As photography evolved, one theme remained fairly constant in the public's opinion: seeing is believing. People generally regarded photographic prints as evidence of truth and reality. Steadily becoming more mobile, photographers tended to photograph scenes of current events wide, because as much visual information as could be jammed into a photo, the better the photo was considered. A tight crop didn't give the viewer nearly as much information to digest as a wide shot. It was believed there was more truth and accuracy in wider shots than … [Read more...] about History of Photography: Photos as Propaganda
A little over year ago, I stumbled across an amazing image on Facebook that someone was passing off as a production still from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Knowing how closely J.J. Abrams protects his mystery box, I was dubious and started digging. That search lead me to Matthew Callahan and the toy photography project that would come to be known as Galactic Warfighters. I have been a huge fan ever since. Not long after, I reached out to Matthew, who, as Marine Corps Combat Correspondent, was stationed in Okinawa at the time. This fact … [Read more...] about Galactic Warfighters: Much More Than Toys
Dickey Chapelle was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She went on to study at MIT, but left to work at a local airfield. Eventually she relocated to New York and began working as a photographer for Trans World Airlines. While her credentials were a bit thin, her willpower was not. She went on to become a war correspondent photojournalist for National Geographic. While she was originally placed in an extremely "safe" assignment, she talked her way into the action. She was first hand with the Marines during the battle of Iwo Jima and covered … [Read more...] about Dickey Chapelle | A Photographer You Should Know
I'll never forget the day I met Air Force Staff Sergeant Stacy Pearsall (Retired.) She was with her husband (Andy) and together they coached me through a doors-off helicopter ride around Maui. Photographing from the air is something I have very little experience with. But on that day, there was something else in play. For reasons I won't discuss here, I have trouble around helicopters - but who could resist a chance to photograph Maui from the air? So I went. With Stacy and Andy in the back seat, I jumped in and started shooting. Stacy sensed … [Read more...] about Photographers – Are You Really Passionate About Your Work?
Today is Veterans Day in the USA. Its a day that we celebrate the sacrifices of veterans. Its NOT as some would say, a celebration of war. Wars begin at the demand of policy makers. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines simply follow orders - sometimes at great physical, emotional and mental cost. One of the jobs in the U.S. Military that my readers may wish to know about is the combat photographer. These photographers work in a variety of dangerous conditions documenting military activity including actual battlefield conditions. I have … [Read more...] about A Salute to Combat Photographers
Today is US Veterans Day. To some of you, that doesn't mean a thing. To me, it's a day to remember fallen comrades and friends. It's a day to celebrate as opposed to memorialize. It's hard not to do the latter. So I gave myself an exercise. I would like to celebrate by tipping my hat to some well-known and lesser-known combat photographers. I want to thank them for their service and commemorate the work they did. No list of combat photographers would be complete without mentioning Eddie Adams. He was a Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer and … [Read more...] about Hat Tip To US Military Veteran Combat Photographers