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Access Robert Frank’s Photos

Robert Frank in action

Robert Frank in action

Did you know that the National Gallery of Art has a massive archive of Robert Frank’s photos and movies? Did you know you can access them? That’s right, you can view his work from 1937 to 2005. The archive even includes contact sheets, work prints, negatives, technical material, and even recordings. It’s the largest collection of Frank’s work anywhere in the world.

Click here to get further info on how to gain access to this archive.


Bert Stern, Iconic Photographer Dies

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Bert Stern image of Marilyn Monroe

Bert Stern image of Marilyn Monroe

Photographer Bert Stern, famous the world over for his images of celebrities and commercial work, died on June 25, 2013, at the age of 83. He captured Marilyn Monroe only six weeks before she died in what is now called The Last Sitting. Stern photographed Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot, and Marlon Brando, among others.

Bert Stern image of Brigitte Bardot

Bert Stern image of Brigitte Bardot

Bert Stern image of Drew Barrymore

Bert Stern image of Drew Barrymore


In Memory Of Photographers We Lost In 2012

Time Lightbox Article

Time Lightbox Article

Time Lightbox has put together a beautiful memorial of the notable photographers that died in 2012. Examples of their outstanding work are included.   From photojournalists to fashion photographers, these professionals expanded the medium’s limits. Take a moment to view their contributions.

Jan Groover, Eve Arnold, Michael Rougier, Homai Vyarawalla, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Sergio Lerrain, Lillian Bassman, Robert R. McElroy, Remi Ochlik, Stan Stearns, Paula Lerner, Lee Balterman, Jim McCrary, Horst Faas, Horacio Coppola, Prabuddah Dasgupta, Larry Keenan, Martine Franck, Malcolm Browne, Juan Antonio, Susan Carr, Pedro Guerrero, Bettye Lane, Michelle Vignes, Richard Gordon, Dody Weston Thompson, Alf Kumalo, Wilhelm Brasse, Walt Zeboski, Cornel Lucas, Arnaud Maggs, and Ken Regan – your work will be missed.

Send Your Best Images Competition

Hello Friends, Photographers, and Fellow Bloggers,

Just wanted to let you know that I am one of the jurors for the “Give Us Your Best Shot” competition. This photographic competition is hosted by the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. OCCCA has been in existence for 32 years, and has a exhibition space of more than 6,000 sq ft in the heart of the Santa Ana Arts District in California. OCCCA is on the list of 10 Best Museums in California, and award given by CBS Los Angeles.

The OCCCA Building below.


The other esteemed jurors are Susan Spiritus, of Susan Spiritus Gallery, Kirk Pedersen, fine art publisher, and Jeff T. Alu, photographer and curator.

If you have read my past blogs, you know I am wary of photography competitions. I will never list a competition that I do not believe in. I have had a lot of experience working with OCCCA in the past, and curated “Wide Angle View” there. You can rest assured every entry will be looked at and we, the jurors will choose the best, most interesting submissions for a strong show.

So give it a shot. Expose your work to curators, publishers, and gallerists. Even if you don’t make it into the show, your photography will be seen and possibly remembered for future exhibits. The deadline is November 10, 2012. Good luck.


Happy 122nd Birthday to Man Ray

Emmanuel Rudnitzky – AKA – Man Ray

Man Ray, was born Emmanuel Rudinitsky, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 27, 1890. His adult life was spent in Paris, New York, and Hollywood. He considered Paris his home, and his artistic reputation flourished there.

Along with Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia, he became a big part of the Dada and Surrealist movements in art. He is most known for his experimental photograms which he labeled Rayographs. These were not fully appreciated in his lifetime, but are now considered great works.

A Man Ray photogram, or “Rayograph”

Man Ray “Rayograph” of a dandelion

Man Ray made his living as a fashion and portrait photographer, but always managed to throw in his highly individualistic avant-garde style.

