Monthly Archives: October 2014

Healing Photo Art

Healing Photo Art is a non profit organization with a desire to place large, framed photographs of nature and beautiful places from around the world in hospitals. Founder Elaine Poggi thought of the idea after staring at the white sterile walls surrounding her and her ill mother. “Out of desperation to bring life and color back into her mother’s life during her stay, she decided to alleviate the cold and unfriendly hospital environment by decorating her room with her enlarged photographs of underwater scenes and landscapes of Florence.” (More about Elaine here)


More than 4000 photos have been placed in over 250 facilities on 7 continents!

“I have always believed in the transformational power of art; in its ability to move and engage people, and to bring them together.  The true reward from working with the Foundation was seeing your photography transform the doctors’ and patients’ eyes, igniting, as it seemed, hope and joy.  I wish you luck in your future endeavors.”
Dominika Nicman, Warsaw, Poland

(More testimonials here)

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I am encouraged when I discover organizations like these.



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Photojournalism of Robert Capa

robert-capa-by-ruth-orkinPhotojournalist Robert Capa (1913-1954) was born in Budapest (Hungary). He was sent to Spain in 1936 to cover the civil war and shot several iconic images of the conflict. “His photos of the D-Day invasion are considered among the most vivid images of warfare ever captured on film. His work during World War II earned him the Medal of Freedom Citation from General Eisenhower.” (source:

Robert Capa covered five different wars: Spanish Civil War, First Indochina War, World War II, 1948 Arab-Israeli War and Second Sino-Japanese War. Risking his life he documented the bloodiest battle scenes. On May 25, 1954, Capa was in Southeast Asia to cover the first Indochina War. While photographing, he mistakenly stepped on a landmine and died of fatal injuries. (See:

After the war, Capa shot now famous portaits of well- known artists, including Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck. In 1954, while filling in for another LIFE photographer on an assignment in Vietnam, he was killed by a landmine. He was the first American correspondent to die in that conflict. (Source:



Paratroopers of the U.S. 1st Airborne Division land near Wesel, Germany on March 24, 1945.

Copyright © Robert Capa/Magnum Photos.


Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944: The first wave of American troops lands at dawn.

Robert Capa took over 100 photographs during the landing on Omaha Beach. Unfortunately, a darkroom technician, eager to see photographs of the invasion, dried the film too fast. The heat melted the emulsion, ruining all but 10 frames.


Chartres, France, August 18th, 1944: Just after the liberation of the town, this French woman who had had a baby with a German soldier has her head shaved as punishment.


One of the most famous war photographs of all time — Federico Borrell Garcia, a Spanish Republican militiaman, falls to his death on September 5, 1936, at Cerro Muriano along the Cordoba front.

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Ellen von Unwerth

Ellen von Unwerth, 60, born in Germany, is a former 10-year fashion model who switched career positions to become a photographer and director.  She quickly rose to fame in the 90s with her advertising work with GUESS jeans, photographing famous models like Claudia Schiffer and the late Anna Nicole Smith.  She is now one of the most famous photographers in the fashion industry.  She focuses on fashion, editorial, and advertising photography with an emphasis in erotic femininity.


She has been published in top magazines such as Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Arena, and so many more.  She also received the first place award at the International Festival for Fashion Photography in 1991.

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Unwerth has photographed album covers for pop icons such as Beyonce, Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera.

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Her website is currently unavailable but, she is very popular on Instagram – check her out:

– Garrett Whaley

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erik johnasson (photographer & retoucher)

Erik Johnasson creates unbelievable photographs. And when I say create, I mean create. The photograph begins in his mind and he then sketches, models, and shoots. On his blog, he displays videos of his creative process. (The video below shows the process of his photograph “Landfall” which has 230 layers.)

He picked up his interest for retouching while a computer engineering student, and today is a prolific artist. Erik works on both personal projects as well as commissions. “Every new project is a new challenge and the goal is to realize it as realistic as possible.”  

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His website is awesome! Take a gander!



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Landscape photography

Landscape photography is a art which captures not one single subject like most photography, but an entire environment and culture as well.

Most landscape shots are full of focus and highlight everything in the picture, so the photographer has to be more clever, and light plays a huge part in this.


In order to capture landscape photos you need the perfect amount of light, at the perfect angle to achieve the lighting you are looking for.


This can be difficult when other factors play a part such as clouds, sun going down too fast, or no sun at all like at the polar regions.


Landscape photography is what has always interested me and i will continue to explore the world through my own lens.

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-Erik Sweet

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Disney Dream Portraits

The Disney Dream Portraits were shot and created by Annie Leibovitz. For the shoot celebrities pose as Disney Characters in a series of portraits for an ongoing theme park advertising campaign. Various Disney characters appeared in the series such as; Cinderella, Rapunzel, Pocahontas, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and more.

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The 66 year old photographer was born  in Connecticut, and attended San Francisco Art Institute, where she received a bachelors degree. Leibovitz is best known for her portraits of famous celebrities, political figures, musicians, and athletes. A majority of her work has been published in big name magazines like Vanity Fair and The Rolling Stone.

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I admire this series particularly because it brings an emotional side of me. It reminds me of an essential part of my warm, happy childhood. I applaud Leibovitz’s creativity and ability to bring such magical Disney characters to life. It truly inspires both young and old Disney fans to dream again and have passion for what you love.

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AUTHOR: Michelle Rideau

Want To Learn More About the Disney Dream Portraits? Click here.

Want to See Some  Behind the Scenes Footage of Creating Rapunzel, Tiana, and Merida? Click here.

Get to Know Annie by Reading Her Bio here.

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Macro Photography

Macro photography, in essence, is a photography technique where the photographer takes photos of small subjects and makes the sizes of said subjects larger than life.

In order to take the photos, the photographer has to use a certain type of lens (case in point, a macro lens). 45–65 mm is used in product photography. It features small objects that can be approached closely without causing undesirable influence, and it provides scenes requiring natural background perspective.

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90–105 mm lenses are used for insects, flowers, and other small objects small objects from a comfortable distance.

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150–200 mm lenses are used for insects and other small animals where additional working distance is required.

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This is a photography technique that any photographer can use if they have the right type of lens(es). Here’s a link that you can look at to check out if you want to do macro photography.

~ Shane A. Smith

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