Joseph Nicephore Niepce
In 1816 French Lithographer and inventor Joseph Nicephore Niepce started new research on an idea of recording an image onto sensitised paper using a camera obscura. Niepce first experiment was to position at the back of a camera obscura sheets of silver salts coated paper, known to blacken with daylight. In May 1816 he produced the first image of nature: a view from a window at his home in Chalon Sur Saone, France. It was the first ever negative produced, although the image vanished because in broad daylight the coated paper becomes completely black. He calls these images “retinas.” Read more
Guy Bourdin at Somerset House, London
My wife and I visited the smog this week and decided to take in Guy Bourdin Image Maker exhibition and what an exhibition, I admit, I pondered on the semi naked women adorned in fashion wares which I had no interest in, but his concepts, his vision encapsulates me to become a better photographer. I might not have the budgets of Bourdin, but heck, I’ve got the drive, to deliver great results, here are a few of my favorite photographs from the ehibtion. Read more
Escapism and breaking the conventions is the best way to describe the photographic works of Will Santillo. He is a photographer who is known in particular circles and lesser known outside, a man with balls who defies the critics but is acclaimed by them. He is known for working outside the boundaries of the studios , taking his art to glossy locations, using available light and most importantly non models. His subjects sit for him in unconventional circumstances, full sex scenes, oral scenes, lesbian scenes, masturbation, bondage and the subjects pay him to sit and to be entered into one of his books.
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Moscow-based photographer Nikolay Tikhomirov creates dramatic portraits that feature elegant female figures casually drifting into the air while everything around them stands still. The artist’s surreal worlds are a creative blend between dreams and reality that seem to be emerging from the minds of the women while they sleep. Read more
Alexander Semenov is a Russian marine biologist and a professional underwater photographer who’s spent hundreds of hours dive time at sites around the globe, documenting unusual marine life including sea butterflies, marine worms and sea angels. Life of beauty is not always above water.
Compare & Contrast Henri Cartier-Bresson to British photographer Edwin Smith
Left – Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photograph, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Right – Edwin Smith’s “Allotment”, Saffron, Walden, Essex
Daguerreotype poem – Aaron Southwick, 1830-1909
A precious little relic
A gift from heart to heart,
Resemblance of a form angelic
Whose lights and shades impart
Emotions felt of old,
Pure, delicate, untold. Read more
These guys who make these perfume adverts are creative genius ‘Charlize Theron in THE 2011 ‘J’adore Dior’ commercial Read more
Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerra
Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerra (1787 -1851) was a flamboyant Frenchman full of enthusiasm and energy and had become famous in the world of Parisian theatre for his inventive use of special effects, artistry and stage decoration. At sixteen he became a student of Degotis, who was a creator of stage settings at the Paris Opera.