Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
Ansel Adams has often been looked upon as the master of black-and-white landscape photography. Yet this longstanding status as guru of the craft has not been without its manifold critics.
This Wall Street Journal article highlights a new exhibition “Ansel Adams in Our Time” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which seeks to bring new understanding to the old virtuoso (1902-1984), especially in comparing and contrasting more modern artists.
I’d love to peruse this exhibit.
Google’s Arts & Culture site has done a marvelous job highlighting some of the works of one of my favorite artists, the legendary Georgia O’Keeffe.
Additional O’Keeffe works will be added in the future, of course, but what Google has masterfully digitized thus far represents are real treasure.
I have never played with Lego toys, but the following caught my eye (obviously).
Taiwan-based photographer, designer, and LEGO builder Helen Sham has created an incredibly realistic Hasselblad 503CX medium format film camera using LEGO blocks.
“I Lego-designed this camera because I am also a photographer and this camera has been one of my favorites,” Sham writes. “I love the manual mechanisms of this particular camera very much.”
If you were (or are) a Lego fan or a photographer, check out the video at the bottom of the page as well.
Brief but beautiful "landscape" timelapse video of a tornado. Be sure to view in 4K mode if your video hardware supports it.
It makes me wonder: with respect to the arts (not to mention other facets of life), what will technology allow people to do in the future...?
This Google site is amazing.
Even though Monet’s master creations are not in the realm of photography, of course, his impact upon many other forms of art is undeniable. As a photographer, I have been inspired on numerous occasions by his work and I know countless artists, no matter what their medium, could say the same.
With so much time and attention being paid to the current U.S. president — whether for good or for bad — I found the following to be of note with regarding photographic history.
In March of 1843, the 6th US president, John Quincy Adams (who served from 1825–1829) sat for a portrait photo in a Washington studio. The daguerreotype is currently the oldest surviving photograph of a U.S. president.
As the auction house Sotheby’s highlights on its site, it will be going to auction soon and carries an estimated value of $150,000 to $250,000.
When he posed for this portrait, John Quincy Adams (1767–1848) had completed his term as the sixth American president (1825–29) but was still serving his country as a congressman from Massachusetts. An indefatigable diarist, Adams documented the sitting in entries for 8 and 16 March 1843, when he twice visited the Washington, DC studio of Philip Haas. This recently rediscovered plate – the only one currently known to have survived from the Haas sessions – is believed to be the earliest photograph of an American president to come to market in many years and the earliest extant photograph of the man himself. An invaluable document, this daguerreotype crystallises a remarkable moment in the history of photography and American politics.
I will be very interested to know the final winning bid.
This restorative production is astonishing.
From the Museum of Modern Art's website:
This documentary travelogue of New York City was made by a team of cameramen with the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern, who were sent around the world to make pictures of well-known places. (They also filmed at Niagara Falls and in Paris, Monte Carlo, and Venice, although New York 1911 is the only selection in the Museum’s collection.)
Opening and closing with shots of the Statue of Liberty, the film also includes New York Harbor; Battery Park and the John Ericsson statue; the elevated railways at Bowery and Worth Streets; Broadway sights like Grace Church and Mark Cross; the Flatiron Building on Fifth Avenue; and Madison Avenue.
Produced only three years before the outbreak of World War I, the everyday life of the city recorded here—street traffic, people going about their business—has a casual, almost pastoral quality that differs from the modernist perspective of later city-symphony films like Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler’s Manhatta (1921).
Take note of the surprising and remarkably timeless expression of boredom exhibited by a young girl filmed as she was chauffeured along Broadway in the front seat of a convertible limousine.
Be sure to view in full screen mode.