The Fine Art Photography Podcast

The Fine Art Photography Podcast

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... Show More

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February 20, 2021 8 min

As it turns out, camera fanboys go way back in history. In this episode of the fine art photography podcast, I'll read a bit of humor about love and photography from the 1891 issue of Wilson's Photographic Magazine, a New York based photography magazine that was published from 1889 - 1914.

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In this episode, we remember the work of New York City street and music photographer Ricky Powell who died this week at age 59.

Sources

Everybody Street: Ricky Powell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrLGg8IeyxA&ab_channel=Alldayeveryday

The Guardian. "Ricky Powell, hip-hop photographer who captured New York culture, dies aged, 59" https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/feb/02/ricky-powell-hip-hop-photographer-...

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In this episode, a reminder to enjoy virtual photography events. Sure, the arts have lost a lot during the pandemic, and while nothing can replace in-person visits to photo galleries and museums, virtual events can add much to the arts experience that we didn't have before. Here. I'll talk about my recent experiences, including an inspirational virtual studio visit with photographer Mark Klett.

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December 15, 2020 4 min

In this episode, we discuss the auction results from the amazing David H. Arrington collection of Ansel Adams photographs, which just closed for $6.4 million USD. Adams' famous "The Grand Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming" came out on top, selling for $988,000, an auction high for the photographer.

Sources and Links

Midland Reporter Telegram, “Midland oilman proudly displays nature photograp...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 Warni...

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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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October 30, 2020 10 min

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 th...

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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: ...

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In this episode we discuss the idea of photography as a form immortality. Photography preserves an instant forever. In a way, it immortalizes the both the subject and the photographer, as long as the images can survive into future generations.

Sources and Links

1848 Daguerreotypes Bring Middle America’s Past to Life
https://www.wired.com/2010/07/ff_daguerrotype_panorama/

Archaeologists Have Discovered an Extraordinary New Style of ...

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In this episode of the fine art photography podcast, five legendary movie directors who were photographers first. We will be talking about the work of Anton Corbijn, Stanley Kubrick, Gordon Parks, Agnes Varda, and Wim Wenders -- who all started out as photographers.

Sources and Links

Anton Corbijn
Documentary, Anton Corbijn Inside Out, 2012, Directed by Klaartje Quirijns.

Stanley Kubrick

Book: Through a different lens, the Photogra...

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In episode 28 of the fine art photography podcast, we talk about the amazing collection of photographs owned by Sir Elton John and David Furnish.

Sources

"The Radical Eye review – Elton John's ravishing photography collection," Adrian Searle, 2016
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/nov/08/the-radical-eye-review-tate-modern-switch-house

"Sir Elton John: ‘I collect for the beauty, not the value. I’m in awe ...

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In this episode -- a major Hollywood movie about two-time White House photographer Pete Souza, who worked in the White Houses of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama.

Sources and Links

Obama White House Flickr account, photographs by Pete Souza

Books by Pete Souza (Amazon)

The Way I See It  -- Official Movie Trailer

Terry Gross, Fresh Air -- Interview with Pete Souza

"Photographer Pete Souza Reflects On 8 Years (And 1.9 Million Photo...

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September 18, 2020 7 min

I love fog in the landscape, but not on my camera lens. I recently spent a week in beautiful Charleston South Carolina, where I photographed historic architecture, and gorgeous coastal barrier islands and beaches. Charleston is known for historic architecture, gourmet cuisine, a vibrant art scene, numerous huge old churches with ancient cemeteries, palm trees -- and of course -- being a coastal city in the deep south, Charleston is...

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In this episode, I'll walk you through a virtual exhibition of color photographs by the legendary Harry Callahan, hosted by Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta.

Sources:

Encyclopedia Britannica

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Harry-Callahan

Harry Callahan, Encyclopedia.com

https://www.encyclopedia.com/people/literature-and-arts/photography-biographies/harry-callahan

Howard Greenberg

http://www.howardgreenberg.com/artists/harry-cal...

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September 1, 2020 4 min

In this episode of the fine art photography podcast: a quick followup to my discussion of daguerreotypes from my previous episode (number 23 Southworth & Hawes) --  just how fragile were they? There's a common perception, supported by much early documentation, that daguerreotypes are easily wiped off the plate. But modern science seems to contradict that.

The Daguerreotype: Nineteenth Century Technology and Modern Science b...

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In this episode of the Fine Art Photography podcast: the story of Boston-based Southworth & Hawes, the first American masters of daguerreotype portraiture. We will talk about the partnership between Albert Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes in the earliest days of photography that created some of the most beautiful portraits ever. We'll also take a dive into the daguerreotype process.

Sources for this episode:

Center for ...

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I've dedicated my career to black and white photography. In this episode, I discuss the four elements that I think are necessary to make a great black and white photograph. For me, it comes down to these four key parts: Emotion, Unique Artistic Vision, the Story, and the Print.

Listen to my thesis and see if you agree or disagree with my assessment.


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In this episode, I discuss the story behind a famous 1866 photograph by pioneering British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. We know what camera and lens Cameron used to shoot the glass plate negative, but the captivating model Ms. Keene is an enigma -- almost nothing is known about her.

Credits and useful links:

The specific print I discuss is this one in the collection of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
https://www.metmuse...

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