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The Art of Photography is a channel on youtube that highlights different aspects of photography on an episodic basis.  I recently stumbled on this via a video entitled, Darkroom Prints vs. Digital Prints.  I think the video was very insightful to those that may not know the differences in quality and feel between the two styles of printing.  Check it out here or watch it below.  Let me know what you think in the comments section.

Keep it snappy!

-C

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The disappearing art of photography books has led me to try and salvage, save, and highlight moments within these books that I find interesting.  The work is copyrighted, therefore I cannot give entire passages or chapters, nor show scans of all the work.  My intention is not to steal the work for blog content, but to get my readers/followers excited about these books to possibly seek them out for themselves.  So let the teasing begin:

In New Color / New Work, the second book from editor Sally Eauclaire on color photography, she moves beyond single images that have impact, and more towards series, what makes them special, and how the artist created them.

“These portfolios provied readers with a perception of the relationship of each image to others produced during the same period, and make it possible to include photographs that function well as a part of a group but less well in isolation” – Sally Eauclaire

Below is one of my favorites from the book – if you like it – buy it here: AMAZON

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE 

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I haven’t done this in a while and it is actually one of the most read postings series I have.  So back to it. Today, I’m celebrating one of my favorite artist. Man Ray.

My Favorite Quotes by Man Ray:

A creator needs only one enthusiast to justify him. 

All critics should be assassinated.

To create is divine, to reproduce is human. 

His Memorable Self Portrait has all his trademarks, sinister, surreal, and the bare body, with a touch of the absurd:

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Description of the Man From Wikipedia: “Ray’s work was not appreciated during his lifetime, with the exception of his fashion and portrait photography”

Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky, August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976) was an American modernist artist who spent most of his career in ParisFrance. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all. He was best known in the art world for hisavant-garde photography, and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. Ray is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called “rayographs” in reference to himself.[1]

Ray’s work was not appreciated during his lifetime, with the exception of his fashion and portrait photography; especially in his nativeUnited States. Nevertheless, his reputation has grown steadily in the decades since.

I love, love, love all his work, but here are my current favorites (yes #2 is a photographic portrait of Dali):

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Last Words:

One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy – Man Ray

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Want more visit: http://www.manraytrust.com

If you have ever experienced the torture of looking through stock photography for good source files to use in design (like when you really need a soccer player kicking a teddy bear into a ficus plant for that company picnic flyer), you will really appreciate this video.  If not . . . it’s still funny.  If you don’t feel like laughing . . . ignore this and move along.

– C –

A student/friend of mine recently sent me this interesting slide show depicting people living in extreme conditions, the photographers that seek the images to tell their stories, and the humanity that shines through.  Make sure you turn on the captions button on the bottom right of the view window.  Check it out here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-12618167

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