The Fine Art Photography Podcast
By Keith Dotson
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.
This podcast is written for photographers, photography collectors, photography students, and enthusiasts.
Addressing the Elephant in the Room -- A.I.
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography Podcast -- A.I. You're probably already using it. But what do you think of it? Full episode transcripts are available on my photography blog here: icatchshadows.com Sources and Links Digital Camera World. "What is an AI camera? How AI is changing photography and photo editing…" After Shoot. "Will Artificial Intelligence Disrupt Your Photography Business in 2021?" Expert Photography. "AI Photography: How is AI Changing the World of Photography?" How to Support the Podcast Make a one-time donation: https://ko-fi.com/keithdotson Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/keithdotson Buy a fine art print: https://keithdotson.com Buy a copy of my book: https://amzn.to/3jFnxqv (Amazon affiliate link) *Contains Amazon Affiliate links. I may earn a small commission on qualifying purchases.
January 16, 2022
Want to See Great Photography? Try Kansas City
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography Podcast, we discuss the world class photography collection held in a place you probably wouldn't think of -- the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. We will also discuss the amazing Fitz archive, which includes some of North America's oldest photographs, and was discovered in a wooden shed in New York this year. The Fitz archive was just acquired by the Nelson-Atkins Museum. Full episode transcripts are available on my photography blog here: icatchshadows.com Sources and Links The Art Newspaper. "Nelson-Atkins Museum acquires one of the earliest daguerreotype portraits made in the US." Benjamin Sutton. December 20, 2021. The East Hampton Star. "Early Photographs Found in Peconic Auctioned." Jennifer Landes. November 18, 2021. Hindman Auction Catalog via Issuu. "Sale 955 | The Henry Fitz Jr. Archive of Photographic History." Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Photography Collection. How to Support the Podcast Make a one-time donation: https://ko-fi.com/keithdotson Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/keithdotson Buy a fine art print: https://keithdotson.com Buy a copy of my book: https://amzn.to/3jFnxqv (Amazon affiliate link) *Contains Amazon Affiliate links. I may earn a small commission on qualifying purchases.
December 29, 2021
How Important is the 'Story' to a Fine Art Photograph?
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography Podcast, we ponder this question: How important is a story to the making of a fine art photograph? See/Saw: Looking at Photographs by Geoff Dyer, available on Amazon. Sources and Links: Dictionary.com. "Story." Instagram. Kirsty Mitchell. Medium. "What is a Story? The best definition of story I’ve ever heard, and how to use it to help your writing." Catherine Lee. Merriam Webster. Definition of Story. Full episode transcripts are available on my photography blog here: icatchshadows.com Make a one-time donation: https://ko-fi.com/keithdotson Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/keithdotson Buy a fine art print: https://keithdotson.com Buy a copy of my book: https://amzn.to/3jFnxqv (Amazon affiliate link) *Contains Amazon Affiliate links. I may earn a small commission on qualifying purchases.
December 18, 2021
Happy Holidays! Give Yourself This Important Gift Over the Break
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography Podcast, a gift every creative person should give to themselves (and no, it's not a new lens). Sources and Links: BBC Culture. "How boredom can spark creativity." Clare Thorp. May 22, 2020. Fast Company, "Science says it’s essential to make time to do nothing. Here’s why making more time for downtime will help you stay sane, creative, and productive over the long term."Jay Dixit. Dec 4, 2021. Forbes, "Why Neuroscientists Say, ‘Boredom Is Good For Your Brain’s Health.’" Bryan Robinson, Ph.D. Sept. 2, 2020. Harvard Business Review. "The Creative Benefits of Boredom." David Burkus. Sept. 2014. The Very Well Mind. "The Psychology of Flow." Kendra Cherry. April 09, 2021 Out of My Skull: The Psychology of Boredom. John Eastwood (Amazon link) Full episode transcripts are available on my photography blog here: icatchhadows.com Make a one-time donation: https://ko-fi.com/keithdotson Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/keithdotson Buy a fine art print: https://keithdotson.com Buy a copy of my book: https://amzn.to/3jFnxqv (Amazon affiliate link) *Contains Amazon Affiliate links. I may earn a small commission on qualifying purchases.
