Photographic Clichés – Vol. 1

As a photographer and editor, I’ve recently become distressed by those few photographers who insist on taking photographs that don’t conform to common photographic practice. That is to say, these frondeurs ignore 180 years of tradition and insist on taking shots that are unique, having little or no banality to speak of. I don’t understand…

Days of Art 2017-09: Dat Street Jazz

There’s something pure about mainstream jazz in combination with street photography. Back before I began going on shoots with my wife, I used to wait until I was in a dark shitty mood, load up with a couple of Nikons, plug jazz into my ears, and go on a shooting spree. My favorite shooting opus…

Two Photographers

As an introduction to our new Watchful Wednesday series, we are presenting a couple of short videos about photography. The first is a slideshow of some of Vivian Maier’s work. If you’re a regular here, then you should already know Ms. Maier, her work, and her unique story. Instead of rehashing that, let’s take two-and-a-half…

Photo of the Day: Nick Ut, 1972

Today’s photo of the day is oddly timely, given I chose the photo yesterday, mostly at random. As shown in the caption below, it is a photo by photographer Nick Ut, of 9-year-old Phan Thị Kim Phúc, also known as “napalm girl,” as she ran, terrified and in pain, following a napalm attack by a South…

Photo of the Day: Helen Levitt, 1980

New York City, 1980, Helen Levitt, (c) Helen Levitt Estate Helen Levitt was a shy woman, who by her own admission preferred to let her photographs speak for her. And they did, in spades. Her work focuses, to a great extent, on relationships, with special attention given to children. Her use of color in the…

Photo of the Day: Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1934

  Yesterday, 22 August 2016, marked the 108th anniversary of famed French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson’s birth. Although many worship the man as the founder of street photographer (I am not one of them) and while others are less enamored, I must recognize the effect of his work in pushing for composition in street photographer. He…