20 First Photos from the History of Photography. 20 First Photos from the History of Photography. British photographic history - Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history. Larry Schaaf - The Damned Leaf: Musings on History, Hysteria & Historiography. Larry Schaaf - The Damned Leaf: Musings on History, Hysteria & Historiography. A latter-day freak show? Bruce Gilden's extreme portraits are relentlessly cruel.
Bruce Gilden’s mugshots are exactly that: the result of being mugged by his camera.
He once described the way he photographs as “flash in one hand and jumping at people”. On YouTube, you can see him on the streets of New York, striding purposefully through the crowds and suddenly thrusting his camera into the faces of unsuspecting subjects. It’s a very old-school New York style of photography: tough, confrontational, literally in-your-face and, after 40 years of doing it, he is a master of sorts.
You love his photographs or you hate them. He probably doesn’t give a damn either way. My favourite book by Gilden is Coney Island, one of his first projects, in which he photographed sunbathers, barkers and visitors at the crowded resort. “My style evolved because I liked being among the common man,” he once said. Gilden’s new book is called Face. “Here are Bruce Gilden’s people, his family,” writes Klatell. That, of course, is Gilden’s fault. Cartier-Bresson's classic is back – but his Decisive Moment has passed. “There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment,” wrote the 17th-century cleric and memoirist Cardinal de Retz, “and the masterpiece of good ruling is to know and seize this moment.”
Today, the idea of the decisive moment is synonymous with a certain kind of photography, exemplified by the great European master Henri Cartier-Bresson. He used the phrase as the title of his – and European photography’s – most famous book, published in America in 1952. (The simultaneous French edition was, intriguingly, called Images a la Sauvette – Images on the Run.) Now, having long been out of print and beyond the financial reach of all but the most serious collectors (a French first edition will set you back £2,750) The Decisive Moment has finally been republished. Barthes Rhetoric of the Image. The History of Fashion Photography.
Nowadays we take it for granted that fashion photography is an art form as creative and varied as any other, but it wasn’t always this way.
Over the past 100 years the medium has worked hard to establish itself as a valid and legitimate form of expression, so read on for a thorough history lesson in the movements that defined a genre. As with all great advertising, some of the most recognizable fashion campaigns in history have become every bit as iconic as the brands they were first designed to sell. Somehow, these great examples manage to capture the spirit, voice and aesthetic of a designer so perfectly that they add a whole new level of context to their brand. Whether it’s the model chosen, the styling of their outfit, the set design of the shoot or the photographer themselves, great campaigns transcend the actual clothing and help tell a story all of their own. Image via Saatchi Gallery 1910 – 1934: Edward Steichen and the Condé Nast years Image via Sotheby’s Image via TheRedList.
Is Fashion Photography History? Marella Agnelli's neck seemed longer then ever in that famous Richard Avedon photo from 1953.
And the 25 scarlet nails set against glistening red lips from Guy Bourdin in 1972 have reached such iconic status that I was told that they are being offered only to museums. I spent a day at Paris Photo in the French capital (until November 15 at the Grand Palais), where the quality of the work is outstanding. Some of the images are so soulful, shocking or compelling that the appropriate word was the much overused "awesome".
But not the fashion images. With the exception of the whimsical and poetic Tim Walker, whose sweetly surreal 2013 picture of red-head model Karen Elson at a piano with a singing lion was put on display by the Michael Hoppen London gallery, the photographs and their originators were oh, so familiar! Photography A Critical Introduction By Liz Wells. 9781317539735 sample 951415. A Quick History of Photography. Eyeconart: History of Photography. A Brief History of Photography We owe the name "Photography" to Sir John Herschel, who first used the term in 1839, the year the photographic process became public.
The word is derived from the Greek words for light and writing. The innovations which would lead to the development of photography existed long before the first photograph. The camera obscura (Latin,literally translating to "dark room") had been in existence for at least four hundred years, but its use was limited to its purpose as an aid to drawing.
It was discovered that if a room was completely darkened, with a single hole in one wall, an inverted image would be seen on the opposite wall. It was a French man, Nicephore Niepce (pronounced Nee-ps) who produced the first photograph in June/July 1827. Early Daguerrotypes.