Dear Photograph ~ take a picture of a picture from the past in the present.

Last May, Taylor Jones was sitting with his family in Ontario when his mother pulled out an old photo album. Among the hundreds of shots was one of Jones's younger brother at his third birthday party. "He was sitting in front of his Winnie-the-Pooh birthday cake," Jones recalls. "It was weird – because my brother was there, in the exact spot he was sitting in in the photograph."

Jones grabbed his camera and took a shot of the old photograph lined up to match its original location. He posted it and six others on a blog. Within days, the blog, which he later named Dear Photograph, had gone viral. Today, eight months on, Dear Photograph has had 10m hits, and been named one of Time magazine's 10 best sites. It now gets 20,000 hits a day.

Like the rebirth of the Polaroid instant camera, and the LOMO camera, the success of Dear Photograph has its roots in our nostalgia for pre-digital technology. More importantly the site has shown the power of the image and what wonderful and sometimes tragic memories a photograph can conjure up.



Dear Photograph,
For one brief moment, this murky little duck pond became the most beautiful place on earth.
Greg



Dear Photograph,
I was astounded, but I hadn’t had time to consider what I was seeing.
Mark Yokoyama




Dear Photograph,
Her love was my chemo. I beat cancer.
Eric Richter

Dear Photograph,
Every little girl needs her daddy, funny thing is, I need you more than ever now that I’m a teenager. I’ll be ok while you’re deployed, but it’s still the hardest thing ever to watch you go…you are my hero.
Love Dana

Dear Photograph,
Why can’t I feel all the color that Hallowe’en used to bring me? It’s hard to see the magic through grown up glasses…
Paisley

Dear Photograph,

My grandpa doesn’t recognize me anymore, but he still smiles every time I show him this picture. I hope that deep inside he remembers how much I loved hanging out with him..

Love, Laura

Dear Photograph,
It was 70 years ago when my mother dipped her toes in Lake Cavloc, Switzerland along side her father and sister. Beauty was all around them and so were the echoes of youth. My mother’s view has changed now that she lives in a nursing home. Wouldn’t it have been something if the waters they had danced in had washed the fountain of youth over them… 

Peter





Dear Photograph,
Thank you for everything we had.
@jonathanstampf


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How Its Made - Large Format Cameras

This “How It’s Made” segment provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the manufacturing process for modern Walker Titan SF 4×5 large format cameras.



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Fascinating Never-before-Seen 100 Year Old Photographs of Gritty NYC

Almost a million images of New York and its municipal operations have been made public for the first time on the internet.

The city's Department of Records officially announced the debut of the photo database.
Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, the 870,000 photographs feature all manner of city oversight -- from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings. [via Daily Mail UK]

Manhattan Bridge
Genesis of a icon: In this June 5, 1908 photo, the Manhattan Bridge is less than a shell, seen from Washington Street. It wouldn't be opened for another 18 months and wouldn't be completed for another four years

Delancey Street
Always moving: Workers dig in Delancy Street on New York's Lower East Side in this photo dated July 29, 1908. The historical pictures released online for the first time show New York in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Brooklyn Bridge
Painters hang from suspended wires on the Brooklyn Bridge October 7, 1914 -- 31 years after it first opened


Grand Central Termina
The main concourse of Grand Central Terminal, in New York, is seen from the Campbell apartment in this 1937 photo. The posh apartment, in one of America's grandest train stations, was the playground of financier John Campbell in the roaring 1920.

Crime scene
Dead men can tell tales: When the New York Times wrote about elevator operator Robert Green, left, and Jacob Jagendorf, a building engineer, right, it reported that their bodies found lying at the bottom of an elevator shaft November 24, 1915, told the story of the pair's failed robbery attempt

Charles 'Lucky' Luciano
Notorious: This is the original April 18, 1936 booking photo for Charles 'Lucky' Luciano. Luciano is considered the father of organized crime in New York and was the first to divide the city sections controlled by five mob families.

