf, who edited, with Roger Fry, a collection of Cameron's photographs.

Julia Margaret Cameron died in Kalutara, Ceylon, on January 26, 1879.

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Cameron portrait of Julia Prinsep Jackson, later Julia Stephen, Cameron's niece, favourite subject, and mother of the author Virginia Woolf. 1867.


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Alice Liddell as a young woman. 1872. Source: Lewis Carroll with a text by Graham Ovenden (Masters of Photography series). McDonald & Queen Anne, London, 1984.

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Beatrice Cenci. Model is Kate Keown. May 1868. Albumen print, 327 x 246mm (12 7/8 x 9 5/8"). Scanned from Colin Ford's Julia Margaret Cameron: 19th Century Photographer of Genius. Originally from The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.


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Charles Darwin Albumen print, 11.25 x 9.5 inches, 1868.

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Marianne North (1830-1890) at her home in Ceylon. Pre1879.






 


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 / Labels: , ,

Lisbon in photos: 10 night views

June 10, 2015 /Photography News/ Today, June 10, Portuguese all over the world celebrate Portugal Day (officially Dia de Camões, de Portugal e das Comunidades Portuguesas --"Day of Camões, Portugal, and the Portuguese Communities"), which marks the date of Luis de Camoes’ death in June 10, 1580. Camoes wrote the Os Lusiadas, Portugal’s national epic poem celebrating Portuguese history and achievements.

Here is a set of photographs realized by Horácio Novais Studio (1930-1988) to celebrate Portugal Day. Courtesy of the Art Library of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

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Augusta Street, Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Horácio Novais Studio

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Restoration Square, Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Horácio Novais Studio

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Rossio, Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Horácio Novais Studio

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Palace of the Marquesses of Fronteira, Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Horácio Novais Studio

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Rossio, Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Horácio Novais Studio

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Rossio, Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Horácio Novais Studio

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Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Horácio Novais Studio

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Restoration Square, Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Horácio Novais Studio

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Rossio, Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Horácio Novais Studio

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Rossio, Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Horácio Novais Studio

The Art Library of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal) is a specialized library in the field of Visual Arts and is aims is to provide information access to readers whose research needs include studies in history of art, fine arts and architecture. Besides is general found, constantly updated, the Library holds 180 photographic collections about the art history in Portugal.



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Tuesday, June 9, 2015 / Labels: , , ,

Call for Photography Artists: 3rd Ozone Zone International Photo Salon


June 9, 2015 /Photography News/ With FIAP and PSA patronage. Host country: Dominica, West Indies.

Promoting The Beauty of Our World and Positive Changes.

2015 Themes: COLOUR open - MONOCHROME open - special theme: PURITY

Win FIAP, PSA, Ozone Zone Medals, Awards, special medals for best Caribbean photographers, photo-editing software PhotoDirector Ultra  (thanks to sponsor Cyberlink), and get deserved recognition. You may also win significant CASH awards. 

Open to all photographers. 
Professionally judged. 
Super low entry fees. 
Supporting Artists' Bill of Rights. 

Open until 30 October 2015. 

Early Bird entry from $10 until end of June.

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Remembering Civil War Photographer William Pywell

June 9, 2015 /Photography News/ Born 172 years ago today, on 9 June 1843, William Pywell was a 19th Century American photographer. He first worked for Mathew Brady (one of the most celebrated 19th century American photographers) and Alexander Gardner (best known for his photographs of President Abraham Lincoln).

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A photo of William Pywell taken by Alexander Gardner in 1867 (cropped). Source: US Library of Congress

On the outbreak of the American Civil War there was a dramatic increase in work as soldiers wanted to be photographed in uniform before going to the front-line.

In July, 1861 Matthew Brady and Alfred Waud, an artist working for Harper's Weekly, travelled to the front-line and witnessed Bull Run, the first major battle of the war. The battle was a disaster for the Union Army and Brady came close to being captured by the enemy.

Soon after arriving back from the front Matthew Brady decided to make a photographic record of the American Civil War. He sent Pywell, Alexander Gardner, James Gardner, Timothy O'Sullivan, George Barnard, and seventeen other men to travel throughout the country taking photographs of the war. Each one had his own travelling darkroom so that that collodion plates could be processed on the spot. 

Their work was published by Gardner in 1866 as "Photographic Sketch Book of the War" Vols. 1 & 2. (Washington, DC. Philp & Solomons). 

After the war, Pywell traveled with George Custer, the United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the Indian Wars, as the official photographer of the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition. He also accompanied Alexander Gardner on the Kansas Expedition.

William Pywell died in 1887.



