Sunday, December 30, 2007

List Of The Day: Great Olan Mills photos

List Of The Day: Great Olan Mills photos
Photography can communicate in many ways, some intended, and some not. These photographs are oddly depressing and sad.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Welcome to the Majorityworld

Welcome to the Majorityworld
An interesting set of photographs and photographers.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Fraenkel Gallery

Fraenkel Gallery
Wow, a selection of the best! Amazing selection of photographers and photographs.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Living in Thailand

Living in Thailand
I love this web site, there are no pretentions, just excellent photography.
Steve

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Out of Contxt

Out of Contxt
Amazing, scary, inspiring. Needless to say I love these photographs.

VII Photo Agency

VII Photo Agency
I love Eugene Richards' books and photography. When I went to look for his photographs I found this web site. Amazing and deep.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Photographer ..... G M B Akash

Photographer ..... G M B Akash
I respect these photographs, both because of content and also because of the art. The composition really draws me in to looking at the photographs. These photographs work for me at all levels.
Steve

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Asian Photography Blog

Asian Photography Blog
An excellent entry point to explore a variety of high quality and diverse photographers.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Lesson Handouts Spring 2007 CIOS 258TO1

Lesson Handouts Spring 2007 CIOS 258TO1
I have added new lessons to the course web site. I might edit them or modify them before the class is delivered, but the basic content will be stable.

Portfolios: Keith Johnson Fine Art Social Landscape Photographer

Portfolios: Keith Johnson Fine Art Social Landscape Photographer
Mysteriously Mundane, I really like this kind of photography. Similar to Carl Weese, at least to me.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

muse-ings

muse-ings
An excellent source of interesting photography

Monday, October 01, 2007

Monday, September 24, 2007

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Monday, September 03, 2007

chris jordan photography

chris jordan photography
Just go look, this web site is about much more then photography!

Friday, August 31, 2007

Garry Winogrand

Garry Winogrand

From the PBS show Creativity, 1982. An excellent segment featuring interviews, commentary, and shots of Winogrand shooting on the street.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

DANIEL TRAUB PHOTOGRAPHY

DANIEL TRAUB PHOTOGRAPHY
Thoughtful and evocative photography from China.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Square America Snapshots & Vernacular Photography

Square America Snapshots & Vernacular Photography
Think of your photographs in 20 years, or 40 years. Time changes how a photograph is viewed. I wonder if I would have loved these photographs without the passage of time? Many of them I would.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Joseph Tripi Photography

Joseph Tripi Photography
An interesting exploration of the everyday, I feel an affinity what what he is doing photographically.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Online Photographer: Digital and its Discontents

The Online Photographer: Digital and its Discontents

I have assumed that there was not a fundamental difference between film and digital. For me, in my photography, there isn't. but I agree with the distinctions and ideas in this article. The joy and challenge of looking at photographs is that it is a remnant of a real interaction at a specific moment in time, the more this interaction or connection is weakened the less interesting, and the less valuable, the photograph becomes. For me photography is sharing a way of seeing.

Friday, August 03, 2007

2point8 » Discussions

2point8 » Discussions
Interviews and discussions with street photographers, excellent!

Olivier Thébaud - tangophoto

Olivier Thébaud - tangophoto

Middle East
Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Israel 1997- 2006

Discrete Histories
Guangzhou, China 2006

Etat de Siege
Actes Sud

Deep rooted
Familly album, Brittany 1959-2006

Memoirs
Paris, Berlin Auschwitz, Europe 2003

2point8 » Ways of Working #1 (Get over it)

2point8 » Ways of Working #1 (Get over it)
Ways of Working, a 10-step introduction to the ins-and-outs of street photography with only nine steps.

2point8

2point8
A wide-open view on the practice of street photography by Michael David Murphy.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Fotofest Beijing 2006

Fotofest Beijing 2006
There are 34 portfolios of photographers from Beijing. Exciting stuff!

