The Faces Behind the Camera: Tin-type Photographers from the Great Depression Era

We spent some time today browsing the fabulous archives of the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) and, as we have a love of all things photography, decided to share some images of tin-type street photographers as we’ve often see their results but rarely seen the faces behind their cameras.

Tin-type photographer at Morrisville, Vermont fair. Carl Mydans, August 1936.
Tin-type photographer at Morrisville, Vermont fair. Carl Mydans, August 1936.

It’s a fascinating insight into how the photographers Continue reading

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Model makes an Incredible 11 Minute Pose for Pinhole Photography Video

You know in the debate of analogue vs digital, analogue photographers are always saying the whole process behind film photography slows them down and makes them think more? We found this wonderful pinhole photography video that perfectly represents this point:

Veneno Dulce (Sweet Poison) by Israel Caballero shows a model making an incredible 11 minute pose for his pinhole images and Continue reading

Look at How some Experts Thought Digital Images would be Sent in 1936

We discovered this wonderful book ‘Electronic Television’ by George H. Eckhardt earlier today and were thrilled to find this vision of future photography transmission inside it (it was written in 1936):

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While Eckhardt describes this method of transmitting an image impractical in order to demonstrate the superiority of television transmission, it is fascinating to Continue reading

Watch a Photographer Unveil Stunning Gumoil Portrait on Video

We’re always keen to share alternative photography processes here on PhoGoTraphy and when we saw this lovely video by Anna Ostanina we thought it would make perfect Sunday viewing!

We spoke with Anna about the Continue reading

Photographer Explodes Gunpowder onto Images to Create Wonderful ‘Works of Fire’

Every once in a while you come across a series of images that explode off the page with a beautiful simplicity and Christopher Colville’s photographs have quite literally done just that – because they’re created using gunpowder!

Christopher Colville's 'Works of Fire' series
Christopher Colville’s ‘Works of Fire’ series

Christopher Colville’s stunning ‘Works of Fire‘ series was created by artfully pouring gunpowder over a silver gelatin print and igniting them, with Continue reading

Featured Photographer: Emily Scaife and the Cosmic Crispies

One look around Emily Scaife’s website is all it takes to see that this photographer is full of great ideas. Scaife uses photography, film making and illustration in her work and she has an extraordinary skill in turning the seemingly mundane into a visual delight, creating optical illusions by isolating her subject matter through either a macro lens, microscope or scanner and tricking us into thinking we’re looking at something entirely different. My favourite of these series are the ‘Cosmic Crispies‘. Scaife has given them the byline ‘Meteorological breakfast’ and they certainly make a wonderful feast for the eyes:

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By photographing them in black and white against a pitch black background she makes them snap, crackle and pop in our brains as little asteroids (we’ve seen this type of imagery coming back from NASA – they’re not cheating and using Rice Crispies too are they?!). They are fascinating to look at and compare, who’d have thought each Crispie would be so different?

Here are some more from the series: Continue reading