This short film, found in Contacts, Volume 1, is a fascinating video in which photographer William Klein takes us beyond his iconic images to discuss the stories revealed in his contact sheets.
The picture is taken at 1/125 of a second. What do you know of a photographer’s work? A hundred pictures? Let’s say 125. That comes out to one second. Let’s say, more like 250 photographs? That would be a rather large body of work. And that would come out to two seconds. The life of a photographer — even of a great photographer, as they say — two seconds.
It’s always awesome listening to well-known photographers talk about their work.
For every iconic photograph that’s out there, there was likely a number of other photographs taken at the same time that many people probably have never seen. One such photo is Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange — an image that became one of the defining photos of the Great Depression. The woman in the photo, Florence Owens Thompson, had been travelling with her family when their car’s timing chain snapped. After setting up a temporary camp to wait while her husband and two sons went to town for repairs, Dorothea Lange drove up and spent 10 minutes capturing 6 photos. Read more…
How do a group of the world’s premier photographers shoot a group portrait? Well, just like the rest of us! This short one minute video shows photographer René Burri — who made iconic photos of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso — shooting the group portrait at the end of this year’s meeting between Magnum Photo members (something he’s done for 30 years).
Kudos to anyone who can identify the camera Burri used and the people in the group photo shown at the end.
Here’s a terrific 20-minute video that features Henri Cartier-Bresson — the father of modern photojournalism — talking about his views on photography and a selection of his amazing photographs. It’s both educational and inspiring.
The decisive moment, it is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organization of forms which gives that event its proper expression.
– Henri Cartier-Bresson
If only there was one of these videos for every famous historical photographer!
For her series entitled “Photo Opportunities“, photographer Corinne Vionnet gathered hundreds of photographs taken by tourists at famous locations and combined them by layering them together, creating surreal views of places we’ve all seen before in photographs. Read more…
Redditor and DeviantArt user mygrapefruit took Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous photograph V-J Day in Times Square and colorized it, giving us a glimpse into what the photo might have looked like had Eisenstaedt used color film. She writes,
How I did it: Photoshop CS 5, wacom tablet. Brush tool with Mode set to “Color”. Sometimes I made finer selections in quick mask (press Q) to easily colour an area. I personally find this easy to do, it is only time consuming, especially if you feel the need to research the actual real colours (I found some vintage postcards of times square to figure out the colour of the buildings and some signs). The rest of the colours I guessed by using common sense. [#]
Feel free to link us to other famous photographs that have been colorized by leaving a comment!
I came across an interesting post over at The Guardian a while back that discussed whether Google’s ranking algorithms are good at gauging art, and whether the top result for an artist accurately reflects the artist’s “best work”.
I decided to do the same experiment with famous historical photographers. The following images are the top results when typing the photographers’ names into Google’s image search:
Award-winning portrait and landscape photographer Nadav Kander recently launched a new YouTube channel that you might want to check out if like viewing high quality work and listening to the thought process behind the photographs. The above video features Kander discussing his project, Yangtze, The Long River. The channel only has two videos so far, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.