Georges Bouton A man riding a 1900 De Dion tricycle, pulling his wife, daughter and dog in a seat behind him. The De Dion tricycle was the invention of Count De Dion, who was a leading figure in early automobile circles. Georges Bouton was a French engineer, who along with fellow Frenchman Marquis Jules-Albert de Dion , founded De Dion-Bouton in 1883. The pair had first worked together in 1882 to produce a self-propelled steam vehicle. The result gave birth to the company which, at the time went under the name De Dion.In 1895 Bouton devised a new kind of engine, which was capable of 2000rpm. This was mounted in the tricycle and proved extremely popular.
A De Dion tricycle. Charles C. Ebbets, Lunch on a Skyscraper, 1932 Lunch atop a Skyscraper (New York Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam) is a famous photograph taken in 1932 by Charles C. Ebbets during construction of the RCA Building (renamed as the GE Building in 1986) at Rockefeller Center The photograph depicts 11 men eating lunch, seated on a girder with their feet dangling hundreds of feet above the New York City streets.Ebbets took the photo on September 29, 1932, the Sunday supplement of the Oct.
2nd of that year. It was taken on the 69 floor of the 70 that is the GE building in the Rockefeller Center. Rockefeller Center Johnston, Skating in Central Park, ca. 1890 At the end of the 19th century, much of New York City was still downtown. The famed hotel in the background was so far from the center of the city that it was like being in the Dakota territory. | Very little is known about the life of photographer John S. Johnston of New York City.He was known for his cityscapes of New York City in addition to his yacht photographs.
Johnston’s work now appears in the Mystic Seaport Museum, the Library of Congress, the Museum of the City of New York, as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the California Museum of Photography, the California Historical Society, Yale University Art Gallery, the National Museum of American History, the Hallmark Photographic Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Rainier Bank Corporation, and the Seattle Art Museum| 944, Walter Rosenblum, D-Day “The end of the war will see our art given new impetus by the democratic forces unleashed by a progressive victory. We will be faced with tremendous possibilities that we must even now begin to anticipate. Yep. We have a great deal to look forward to.
” —Walter Rosenblum, “Letter,” Photo Notes, July 1944 Walter Rosenblum was a member of the Photo League. Most of the members of the Photo League during its first five years were New Yorkers who shared a common belief in the power of photography to change social conditions.Whatever their individual approaches, all members were in agreement about the transformative power of the medium; as Sol Libsohn stated it, “The camera is itself a form of discipline Yarmouth Sands, photo Paul Martin (1864-1944). Black and white photography. Yarmouth Sands, England, c. 1885-1900. In 1892 Paul Martin, a wood engraver by training, bought a ‘Facile’ hand camera which was small and could be easily disguised in a suitcase-like box.
It did not need a tripod as the exposure times were between one-tenth and one-quarter of a second.This combination of features allowed Martin to produce candid images of people relaxing, his camera and activity unnoticed. During the summer of that year, he went to the seaside at Yarmouth and produced images of holidaymakers at the resort. Paul Martin was one of the first photographers to use these new developments in camera technology and produced some of the most memorable holiday photographs. The Artist at Appledore, N Devon, photo Paul Martin (1864-1944). Black and white photography. England, c. 1885-1900 Ansel Adams, “Church, Taos Pueblo, 1942Ansel Easton Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist, best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West, especially in Yosemite National Park.
One of his most famous photographs was Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California. With Fred Archer, Adams developed the Zone System as a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print. The resulting clarity and depth characterized his photographs and the work of those to whom he taught the system.Adams primarily used large-format cameras, despite their size, weight, setup time, and film cost, because their high resolution helped ensure sharpness in his images. . Bill Brandt Isle of Skye, (The Graveyard of Strath) 1947 Bill Brandt was one of the acknowledged masters of 20th century photography.
He was also, and remains, one of the most mysterious. Taken as a whole, his work constitutes one of the most varied and vivid social documents of Great Britain, producing a body of photographic works that range from stark realism and social comment to pure abstraction and surrealism.Many of his works have important social commentary but also poetic resonance.
His landscapes and nudes are dynamic, intense and powerful, often using wide-angle lenses and distortion. His imagination was formed by a cosmopolitan background, including his native Germany (which he came to hate), a crucial period of two and a half years’ treatment for tuberculosis in Switzerland in the mid-1920s, training in a Vienna portrait studio in 1928, followed by three months studying with Man Ray in Paris—in the heyday of Surrealism—in 1929.It was in England, where Brandt settled in 1931, that his varied apprenticeship came to fruition. 1940s print. Signed in ink by artist on print retco margin. Also titled in ink with artist’s stamp on print verso.
Brassai Photo| Brassai Photo| Brouillard, Avenue de l’Observatoire,1934| | Brassai’s camera, tripod, and lighting equipment required him to be bold rather than inconspicuous. His nighttime photographs are so motivating for me. I really enjoy these types of photos more than most others because of they have a particular mood only night scenes evoke.
The predominance of black and dark in these low key photos is alluring. Originally Brassai was not fond of photography. As a student and early in his career, he studied painting and sculpture in the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. Later in life, he became a journalist which brought him to Paris in 1918. It was there that he fell in love with the city and with the camera.
‘Whisper of the Muse’ by Julia Margaret Cameron April 1865 George Frederick Watts was a renowned portrait painter as well as a friend and mentor to the photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.Cameron photographed Watts frequently and in different guises. Here she cast him in the role of musician with his muse or guiding spirit looking intently over his left shoulder, as though she is “whispering” some artistic encouragement in his ear. He, in turn, looks down upon the figure of the child on his right, who appears to be entranced by his violin playing. The violin is the visual focus of the composition and establishes a connection between the visual and performing arts.
. Gothic Bridge, Cental Park, NYC Henri Silberman Henri Silberman is an American photographer, born in Paris.In his teenage years, Silberman became fascinated by photography and has subsequently made a highly successful career from his talent and skills, especially in the field of New York urban landscapes. Inspired by the architecture and vitality of the city, contemporary photographer, Henri Silberman has built a reputation on capturing unique urban scenes. Here in the black-and-white “Gothic Bridge, Central Park, NYC” Silberman looks at the city from another angle – through the paradoxical tranquility of New York City’s central park.Through the grey mist of fog walks a solitary person – caught in silhouette against Gothic Bridge. The bareness of the trees tells of a winter day; you can almost hear the stillness that surrounds this lonely road. Henri Silberman was born in Paris, grew up in Brooklyn and has been photographing cities and nature since he was in high school.
“I bought my first camera when I was16. It was a Mamiya Sekor 1000 TL 35mm. I paid $225 for it and didn’t have the change to get home on the subway. I haven’t stopped shooting since. Now, I work in medium and large format.
Cities with all their contradictions have been a stimulus for Silberman’s visual representation of the urban landscape.“Wherever I am, it’s the crowd, a gesture, the pace, the culture and the architecture. What keeps me going as a photographer? I work every day; shooting, editing and re-shooting; learning as I go; ideally creating photos that surprise me, that have an emotional resonance. Silberman’s photographs have been exhibited and published internationally. His work is represented in many corporate collections and has been used in movies and television productions.