Ansel Adams is one of the most truly famous photographers that ever existed. Ask any truck driver who Mario Testino is, and he’ll look at you perplexed. (or Terry Richardson or Avedon, etc.) But ask them who Ansel Adams is, and they’ll say, “He was that photography guy.” My point being, you don’t have to be a photographer, or in the “industry” to know who Ansel Adams is. Hence, real fame.
He is best remembered as a master of black and white photography.And if they had the Sierra Club back then, he would have sat on the board of directors!. This is the man who invented the Zone System, still used to this day. The Zone System basically determined proper exposure of the negative and contrast of the final print. Adams was nothing if not the greatest teacher of the importance of sharpness and how to achieve it. And he loved his large format cameras and high f stops. He is also known for being a co-founder of Group f/64.
Sara Sani is Italian photographer and seems to have settled in Barcelona for the past few years.She always has her Contax G1 or Olympus MJU II with her.
Roxanne Lowit is a New York-based party photographer – not quite fashion, not quite paparazzi. Roxanne Lowit spans genres, as should all photographers.
ROXANNE LOWIT – PARTY FASHION
Roxanne Lowit – Photographic Fun
Roxanne Lowit is a New York-based party – not quite fashion, not quite paparazzi. Roxanne Lowit spans genres, as should all photographers. People have had problems pigeon holing her photography,….and I think she likes it that way. I put her in ‘Street Photographers’, but she transcends categories.
Lowit did not go to school to be a photographer. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York with a degree in art history and textile design. It was during her successful career as a textile designer that she realized something. “I paint and there were people who I wanted to sit for me but had no time, so I started taking pictures of them. I liked the gratification of getting the instant image so I traded in my paintbrushes for a camera.”
Lowit started making pictures in the late 70s with her 110 Instamatic, photographing her own designs at the New York fashion shows. Before long she was covering all the designers in Paris where her friends – models like Jerry Hall – would sneak her backstage. It was there that she found her place (and career) in fashion. “For me, that’s where it was happening,” she says. “No one thought there was anything going on backstage, so for years I was alone and loved it. I guess I made it look too good because now it’s so crowded with photographers. But there’s enough room for everybody.”
OK, since this is a fairly new site, I think I should mention that NSFW will always be in the title when applicable. In this case Bettina Rheims
BETTINA RHEIMS – HOT ART
Bettina Rheims – Not German!
Why people always ask me if Bettina Rheims is German,…I have no clue. She’s French, born and raised. Second, while she’s kind of hot, (see pic), I don’t believe she was ever a model. Lastly, while many people view her as a fashion photographer, she actually didn’t delve into that realm very often, and was really a consummate ‘art photographer’. 1978 was the start of Bettina Rheims’ photography and art when she started photographing strippers and circus acrobats that led to her first exhibitions. Surprisingly, it was the female form which most inspired her. Maybe because it was Helmut Newton whose work inspired her. (and Diane Arbus) She would later say, “I love the flesh. I am a photographer of the skin”.
Soon she was taking portraits of both famous and unknown women, leading to the release of her much acclaimed book, “Female Troubles”. She also worked on her Animal series at this time, photographing dead and stuffed animals, trying to glean emotion out of those dead glass eyes. In fact, all her books are great, and some have already become collectors items.
Books and more Books
Soon, “Modern Lovers” came out with her questioning gender, androgyny and transsexuality. This was a subject she would revisit with the books “Les Espionnes” and “Kim”.
Her major series of work, “Chambre Close” was her first foray into color. She started a collaboration with novelist Serge Bramly, with the marriage of the visual to writing. “Chambre Close” was an artistic statement of the porn industry and its’ link with everyday people. Quite thought provoking at the time.
The ultra quality of her prints brought her images to life,…almost imposing a 3D quality to the bareness and skin of the subject. The printing methods used were beyond the pale at the time, and still demands a technical respect to this day.
In 1995, she was chosen as the official portraitist of Jacques Chirac the President of France. She told a newspaper, the French Libération, that her job was to portray him as a great hero of the Western world. I think she accomplished that.
In 1999 she published the book “I.N.R.I”, with Serge Bramly once more, on the life of Christ. This was an extremely controversial undertaking, both in France, and elsewhere.
As the 21st century began, she moved to Shanghai and created a series on the city and its’ relationship to China. It was a journey into a world fraught with tradition and superstition and an outer glaze of contemporary western technology.
In 2005, she collaborated with the designer Jean Colonna and dressed the famous models in old haute couture dresses photographed as sculpture. She had an exhibited in 2012 in Düsseldorf, Germany on her “Gender Studies” series. and its’ importance in todays world. Eventually, this became a book.
Commissioned work and portraits of famous women
Bettina Rheims worked on Chanel and Lancôme campaigns, which I guess is why some people try to pigeonhole her as a fashion photographer. However, that was never the impetus for her career.
As a portraitist, she’s photographed Madonna, Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Rampling, Carole Bouquet, Marianne Faithfull, Kylie Minogue, Claudia Schiffer, Asia Argento, and more. Usually as magazine assignments. I don’t believe she has an actual website, but she is represented by the agency “Jed Root”, linked below.
FILM PHOTOGRAPHER – HIPSTERS OR NOT?
Well, first let me say I’m actually a hybrid shooter. Which means I’m a film photographer mostly, but will use digital when needed. I have not one ounce of digital bigotry in my heart. And I’m the guy who sat on the board of directors for APA/NY helping to ease Advertising film photographers into the digital era. Which included me. While I mostly shoot film these days, I’m fine with all other mediums of imaging. All the way back to collodian and other alternative processes.
