Spotlights

In-depth looks at the lives and careers of iconic photographers
Berenice Abbott

A Career In Three Acts: Berenice Abbott

“I took to photography like a duck to water. I never wanted to do anything else. Excitement about the subject is the voltage which pushes me over the mountain of drudgery necessary to produce the final photograph.” Berenice Abbott seemed to be born for photography and she knew it. From the moment she stepped into […]

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Edward Weston

Beyond The Obvious: Edward Weston

“I see no reason for recording the obvious.” – Edward Weston Most photographers are lucky to create one iconic image in their careers. Edward Weston made dozens and also helped to define a new genre of fine art photography. One of the founders of Group f/64, which had both Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham as members, Weston has […]

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No Breaks: Irving Penn

“I myself have always stood in awe of the camera. I recognize it for the instrument it is, part Stradivarius, part scalpel.” – Irving Penn Stark simplicity. These are the words that come to mind when seeing the work of Irving Penn. No excess, no props, and the paraphernalia most fashion photographers were using at […]

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Henri Cartier-Bresson

Master of Moments: Henri Cartier-Bresson

The decisive moment. If you have studied photography even in the slightest bit, you will likely have heard that saying. Just about every hobbyist and professional knows that you always need to be on the lookout for the precise second when you know you should press the shutter. It has become a philosophy, particularly of […]

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In Plain Sight: Vivian Maier

When we talk about street photography, most of us think of names like Robert Frank, Diane Arbus or  Garry Winogrand; these are the iconic names, the photographers you go to when you want to see great examples of that genre of photography. There is another name, however, that is coming up more and more often, which, up […]

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The Color Of Genius: Saul Leiter

Some people say that photography is easy, that anyone can do it. You just have to have a camera and the ability to press the shutter. It seems that many photographers use the “spray and pray” method, hoping that if they click enough times they will capture something interesting and worthwhile. To me, that simply […]

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From The Edges: Mary Ellen Mark

When first looking at the photography of Mary Ellen Mark, you might be tempted to compare her to Diane Arbus. They are both known for shooting the fringes of society, what Diane Arbus would call “the freaks”. There is a distinct difference, however, which is made clear when you examine them closely. Mark entrenches herself […]

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I Just Take Pictures: Helmut Newton

He has been labeled the “King of Kink” by the media, called the Antichrist by groups of radical feminists and straddled the line between art and pornography (to be fair, he did make a porn film, but in his own words “I only showed it once, in a museum.”), yet Helmut Newton is considered one […]

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A World Sublime: Tim Walker

Magical. Captivating. Eccentric. These are just a few of the words that have been used to describe the imaginative work of Tim Walker. Like Gregroy Crewdson, Walker’s photographs are not just made, they are meticulously crafted. From the kernel of an idea in his mind to the building of the sets, he is there every […]

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A Greedy Eye: Mick Rock

The 1970s brought a paradigm shift to the musical landscape of rock and roll. The Summer of Love was over, The Beatles released their final album, and the entire idealistic aesthetic of the 60s had been transformed into a different kind of musical and social energy. The post-psychedelic art-rock scene gave birth to Glam Rock and […]

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Don’t Look Away: Diane Arbus

Some call her a photographer of freaks, some called her an artist, and still others call her a photographic genius who was ahead of her time. Although her career was cut short by the tragedy of suicide in 1971, Diane Arbus is often placed among the great photographers of the 20th century. She made a […]

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Peeling Back The Veneer: Robert Frank

The Americans. The book most would say forever changed the photography world. The 50’s were an idealistic time. We had won WWII, many people in the country were prospering and on there way to living the American Dream. There was a veneer of everything being perfect, but Photographer Robert Frank shocked people when he peeled […]

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