From Darkroom to Digital

Pont de la Tournelle, Paris Photograph by Stephen Wilkes/
Courtesy the artist
In his book From Darkroom to Daylight photographer Harvey Wang interviews fellow imaging pros about their experiences navigating changes in photographic technology, from black and white to color, and from film to digital. The aim in initiating these dialogues, Wang writes in the book’s introduction, is to find out “if other photographers’ worlds were turned upside down when they stopped mixing chemicals and isolating themselves in the dark.” Read more …

Drone Photography

Barcelona, Spain Photographer Amos Chapple has taken beautiful and profound photographs all over the world, and for an 18-month period in 2013 – 2014 (before it became illegal) he was able to take remarkable aerial shots using a commercial drone. Read more …

The Salt of the Earth

Burning Oil Wells in Kuwait Director Wim Wenders’ film The Salt of the Earth documents the life and work of photographer Sebastiao Salgado, who spent much of his life documenting war-torn regions, including Bosnia, Iraq, and Rwanda.

Shinichi Maruyama

How could I pass up the headline “How To Shoot 2,000 Nudes a Second” on Slate's photography blog Behold?

Photographer Shinichi Maruyama’s NUDE uses cutting-edge technology to create elaborate images from simple origins: the naked human body. Maruyama collaborated with choreographer Jessica Lang on the series.

Maruyama created each image by combining 10,000 individual photographs of the dancers to compose a single shot. “I know the advancement of technology has allowed me to create these new images that would have been impossible for others in the past. The scientist/photographer Étienne-Jules Marey, who contributed a lot to many artists more than 100 years ago, used a camera that shot 12 images per second ... I was able to use a camera that let me take about 2,000 images per second.”

(Maruyama must also be aware of the early stop-motion photography of Eadweard Muybridge, cataloged on this Online Archive site. Muybridge's life is chronicled in author Rebecca Solnit's book Motion Studies. -- Ko)

Like Father, Like Son(s)

On the Art page I feature German Expressionist painter Lyonel Feininger, who was also did a great deal of groundbreaking photography:

Feininger did not publicly exhibit his work over the objections of his wife, who encouraged him to promote his career as a painter instead. He would however inspire two of his sons, Theodore (nicknamed T. Lux) and Andreas, to become renowned photographers in their own right.

Metal Dance, by Theodore Feininger
Like his father, Theodore studied at the Bauhaus, and while there sold his photographs to picture newspapers and periodicals through the Berlin photo agency Dephot. In 1929 his work was included in Film und Foto, a groundbreaking survey of modern photography in Stuttgart. After he turned to painting that same year, he exhibited widely in Germany under the name Theodore Lux before emigrating to the United States in 1936. He left most of his photographic negatives in Germany, where they disappeared.

New York City photo by Andreas Feininger Andreas graduated from schools in Germany with highest honors in architecture. After a year's work in France for the legendary architect Le Corbusier, followed by a struggle to find employment in Stockholm, Feininger turned his attention full-time to photography. He sold his first photos in 1932, moved with his family to the United States in 1939, and in 1943 became a staff photographer for LIFE magazine where he completed more than 430 assignments in a twenty year span.

Jessica Eaton

I found this on Slate's photography blog Behold, where reviewer David Rosenberg states, “There are plenty of reviews and explanations of [Jessica] Eaton’s processes, but her techniques can end up seeming more complicated the more you investigate.” A gallery blurb for a recent show states that Eaton “incorporates experimental analogue-based photographic techniques including color separation filtration, additive color theory, multiple exposures, motion blur, in-camera masking, cross polarization and lighting techniques.”

Popel Coumou

Popel Coumou has a multilayered view of reality — literally. The Dutch photographer/multimedia artist uses collage as a way of expressing, and often altering, her idea of reality.

Her process begins with a photograph and then incorporates additional elements such as a house, a swing, or a chair she makes out of clay, paper, fabric, or plastic which are placed behind the original image and backlit so they appear on the print in an almost ghostlike manner. Coumou then photographs the original image with the additional elements.

Coumou's book Untitled contains 21 images created after her graduation from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.