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ERNST HAAS – THE ART OF SEEING
Ernst Haas (1921-1986) was a pioneer. He received both the first color feature in Life Magazine and the first one-person show of color photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His book The Creation, which I purchased in 1976, was the reason I decided to become a photographer. I later joined him for a workshop in Japan for two weeks during the summer of 1984. The 2019 video link below revisits my mentor’s interviews and films that show his way of seeing.
Photo (R to L): Ernst, Takiko and guide, Japan, 1984
WILLIAM KLEIN PASSES AT AGE 96
William Klein was an American-born photographer and filmmaker noted for his ironic approach and use of unusual photographic techniques in the context of photojournalism and fashion photography. He was ranked 25th on Professional Photographer’s list of 100 most influential photographers. Along with Robert Frank, Klein is considered among the fathers of street photography.
JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
In case you hadn’t noticed, Xmas now starts November 1st with sales being announced for early gift buying, due in part to shipping delays (from Santa Claus no less).
Just in time for the holidays is the new Leica Q2 “Reporter” model, which could be sold out to collectors before it becomes available Dec. 9. This limited edition camera with 28 f1.7 Leica lens is fantastic and is cloaked in green paint and kevlar (in case buyers actually want to use it).
Seriously… What I want and what I need are often two different things. For this, I could make an exception!
Enjoy some time off during the holidays!
That’s how the front line describes the current Covid situation here in Washington state, where many still wear masks indoors for safety.
That’s good news considering how the USA was impacted by this horrible virus. Still, after traveling to Florida, where masks are rarely worn, I’m glad to be back home, although I really wish I were in Cabo on the beach.
PNW CAR CULTURE GALLERY IS NOW ON WELLS IMAGERY
It’s my pleasure to announce that the new Pacific Northwest Car Culture gallery has been added to wellsimagery.com
These are the focal lengths that many lifestyle and automotive art directors like to see used in your photo submissions. That’s because these normal to telephoto images tend to be flattering for portraits and cars, and they work well in print or on the web. Continue reading “”
ERNST HAAS – HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY
Ernst Haas, the pioneer of color photographic essays, would have been 100 years old today.
He created the first magazine color photo-essay in LIFE in 1962. He became the first color photographer to have his own exhibit at MOMA shortly thereafter. He made this photo of a fall leaf in 1964.
A very good friend of mine, and a fellow student of Haas, Arthur Meyerson, posted this on Facebook today. I was there at the Ernst Haas Worksop in Japan with Arthur in 1984. I couldn’t have said it better.
There’s always more stuff to acquire. So, how much is enough?
Very few people ask this question of themselves.
Van Life folks do it every day. Check out the film Nomadland!
Long before Instagram, my wife and I lived that mobile dream for awhile. It was a good time camping on and off the road for eight years. My Steinbeck’s America book project resulted from that experience:
It’s interesting when you think about it. In the 1950s and before that, people saw the world with what artists called a “normal” perspective. It resembled a 50 mm focal length composition on a full-frame 35 mm format camera.
You see that perspective when you travel to European cities. The streets and buildings are narrow and complement that field of view. Continue reading “”
IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF GOING
From this day forward, all images on this site will be 550 pixels or wider, so you can better see the differences in quality.
“Actions speak louder than words.”
I’ve always believed in that. Yet, in today’s world, more and more, made up images and words are often believed over actions that are actually true. Continue reading “”
If you really want a change of experience, and you live near Seattle, one option is to take a 4-hour trip east to the wheat fields of the Palouse – but don’t delay. This year’s crop will be cut in a couple of weeks. Continue reading “”
HAVE A SAFE 4TH OF JULY
This candid photograph of an American veteran (and a cat hiding under the truck) was made along Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona with a digital Leica M and a 50mm lens. Continue reading “”
RETRO VINTAGE STILL LIFE
Now’s a great time to photograph still lifes indoors.
For this photo I chose a camera I purchased in 1979. It’s a 1958 Leica M3 and my first rangefinder. Before that I bought my first SLR, a Canon AE-1. Those cameras started me down the photographic path. Continue reading “”
The subject was sure to come up sooner or later.
I avoid well-known scenic overlooks, unless I need to photograph them on assignment. Fortunately, I spent my early travel photography career hanging out at the best spots before they became widely discovered. Continue reading “”