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Thoughts, ideas, and commentary on the art of photography by Nashville-based professional fine art photographer Keith Dotson. It's the podcast about fine art photography made by a working fine art photographer.

This podcast is written for photographers, photography collectors, photography students, and enthusiasts. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/keith-dotson/support

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Thoughts, ideas, and commentary on the art of photography by Nashville-based professional fine art photographer Keith Dotson. It's the podcast about fine art photography made by a working fine art photographer.

This podcast is written for photographers, photography collectors, photography students, and enthusiasts. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/keith-dotson/support

    All About Albumen Prints: A Resource for Students and Photo Collectors

    All About Albumen Prints: A Resource for Students and Photo Collectors

    In episode 36 of the Fine Art Photography Podcast, all about albumen prints. Intended as a resource for students, photography collectors, or photographers interested in historical processes.

    I'll cover these main points: 1) What is an albumen print? 2) Appearance of albumen prints; 3) Longevity of albumen prints; and 4) I'll read an 1860 step-by-step process for creating albumen paper.

    Time Codes

    01:21 - What is an Albumen Print

    06:25 - Appearance of Albumen Prints

    10:19 - Longevity of Albumen Prints

    11:38 - Circa 1860 Step-by-Step Process for Making Albumen Paper

    See samples of albumen prints here:
    https://icatchshadows.com/all-about-albumen-prints/

    Sources and Links
    Episode: Southworth & Hawes: America’s Early Masters of the Daguerreotype Portrait
    https://anchor.fm/keith-dotson/episodes/Southworth–Hawes-Americas-Early-Masters-of-the-Daguerreotype-Portrait-eihpsk

    Albumen print, Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albumen_print

    The Albumen Print: Photographic Processes, George Eastman House, YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq1RvahEPSk&ab_channel=GeorgeEastmanMuseum

    Eastman House, 60,000 Eggs a Day
    https://web.archive.org/web/20160304084043/http://image.eastmanhouse.org/files/GEH_1955_04_04.pdf

    The Oakland Museum of California
    https://museumca.org/exhibit/inspiration-points-masterpieces-california-landscape

    The Photographic News, “On the Preparation of Positive Paper,” June 29, 1860, p.101, M. Aleo
    https://cool.culturalheritage.org/albumen/library/c19/aleo.html

    Eadweard Muybridge, Untitled photograph of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse, The Oakland Museum of California
    http://collections.museumca.org/?q=collection-item/a72224

    Or get a better look here (flickr)
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/14096169@N07/1517810098/

    Rochester Institute of Technology, “The History, Technique and Structure of Albumen Prints,” James M. Reilly, 1980
    https://cool.culturalheritage.org/albumen/library/c20/reilly1980.html

    Wikipedia Commons, “Valley of the Yosemite, from Rocky Ford, 1872,” Eadweard J. Muybridge
    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eadweard_J._Muybridge_(American,_born_England_-_Valley_of_the_Yosemite,_from_Rocky_Ford_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg




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    • 16 min
    McCurry and McCullin: Steve McCurry's New Book and a Movie about Don McCullin

    McCurry and McCullin: Steve McCurry's New Book and a Movie about Don McCullin

    In this episode: Steve McCurry has a new book of never-seen-before photographs, and Anjolina Jolie commits to making a movie about the life of British war photographer Don McCullin, based on his autobiography, Unreasonable Behavior: An Autobiography. Plus, Google Trusted Contacts service ends Dec. 1.

    Links and Sources:

    In Search of Elsewhere: Unseen Images by Steve McCurry, Nov. 2020
    https://amzn.to/3kFf3MU

    All Steve McCurry books on Amazon: https://amzn.to/36SZmg2

    The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2020/nov/19/steve-mccurry-previously-unseen-images-in-pictures

    Peta Pixel, "More Photoshopped Photos Emerge in the Steve McCurry Scandal," May 26, 2016,  Michael Zhang
    https://petapixel.com/2016/05/26/photoshopped-photos-emerge-steve-mccurry-scandal/

    Unreasonable Behavior: An Autobiography, by Don McCullin, June, 2017
    https://amzn.to/333eUwH

    Don McCullin's website
    https://donmccullin.com/don-mccullin/

    Wikipedia, "Don McCullin"
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_McCullin

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    • 7 min
    Johnny Depp Stars as W. Eugene Smith in New Movie 'Minamata'

    Johnny Depp Stars as W. Eugene Smith in New Movie 'Minamata'

    Photographer W. Eugene Smith and his Minamata work, are receiving new attention thanks to a new major Hollywood movie starring Johnny Depp as Smith, to be released in February 2021.