Murder
Murder most foul: A detective took this crime scene photo in 1918 after children found the body of Gaspare Candella stuffed in a drum and dumped in a field in Brooklyn, New York

Astoria pool
New Yorkers cool off in the Astoria public pool with the Hell Gate railroad bridge looming in the background in the summer of 1940.

Babe Ruth
The Great Bambino: In this September 30, 1936, Works Progress Administration, Federal Writerís Project, photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, a man hands a program to baseball legend Babe Ruth, center, as he is joined by his second wife Clare, center left, and singer Kate Smith, front left, in the grandstand during Game One of the 1936 World Series at the Polo Grounds in New York.

Man with newspaper
Moment in history: The headline of the newspaper the man in this May 18, 1940 photo reads: 'Nazi Army Now 75 Miles From Paris.' This picture shows the corner of Sixth Avenue and 40th Street in Manhattan.

George Washington Bridge
The view from New Jersey: A man peers across the Hudson River into Manhattan from his perch on the George Washington Bridge on December 22, 1936

Manhattan
The Third Avenue elevated train rumbles across lower Manhattan in this undated photo. City Hall can be seen in the background

Homeless man
Hard times: An unemployed man in an old coat lays on a pier in the New York City docks during the Great Depression, 1935

Triborough Bridge
In 1936, the Triborough Bridge, which links Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx, was not yet complete. The Hells Gate Railroad Bridge looms in the distance

Lower East Side
Men and women stroll a row of jewelry shops on the Lower East Side 

Breadline
People stand in line for bread during the Great Depression

Two girls
See how it's changed: In this circa 1890 photo, a pair of girls walk east along 42nd Street. Acker, Merrall and Condit wine shop delivery wagons are on the right and the C.C. Shayne Furrier sign can be seen on the roof overhead.


Building roads
Building roads: Workers lay bricks to pave 28th Street in Manhattan on October 2, 1930


Decrepit
This circa 1983-1988 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives shows 172 Norfolk Street, which is now the Angel Orensanz Foundation, in New York. Over 800,000 color photographs were taken with 35-mm cameras for tax purposes. Every New York City building in the mid-1980s can be viewed in this collection.




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Contemporary Photojournalism Auction Organised in Memory of Photographer Anton Hammerl

One year ago, South African photographer Anton Hammerl was killed in Libya, leaving behind a wife and three children. Now, legendary photojournalists are coming together to raise funds for Hammerl’s family in an unprecedented print auction. [via British Journal of Photography]

The auction is sponsored by Reporters Without Borders, and bidding will take place on May 15 in New York or online.The funds raised will go to help secure the future of Anton’s three children, 11 year-old Aurora, 7 year-old Neo, and 6 month-old baby Hiro.

Anton’s wife Penny wants the funds collected to go towards the children’s university education.

For more details, visit www.friendsofanton.org.



Image © Bruno Stevens / Friends of Anton.

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 Katharina Hesse / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Lynsey Addario / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Roger Ballen / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Marcus Bleasdale / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Kate Brooks / Friends of Anton.

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Image © Andrew Burton / Friends of Anton.

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Image © Bruce Davidson / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Giles Duley / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Larry Fink / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Frank Fournier / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Ashley Gilbertson / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Ron Haviv / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Katharina Hesse / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Evan Joseph Uhlfelder / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Ed Kashi / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Vincent Laforet / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Ivor Prickett / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Simon Roberts / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Alec Soth / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Ramin Talaie / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Lori Waselchuk / Friends of Anton.


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Image © Lori Waselchuk / Friends of Anton.




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Super Rare Extreme Wide-Angle 6mm f2.8 Nikkor Lens for Sale.

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This very cool and very rare fisheye Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 lens offers the "world's most extreme wide-angle" and is worth £100,000 has gone on sale at Gray's of Westminster in London. Lens production started in March 1972, and was only made available to special order. Pick it up for your new D800!

