Robert Frank

398bd100ab1ae90a1a0736c07712ccfeRobert Frank (born Nov 9, 1924) is a Swiss photograher and documentary filmmaker, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1947. He is considered one of the most influential figures in the history of photography.

His monograph “The Americans”, first published in 1958,  is one of the most influential photo books of all-time. It features photographs taken by Robert Frank in the mid-1950s as he traveled across the U.S. on a Guggenheim fellowship. Text for this book was written by the American novelist Jack Kerouac.

In the 1950s, Frank was a regular contributor to Harper’s Bazaar, but later turned his focus from still images to filmmaking.

Perhaps Frank’s best-known film is Cocksucker blues . It chronicled The Rolling Stones
american tour 1972 in support of their album “Exile on Main Street”. The film was embargoed by the band and banned by censors. In 1977, Frank went to court and won the right to exhibit Cocksucker Blues four
times a year, on the condition that the filmmaker himself was present.

I have been frequently accused of deliberately twisting subject matter to my point of view. Above all, I know that life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference. Opinion often consists of a kind of criticism. But criticism can come out of love. It is important to see what is invisible to others. Perhaps the look of hope or the look of sadness. Also, it is always the instantaneous reaction to oneself that produces a photograph. – Robert Frank

 

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Gregory Crewdson’s Photography

Gregory Crewdson is an american photographer known for his cinematic and surreal scenes of American homes and neighborhoods.

This interesting video by Reserve Channel shows the process of constructing his extremely detailed photographs, that look like Stephen Spielberg or David Lynch movies put into single frame.

 

Photographie humaniste of Robert Doisneau

The best photos, the ones that are remembered, are the ones that have first passed through the person’s mind before being restored by the camera.

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Today I ran into an article about humanist photography, a style of  French photography that was popular from 1940s until the late 1960s. The guiding principle for this movement was the central place of the human being in the everyday life.

One of the most celebrated exponents of this branch of art was Robert Doisneau (14 April 1912 – 1 April 1994).

At the age of fifteen he learned engraving and lithography, and started designing labels for drug packaging. Later, became a camera assistant at André Vigneau’s studio in 1931. He sold his first photographic story to Excelsior magazine in 1932. Robert Doisneau worked four years as an industrial advertising photographer for Renault car factory. His first professional street photographs were taken during his travel throughout France in search of picture stories for Rapho photographic agency.

During the WWII Robert Doisneau was both a soldier and photographer in the French army, and from 1940 until the end of the war in 1945 he used his skills to forge passports and identification papers for the French Resistance. He photographed the Occupation and Liberation of Paris.

After the war he returned to freelance work for Life and other leading international magazines.

Robert Doisneau died in April 1994 and left behind 450 000 negatives, each with a deep, passionate story of people, depicted there.

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Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville

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Rock’n’roll the world

If anyone asked me what joy and happiness are, I would made the volume louder and played a few rock’n’roll songs to that person. Why? Because rock’n’roll is the pure joy, youth, happiness and life itself, recorded with the sound of music.

It was the major music in 1950s and 1960s, and it shaked the dancefloors all over the world with its irresistible beats and unstoppable energy. Here are some amazing songs that will surely make you move and smile!

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FROZEN MOMENTS OF PHILIPPE HALSMAN

Photography is the art of frozen time… the ability to store emotion and feelings within a frame.

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Photography is often called the art of frozen moment, time, life etc.

Probably one of the greatest authors who tried to capture the moment was American portrait photographer Philippe Halsman.

Halsman was listed in Popular Photography magazine’s “World’s Ten Greatest Photographers”, and in 1975 he received the Life Achievement in Photography Award from the American Society of Magazine Photographers.

He stated that to produce unusual pieces of work photographers should follow six rules:

  • the rule of the direct approach,
  • the rule of the unusual technique,
  • the rule of the added unusual feature,
  • the rule of the missing feature,
  • the rule of compounded features,
  • the rule of the literal or ideographic method.

Halsman once said: “When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping, and the mask falls, so that the real person appears”. He even published a Jump Book, which contained a tongue-in-cheek discussion of jumpology and 178 photographs of celebrity jumpers.

Halsman photographed Salvador Dali, Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, Alfred Hitchcock and many more. And he certainly inspired thousands of modern photographers to take “jumpology” photos full of joy, freedom and energy.

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Stanley Kubrick Photography

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I have not met any educated person who does not know, or haven’t heard at least once about legendary and enigmatic Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999).

You probably know him as the director of 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. And maybe you’ve even heard about Dr. Strangelove and Path of Glory. His unique vision, attention to details, innovative approach made Kubrick one of the most known, disputed, influential and inspirational filmmakers of all time.

But before getting to Hollywood, Stanley Kubrick became an apprentice photographer at Look magazine in 1946. He began taking photographs when in high school in New York City. At 16, Stanley Kubrick sent a photograph he took of a news-stand after President Roosevelt’s death to Look Magazine, and soon started to work for them as staff photographer, youngest on their record.

He worked there for 5 years, and took about 12000 photographs. Those negatives have remained in the archives of Look Magazine ever since.

Famous german art historian Rainer Crone made the first book to document the early photographs of this famous film director: Stanley Kubrick: Drama & Shadows: Photographs 1945-1950.

Kubrick’s photos are full of drama and beauty, and every frame represents the burgeons of his cinematic language, which later blossomed in his films.

Here’s a short look at best shots, which fully reveal the talent and skill of Stanley Kubrick.

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French photo genius: René Maltête

ImageBonjour tout le monde!!
Vous savez quoi? I still don’t speak French… mais j’adore talking about french 😉
So I was thinking: what should my next step and post be about after a Nine Inch Nails start? No doubt, it should be about something cool. And after a short brainstorm I decided to talk about two passions at a time – french in photography!
If nothing recurs to your memory after these words, remember this name: René Maltête. And if you already thought about someone else, just add this guy to your list. Because he was French, he was a photographer, and he was absolutely a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
But let me start from the very beginning.

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