October 13, 2009 |
Perhaps, by sheer volume or the absence of merit, blogs that allow anyone to publish and cell phones that make photographers of us all ultimately will dull our reactions to the strife that surrounds us. But if that happens, don't blame Harvey Finkle. A documentary photographer whose black-and-white stills are extensively exhibited and published, Finkle records the struggles of individuals in need and the activists who rally on their behalf. At demonstrations where the cause was accessibility for the disabled, justice for the criminally accused, protection for workers, or respect for cultural difference, Finkle, now 75, has stood vigil for more than 30 years on Philadelphia's streets, training his lens on emotions that exceed words.
November 13, 2004 |
The claws are out in Hollywood. Fun couple Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake, who are like the prom king and queen of showbiz, were leaving the Chateau Marmont late last Saturday when they were set upon by paparazzi (that's Italian for "stalkers with Nikons"). Instead of cowering while the flashbulbs popped, Diaz allegedly went all Jackie Chan on one of the photographers. We worry about what kind of precedent this might set for other leading ladies, especially since, according to the paparazzo, after pummeling him into submission she snatched his camera.
May 1, 1992 |
At 26, Nick Waplington is young enough to enjoy skateboarding and too young to be as good a photographer as he is. Judging by the current exhibition of his work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, he seems to have sprung full-blown from the brow of Henri Cartier-Bresson or Robert Frank, except that Waplington doesn't owe anything to either of them. At least he says he doesn't. "At various stages throughout my career (imagine, at 26, talking about a career) I've been interested in various different photographers, until I got to the point where I wasn't interested in anyone anymore, and it was about time for me to go out there and do something different," he said the other day while a museum installation crew was putting the finishing touches on his show.
February 5, 2013
SOME CALL HIM the Gordon Parks of Philly. To others, he's "Mr. Tribune. " Whatever you call Robert Mendelsohn, you'd be hard-pressed to find an African-American-oriented society event in recent years that he hasn't photographed for the Philadelphia Tribune , the Philadelphia Sunday Sun or another one of the papers he shoots for as a freelancer. And he does it all using public transportation. "He goes to places at nighttime that I wouldn't go without a car," laughed Jerry Mondesire, publisher of the Philadelphia Sunday Sun . "The beauty of it is that he gets along with so many kinds of people.
September 17, 1991 |
Daily News photographer Elwood P. Smith, with wife Anne on the left, throws out the first ball before last night's Phillies-Cardinals game. Smith was honored by the Phillies for his 50 years of photographing baseball, and his peers commemorated the occasion by using cameras from another era.
June 30, 2010
10 tonight BRAVO Celebrated photographer Andres Serrano (right), no stranger to controversy for his 1987 photograph of a crucifix immersed in urine, joins Jerry Saltz, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Bill Powers and China Chow on the judges panel.
June 1, 1986 |
The assignment to photograph a wedding is not to be given, or taken, lightly. The photographer should be a professional, and equipped with both the gear and the skills to handle every moment. The photographer who shoots a wedding candidly like a news event can often outperform the more structured "studio" shooters, who prefer posed situations. However, some studios do offer 35mm, photojournalism-style wedding coverage. The photojournalism approach - letting the wedding events unfold and photographing them as they happen - often results in a more memorable set of pictures than those taken by a photographer who tries to photograph the standard ceremonial situations with which he is familiar.
March 1, 1987 |
Photographers sometimes become so caught up in their search for good subjects that they overlook an obvious one - their families and friends. It is sometimes difficult for a photographer to take a picture of someone he knows, but the familiarity of the subject makes the pictures all the more worthwhile and meaningful. Pictures of family and friends have a special quality. As time passes, pictures become documentary treasures; it's informative and amusing to see how friends and loved ones looked, dressed and acted.
April 21, 2011
This month for National Poetry Month, photographer Peter Tobia asked students in his photojournalism class at University of the Arts to illustrate a line or a verse from several Bob Dylan songs. "We have spent the whole semester shooting assignments that documented subjects and life situations as they unfold in front of the camera," said Tobia, formerly an Inquirer photographer. "The photographs have been fair, accurate, and honest. I thought I would change it up a little with this assignment and give the students a free rein of coming up with any kind of image to illustrate an idea, a thought, or emotion from something they have read.
August 17, 1986 |
We train ourselves from birth to see objects, not light, but it is the light reflected from objects that enables us to see them. Photographers often take pictures because they like the way the light plays on a scene or subject, and the good ones learn to "see" the way their film does. They study scenes carefully, analyzing the highlights and looking carefully into shadows. The photographer must visualize scenes not as they are, but as they will appear in the finished photograph.