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Remembering Edward Steichen

Edward Steichen: 27 March 1879 – 25 March 1973 Edward Jean Steichen was a Luxembourgish American photographer, painter, and art gallery and museum curator. Steichen was the most frequently featured photographer in Alfred Stieglitz' groundbreaking magazine Camera Work during its run from 1903 to 1917. Together Stieglitz and Steichen opened the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession, which [...]

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Women’s History Month

Five Women PhotographersOf course there is a multitude of exceptional women photographers that one can celebrate every month of the year. To narrow down the field, I wanted to call out five who I actually met in my lifetime in this brief tribute during Women’s History Month.Ruth BernhardI met Ruth Bernhard at the Ansel Adams [...]

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A Visit to Woonsocket

S. K. Grimes, The Photographer’s Machinist S. K. Grimes, Inc., in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, provides specific solutions for photographers, whether custom machining and modifications, camera and lens repair, overhauling shutters, engraving aperture and shutter-speed scales, lens mounting, research and design, etc. They’re located in the Woonsocket Industrial Mill Complex on Pond Street between Mechanic Avenue & [...]

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In Memory of Alfred Stieglitz

Alfred Stieglitz (January 1, 1864 – July 13, 1946) Alfred Stieglitz (January 1, 1864 – July 13, 1946) was an American photographer and modern art promoter who was instrumental over his fifty-year career in making photography an accepted art form. In addition to his photography, Stieglitz is known for the New York art galleries that he [...]

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Testing Polaroid Type 55 Positive/Negative Film

No frills demo testing the efficacy of our stock of Polaroid Type 55 4x5 in Positive/Negative Instant Film (1) 20 Sheet Box. This case was among the last Type 55 film manufactured by Polaroid before they stopped production. Each box bears the yellow “Product being discontinued” label as seen in the main product image. The [...]

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Remembering Minor White

Minor White (9 July 1908 – 24 June 1976) Minor Martin White (July 9, 1908 – June 24, 1976) was an American photographer, theoretician, critic and educator. He combined an intense interest in how people viewed and understood photographs with a personal vision that was guided by a variety of spiritual and [...]

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In Memory of Paul Strand

Paul Strand (October 16, 1890 – March 31, 1976) Paul Strand was an American photographer and filmmaker who, along with fellow modernist photographers like Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston, helped establish photography as an art form in the 20th century. His diverse body of work, spanning six decades, covers numerous genres and [...]

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Remembering Edward Weston

Edward Weston (March 24, 1886 – January 1, 1958) Edward Henry Weston (March 24, 1886 – January 1, 1958) was a 20th-century American photographer. He has been called “one of the most innovative and influential American photographers…” and “one of the masters of 20th century photography.” Over the course of his 40-year [...]

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Intro to Wet-Plate Collodion Photography

An Intro to Wet-Plate Collodion Photography by Jenn Libby I attended a lecture and demonstration today on the wet plate collodion process by Rochester-based artist Jenn Libby. Offered through Rochester Brainery, it was held at her Genesee Libby Studio in the Hungerford Building. Invented in 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer, wet plate collodion is one of [...]

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Photographs of Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg: Photographs: 1949-1962 Robert Rauschenberg was an American painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the pop art movement. Well known for his “Combines” of the 1950s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovative combinations leveraging his skills as a painter and a sculptor. He also worked with photography, printmaking, papermaking, [...]

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