Myfotoyard-走在路上的鱼摄影网站

Myfotoyard-走在路上的鱼摄影网站
An awesome set of photographs from China. The photographs are both culturally and artistically fascinating.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Jessica Dimmock :: Photography

Jessica Dimmock :: Photography
Wow, at first it is hard to figure out how this web site works, the gallery index is up on top. The Female Factory Workers in Vietnam gallery is selected through this link. Powerful and important photography!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Welcome to "George Eastman House"

Welcome to "George Eastman House"
A great place to explore the history of photography and to see examples of excellent photography.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Los Angeles architecture + photo gallery - California

Los Angeles architecture + photo gallery - California
This web site is an inspiration, photography as documentation and archiving I do not like the organization, I want to scroll through and see a sequence of photographs, but the photographs that I see are thoughtful and worth exploring.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection >> Home

Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection >> Home
I find this site worth exploring, an example of photography as a life's work and also as a method of presentation. I would love to have my photography archived and presented with the thought and care that has been put into this archive.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Shorpy | The 100-Year-Old Photo Blog

Shorpy | The 100-Year-Old Photo Blog
Inspiration and Art, really. When I take photographs many times I am trying to document something that will have value in the future. I actually think that what is mundane today will be fascinating tomorrow.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Vimeo / Garry Winogrand

Vimeo / Garry Winogrand
Garry Winogrand with Bill Moyers, 1982
A video of an excellent street photographer at work with thoughts about photography, amazing!

lens culture photobook review: The Chain

lens culture photobook review: The Chain
Simple clear respectful photography of a surreal institution. Photography has the power to reveal and hopefully change what it reveals.

Friday, March 09, 2007

The Photoshop Medicine Show (PDF)

CA56-DeWolfeMedicineShow.pdf (application/pdf Object)
I agree with this article, there is a difference between a photograph and pigment, Photoshop techniques can obscure and divert from the original photographic intention. Clear photographic intention, enhanced through Photoshop is Photography. A clear Photoshop intention enhanced through photography might be art, but might not be Photography.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

lens culture: world press photo winners 2006

lens culture: world press photo winners 2006: "World Press Photo
Winners for 2006"

Are we all photographers, now?

lens culture: photography weblog
The concept of how photography is changing and what it is expressing with the new technology is interesting.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

genmegane.com

genmegane.com
Another fascinating Japanese web site with fascinating photography. Both this site, and the previous web log post are inspirational. I like the awkward navigation, it makes me want to explore and discover.

NO digital

NO digital
An absolutely mesmerizing web site! You can type other numbers in to the URL to see other photographs, I tried 100 and various 200 numbers and they seemed to work. The photography is amazing and real!!!

Monday, February 05, 2007

Andrew Miksys Photographer

Andrew Miksys Photographer
Thoughtful, emotional, powerful photography. To me the photographs evokes strong feelings of sadness and loss.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

The Online Photographer: How to Read a Photographic Book

The Online Photographer: How to Read a Photographic Book
I think it is true that we judge a photograph quickly, I know I do. I also know when I watch people looking at my photographs that they often miss, what for me, is an important aspect of the photograph. Allowing time to savor, or reflect, or just to look at a photograph is respectful of the thought and effort of the photographer.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Luminous-Lint: Home - for Connoisseurs and Collectors of Fine Photography

Luminous-Lint: Home - for Connoisseurs and Collectors of Fine Photography
This is an amazing site, I looked up some of my favorite photographers, like Eugene Richards, and all the information and examples of photography were there. If you love photography, and the history of photography this a crucial site.

Friday, January 19, 2007

The use of Photoshop - Reuters Blogs

The use of Photoshop - Reuters Blogs
This is an interesting article related to truth in photography and the limits of using Photoshop to manipulate images. I agree with its intent and limitations. Keeping a relationship between a photograph and a specific moment in time is the magic of photography. Manipulation can severe the relationship between a photograph and a moment in time. When the relationship to a moment in time is altered an image can still be meaningful and beautiful, but the energy and magic of photography has vanished.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

www.yamasaki ko-ji.com

www.yamasaki ko-ji.com
I love this web site. It is expressive, unique, and very individual. Japanese street photography, sort of.