Focal length/Aperture: 6mm f/2.8
Lens construction:12 elements in 9 groups
Picture angle: 220°
Diaphragm: Automatic
Aperture scale: f/2.8-f/22 on' both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
Weight : 5,200g
Filters: Built-in: skylight (L1BC), medium yellow (Y 48), deep yellow (Y52); orange (056), and red (R60)



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Image taken with the 6mm lens
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VOGUE ITALIA Behind the Scenes Photoshoot with Abbey Lee Kershaw by Photographer Mario Sorrenti









 












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More Photo Schools Should Be Like This One

I was invited by a fellow photographer Struan Campbell-Smith to review and critique students portfolios at the Georgian College graduating class portfolio display at S1 Studios in Toronto earlier this week. It was good turn out and some students showed great promise. ( the taco bar was a major bonus!) Giving back to the photo community is something that more photographers should be doing because sharing one's knowledge is a great gift.

Photography programs are pumping out graduates by the truck load every year into a market that has never been more competitive. With diminished advertising budgets and fewer magazines, getting consistent commercial work is tough. The transition from student to working professional is an arduous road for most. Many graduates are left wondering, "okay what now?", and are alone in their struggle to break into the photography business.

The Cartel student agency is looking to make this transition as smooth and painless as possible. Cartel Photos is a new, specialised photography agency which aims to support students of University College Falmouth, England, beyond education and into the professional world.  This will allow the students at the college to gain invaluable insight in the workings of the editorial, corporate and non-profit sectors.

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ANDY WARHOL POLAROIDS

Warhol once said everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. Having your portrait done by Andy certainly helped.

The Polaroids behind Andy Warhol’s iconic portraits of stars such as Muhammad Ali, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, John Lennon and even Wayne Gretzsky can be seen in this post.

Before creating the iconic screen prints of the stars of stage and screen, Warhol would take a selection of photographs of them with an instant Polaroid camera, which would then be used as the basis of the final works of art.



 John Lennon

Muhammad Ali


Debbie Harry




Mick Jagger


Dolly Parton


Wayne Gretzky

Dennis Hopper


Arnold Schwarzenegger




Maria Shriver
Sylvester Stallone

Farrah Fawcett


Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1982 




Artist Robert Rauschenberg
Jerry Hall


 Warhol in drag








John McEnroe and Tatum O'Neal




Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, 1983



Andy Warhol self portrait

Muhammad Ali


Grace Jones

Yves Saint Laurent


Giorgio Armani

Gianni Versace

Valentino
Designer Gianfranco Ferre

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Truman Capote
 Shoemaker

Keith Haring and Juan Dubose


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Grace Jones

Jane Fonda

Jimmy Carter

 OJ Simpson



Arnold Palmer


Artsist Joseph Beuys


Dancer Martha Graham

Ric Ocasek
Diana Ross

Ted Kennedy
Bianca Jagger


Carolina Herrera



Pelé



Model Evelyn Kuhn

Kareem Abdul Jabbar


Truman Capote

 Sean Lennon
Yoko Ono


(right) Pia Zadora
Tom Seaver (left)
Billy Squire (looks like Antonio Banderas)


Dorothy Hamill

Howdy Doody

Caroline, Princess of monaco', 1983







Debbie Harry




Liza Minnelli




Carly Simon
Pig

Warhol in drag 

Mick Jagger


Joan Collins


Helen/Harry Morales
Artist Georgia O'keeffe

Hitchcock



Chris Evert






William S. Buroughs
Paloma Picasso

Warhol in Drag


Wish to make a Andy Warhol pop art image of one of your photos? 
Go to photobucket.com and create an account (if you don't already have one), upload your pic and go to edit, then go to effects and select pop art. Or you can go to lunapic.com and upload your pic and under effects and click Warhol Effect. Photobucket is the better of the two. Have fun!




Many thanks to Branko Mustafovic for the tip on this post idea. Cheers!



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