Category Archives: Photographic Technology

new technologies that impact the creative process in photography

Focusing on my dissertation….


Friends and anyone following my blog on photography, I have been taking a little break since Spring 2014 in order to finish my EdD dissertation. I expect to be back posting in December, 2014. Thanks for your patience and I … Continue reading

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Lisa Elmaleh & Brandon Thibodeaux at Candela Gallery + Books


Candela Gallery currently features a pair of exhibitions of portraits that explore two different communities. Lisa Elmaleh used a large format tintype camera to make studied portraits of folk musicians in the Appalachian Mountains, while Brandon Thibodeaux photographed ¬†individuals in … Continue reading

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Michael Snow – Disrupting the Suspension of Disbelief, Part I


Part 1: Simultaneous compression. When we pick up a camera and frame a composition in the viewfinder, we do so with a number of key assumptions about what happens when we press the shutter button and capture an exposure. A … Continue reading

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VanGogh – I want to have you on my phone!


Today I visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see the photography exhibit by Michael Snow, which I will review soon. Afterwards I sat down in front of van Gogh’s painting of sunflowers, but the funny thing was that everyone … Continue reading

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From 40 plates to 6 billion files – the scale of photography in a digital age


In November, 2011, I wrote a short piece on Managing the Image¬†– Sorting through the Catalog that explored some of the key differences for prolific digital photographers between managing an image archive of digital photographs and silver-based negatives. I was … Continue reading

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Larry Cook and Annette Isham at The Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington D.C.


Although “Woman and Landscape” and “From an Eighth to a Key” occupy the same exhibit space at The Hamiltonian Gallery, each artist addresses different themes with distinct approaches and media – these are separate exhibits installed apart in the same … Continue reading

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Lets take the digital out of photography


Ever since the first sensor was mass produced we have been considering and analyzing the differences between the use of film to darken silver grains compared to the use of a CCD to record light. In 2011 I wrote a … Continue reading

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Nature Fantasies


Photography of nature is a popular past time for many. Although it isn’t necessarily easy to pull off nature photography well, it is a pretty easily accessible subject, often spectacular, and doesn’t talk back. There are no modeling fees involved, … Continue reading

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Revolution in a Photograph – Aliaa Magda Elmahdy and Ai Weiwei


Two photographs published by artists of themselves have generated a great deal of controversy recently. The geographic and cultural distance between the two artists is worlds apart, but their response to repression through a photograph and it’s distribution through the … Continue reading

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Teaching Photography As If Nothing Has Changed


We teach photography as if nothing has changed; as if silver had never been swapped out for pixels. If fact, that is how we act, as if the silver grains on film frames were switched with pixels on sensors with … Continue reading

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