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Visions of Rock

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What do John Mayer, Bryan Adams, Lenny Kravitz and Patti Smith have in common besides being talented musicians? They are also talented photographers.
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American PHOTO magazine, Nikon with additional support from Epson, sponsor Visions of Rock, a Website and exhibition that highlights photography by some of the world’s most well-known musicians.

Visit Visions of Rock to see the works by these and other top musicians.

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March 16, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Photographers You Should Know: Edward S. Curtis

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Information for this article was received from the Smithsonian Institution.

Edward S. Curtis is one of the most widely recognized, and sometimes criticized, photographers of American Native people. For more than three decades, he traveled the American West and Alaska photographing Native Americans.
Born February 16, 1868, in Wisconsin, Curtis took an interest in photography – then an emerging medium – at an early age. He built his first camera when he was a teenager and by the age of 19, he owned part interest in a photography studio in Seattle, where his family had moved.

‘Sioux Chiefs.’ (Photo Credit: Edward S. Curtis via the Smithsonian Institution)

‘Sioux Chiefs.’ (Photo Credit: Edward S. Curtis via the Smithsonian Institution)

In his twenties, Curtis began photographing Native American in the Puget Sound area as they dug for clams and mussels. One of his earliest photographs of Native Americans was of Princess Angeline, the daughter of Sealth, the Suquamish chief after whom Seattle was named.

In 1899, at the age of 31, Curtis became the official photographer of the Harriman Expedition into Alaska. After this, he began his 30-year quest of documenting Native Americans in the United States.

Curtis funded his expeditions personally – acquiring a tremendous amount of debt – and by soliciting funds for his work. Some of his donors included President Theodore Roosevelt and railroad tycoon John Pierpont Morgan.

Curtis documented nearly 80 Native American tribes and made nearly 40,000 photographs and 10,000 recording of Native American speech and music. Like most scholars of his time, Curtis believed the Native American culture would be lost as Native Americans were brought into the mainstream culture. He wanted to create both an artistic and academic volume of work before the cultures “vanished.”

Curtis died in 1952 and the bulk of his work was forgotten. During the 1960s and 1970s, however, his work was “rediscovered” and is now recognized as one of the “most significant records of Native culture ever produced.”

Places to Go on the Web – Great Photo Sites Issue 1

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I love photography. Not only do I love to take photographs, I love to talk, teach, and explore photography. I also like to look at great photographs to get ideas on how I can be a better photographer.
If you have any interest in digital photography, then a visit to some of these sites is worth your time. Looking at great photos will help make your own photos better because you can get ideas, tips and see what and how others are photographing their subjects. As your cruise Cyberspace, spend a few minutes looking at these websites:

David Burnett: Photojournalist David Burnett has more than 40 years of experience in news photography. Burnett was named by American Photo magazine as one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography.” If you don’t have time to look at his whole gallery of images (even though you should make the time), then at least check out the “Portraits” gallery. You won’t be disappointed.

James Nachtwey: You will never look at photography the same way after you view noted conflict photographer James Nachtwey’s images. He is truly a master of the photographic medium. You owe it to yourself to explore all the galleries on his website.

Joe McNally: Photographer Joe McNally’s list of accomplishments and publications in which his work has appeared would take a long time to list. He is a powerful photographic artist and his images are beautiful. McNally’s website is easy to navigate and offers a good sample of his work.

Lauren Greenfield: Greenfield’s portrait and documentary work are examples of photography done well. She is an accomplished photographer with credits in major leading publications such as The New Yorker, Elle, People, and the New York Times Magazine.

Written by jeremyparce

February 15, 2009 at 1:52 am