That said, I’m listing a bunch of film blogs here. This is barely a drop in the bucket. Film blogs, sites and resources seem to be popping up almost on a weekly basis. The film movement seems to be growing,…with not the old timers, but the youth of the world leading the charge. But I digress.
Film Photographer Slam?
The reason for this post was an article I read in an online magazine called ‘Newnation’. The article was a little dated, but I’ve since found others. The writing style was sarcastic in nature, but I’m unsure if he was serious or just being facetious. People who shoot film are “hipsters”? Really? While I’m very cool, I’m unsure if I qualify as a hipster. The story, titled “Hipsters stunned as vintage cameras fail to make them professional photographers” can be found here;NEWNATION
As a film photographer I do have a little condescension thrown my way on occasion. I don’t really know why. Especially since most of the people with that attitude have never shot film. Here are some film blogs that dispense info as needed with civility. I haven’t run across any “hipsters” in the bunch yet.
Also, someone asked me why I didn’t include C-Heads Magazine. (c-heads.com) While I like C-Heads and it has lots of great film images by young photographers, it’s not actually a film site. Some of the images are digital. However, it’s a great site for inspiration and to see what the young up and comers are doing, whether film or digital.
I don’t know if this blog is own by Ilford, because it’s a free WordPress blog/forum, but I guess it is, since it uses the Ilford name. Anyway, it’s a great resource for a lot of film info. From cameras to film to printing.
It’s kind of what it says. Bunch of film photographers taking a roll a week, every week, all year. Includes “Best Pic of the Week’, and all that stuff. Very interesting.
Pertaining to ’emulsion’,…a word you should be familiar with. Lots of cool photos.
All analog, all the time. Very professional looking. Some great work on here.
Interesting work by a lot of film shooters. A little hard to navigate, but worth it.
Well, I knew that! Lots of resources and work displayed.
OK, everyone knows this one. But it does have a lot of camera and film related articles that are quite good.
I don’t know why “digital” is in the name. They don’t cut down digital users and they are a film site. A good amount of film stuff for sale, articles and even a forum.
Forums, articles and photo samples. A nice group of people. Great place to find out about that weird Argus C3 camera you found at a garage sale. Or other esoteric cameras/lenses.
There are 100’s more, but these are a good cross section of different types, depending on what info you’re trying to extract. But all film! Enjoy. You nasty hipsters.
DEBORAH TURBEVILLE -LINGERING MEMORIES
http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.anatomyfilms.com%2Fdeborah-turbeville-lingering-memories%2F&layout=standard&show_faces=false&width=450&action=like&colorscheme=lightDeborah Turbeville was born July 6, 1932 and was maybe the most stylistic American photographer of our time. She was an editor at Harper’s Bazaar, but had a vision that the photographers at the time weren’t living up to. (in her mind) She, along with Sarah Moon, brought a darker, dreamy mood to photography in the 70’s. Along with Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin, she essentially changed fashion photography as it was known. However, her dreamy images were a new direction for fashion at the time. No well lit, saturated colors here. Her photos were actually considered more art than fashion. But her commercial influence extended to ads for Bloomingdale’s, Bruno Magli, Nike, Ralph Lauren and Macy’s.
She was born into a well to do family in New England that preferred their extreme privacy. To the point of isolation. They would have been more suited to a city life, constantly traveling to Boston for shows and the opera, and almost seemed “stuck” in the suburbs,…as if self imprisoned. Deborah herself had very little interaction with other children, and grew up in a world of adults. Probably the source of that dark and mysterious attribute in her work. She was inseparable from her parents. If they attended the opera, she attended the opera.
She went to school around Boston Bay, and actually enjoyed the fog, snow and cobblestone streets. Probaby a great source of her inspiration throughout her life. Summers were spent on the coasts of Maine, and almost like Winslow Homer, seemed to absorb the dark energy of this isolated and sinister scenery, employing these memories through a soft filter in much of her adult work.
Her method of work just reinforces her calling as an artist,…not a technician. (as most photographers,…especially male) Deborah Turbeville photographs are recognizable by their grain and muted tones, whether color or black and white, and by deliberate image blurring. She reworks her shots by scraping or taping them with the help of her assistant and collaborator, Sharon Schuster. She will almost “destroy” an image, making it a one of a kind. This alteration iswhat make Deborah Turbeville an artist much more than a sheer photographer. She scrapes, twists and erases every image, contradicting the technical perfection most photographers seek. You can say she violates the true credo of most photographers, freeing herself of the bounds of ‘photographic documentation’.
The 70’s were a time of changing gender roles, and her grainy depictions with little interaction between models, seem to portray a sense of this female concept of beauty, introducing a new self to aspire to. Some have accused her of introducing the new anorexic archetype, or heroin chic, but I doubt this was her intention, any more than Botero was promoting larger women.
While Helmut Newton tended towards more provocative or taboo subjects in his photography, one cannot think of Deborah Turbeville’s work without seeing the mostly now defunct “bath house”. Her refusal to follow the norm produced true originals never to be reproduced again, and actuallycan be said “invented” a new strain of photography, elevating it to art as never before. The stereotypical sense of glamour and fashion was altered and made timeless. If you look at most photography from the 70s and 80s, it is stamped with a time period it was taken. If you look at a Deborah Turbeville print,….ageless is all that comes to mind.
Deborah Turbeville died from lung cancer at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan in 2013, at the age of 81. I actually have a collection of every one of her books, and had the honor of meeting her in a West Greenwich Village restaurant in the 90’s. Although advanced in age at the time, she was still doing beautiful artwork, (being framed by a friend), and was a joy to meet. Get any of her books. You won’t be sorry.