Monday, January 08, 2007

The Digital Journalist January 2007 Issue Contents

The Digital Journalist January 2007 Issue Contents
The January issue is online. As always it is excellent. If you use RSS subscribe to their feed so that you can track when the new issue arrives.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Syllabus CIOS 258 Digital Photography

071C258syl.pdf (application/pdf Object)

I am teaching a course in digital photography. In my syllabus I outline some ideas about the photographic process. I have included some of those ideas in the web log post.

Course Purpose: (Why on Earth am I taking this course?)
The purpose of this course is to become a good photographer! A good photographer can use ideas, vision, a camera and editing tools to create photographs that fulfill an explicit purpose or intention.
The process of photography is:
1. Thinking
2. Seeing
3. Taking
4. Selecting
5. Editing
6. Sharing
Photography is a means of communication. Some photographs become more valuable over time. There are many purposes and reasons to take photographs. Photography is a skill that will grow and change the more that you use and develop it. The process of photography is fun. The more you photograph, the more photographs you see.

Photographic Intention: (Why do I take photographs?)
A person takes photographs for a reason. There are many reasons to take photographs. When you photograph you have a frame of reference or intention to take a photograph. Thinking about the reasons for your photographs will help you organize your approach to photography. People can have multiple reasons to take photographs.

Seeing Photographs: (What do I see? Why do I take this specific photograph)
Assuming that you have a reason or intention to take a photograph you take photographs because you see something to photograph. You see something that fulfills your intention. The more photographs you take the more photographs that you see. A photograph is a specific moment in time. The moment in time is expressed through light captured by a camera. Seeing something to photograph and seeing like a camera are not identical. Being able to translate what you see into a photograph that expresses your original vision takes experience and technical knowledge.

Using a Camera: (How do I use a camera to capture what I see?)
Photographic techniques are tools used to fulfill your photographic intention. Cameras are a means to an end. Every decision that you make in setting the camera is a compromise, there is something gained and something lost. All cameras involve the same set of compromises.
A camera does not see like a human. A camera does not have the dynamic range of the eye. A camera does not have depth perception. A camera sees color differently then a human. A camera abstracts what a human sees.
It takes experience to be able to translate what you see into a photograph. To be able to express your intention, to be able to capture what you see, you must master camera technique. What is in your head, what you intended to do, or even the memory of the event is not the same thing that is in the photograph.
Photographic techniques are the tools you use to bring your intention, what you wanted to show, closer to the photograph, what you actually captured. Turning what you see in your mind into what people see in the photograph is the art of photography.

Selecting, Evaluating, and Archiving Photographs: (My photographs are everywhere, how do I get organized?)
If you do not organize your photographs you will be overwhelmed? If you do not develop a method of organizing your photographs you might lose the photographs and the memories that they contain. Sometimes what you see later, in a photograph, is different from and maybe even better then your original intention. It is important to make your photographs accessible and easy to view. A good organizing and archiving system provides a method to think about and re-experience and re-evaluate your photographs. It is important to see your photographs from different contexts and perspectives; a photograph can grow and change as your experiences change. If you do not have a method for selecting, grouping, and archiving photographs you will not be able to re-appreciate your photographs.
Before doing major selecting, wait to make judgments on your photographs. Sometimes it takes time to appreciate what you have taken; it is too easy to focus on the details or the flaws in the photograph and to miss the actual value of the photograph. Let time pass, at least a month, before evaluating your photographs.

Editing Photographs: (The photograph does not look right, now what do I do?)
Editing or enhancing a photograph clarifies and expresses your original photographic intention. Photoshop or Picasa are tools to improve or clarify your original intention. Using cropping, straightening, editing, adjusting the dynamic range, sharpening, cleaning up small details, and adjusting color are means to clarify a photograph. Using software to adjust an image is as important as using a darkroom to print an image, software is an integral part of digital photography.

Sharing Photographs: (I want to share my photographs with others?)
Sharing photographs is making a commitment to the selected photographs that these photographs are good enough to share. There is always the balance between perfect, good enough, and laziness, at some point it is necessary to evaluate and share your photographs. The motivation to share improves the entire photographic process. By making your photographs available you will be able to review and reflect upon what you have done.