Tag Archives: Photographic Technique

Richard Misrach on the U.S.-Mexico Border

All the photographs are about found objects — shotgun shells from a Border Patrol shooting range, a soccer ball, a boot, a Spanish translation of Doctor Zhivago — that are banal but laden with meaning. I’m always on the lookout for the anomalous…. It … Continue reading

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2012 Ten Favorite Images

As 2012 rolls to a close, it’s time once again to look back at the year’s photography. I’ve been doing this for five years, so this is the sixth time for the review. The exercise is rather interesting for me, … Continue reading

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Off to the CRPA conference!

Chicago Union Station, 2006. It’s April, and that means it’s just about time for another trip to Chicago. Why? To attend my second Conversations on Photography, an annual conference put on by the Center for Railroad Photography and Art. This … Continue reading

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Recommended reading/viewing on photography

Skylines and the Grand Style: Learning past photographic movements can inform present-day photographic approaches. San Francisco, California, 2010. I’ve commented before on the value of planning and research before making photographs in the field, including spending time communing with books … Continue reading

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Style vs. Substance

Beauty and Meaning: Two essential tensions of photography. Willamette Draw and the abandoned Atofina Chemicals terminal, Portland, Oregon, 2010. One of the essential tensions of photography is that between a photographer’s style and the substance of his or her photographs. … Continue reading

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Playing in the rain: photo planning

Portland’s Lair Hill neighborhood, cut into strange pieces by 1940s public “improvements,” is fertile ground for urban photography. But what about the city’s first urban renewal area, the South Auditorium District? Portland, Oregon, 2010. A rainy day is not in … Continue reading

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G9 on Assignment

King Street Station, Seattle, 2010. Now and then, I go into the field tasked with a photography assignment. Usually these are journalism related jaunts, requiring color work. In the old days — by which I mean about two years ago … Continue reading

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Photos make the photographer, not cameras

The Yashicamat, a tempting MF camera. Photo by tim_d, used under Creative Commons license. Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time on sites like KEH and Blue Moon and eBay considering used medium-format cameras. For those unschooled in the … Continue reading

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Valuing Negativity

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