Household objects also offer many possibilities for abstract images. The word “abstract” can mean many things. In photography, it often refers to images in which the subject is not readily recognizable. The opening image, for example, is a photograph of the shadows cast by a decorative glass bowl and a prism. It’s actually as representative as a portrait or a mug shot. Because a viewer doesn’t know what is being represented, however, we deem such images abstracts.
Take a look at our latest blog post on Still Lifes and Abstracts.
"In reality, we didn’t set out to build a festival. We set out to build a village—a photographic village—where everyone feels welcome and sits down for a beer or some meatballs, and a hearty discussion on the state of photography or the latest camera gear. We’re proud to say that the response from the community has been incredible. People came out in droves, saw powerful photography, hung out, and perhaps most important, they had a great time doing it."
We talked to Sam Barzilay on showcasing photos in shipping containers, which was a big hit at Photoville this summer. Take a look at what he had to say.
“The photographer’s most important and likewise most difficult task is not learning to manage his camera, or to develop, or to print. It is learning to see photographically.”
– Edward Weston (1886-1958, photographer)
This Week in Photography History: Birth of Beaumont Newhall, considered the father of photography history, on June 22, 1908. A photographer in his own right, he is best known as the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art’s photography department. He received this position in 1940 after curating MOMA’s first comprehensive retrospective of photography, titled “Photography 1839-1937” and featuring 800 works, in 1937. While MOMA had featured two exhibits by individual photographers before, Newhall’s show was a total account of photography as both technique and art, and was accompanied by his seminal work, titled “The History of Photography,” on the first hundred years of photography. He then served as curator and director of the George Eastman House, later the International Museum of Photography, until retirement.
"When I ask my students to name a favorite photographer, 75 percent say Ansel Adams.
Really? That many of you relate so closely to a black and white, large format, traditional landscape photographer from forty years ago? Or is it because he is the most well known and easily named photographer of our time? When I jump to the next question, “Why do you like Ansel Adams?” I hear crickets chirping, dead silence.
"Uh, because it’s pretty?"
(via Other than Ansel | BH Insights)