Larmes – “Glass Tears” by Man Ray ca 1930-33

Hair photo by Man Ray

“Le Violon d’Ingres” 1924 by Man Ray

World War II forced Man Ray to flee Paris. He spent time in Hollywood from 1940-1951. He had to leave behind his masterpieces of paintings and photography; in essence, his entire artistic career. When his boat was safely in the Port of Newark, he “was overcome with a feeling of intense depression”. He knew he had to start over. (From the book Perpetual Motif – The Art Of Man Ray, 1988, p. 273, compiled by the National Museum of American ArtSmithsonian Institution). I highly recommend this book if you want to learn more about Man Ray.

Eventually, he was able to return to Paris where he died on November 18, 1976.

Happy 122nd, birthday, Man Ray. You have inspired generations of artists.

Having Fun With Instagram

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The Things We Do For Beauty – Instagram Photo

I got my first iPhone 4s a few days ago. I don’t know which I love more, my iPhone or my camera. I find myself reaching for the dang contraption before my eyes even focus in the morning.

One of the things I am having fun exploring is the free Instagram app. If you are not familiar with Instagram, it’s like Twitter for people who think in pictures. You can take a photo and easily click your way to cool effects. Feeling retro? Try the 1977 effect. Want to go B&W? Click on Inkwell. All washed up? Use Toaster.

The selective focusing option is my favorite. You can choose to have a strip or circle shape, and manipulate how much of the image will be sharp, and what will be blurred. Just use your fingers to on the phone screen to pull the size of the circle or strip larger or smaller. In the self-portrait above, I decided to make fun of myself as I was getting my hair colored and sitting under a dryer. I used the Early bird effect and a circular selective focus on my face. Notice how my hair becomes more blurred as it moves away from my face.

Strand Beach – Instagram Photo, Inkwell effect and strip selective focus

The last step in your creation is to write a caption and upload it to the Instagram sharing site. It will automatically post to your other social media sites if you set up your accounts to allow it. You can like and comment on your friend’s photos and build a following, just like Twitter.

Be prepared to get hooked on Instagram because it is so quick and easy to do. If you are standing in line at the coffee shop, make an Instagram. Filling up your gas tank, take an Instagram. It’s an Insta-boredom cure.

The House Above The Harbor – Instagram Photo, Kelvin effect

Getty Center Exhibits Herb Ritts and Celebrity Portraits

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Herb Ritts fashion photography

The Getty Center has two photography exhibits up that will tickle the fancy of anyone enthralled with fame.

The first is Herb Ritts – L.A. Style. The following is taken from the Getty’s website about the exhibit:

Through hard work and a distinctive vision, Herb Ritts (1952–2002) fashioned himself into one of the top photographers to emerge from the 1980s. Ritts’s aesthetic incorporated facets of life in and around Los Angeles. He often made use of the bright California sunlight to produce bold contrasts, and his preference for outdoor locations such as the desert and the beach helped to separate his work from that of his New York-based peers. Ritts’s intimate portraiture, his modern yet classical treatment of the nude, and his innovative approach to fashion brought him international acclaim and placed him securely within an American tradition of portrait and magazine photography that includes Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Irving Penn.

From the late 1970s until Ritts’s untimely death from AIDS-related complications in 2002, his ability to create images that successfully bridged the gap between art and commerce was not only a testament to the power of his imagination and technical skill but also marked the synergistic union between art, popular culture, and business that followed in the wake of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

Next is Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity. This exhibit is basically an interesting history lesson about photography’s role in satisfying the desire of the masses to peer into the lives of the famous. Here is an excerpt from the Getty website:

Photography’s remarkable ability to shape identities has made it the leading vehicle for representing the famous. Soon after photography was invented in the 1830s, it was used to capture the likenesses and accomplishments of great men and women, gradually supplanting other forms of commemoration.

In the 20th century, the proliferation of photography and the transformative power of fame helped to accelerate the desire for photographs of celebrities in magazines, newspapers, advertisements, and on the Internet. Drawn exclusively from the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection of photographs, this exhibition surveys some of the visual strategies used by photographers to picture the famous from the 1840s to the year 2000.

Both exhibits run until August 26, 2012. Click here for info.

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