History of Photography
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This series will focus on images inspired by or in the style of historically important photographers.
Cartier-Bresson, Arbus, Frank, Caponigro, Eggleston, Klein, (more to be added)
¶ If you don’t own it, now might be a good time to pick up a new or used copy of The History of Photography: from 1839 to the Present, by Beaumont Newhall. It is a good resource to have if you want to be a photographer or study photography.
Finished (4 challenges)
Winners announced: 27th December, 2010 GMT
Winner: circles and lines
“We look at the world and see what we have learned to believe is there. We have been conditioned to expect.... but, as photographers, we must learn to relax our beliefs.”
Aaron Siskind 1903-1991 worked primarily as an /abstract/ still photographer in black and white. Siskind is also known for his work as a photography educator. He taught at Black Mountain College, The Institute of Design at...
Winners announced: 20th December, 2010 GMT
Winner: smoking woman
“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.” Diane Arbus 1923-1971
¶ Arbus was known for taking photographs of unusual people. Giants, twins, intellectually handicapped people, circus people. The term at the time was freaks. But she also took pictures of regular people too. They look funny because she took pictures of them in the 1950s and 1960s. Funny...
Winners announced: 13th December, 2010 GMT
“Photography’s potential as a great image-maker and communicator is really no different from the same potential in the best poetry where familiar, everyday words, placed within a special context, can soar above the intellect and touch subtle reality in a unique way.”
¶ Not to be confused with his son (John Paul) Paul Caponigro is known for his moody and exquisite black and white landscape and...
Winners announced: 6th December, 2010 GMT
“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough - there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph.” ¶ Frank’s book Les Américains (The Americans) is one of the most important photography books of the later 20th Century. Images from a recent exhibition on the book can be seen here:...