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History of Photography class sessions, photo history podcasts and other resources with Professor Jeff Curto

History of Photography Podcast Jeff Curto

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History of Photography class sessions, photo history podcasts and other resources with Professor Jeff Curto

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    History of Photography Podcast 11 : The Cyanotype

    History of Photography Podcast 11 : The Cyanotype

    The cyanotype was one of the earliest photographic processes and with its rich, blue color, remains one of the most beautiful. Invented in 1842 by the amazingly prolific Sir John Herschel, the easy-to-produce cyanotype lives on today in the darkrooms of many photographers and artists.















    Links for this episode:



    * Sir John Herschel –  at the Getty Museum

    * Anna Atkins – British Algae in the New York Public Library

    * Alternative Photography – a how-to guide from a good source

    * Cyanotype material from Freestyle Photo

    * Lenscratch.com – Review of a contemporary exhibition of alternative processes, including Cyanotype

    * My Italy Photography Workshops are being planned for May and June of 2016 – get on the Advanced Notice Mailing List here

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    History of Photography Podcast 10 : The Kodak Brownie

    History of Photography Podcast 10 : The Kodak Brownie

    The Kodak Brownie camera was one of the most popular cameras in the history of photography. The Brownie popularized low-cost photography and introduced the concept of the snapshot to a public eager to preserve their personal and family memories. With its simple controls and initial price of $1, it was intended to be a camera that anyone could afford and use.

    Links for this episode:



    * The George Eastman House’s Brownie Collection

    * Kodak’s Brownie History Page (a little dated, but interesting)

    * Brownie In Motion – Stephen Takacs very cool project – also on Stephen’s website



     

     

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    History of Photography Podcast 9 : Latent Image and Immediate Image

    History of Photography Podcast 9 : Latent Image and Immediate Image

    When light sensitive material is exposed to light, a chemical change happens, but this change isn’t necessarily visible. This idea is perhaps part of why early photographers – and early viewers of photographic images – had a hard time with the concept of the latent image, yet it was one of the most important components of the technology of photography in its infancy.

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    History of Photography Podcast 8 : Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky

    History of Photography Podcast 8 : Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky

    The photographs of pioneer color photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky (1863–1944) give us a remarkable view into a world that is now lost – the Russian Empire just before the Russian Revolution and World War I. In this podcast we explore both Prokudin-Gorsky’s photographs and the unique tri-color photographic technique he employed to create them.

    Links for this podcast:



    *  Book – Nostalgia: The Russian Empire of Czar Nicholas II Captured in Colored Photographs by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii

    * The Empire that was Russia – Library of Congress collection of Prokudin-Gorskii photographs and information

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    History of Photography Podcast 7 : Tina Modotti

    History of Photography Podcast 7 : Tina Modotti

    Tina Modotti (1896 – 1942) was an Italian photographer who was most active in Mexico between 1923 and 1930. Known for her romantic and business relationship with Edward Weston and her friendships with Diego Rivera, Frieda Kahlo and other Mexican artists, Modotti was also a political activist during the Mexican Revolution and beyond.

    Links for this episode:



    * Tina Modotti web archive

    * Mexico as Muse – Modotti & Weston at SFMOMA

    * Tina Modotti at MOMA



     

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    History of Photography Podcast 6 : Looking at Photographs

    History of Photography Podcast 6 : Looking at Photographs

    John Szarkowski’s book Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art is one of the best ways to learn not only about the history of photography, but also about photography’s aesthetics as well. Szarkowski, the former Director of the Department of Photography at MOMA from 1962 to 1991, pairs 100 photographs with a brief and insightful essay. The combination of image and text causes the reader/viewer to go back and forth and as you look at each photograph repeatedly, you add to the richness of your own viewing.

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