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Friday, June 5, 2015 / Labels: , , ,

Hasselblad's new A5D aerial camera range set for launch (photos)

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June 5, 2015 /Photography News/ Hasselblad is set to launch a new 'ultimate image quality' A5D System aerial camera range with no internal moving parts. The innovative A5D cameras will offer global customers in the mapping, surveying and systems integration sectors latest Hasselblad capture technology and unparalleled lens options.

The series takes off with three sensor options: a CCD-based A5D-40 and A5D-60 and a CMOS- based A5D-50c - and the company has plans for more to follow.

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Perry Oosting, CEO: "The A5D is an important breakthrough for us in what is a fast-growing and demanding global 'special applications' segment. Hasselblad has a very long history of working with speciality photography segments and the development of new technologies. Back in the 1940s the very first Hasselblad camera was an aerial camera. The Swedish government asked Victor Hasselblad if he had the skills to produce a camera identical to one that had been captured. Victor famously said: 'No, but I can make a better one'. That is a mantra that still exists at Hasselblad today."

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Hasselblad have found a solution to the vibration challenges of aerial photography by completely re-engineering their cameras with no moving internal parts. This solution is designed to prevent any unintentional movement that may occur due to aircraft vibration. The result is unrivalled airborne stability; total reliability; a lighter body and ultimate image quality. In tests it has been proven that Hasselblad's H-System lenses outperform any other lens available on the market today. Hasselblad have nine focal lengths available in aerial versions, complete with secure locking mounts to ensure the image and sensor stay parallel at all times.

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Hasselblad's brief to its engineers was to develop a redesigned aerial photography platform capable of providing customers with the highest possible resolution over a large target 'footprint' area on the ground. The new A5D cameras have been engineered with three new connectors located on the top of each body - enabling easy user control via the plane's flight management system.

For more information on the Hasselblad A5D click here.

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Friday, May 29, 2015 / Labels: , ,

Remembering Doris Ulmann, Pictorialist Photographer

May 29, 2015 /Photography News/ Born 133 years ago today, on 29 May 1882, in New York, Doris Ulmann was was an American photographer best known for her dignified portraits of the people of Appalachia, particularly craftsmen and musicians such as Jean Ritchie's family.

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Southern mountaineer, circa 1928, Doris Ulmann, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Warren and Margot Coville collection
Ulmann began her photography career in 1918, as a portraitist. Trained as a pictorialist by Clarence White, Ulmann's early work includes a series of portraits of prominent intellectuals, artists and writers: William Butler Yeats, John Dewey, Max Eastman, Sinclair Lewis, Lewis Mumford, Joseph Wood Krutch, Martha Graham, Anna Pavlova, Paul Robeson, and Lillian Gish.

In the late 1920s and early 1930s she travelled through Eastern Kentucky and other parts of Appalachia photographing the people of the region, with a profound respect for her sitters and an ethnographer's eye for culture. 

Ulmann's equipment was somewhat cumbersome and old-fashioned for her time. She most often used a 6½ x 8½ inch, tripod-mounted view camera, although the lightweight, hand-held camera was more prevalent, and she produced soft-focus platinum prints. The muted, warm tonality of the platinum image was a gentle complement to her respectful, sympathetic portrayals of subjects whose lives were different from her own.

Doris Ulmann died August 28, 1934. Upon her death, a foundation she had established took custody of her images.

The primary repository of Ulmann's work is at the University of Oregon Libraries' Special Collections. The Doris Ulmann collection, PH038, includes 2,739 silver gelatin glass plate negatives, 304 original matted prints, and 79 albums (containing over 10,000 Lifshey proof prints) assembled by the Doris Ulmann Foundation between 1934 and 1937. The silver gelatin glass plate negatives are the only known remaining Ulmann negatives. Of the 304 matted photographs, approximately half are platinum prints that were mounted and signed by Ulmann; the others are silver gelatin prints developed by Lifshey. Additional collections can be found at Berea College in Kentucky (primarily images taken in the vicinity of Berea), The University of Kentucky (consisting of 16 original signed portraits, and 186 original silver nitrate prints), and the New York Historical Society (primarily of prominent New Yorkers). As art objects, her photographs are also part of many museum collections including the Smithsonian and the J. Paul Getty Museum. 

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 / Labels: , ,

Remembering Magnum Photographer Inge Morath

"Photography is a strange phenomenon... You trust your eye and cannot help but bare your soul." (Inge Morath)

Inge Morath Self Portrait, Jerusalem, 1958
May 27, 2015 /Photography News/ Born 92 years ago today, on 27 May 1923, Ingeborg Morath was a photographer associated with Magnum Photos for nearly fifty years. 

After studying languages in Berlin, she became a translator, then a journalist and the Austrian editor for Heute, an Information Service Branch publication based in Munich.

In 1949, Morath was invited by Robert Capa to join the newly founded Magnum Photos in Paris, where she started as an editor. She began photographing in London in 1951, and assisted Henri Cartier-Bresson as a researcher in 1953-54. In 1955, after working for two years as a photographer, she became a Magnum member.

