James Nachtwey – Memoria – Human Suffering Unabridged

In 1864 President Abraham Lincoln signed a Bill declaring the Yosemite Valley inviolable. Many agree that the reason this happened was the impossibly challenging expedition that Carleton Watkins made with his huge glass-plate camera to the valley in 1861. It is agreed by most photography historians that the single most important reason for the protection… Continue reading James Nachtwey – Memoria – Human Suffering Unabridged

The End of Analog Photography for Canon. The Dawn of a New Era

This week Canon announced that they were discontinuing the production of analog cameras. No more film for Canon! It was maybe inevitable, even predictable.  Volume manufacturers let the numbers game dictate their business. I feel a little sad, as my first serious camera was a Canon. Some 30 years ago the semi-automatic T70 became the… Continue reading The End of Analog Photography for Canon. The Dawn of a New Era

On Lions Sun and Shadow

One can reasonably argue that National Geographic Magazine is the most influential magazine focused on photography, since the untimely demise of Life Magazine. One can also argue that being the most influential comes with the most responsibility. When the photo editor(s) at National Geographic select the one photograph per month from all the submissions to… Continue reading On Lions Sun and Shadow

Manipulated Photograph, Disgraced ‘Photographer’ and Another Soiled Competition

Here we go again! Another famous – and now infamous – photography competition presented by London’s National History Museum admits having awarded a prize to a photograph, which is more than likely fake. The 2017 edition saw Brazilian Marcio Cabral’s photograph titled ‘The Night Raider’ win the best ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ competition. Marcio… Continue reading Manipulated Photograph, Disgraced ‘Photographer’ and Another Soiled Competition

Digital Photographs: Digital Media, Digigraph, Compugraph or Manipugraph?

Most of my friends and fellow analog photographers (those that use film and manually develop the film and print by hand in a darkroom) have been speculating, whether the reason a digitally modified image is sold as a photograph, as opposed to digital art (a digigraph? compugraph? manipugraph?) is simply fear.  The fear of facing… Continue reading Digital Photographs: Digital Media, Digigraph, Compugraph or Manipugraph?

Colour Photographs and the Collector – it is all about trust!

It used to be simple; photographs had a colour palette that went from black through the grays to white. Variations, such as the albumen photograph ranged from dark brown to light cream, and cyano-types went from an almost black marine blue to the palest of blue/white. However, throughout the history of the medium, most photographs… Continue reading Colour Photographs and the Collector – it is all about trust!

The Trouble at Magnum Photos, Manipulated Digital Photographs, and New Investors

• Last year the famous photographer Steve McCurry was caught having digitally manipulated a number of his photographs. He blamed his ‘team’ (Petapixel.com, May 6th, 2016). But what about his other family, his Magnum family? • Only a few weeks ago, Peter Vik announced he was leaving Magnum Photos, because he refused to sign a… Continue reading The Trouble at Magnum Photos, Manipulated Digital Photographs, and New Investors

In the Company of Greatness The Sir Elton John Collection at the Tate Modern

The collection of Sir Elton John counts more than 8000 photographs according to a recent interview. What I saw at the Tate Modern in London was nothing short of spectacular. A no fuss exhibition with nothing more than a short stencil intro to each room and a 4:30 minute video interview in a side-room with… Continue reading In the Company of Greatness The Sir Elton John Collection at the Tate Modern

Humor in Photographs – the final frontier…. or not serious?

For many years, I have sought that elusive moment, when something comes together in a frame that is both funny and serious at the same time. We should not well in other people’s misfortune, nor should we create so much laughter that the entire photograph becomes a joke. It is all about balance. The balance… Continue reading Humor in Photographs – the final frontier…. or not serious?

Bathing at the Temple of Lysistrata – pure fabrication! Vera Fotografia take II

It is the end of January, and we have seen the dawn of a new era in the United States. There is a new term added to the lingua franca, the alternative fact. Perhaps the digitally modified photograph is an alternative fact? I recently got an email message from a reputable interior design magazine that… Continue reading Bathing at the Temple of Lysistrata – pure fabrication! Vera Fotografia take II

Colour is for clothes, black and white is for the soul!

On Black and White versus Colour photography The Canadian photographer Ted Grant famously said: “When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”, I have modified this slightly to fit my view on the eternal debate over colour versus black and… Continue reading Colour is for clothes, black and white is for the soul!