Brief History of Photography: Camera Obscura and Vermeer

But first, this. A different way of thinking about why we take photographs

Abelardo Morrell: Youtube

Abelardo Morell’s website.

The connection between lens making, photography and Vermeer:
David Hockney’s, A Secret Knowledge. You can find the entire documentary on Youtube. Here is Hockney on the Charlie Rose show

The book.

Not everyone agrees with Hockney’s thesis. Some counter arguments, here and here. The later one is perhaps the most valid because its author is a scholar. Hockney’s project has inspired further exploration and scholarship.

Jerry Spagnoli: contemporary daguerreotypist. A video presentation. His website.

BBC program: The Genius of Photography

George Eastman House on Flickr

“Tim’s Vermeer”a documentary by Penn and Teller (yes, THAT Penn and Teller) about one man’s obsession with discovering Vermeer’s secrets. Hint: camera obscura! Trailer | NY Times article

Camera Obscura made from natural elements
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22630152-300-eye-of-the-beholder-life-through-the-camera-obscura/

 

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Short video detailing the Camera Obscura in San Francisco.

The Dyer Star Chamber at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee)

Great source (terrible design) all about camera obscura!

Site about custom camera obscura design.

Contemporary artists using camera obscura: 

JAMIE HOUSE

Trudi Lynn Smith

Abelardo Morell Tent Camera Obscura in Big Bend National Park

Photo I • Assignment 1: Pinhole Cameras and Photograms

GENERAL HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAMS
From Man Ray to Thomas Ruff—article
Good description with images
WILLIAM HENRY FOX TALBOT
Latticed_window_at_lacock_abbey_1835 LatticedWindowAtLacockAbbey| Photogenic Drawings | Arts Connected

PINHOLE IMAGES FROM NATURE! 

 

ANNA ATKINS
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Festuca grasses from ‘British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns’, c.1854
Brief Bio | The Getty | University of Texas, Austin

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ANNA ATKINS

Exhibition at Rijksmuseum [Amsterdam]

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Anna Atkins Refracted: Contemporary Works in Cyanotype,
New York Public Library, 2018

• Review of the show | Musée

• Another review in the New York Review of Books

 

ARTISTS responding to Anna Atkins

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• Eric William Carroll | Blue Line of Woods

Ellen Ziegler | Chemistry Is The Emotion of Matter

Meghann Riepenhoff | Littoral Drift

Susan Degeres | Danziger Gallery

Ulf Saupe | Res Navalis

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kuniesugiura2• Kunie SugiuraAt MOMA | The Kitten Papers

baum1• Erica Baum | Guggenheim | Aperture Magazine | Ubuweb | Frieze

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Letha Wilson | web | Grimm gallery | Galerie Gaillard |

Maria Martinez-Canas | FGT photogram | Traces of Nature Smithsonian Video  |Julie Saul Gallery |

Katherine Hubbard | Bend the Rays More Sharply |

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• Penelope Umbrico | Screens, Scans, Suns | web

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MAN RAY-Rayograms
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Metropolitan Museum of Art
At Aqua Velvet
General description of photography and surrealism

 

 

LASZLO MOHOLY NAGY
At MOMA | At the Getty Musuem

 

*CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS

ADAM FUSS
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• At Cheim & Reid
• At Fraenkel Gallery
• At Artists and Alchemists
• Good article with terrible formatting
Interview in BOMB magazine.

 

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• Represented by Stephen Bulger (Toronto)
Yossi Milo (NY)
• Canadian Art profile
Article in Le Rencontres d’Arles
Video at Gallery Intell

 

GARY FABIAN MILLER2010_002_night-cell

• Artist Website
• Video and images at Victoria and Albert Museum
• At Ingleby Gallery

SHADOW CATCHERS at The Victoria and Albert Museum
• Camera-less photo techniques at Victoria and Albert Museum
• A History of Camera-less Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
• A listing of all of the artists plus video interviews in the Camera-less Photography exhibit.

