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Eugene Atget

Eugene Atget
Joie de Paris


An only child, Eugune Atget was orphaned at an early age, and began a peripatetic wandering of life, first at sea and later as an actor. Studying at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique in Paris, he met Valerine Delafosse, his lifetime companion. After an unsuccessful dabble in painting, Atget purchased a box camera with a tripod in the late 1880’s. The 180 by 240 mm glass negative format, provided the canvas of his societal communication, which would define Atget’s life and that of his beloved Paris.


By 1891 Atget’s commercial enterprise expanded, selling his works to painters of the Impressionist age; landscapes, still life’s, and urban scenery, captured in a straight-forward almost documentary style. His pursuit of the image, was itself an art form. Relentless transformation of the ordinary, into a poetic realm of art established an essential link in photography’s nascent history. The soft focus Pictorialism of the Alfred Stiegliz camp at the turn of the 20th century, turns full circle into the straight narrative of Walker Evans, Paul Strand and Bernice Abbott, who acquired Atget’s estate at his death



Thematically, Atget pursued related images and categorically similar series of works, originating in districts and streets. Prostitutes, window displays, workers and boutiques all found a way into the 10,000 photographs he made of France’s popular cultural repositories. At the same time, in a parallel universe, Germany’s August Sandler, chronicles the working class ethos of his native Westerwald, near Colonge. The social realism of photography’s deus ex machina, the ghost in the machine, transforms the art in a narrative context of nominative information.


In a voluminous context, Atget’s photography denotes the spirituality of the early medium, into a philosophical matrix. The primary documents of his works convey a fidelity to factual quantification, yet his selective choices require the viewer to contemplate the metaphorical message. Would that sunlight on a Paris street have existed if not captured by Atget? Was he the only observer that morning?



In 1930, the posthumously edited, Atget, Photographe de Paris is published and becomes a cornerstone in the parthenon of modern photography’s iconic works.

All works copyright the estate of Eugene Atget.

Other noted photographers:

August Sander

Bernice Abbott

Paul Strand

Gregg Rosner

Spring 2015


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Doc Ball

Before present-day GoPro practitioners and the culture vultures of the 21rst century grinding the sport of surfing into media pulp of existential nothingness, there was the puritanical ‘Doc’ Ball, a practicing dentist and seminal inventor of surf photography in California. Born in Los Angeles, (1907) he began surfing in 1929 and grabbed his first camera, a Kodak Autograph folding model, while enrolled in USC’s Dental School.

If there’s such a thing as ‘surf stoke’ in this world Doc Ball invented the spiritual medium. A founder of one of the first surf organizations, Palos Verdes Surf Club in 1935, Doc also published California Surfriders in 1946, a collection of the some of the 900 black and white images he took of nascent surf culture between 1931 and the start of WWII. The 500 first-edition copies of the book, are to surf memorabilia collectors, the equivalent of the Gutenberg Bible.

Contributing to the visual experience of surfing for landlubbers in art galleries, Ball purchased a Graflex camera in 1937 and built, what is regarded as the first waterproof housing for photography.

His images first appeared in Life, Look and National Geographic as photographic editorial spreads depicting the nomadic life of Southern California surfers.





Moving to Northern California later in his life after serving in the Coast Guard, ‘Doc’ Ball took up skateboarding, a religious practitioner until his 90’s. A mostly excellent video:

Along with Tom Blake, legendary surfer, developer of modern surfboards and photographer, ‘Doc’ Ball exerted a great influence on the generations of water photographers throughout the following generations. His work, holds creative standards and clarity unmatched in the digital age. And is an inspiration to me, today.


Assateague Wave Summer 2014 (Nikonos-V)

(image copyright 2014 grosnerfoto)

gregg rosner

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Amazing Eyes



I’ve seen this in plenty of photographs where the person’s eyes are the first to catch your attention. This feature is used a lot in black and white photographs where the only thing in color are the eyes, which can give a boring black and white photo some pop. I think it is a very useful tool to give your photos emotion as viewers would be drawn directly to the person’s eyes. Although it can easily be overdone, i think if used effectively to convey certain emotions rather than just looking cool, it could give your photos an edge over all others.

~Brandon Vega

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Photographing a Dandelion on Fire

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I was on Pinterest the other day and there is a category called photography, and I like to look at the images and get ideas for the photography class I’m in. I crossed the picture of a dandelion on fire and found it so interesting, mostly because it’s pretty simple to light a dandelion on fire, but to capture it is a whole different story. After seeing this image, I pinned it to my profile because I want to try to do it some day and I figured the students in my photography class would enjoy it as well. I was surprised to see how popular capturing dandelions on fire was when I googled it, but hopefully that will make it easier for anyone that would like to try it! There are many images on pinterest, flicker and google images to give you an idea.

Link for more photos and information:

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Getting The Most Out Of Autumn

Shoot Reflections In Water:

Works best at sunrise or sunset on sunny days. Try playing
with the white balance to find one that emphasizes reds, yellows,
and oranges while retaining the strong blues as well. A polarizer
can make autumn reflections pop, or removed them entirely.

Use RGB Histograms:

The histogram is useful in evaluating the overall exposure.
One or more of the colour channels may be clipped, or
even lacking in detail.

Shoot In Mixed Light:

Take advantage of digital cameras superior dynamic
range by shooting in mixed light. Avoid mixed-light
areas in the middle of the day because of the
harshness of the light.

Good Fall Colour Isn’t Enough:

Strong fall colours aren’t always enough. Every photo
needs a clean, clear composition. Spacing between
trees can help prevent shapes from merging together.
Including green trees can give better balanced colour
and contrast.  Take out anything that doesn’t contribute
to the photo.

Look Through The Viewfinder And Explore The Scene:

Move around! Think of different ways to take the same photo. Aim
the camera up, down, and all around to maximize your composition.

For more tips and information about taking great fall pictures, get the full article here:

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Olivia Henning

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Tyler Shields is a really talented and interesting artist who takes residence in California. He mostly takes portraits, but some others are just conceptual or taking a political standing. He works with a lot of celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Emma Roberts. His stuff gives some cool perspectives, some great ideas for portraits and for photos involving words. I really like his stuff because he explores the beauty and uniqueness of each person he photographs, but he also has the boldness to do with each photo what he feels; he’s very daring. His fairly twisted sense of humor comes across in most of his photos, and it gives it a little bit of his own spin on things that most people would see as just things or portraits (or even some things that most people would just find gross or odd).

I would certainly not suggest for you to look through his website unless you’re okay with graphic imagery. A great deal of his photos are violent and / or sexually explicit, I would give it an R rating were it a movie.



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This young lady, Crystal Rose Mihaylo, has some really interesting silhouettes and self portraits. She’s a local, she lives in Milford, Delaware, and she uses a Nikon D80.

I’ve sort of met Crystal a few times. I wanted to share this not only because she’s talented and has some great concepts, but she’s young and from around here. She does promotional shots for bands, she photographs weddings and engagements, but she also just has fun with her art.

Since we’re doing a lot of what she has already done, I see her as a good source for inspiration for our class. She’s been a photographic role model for me in some ways over the years.

I hope you enjoy her work!


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