Posts Tagged ‘Photo History’

The Lives of Photography’s Early Pioneers

Posted by on Wednesday June 15, 2016 | Video

To paraphrase Henry Longfellow, the lives of historic figures “all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.” The task of bringing those footprints back to life for a modern audience has fallen to animator Drew Christie, who was recently commissioned by the San Francisco... More

Portrait of a Wet Plate Photographer

Posted by on Thursday May 12, 2016 | Video

Ask photographers why they shoot film and you’ll invariably be told that they love how it forces them to slow down. While film photography may feel slow in the digital era, it’s positively breakneck compared to wet plate photography. Few people are better acquainted with the original “slow photography” than David Rambow. A history buff,... More

Ansel Adams, an Appreciation

Posted by on Wednesday March 16, 2016 | Fine Art, Video

We live in an era where photography is so pervasive and ephemeral that apps get multi-billion dollar valuations on the promise of deleting your images. It’s a state of affairs that would no doubt flummox Ansel Adams, who saw in photography the possibility for “endless horizons of meaning” (today, it’s endless horizons of memes). Readers... More

The Art of Photogenic Drawing: Photography Foretold

Posted by on Friday February 5, 2016 | Camera, Video

Photo history buffs should know the name Henry Fox Talbot, the British scientist and inventor and a progenitor of the photographic negative. What they may not know is that the paper in which he describes his initial approach to what we’d now call photography–“Some Account on the Art of Photogenic Drawing”–was rushed to the Royal... More