 

SUSAN DERGES

• Susan Derges
• Prix Pictet
• Paul Kasmin Gallery
• Video, commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
• At Oxford University
• At Danziger Gallery

 

ABELARDO MORELL
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Flashlight and Salt, photogram on 8×10 film
More of his photograms

 

 

THOMAS RUFF
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Photograms for the new age (interview in Aperture magazine)
See more work at David Zwirner gallery

 

 

Experimental Practices: Thinking About Gesture


EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE
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A collection of newly animated gifs from the stills | Great NPR story
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Woman Dancing at Night, 1887

The Victorian Peeper | The Smithsonian | Muybridge at TATE Britain AthletesPosturingPlate1151879fromTheAttitudesofAnimalsinMotion+small
Athletes Posing, 1879

 

JULIA FULLERTON BATTEN

Dressing Gown, Julia Fullerton Batten

Dressing Gown, Julia Fullerton Batten

Interview | Her body of work, In Between |

FRANCESCA WOODMAN | TATE Modern | New York Review of Books
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Francesca Woodman: House #3, Providence, Rhode Island, 1976

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ELISE WINDSOR | Mise en abyme |

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Ovoid Left, 2011

 

ANNA GASKELL
At the Guggenheim | Bio | Turns Gravity | Analysis of Gaskell’s use of light
Anna Gaskell

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ANN HAMILTON!

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Artist website | On Art 21 | Radio Interview ” Making and The Spaces We Share(On Being) | More videos about The Embodied Art of Ann Hamilton

TINO SEHGAL
At The Guggenheim | Interview in The New Yorker | Video! at Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam | Filling a city with cavorting couples | General Guardian link for all things Tino Sehgal | On Performativity at the Walker Art Centre

FRANICS ALYS
Artist  website | Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing |

GESTURAL INSPIRATION: DANCE!

Mark Morris Dance Group | website | VIDEO! | Photo gallery | You Tube
Martha Graham Dance
Dayton Contemporary Dance
Garth Fagan Dance
Savion Glover | Video
Sammy Davis Jr and Gregory Hines
And, there is never, ever, anything better than this or this

David Parsons Dance | CAUGHT

 

 

QUANTUM – Teaser from Cie Gilles Jobin on Vimeo.

Gilles Jobin was the 2012 artist-in-residence at the CERN* physics laboratory in Switzerland. He created an abstract dance piece inspired by concepts in particle physics. A brief description from this New York Times article.
“…dancers will begin with a subtle jiggling motion that evokes the vibration of subatomic particles, which could be seen as a sort of quantum twerk. Under crackling ambient music assembled from supercollider data by the composer Carla Scaletti, they begin to orbit and swarm, pulled by invisible forces like gravity and magnetism. The spectacle will be lit, somewhat ominously, by lamps that swing on motorized pendulums — a “lumino-kinetic sculpture” contributed by the German artist Julius von Bismarck. “You don’t have to know anything about physics, it’s not a demonstration or explanation of scientific concepts,” Mr. Jobin said. “Now that I know that everything is moving, that we are mostly made of emptiness, that our bodies are holding together with incredible forces, it feels different to move my body.

 

2610: Interventions in the landscape

 

ANSEL ADAMS
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Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941

JOHN PFAHL
Volare Digital CaptureMoonrise Over Pie Pan, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, 1977

Artist website

Just Because 060

Zero One Magazine

 

ANDY GOLDSWORTHY
Description on The Art Story | Rivers and Tides

Andy Goldsworthy talking about The Stone Sea

FUJIKO NAKAYA

What are Fujiko Nakaya’s fog sculptures all about?


SALLY MANN

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Scared Tree, from Southern Landscapes
Art 21 Episode about PLACE | Specifically the Sally Mann episode

OLAFUR ELIASSON
The Weather Project at TATE Modern | About the installation | Artist website-The Weather Project |

MARK KLETT

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Timothy O’Sullivan (1872) + Mark Klett (1978)

Third View: The Rephotographic Survey Project
Good article, description of the project | More about Mark Klett
At Pictured Past Future Perfect

Robert Adams on the importance of LIGHT | Art 21 segment.

Vija Celmins | Art 21 segment

Trevor Paglen | Art 21 segment

Andrea Zittel | Art 21 segment

SITE SPECIFIC PLAYLIST : excellent stuff–all different artists and disciplines.