Her work included striking portraits of both posed celebrities and fleeting images of anonymous passers-by. Her feeling for places as reflected in images of Boris Pasternak's home, Chekhov's house and Mao Zedong's bedroom was so sensitive that some viewers insisted they could see invisible people.

'Inge Morath possesses the priceless quality of making the world look as though it had been discovered only this morning and she was present with her lens to record its bright freshness,'' Harrison E. Salisbury wrote in The New York Times Book Review about the couple's book in Russia
 (Viking, 1969).

Morath married the playwright Arthur Miller on February 17, 1962 and relocated permanently to the United States, where she had previously had assignments.

Ingeborg Morath Miller died of cancer on January 30, 2002, at the age of 78.

Because Morath devoted much of her enthusiasm to encouraging women photographers, her colleagues at Magnum Photos established the Inge Morath Award in her honor. The Award is now given by the Magnum Foundation as part of its mission of supporting new generations of socially-conscious documentary photographers, and is administered by the Magnum Foundation in collaboration with the Inge Morath Foundation.



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Sunday, May 17, 2015 / Labels: , ,

Remembering early 20th century pictorial photographer Mary Devens

May 17, 2015 /Photography News/ Born 158 years ago today, on 17 May 1857 in Ware, Massachusetts, Mary Devens was considered one of the ten most prominent pictorial photographers of the early 20th century. 

She was listed as a founding member of Alfred Stieglitz’s famed Photo-Secession.

"The Ferry, Concarneau", a photograph by Mary Devens, c1904, Camera Work, No 7, 1904
Devens developed an interest in photography sometime in early life, with a strong interest in printing techniques that could be manipulated by the photographer, including ozotype, gum bichromate and platinum printing. She mastered the gum bichomate process so well that she gave a lecture on it to the Cambridge Photographic Club in 1896.

Mary Devens met Boston photographer F. Holland Day in 1890s, who personally submitted five of her prints to the London Photographic Salon of 1898 and was responsible for introducing her to photographer Alfred Stieglitz, with whom she would regularly correspond for many years. Day also promoted her work in his famous lecture "Photography as Fine Art" at the Harvard Camera Club in 1900 and included several of her prints in his 1901 exhibition “The New School of American Photography.”

Mary Devens - Charcoal Effect. Photogravure published in Camera Notes, 1902, c1901, Camera Notes, Vol 6 No 1, July 1902
In 1900-1901, several of her photographs were added to the important Paris exhibition of women photographers organized by Frances Benjamin Johnston.

In 1902 Devens was elected to Britain’s Linked Ring, and Stieglitz listed her as a founding member of the Photo-Secession. That same year Stieglitz also listed her as one of the ten most prominent American pictorial photographers in an article in Century Magazine.

About this same time Devens’ eyesight began to fail rapidly due to an unknown cause. After 1904 she showed only a few prints in exhibitions, although Stieglitz included her work in the inaugural exhibition at his Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession in 1905. She is not known to have engaged in any photographic activity after 1905.

Devens died on 13 March 1920 in Cambridge.


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Saturday, May 9, 2015 / Labels: , , ,

A glimpse into Old Europe on Europe Day


May 9, 2015 /Photography News/ On May 9, a day which 65 years ago marked the foundation of what is now the European Union, we invite you to enjoy this set of photos of Old Europe. The motifs of the photographs are mainly town views, ancient monuments and different kinds of buildings in rural or urban environments. Several of the photos are more than 100 years old while others are of a later date. Almost all the photographers are unknown.

Banya Bashi Mosque and minaret in Sofia, Bulgaria, unknown photographer, c. 1890. The mosque was built in 1576.
Kökar Church at Åland islands, Åland / Ahvenanmaa ( in the Baltic Sea), Finland, unknown photographer, c. 1890. The church at Kökar island was inaugurated in 1784.
Egeskov Castle at Funen island, Denmark. Photo taken in 1881 by Swedish architect Helgo Zettervall who restored the castle in the 1880s.
People outside a fortress in Patras, Greece, photographer unknown, c. 1890
Horse cabs at the Senate House to the left and Gonville and Caius College at Cambridge University in England, UK, photographer unknown, c.1890
Woman at standing stones - menhirs - at Kermario alignments in Carnac, Britanny, France, photographer unknown, c. 1880
St. Johannis Church in Ansbach, Bavaria, Germany, photographer unknown, c. 1890
Two women in the ruins of Padise medieval monastery in Estonia, photographer unknown, c. 1920
Tower of Charles Bridge (Karluv most) at the Lesser Quarter (Malá Strana) of Prague, Bohemia, the Czech Republic, photographer unknown, c. 1927


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