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Photographer Combines Street and Business Smarts


Photographer Scott Hugh Mitchell  carried a camera with him on his urban street walks ever since he was 14 – and he hasn’t stopped shooting still or video images ever since. We were drawn to this Adorama Camera video interview of the photographer, the youngest Hasselblad Photographer of the Month ever, because he’s insanely articulate about his education, training, and career path. You’ll be inspired by his dedication, drive, and vision.


Mitchell, now based in New York, attended school in San Diego and did much of his early shooting on the streets of Los Angeles. He’s drawn to street images and street art, as his “Graffiti Project” video (below) clearly demonstrates.






When Photography Was Powered by Candlelight

In the days before cameras and sophisticated photographic technology, we relied on different processes to capture the human image. I was really drawn to this video from Mark Osterman, a photo process historian (yes, there are such people!) at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, NY.  


Mark Osterman: f295 Symposium on 21st Century Photography


First, if you haven’t been to this world-class institution—the world’s oldest photography museum, housed in a glorious Colonial Revival mansion—you’re missing out; this is a must-see destination for any photographer. You’ll see some amazing early photographic equipment and unforgettable images from all over the world.

Osterman actually built his own physionotrace, which he used in the video. A 1783 French invention, with modifications made continually throughout the early 1800s, the device allows an operator to use candlelight to trace a person’s physiognomy, specifically the profile. The result is a silhouette (here’s mine), which got its name from French finance minister Etienne de Silhouette; he enforced severe wartime economic policies in 1759, and his name started to become associated with anything cheap—and cutting a profile from black card was the least expensive way to record what a person looked like.  


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Fallen Photographers Embedded in Danger Zone

Tim Hetherington: Zuma Press/Newscom



The deaths of award-winning photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros on April 20, 2011 in a mortar attack at Misrata, Libya, underscored the heavy toll war exacts on soldiers and civilians alike. Dupont Award winner Hetherington, whose book Infidel featured photos from the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan (see photo above), co-directed with journalist Sebastian Junger the Oscar-nominated movie documentary Restrepo, which won a Sundance film festival award.


Chris Hondros: Scout Tufankjian



Hondros’ work for Getty Images receive war photography’s highest honor, the Robert Capa Gold Medal. Both photojournalists were brilliant at showing the “texture of war,” as Hetherington put it, a combination of active combat and sometimes-boring daily life. Hetherington’s interview video from November 2010 features highlights of his work and insights as a photographer.



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David Bailey Made the Sixties Swing

British photographer and cultural icon David Bailey took pictures of the rich and famous, the mod and trendy, the underworld, and a dizzying variety of fashion and portrait subjects throughout his long career. Married to models and movie stars, he's lived a fascinating life and shot culturally-defining photos of everyone from Michael Caine and the Beatles to Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger. He modestly claims, "I just do what I see. You can't photograph somebody's soul." But he also was quoted as saying, "It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.” This video interview of Bailey was made in 2010, part of his "Pure Sixties. Pure Bailey." retrospective gallery show for Bonhams, London.


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