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Photography tips from 1946

Sometimes the more things change the more they stay the same and photography is no exception. The information and advice offered in this 1940s Vocational Guidance Film for aspiring professional photographers is still as applicable today as it was in 1946 when the film was made.

Of course things have changed since 1946 but more things have remained the same than have changed. Today most people shoot digital instead of film. Post processing, and retouching is performed on a computer. The filed of professional photography is still crowded, even more so today than it was in 1946 as the film points out.

So photography hasn’t really changed that much over time, it’s mainly the tools, the methods and how we think about photography that have changed.

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Moving Stills – David Burnett

Moving Stills is a fascinating short film that shows what it was like to work with a photo agency as a photojournalist in 1978. The film follows photojournalist David Burnett as he takes on an assignment to document cowboys moving a herd of cattle in the American south west for Contact Press Images. What is great about this film is that it tells us the whole story from getting the assignment, deciding to taking the assignment, to selecting the photos, selling the photos to publishers, then seeing the finished product in magazines.

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Slices of Time: Eadweard Muybridge’s Cinematic Legacy

Been enjoying your favourite TV show or movie? Well you can thank photography and Eadweard Muybridge for it. If it weren’t for photography and Eadweard Muybridge we might not have cinema as we know it today. Slices of Time: Eadweard Muybridge’s Cinematic Legacy tells the story of Eadweard Muybridge and how he laid the foundations for cinema.

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Sun Pictures: Henry Fox Talbot and the First Photographs

If you want to know about something, about anything, then the best way to learn about it is to study it’s history.

Sun Pictures: Henry Fox Talbot and the First Photographs is but just one chapter in the relatively short but incredibly interesting story of photography.

This short animation was created for SFMoMA by Drew Christie and Dan Herforth for the Photographic Interpretive Center.

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The Long Game

Sometimes it can seem like it would be easier to give up than it would be to carry on doing whatever you do. It’s hard to remember that hard work is worth it and will pay off. If you feel like chucking it all in and calling it a day on your creative pursuit(s) (or any other pursuit(s)) then you need to watch this three part video essay The Long Game from Adam Westbrook, a brilliant video essay about perseverance and not giving up.

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Visions and Images: Elliott Erwitt, 1981

Why don’t we have any programs like this on TV anymore? Although I’m not sure if I would want to watch a show with an interviewer that is as vapid as BarbaraLee Diamonstein. Don’t watch this for any insights, instead watch it for Elliott Erwitt’s humour as he takes the piss in response to some of the uninspired questions that are put to him.

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The History Of Photography In 5 Minutes

I enjoy history, it provides us with an understanding of the importance of things, and an understanding of why things are the way they are. History teaches us how we got from A to B. History is as interesting as it is important. The history of photography is no exception. Although photography is a relatively new art having only been around for a few hundred years the history of photography is quite interesting. If you are interested in the history of photography but don’t have a bunch of time to study a few hundred years of photography history then checkout the Cooperative of Photography’s video The History Of Photography In 5 Minutes.

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Hidden

Complex Media has teamed up with Mtn Dew to produce GreenLabel a web site that focuses on skate, music, and art and it’s actually half decent for something that a corporation has had a hand in creating. By far the best thing that GreenLabel does is present Hidden a short feature on contemporary American photographers who can be described, at least partly, as street photographers.

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