CHRISTINA SEELY
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From, Lux.

 

JOHN RAFMAN
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Nine Eyes of Google Street View

BILL OWENS
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Suburbia |

 

 

Balint Alovits | website


 

 

And finally, a good use of social media:

Dronestagram
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March 2nd 2014: A reported drone strike killed three in the village of Al-Shabwan, 5km from Marib, while travelling in or sleeping near their vehicle. #drone #drones #yemen (at Erq al-Shabwan, Marib Province)

Explanation of the project | Tumblr | Instagram

Andrew Wright | Artist website |

Scott McFarland | Artist website

Isabelle Hayeur | Artist website

Letha Wilson | Artist website

Shirin Neshat | At the Guggenheim | At the HirshornGladstone gallery | TED talk |

AMY STEIN | Domesticated | npr slide show |

https://www.lensculture.com/articles/renee-c-byer-a-pulitzer-prize-winner-speaks-on-the-art-of-photojournalism

 

BRADLEY PETERS


More Bradley Peters

The Helsinki School

Riita Paivalainen | River Notes

 

Janne Lehtinen | Sacred Bird

 

 

 

Photo I : Composition

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Henri Cartier-BressonThe Decisive Moment
Helpful and concise article about Cartier-Bresson

Joel Meyerowitz Talks about composition.

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Helen Levitt | At MOMA | At Lawrence Miller Gallery

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Gary Winogrand | 10 Things Gary Winogrand Can Teach You About Street Photography | Profile in The Guardian

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Richard Avedon | website | American Masters video series | Master Photographer series at Time-Life

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Francesca Woodman | Tate-Modern | Guggenheim

Untitled 1975-80 by Francesca Woodman 1958-1981

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Martin Parr | website

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General Inspiration | Research | Photography Museums  (don’t forget to utilize this blog)

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Aperture Foundation-especially the weekly roundup of photography news on the blog

• The Lens Blog of the New York Times

Behold: The Photography Blog at Slate.com

• 

International Center of Photography  | Online database



LightBox | The photo editors at Time Magazine

• Ryerson Image Centre | Collections

St.Lucy

Canadian Art

Border Crossings

Experimental Practices: Conceptual Portraits

STASI SMELL JARS

Brief explanation
STASI Museum in Berlin

SELFIE CITY!
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FELIX GONZALEZ-TORRES
Andrea Rosen |

JASON SALAVON
Portraits | Playboy | 100 Special Moments | Short statement

THOMAS DEMAND
Matthew Marks gallery | MOMA
His Animations at DHC/ART in Montreal.

ANA MENDIETA
Untitled (Silueta Series), circa 1978
Vintage colour photograph


SOPHIE CALLE
The Hotel Series | Thesis on Hotel Series | At the TATE (full screen images)

GILLIAN WEARING
Whitechapel Gallery (London) | Review in The Guardian

ANDREA ZITTEL
Website | L.A. Weekly | In Conversation, Systems for Living

DAMIEN HIRST
Medicine Cabinets

JANINE ANTONI
Lick and Lather  | Luhring Augustine (gallery) | Art 21 video

LORNA SIMPSON

FRANCIS PICABIA

Machine Drawings

KIKI SMITH
Text at Guggenheim | Game Time

JON RAFMAN
Nine Eyes of Google Street View | Essay

NANCY BURSON
| Article | Early Composites | Museum of Contemporary Photography | Seeing and Believing, New York University | Early Work, Clamp Art (decently sized images)

NIKI S. LEE
Museum of Contemporary Photography | The Creator’s Project, overview
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Museum of Contemporary Photography | The Creator’s Project, overview

Allanah Volkes | artist website

Other artists to consider:

Annette Messager
Cindy Sherman
Yoon Sung Min (Dwelling)
Micah Lexier
Germaine Koh
Tom Friedman

Douglas Gordon
Bruce Nauman
Sylvie Cotton – The Theory of Sylvie
Hadley and Maxwell
Pepon Osorio
Kelly Mark
Gabriel Orozco
John Sasaki – Life line video
Doug Jarvis – The sound of a ball rolling around the inside of his head