Monthly Archives: February 2014

Famous Life Magazine Photography


This photograph was taken by Allen Grant, known for taking humorous photographs. This Photograph of Hepburn and Kelly was taken at the Academy Awards in 1956. It was met to portray the tension of the night, although neither were up for an Oscar.



This photograph taken in 1945  by Carl Mydans was to commemorate the return of the soldiers. Ironically, this was  taken 3 months later and at a different beach then the actual landing.


This 1945 photo of Fred Astaire was taken by bob Landry. At the time there were thousands of pictures of his dance partner Rita Hayworth going around so, Landry wanted to take a “lighter than air” photo of Astaire.



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Celebrate African-Americans


Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States and the first African-American president in American history.


Oprah Winfrey’s own story is an inspiration because she overcame almost every obstacle that a person might face. She is an icon to people all over the world because of her commitment to help those who have faced similar obstacles. We therefore salute a friend and a role model.

Read more: Oprah Winfrey – The 2007 TIME 100 – TIME,28804,1595326_1615754_1616833,00.html #ixzz2tr1x0yVu


Martin Luther King Jr. has now been dead longer than he lived. But what an extraordinary life it was.

At 33, he was pressing the case of civil rights with President John Kennedy. At 34, he galvanized the nation with his “I Have a Dream” speech. At 35, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. At 39, he was assassinated, but he left a legacy of hope and inspiration that continues today.

Though it is Black History Month, I thought I want to celebrate African-American icons, past and present. This is very personal to me because as an African-American these people have inspired me to become a better person. I thought that others might want to see it and convinced them to celebrate as well. It’s a great time to learn and praise African-Amercians for their contributions.


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Sports Photography


Sports…probably the one thing most people are more passionate about than themselves.

Over the years there have been many famous face that no fan will ever forget whether they were somebody you cheered for, or booed out of the building. Walter Iooss has been a sports photographer since 1968 and has contributed his photos to many different sports media outlets. His work is so highly regarded that Upper Deck even released a special pack of 27 baseball cards photographed by Iooss and called it, the “Iooss Collection.” Even still to this day Iooss is still shooting, he has been shooting the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition for the better part of four decades now. Iooss even received the Lucie Award for Lifetime Achievement in Sports Photography in 2004.


I personally am a major fan of sports and I think that Iooss’ work is incredible. The fact that he has been able to photograph some of the biggest names ever in sports stands as a testament to his quality of work. Obviously, I’m not the only one who thinks this if he has been awarded for his work in his entire career. His styles differ so it’s not just the same thing in every shot. The first shot was a freeze frame of Carl Lewis in the air from underneath of him. The second is a black and white portrait of Michael Jordan. And this last one is my personal favorite as a fan of the Boston Red Sox, a color, depth of field portrait of Pedro Martinez.


A variety of styles can really go a long way.

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Weather Photography

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Weather has always been something that has fascinated me. I’m not quite sure what it is, but images of the weather are very difficult to mess up. There’s always a natural beauty to whatever is in the image. The best part is that there are a wide variety of shots that are created naturally for us, so it is very difficult to have two of the “same shot.” In my viewing I’ve found nobody that captures the weather better than Jim Reed.

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Jim Reed has been photographing weather for 22 years and along the way has captured images of many memorable storms. It doesn’t matter if it was blizzards or even Hurricane Katrina, Reed was there. He has been a contributor to many well-known networks like Discovery Channel and National Geographic. Reed’s photos range between everything weather can create, especially the included three. His style is best summed up in the first photo, he is charging head-on torward the tornado. Lightning is also a very difficult thing to photograph, and he has captured lightning in a bottle (pun fully intended) twice. These photos show the variety of shapes, sizes, and colors that weather can come in. That to me makes it one of, if not the most spectacular subjects of photography.

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Fashion photography

Dovima with elephants, at Cirque D'Hiver, Paris, August, 1955  dovima with elephantsThese 1955 photos were shot by  Richard Avedon at the Cirque d’hiver, Paris.The pictures became famous because of the extreme contrast between the elephants and the model (juxtaposition). The model in the pictures name is Dovima, whom Avedon thought as of one of the last of the “elegant, aristocratic beauties.” The shot on the left was reprinted many times, where the one on the right was printed only once. Avedon stated that the shot disappeared mysteriously, and so did Dovima. Avedon was never happy with his shot, he didn’t even included it in his autobiography, where Dovima was never happy with herself and ended up taking her own life.


rankins version of dovimathis photo was taken by a photographer named Rankin in his attempt to recreate the above. Rankin is known for his part in founding the magazine “Dazed and Confused”, photographing the “real woman”, and his study where he showed that anyone can look like a “star”.

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Life is a Journey

Whatever is happening in my life and in the world around me, I feel like I am on a road. I think about the choices I make as I decide which path to take. From the days of happiness to the moments of sadness, life is a journey.

NOTE: There was no writing or additional information on the websites about the pictures.


“Sunflower Road” – Andrea Hazel-Ihlefeld

Location: New Mexico

Life is filled with beautiful things and kind people. During some of our challenging days, sunflowers bring me a sense of hope. The soft, bright colors give feelings of peace and calmness.




“Road to Eternity” – Mariusz

Through life’s twist and turns, He is with me. The Creator, Father, and Friend walks alongside me during my journey. No one knows when this road will end, but it leads to eternity.

I really like this photo’s composition!!



“Montana Farm Road” – Mike Robinson

Everyone has a different purpose and goal in life. People have the potential to become successful. Live every day to its fullest and realize that there are many blessings around you.

I hope that as people see these pictures, it gives them an opportunity to think about their lives and choices. Reflecting on the past and the road that you’ve been on, the one you’re on now, and the one you want to be on in the future. Life is full of possibilities and you are full of talent! Make the most of your days and remember to stay positive!


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Photojournalism is a way to capture events through out history and a way to truly capture a person’s emotions. I have always had a fascination with photojournalism and some of the famous pictures that have been taken over the years, and used for all types of things such as magazines. Photojournalism also has a way of starting events or outcry by simple capturing what is truly going on in a moment.


This is my favorite photo-journalistic picture ever taken. I love how it captures the moment and the happiness between the couple. It truly captures the emotion and the feelings of the time period. This photo was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt and it portrays a US sailor kissing an American women on Victory over Japan day. This picture was captured in Time Square.  This photo ended up being published a week later in LIFE magazine along with other pictures captured on this day, but I feel this is the one most people will remember.


This picture is thought to capture and sum up the feelings of the Great Depression. This is a picture of a migrant mother named Florence Owens Thompson and was captured during the rough times of the Great Depression. This photo was captured by Dorothea Lange, and she captured it while visiting a pea pickers camp in California. Thompson was a mother of seven whose husband passed away from TB. This picture was published everywhere and started a public outcry to send food and supplies.


This is the picture that is sometimes known as the picture that ended the war. This picture was captured by Eddie Adams in 1968 and is off an officer shooting a hand-cuffed prisoner in the head at point blank range. This picture went a long way in changing Americans views on the Vietnam war. When the photo didn’t reveal that the prisoner was a revenge squad member, but revealed that the us has been shooting innocent civilians, it dramatically change Americans views on the war and on the soldiers fighting in it. American soldiers coming home were treated very rudely.

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