The French literary figure of the 19th century was not just a man of words, but also of images. At one point, Émile Zola came close to becoming a professional photographer.
Known as a practitioner of the literary school of naturalism and developer of the theatrical naturalism, Zola was a spearhead of the political liberalization of France, and the exoneration of the falsely-accused army officer Alfred Dreyfus, in which Zola wrote about in the famous newspaper headline, J'accuse'. He also penned "Les Rougon-Macquart, Thérèse Raquin", "Germinal" as some of his notable works, but beyond his writing, Zola was very much fascinated with photography, mostly he would photograph his daughter. Zola said:
"In my opinion, you cannot say you have thoroughly seen anything until you have got a photograph of it, revealing a lot of points which otherwise would be unnoticed, and which in most cases could not be distinguished." - Emile Zola - in Photo-Miniature no. 21 (December 1900) Cited in "The History of Photography" by Beaumont Newhall, The Museum of Modern Art, New York 1964, p. 94.
Vietnam was under the French Rule since the 19 century. By the early 20th century, prosperity of Western influences came to Vietnam. The photographs were taken by Charles Petrie! Who captured everyday life.
Spirit photography was a genre of the 19th century, where a photograph of a living subject features a 'spirit' of a deceased person. Of course, we all know it's a double exposure, but before then, William Mumler took advantage of his clients to sell 'spirit photographs'.
One of America's greatest photographers was no just a man of the arts, but he was a theoretician and educator that imbued intellectual and spiritual philosophies in photography. His years in Portland, Oregon are among his famous works that proved of his mastery.
Irish photographer Edward Quinn was a dear friend of Pablo Picasso, one that would last until the renowned painter's death. Their encounter was mutually beneficial and influential, with Quinn becoming the photographer of artists.
The salaryman is not just a mere businessman in Japan -- he is the "system", the ideal career of the society. Men are meant to work for long hours and form exceptional professionalism. Photographer David Tesinsky gives us a brief look into the salaryman.
Jochen Lempert was firstly a man of science before of art. He was a biologist before a photographer, but when he did get into photography, the German photographer channeled his interest with nature to the camera.
The famous draughtsman for Punch Magazine was more known as chief cartoonist and illustrator, but like all artists during the humble beginnings of the photographic medium, he also tried his hand with the camera. Unlike the rest who shot inside studios, he shot images outdoors.
The ambiance is a crucial factor to consider when shooting photographs as light, color, and texture make up the overall visual aesthetic of an image. The Lobster Redscale 110 does not only bathe pictures in striking red but in other hues as well.
We've finally nailed down the basic colors from primary to secondary; now it's time to study other colors, hybrids, and palettes that make this world more complex and non-binary. The winter does not just bring the cold, but also the sudden surrealness of a snow-ridden wonderland.
In a conversation about Ansel Adams' genius, one would often find wondering if he actually struggled like a normal artist, or if he was just naturally talented and skilled. The latter is popular among his fans, but clearly, there's more to this photographer's story.