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Thinking in Monochrome

Jeff Curto, Camera Position
written by: Jeff Curto

I grew up making black and white photographs. It’s what I love the most about photography and the way I have long thought about the photographic image. But the digital revolution has spawned a dilemma; the digital camera sees in color, and I have to shift my mind to think in black and white. I’m intrigued by the difference in mindset that happens when you have a camera that you know can only take black and white images and when you have one that you know can make both color and black and white. For more information or to listen Read more »

1976 – Kuusamo, Finland – photograph by Arno Raphael Minkkinen

Arno Says Stay on the Bus

Jeff Curto, Camera Position
written by: Jeff Curto

We all try to spend time with photographs by photographers whose work we admire. We spend time trying to figure out how to emulate their work, then produce work that is similar in style to what they do. But here is the rub; our problem is that once we get to a point where those photographs are good, solid derivatives of what our photographic influences are, what’s next? How do we make our pictures so that they are different in style and substance from those who came before us? My friend, the great contemporary photographer Arno Raphael Minkkinen, has nicely Read more »

Introducing inkAID

The folks at InkAID just released a how-to video all about using their InkAID products.

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“Light & Likeness: Early Portrait Photography,” Jeff Curto, Photo History

written by: Jeff Curto

We look at 19th, 20th and some 21st century portraits and see if we can draw some conclusions about what makes a good portrait photograph. We also see if we can draw some parallels with the words and ideas of the Transcendentalist thinkers and writers Emerson and Thoreau and see if they can help us illuminate what portraiture means. To listen to more of Jeff Curto’s podcasts please visit: http://photohistory.jeffcurto.com

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“Szarkowski: How To See,” Jeff Curto, Photo History

During his 29-year tenure as Director of the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the great curator and photographer John Szarkowski (1925 to 2007) changed the way the world saw photography. To listen to more of Jeff Curto’s podcasts please visit: http://photohistory.jeffcurto.com

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“Women in Photography,” Jeff Curto, Photo History

written by: Jeff Curto

Is anatomy destiny? This class session looks at women’s photography by examining the work of various female photographers as well as by looking at the bigger issue of whether the photographer’s gender changes the images that are made. To listen to more of Jeff Curto’s podcasts please visit: http://photohistory.jeffcurto.com

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“Stieglitz and the Photo Secession,” Jeff Curto, Photo History

written by: Jeff Curto

One of the great characters in the history of the medium, Alfred Stieglitz was also one of the most influential photographers and promoters of photography of the 20th century. In this class, we look at Stieglitz and the group of photographers and other artists he gathered around him. We also try to examine why what Stieglitz did and what he said were often two different things. To listen to more of Jeff Curto’s podcasts please visit: http://photohistory.jeffcurto.com

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NPR Interview: Timothy Egan, Author of ‘Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher’

Photographer Edward Curtis started off his career at the tail end of the 19th century, making portraits of Seattle’s wealthiest citizens. But a preoccupation with Native Americans and a chance encounter on a mountaintop triggered an idea: Curtis decided to chronicle the experience of the vanishing tribes — all of them. It was an unbelievably ambitious project that would define Curtis, his work and his legacy. To learn more about Timothy Egan and his work, visit: http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2012/10/07/162309319/catching-the-shadow-of-a-lost-world

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“History Survey Part I,” Jeff Curto, Photo History

written by: Jeff Curto

This is the first part of a two-part overview of the history of photography; a sort of “condensed” history in order to get a sense of the medium’s “who, what, when and where.” This week, we cover from 1800 B.C. to 1888 A.D. To listen to more of Jeff Curto’s podcasts please visit: http://photohistory.jeffcurto.com

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“Muybridge, Marey & The Movies,” Jeff Curto, Photo History

written by: Jeff Curto

Stop-motion photography as practiced by Edweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey and others is the topic of this class session. These scientific experiments ultimately led to the development of motion pictures by Edison. This “studio” recording of the class session uses a video format so the full-motion of movies played within the presentation can be seen. To listen to more of Jeff Curto’s podcasts please visit: http://photohistory.jeffcurto.com