    Sources and Links

    "W. Eugene Smith, the photographer who wanted to record everything," The Observer, Sean O'Hagan
    https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/aug/06/w-eugene-smith-photographer-record-everything

    "W. Eugene Smith’s Warning to the World," Magnum Photo
    https://www.magnumphotos.com/newsroom/health/w-eugene-smith-minamata-warning-to-the-world/

    "A Masterpiece: W. Eugene Smith's Photos of Pittsburgh," Pittsburgh Magazine, Rick Sebak
    https://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/a-masterpiece-w-eugene-smiths-photos-of-pittsburgh/

    Minamata: Homage to W. Eugene Smith
    https://www.nippon.com/en/images/i00051/minamata-homage-to-w-eugene-smith.html


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    • 6 min
    Remembering Baron Wolman (1937-2020), First Photographer at Rolling Stone Magazine

    Remembering Baron Wolman (1937-2020), First Photographer at Rolling Stone Magazine

    Rock-and-Roll photographer Baron Wolman has passed away at age 83. Wolman was the first staff photographer at Rolling Stone magazine, and he made some of the world's most iconic music photographs. In this episode, I bring back a recut episode about  Wolman, originally published in 2019.


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    • 4 min
    Is Street Photography Ethical?

    Is Street Photography Ethical?

    In this episode, we explore the question:  Is street photography ethical?

    As I was writing this episode, a woman published an op-ed in the New York Daily News calling her multiple encounters with aggressive street photographers a form of assault. Regardless of whether the photographer is "in your face" or quietly capturing someone's photograph on the street, is the practice of capturing someone's likeness without their consent ethical?

    Full transcript of this episode can be found at
    https://fineartphotopodcast.com/is-street-photography-ethical/

    Sources and Links

    Bill Cunningham New York, 2010 documentary film directed by Richard Press and produced by Philip Gefter
    https://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/billcunninghamnewyork/

    Cool Hunting, 13 New York Street Photographers Profiled in Everybody Street
    https://coolhunting.com/culture/everybody-street-documentary-cheryl-dunn/

    Everybody Street, full documentary film
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSG2dHa9ldI&ab_channel=FilmRiseCinematheque

    PetaPixel, Fujifilm Drops Ambassador After His Street Shooting Style Sparks Outrage, Feb 08, 2020, Michael Zhang
    https://petapixel.com/2020/02/08/fujifilm-drops-ambassador-after-his-street-shooting-style-sparks-outcry/

    PetaPixel, Controversial OpEd Calls Candid Street Photography a Form of ‘Gender-Based Violence,’  Oct 21, 2020,  D.L. Cade
    https://petapixel.com/2020/10/21/controversial-oped-calls-candid-street-photography-a-form-of-gender-based-violence/

    Input Magazine, Fujifilm dropped a top street photographer, but did he cross a line?
    https://www.inputmag.com/features/tatsuo-suzuki-fujifilm-street-photography-controversy


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    • 10 min
    A Lesson on Simplicity from the Great Portrait Photographer Platon

    A Lesson on Simplicity from the Great Portrait Photographer Platon

    A short episode to recommend a video about the great portrait photographer Platon, who offers sage advice on the topic of simplicity in photographic compositions.

    To see Platon's books, use the Amazon links below.

    A full transcript of this episode can be found at
    https://fineartphotopodcast.com/a-lesson-on-simplicity-from-the-great-portrait-photographer-platon/

    Sources and Links

    YouTube -- Abstract: The Art of Design | Platon: Photography, Full Episode uploaded by Netflix
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDpqt-haLLM&feature=emb_logo&ab_channel=Netflix

    Platon's Portrait of Willie Nelson:
    http://www.platonphoto.com/gallery/noted-tearsheets/texasmonthlywillienelson/

    Books by Platon available on Amazon
    Service: Platon (2016)
    Power: Portraits of World Leaders (2011)
    Keith Dotson "Minimalist Compostions" portfolio:
    https://keithdotson.com/collections/minimalist-compositions

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