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10 Most Important War Photographers You Should Know

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Editor’s Note: War photographers Margaret Bourke-White and Robert Capa were both ASMP Life Members. Cross-posted from Expert Photography [by Craig Hull] Many male and female photographers place their lives on the line each day around the globe. These war photographers go out to report conflicts, battles and skirmishes. And to bring news to the public. Without these brave photographers, many issues may never have come to light. Here are 10 of the best war photographers…

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Rafael Alvarez: Dream Street Christmas, 2018

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Editor’s Note: The late W. Eugene Smith was an ASMP Member. Cross-posted from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [by Rafael Alvarez] Let’s dream about something, as Gene Smith might have done as he took 17,000 photographs of Pittsburgh back when Ike was in the Oval; something more miraculous than a white Christmas. What if, in this season of giving, the fates allowed you to bestow anything — and I mean anything — upon one person? Who would…

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‘I Like Your Photographs Because They Are Beautiful’

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In the Tophane quarter, 1986.CreditAra Guler/Magnum Photos Photographer Ara Guler, who recently passed away at age 90, was the foremost chronicler of his city, Istanbul, and one of the great photographers of the last century into this one.  His friend, Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk, recently wrote a beautiful appreciation in the New York Times.  Guler’s evocative photographs were used extensively in a memoir by Pamuk, Illustrated Istanbul, and many of those images are on…

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Revisiting the Images of Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Work Magazine

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Editor’s Note: The magazine that arguably brought the art of photography into the fine art world was published by Past ASMP Member Alfred Stieglitz. From 1902 until 1917, Camera Work contained high-quality photogravures and text (including the first published essay by Gertrude Stein), helping transform photography into both an accessible medium to the public at large, and elevating it to the level of what was considered “art”. Issues of Camera Work are exceedingly rare, and…

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Photography Ads of Yore: Newman and Nikon

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Editor’s Note: Arnold Newman was an ASMP Life Member. Cross-posted from PDNPulse [by Greg Scoblete] To reconnect with our history and the history of our industry, we descended into the dusty catacombs of the PDN archives, brushed away the cobwebs* and found some of those early issues to bring you a look at what was considered cutting edge at the time. You can browse the growing collection of old photography ads here. This installment dates…

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Photography and Social Change: Dorothea Lange and the Politics of Seeing

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Editor’s Note: Dorothea Lange was an ASMP Member. Cross-posted from LensCulture [by Cat Lachowskyj] Photographer Dorothea Lange is a seminal figure in both the history of social documentary photography and the historical progression of photography as a medium. Most individuals encounter Lange through her iconic image Migrant Mother, a photograph of Florence Owens Thompson taken in Nipomo, California at the height of the Great Depression in 1936. The contemplative mother, with her hand grazing her…

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Widow Tells Photographer’s Story After Photos Found in Boxes in Loft

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Editor’s Note: Fashion photographer Tom Palumbo was an ASMP Life Member. Cross-posted from MSN/CBS News Patricia Bosworth found her late husband’s photographs in boxes scattered throughout their loft in the New York City neighborhood Hell’s Kitchen. In the 1950s and 60s, Tom Palumbo helped revolutionize fashion photography, first for Harper’s Bazaar and then for Vogue. Now, his widow is helping tell his story. “I went through literally thousands and thousands of prints that were stashed…

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Weegee the Famous: The Master of Down-and-Dirty Street Photography

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Editor’s Note: Weegee, one of the great urban street photographers, also had a career consisting of work that went far beyond his reputation who produced harshly lit pictures of dead people and society ladies in New York. Cross-posted from The New York Times [by Sarah Boxer] To write a concise history of the showboating, hard-boiled photographer known as Weegee, you’d do well to follow the advice of Christopher Bonanos, the author of “Flash: The Making of…

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The Assassination of R.F.K. Frame by Frame

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Cross-posted from PDN Photo of the Day Editor’s Note: Harry Benson is an ASMP Life Member. This is the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy photographed from start to finish by Harry Benson: from the happiness in the Ambassador Hotel Ballroom to the fate that awaited R.F.K. “As Bobby lay there, a rosary placed in his hand, chaos ensued, and five others were shot around me,” says Benson. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Senator Robert F….

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On the 50th Anniversary of Paul Fusco’s “RFK Funeral Train”

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Cross-posted from PhotoShelter Blog [by Allen Murabayashi] On June 8, 1968, following a funeral service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Paul Fusco boarded a 21-car train at Penn Station with the casket of Robert F. Kennedy. The “Funeral Train” was to journey from New York to Washington D.C., where Kennedy would be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. On assignment for Look magazine, the 38-year old Fusco was stunned by the throngs of people who…

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