December 09, 2021
Field Recording: Laurel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography Podcast, a field recording from a recent landscape photography trip to the banks of Laurel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee. Check out my photography blog here: icatchhadows.com Make a one-time donation: https://ko-fi.com/keithdotson Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/keithdotson Buy a fine art print: https://keithdotson.com Buy a copy of my book: https://amzn.to/3jFnxqv (Amazon affiliate link)
December 04, 2021
On Art and Jealousy
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography Podcast, I talk about self-doubt and being jealous of other photographers. Specifically in this episode, I talk about the beautiful work of Danish photographer Trine Søndergaard, and Dutch photographer Bastiaan Woudt, who talked about his own feelings of jealousy of other photographers in his documentary, "Capturing Morocco with photographer Bastiaan Woudt." Check out my photography blog here: icatchhadows.com Make a one-time donation: https://ko-fi.com/keithdotson Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/keithdotson Buy a fine art print: https://keithdotson.com Buy a copy of my book: https://amzn.to/3jFnxqv (Amazon affiliate link)
November 24, 2021
W.S. Lively and the Southern School of Photography
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography Podcast, we discuss photographer W.S. Lively, who started the second photography school ever in the United States -- and he did it in a small Tennessee town -- and it was successful! But he gained notoriety for making three 60-inch prints from glass-plate negatives - the first time it had ever been done. Sources and Links Facebook: W.S.Lively & The Southern School of Photography https://www.facebook.com/southernschoolofphotography/photos Florence Rice at Southern School of Photography https://bobgathany.photoshelter.com/image/I0000kbRBCOAaDSo Florence Rice, Photo of Watkins Glen, NY https://bobgathany.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Florence-Harry-Rice-Photos-Galeton-Ulysses-PA-Nyack-NY/G0000aNQd8rnSXSU/I0000fRbG_E9pN2w Florence Rice, Photographs https://bobgathany.photoshelter.com/gallery/Florence-Harry-Rice-Photos-Galeton-Ulysses-PA-Nyack-NY/G0000aNQd8rnSXSU Historical Marker Database https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=60404 Photo-Era: The American Journal of Photography, page 93, January 1913 https://www.google.com/books/edition/Photo_Era_Magazine_the_American_Journal/IcM6AQAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=did+african+american+students+attend+the+southern+school+of+photography+in+McMinnville%3F&pg=PA94&printsec=frontcover Tennessee Crossroads feature of the Southern Museum and Galleries https://youtu.be/1unPgFLV2cU
November 18, 2021
Why I Love Photographing Abandoned Places
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography podcast: why I love shooting abandoned places, with a brief discussion of some of my favorite locations to find abandoned buildings, and how I research the histories of abandoned houses and storefronts. My new eBook: "The Wheeling Portfolio" https://keithdotson.com/pages/books My photographs of abandoned places: https://keithdotson.com/collections/abandoned-places Help support the podcast: Make a one-time donation: https://ko-fi.com/keithdotson Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/keithdotson Buy a fine art print: https://keithdotson.com Buy a copy of my book: https://amzn.to/3jFnxqv Follow my blog: https://icatchshadows.com/ My Gear:* Sony A7RIV: https://amzn.to/3yd8t75 Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens: https://amzn.to/3klmpqT Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens: https://amzn.to/3myOddU Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM: https://amzn.to/3kmqhrx Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS: https://amzn.to/3gwGoBD Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro: https://amzn.to/3BdGdmT Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 for Sigma Mounts to Sony E Cameras: https://amzn.to/3jcu2Aj Video Gear: DJI Osmo Action Camera: https://amzn.to/3Dg4iuP Røde Video Micro: https://amzn.to/3zgRemO *Contains Amazon Affiliate links. I may earn a small commission on qualifying purchases.
November 05, 2021
Field Recording: Landscape Photography at a Waterfall Deep in the Appalachian Mountains
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography Podcast, a field recording: the sounds of hiking to make landscape photographs deep in the primordial forests of Eastern Kentucky. See my black and white photographs from this day on my Shadows and Light Blog here. Help support the podcast: Make a one-time donation: https://ko-fi.com/keithdotson Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/keithdotson Buy a fine art print: https://keithdotson.com Buy a copy of my book: https://amzn.to/3jFnxqv My Gear:* Sony A7RIV: https://amzn.to/3yd8t75 Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens: https://amzn.to/3klmpqT Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens: https://amzn.to/3myOddU Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM: https://amzn.to/3kmqhrx Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS: https://amzn.to/3gwGoBD Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro: https://amzn.to/3BdGdmT Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 for Sigma Mounts to Sony E Cameras: https://amzn.to/3jcu2Aj Video: DJI Osmo Action Camera: https://amzn.to/3Dg4iuP Røde Video Micro: https://amzn.to/3zgRemO *Contains Amazon Affiliate links. I may earn a small commission on qualifying purchases.
October 07, 2021
'The Tragedy of Macbeth,' Joel Coen's New Black and White Movie: Is it Film or Digital?
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography Podcast, I'll tell you how the new movie, The Tragedy of MacBeth, was filmed in black and white, with a comparison to another recent black and white film, The Lighthouse. Check out my photography blog here: icatchhadows.com Make a one-time donation: https://ko-fi.com/keithdotson Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/keithdotson Buy a fine art print: https://keithdotson.com Buy a copy of my book: https://amzn.to/3jFnxqv (Amazon affiliate link)
September 24, 2021
A Visit to George Eastman Museum: One of the World's Great Photography Museums
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography Podcast, I'll tell you what it's like to visit one of the world's preeminent photography museums. George Eastman Museum: eastman.org Check out my photography blog here: icatchhadows.com Make a one-time donation: https://ko-fi.com/keithdotson Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/keithdotson Buy a fine art print: https://keithdotson.com Buy a copy of my book: https://amzn.to/3jFnxqv (Amazon affiliate link)
September 22, 2021
What Motivates High-End Art Collectors? Swizz Beatz On Buying an Ansel Adams Photograph and More
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography podcast, we examine more new data on how high-end art collectors are buying art in 2021, and we learn from the example of a real world collector -- the rapper, record producer, and businessman Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Daoud Dean). Dean talks about buying photographs from Ansel Adams and Gordon Parks, and how he got into art collecting at age 19. Listen to the Swizz Beatz interview from Art Basel Read the Artsy survey results: "Art Collecting 2021: An Artsy Report" Check out my photography blog here: icatchhadows.com Make a one-time donation: https://ko-fi.com/keithdotson Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/keithdotson Buy a fine art print: https://keithdotson.com Buy a copy of my book: https://amzn.to/3jFnxqv (Amazon affiliate link)
July 19, 2021
Abandoned Places Photography: Hushpuckena
In this episode of The Fine Art Photography podcast, we discuss the excitement and mystery of visiting and shooting abandoned places. In this case, we talk about the abandoned community at Hushpuckena, Mississippi, with a description of the scene, and a little history. My book of abandoned places: Unloved and Forgotten: Fine Art Photographs of Abandoned Places by Keith Dotson, 2019 This Petty Place, about life in the Mississippi Delta by Robert C. Tibbs II YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3O7r4r9AHo&ab_channel=KeithDotsonPhotography Sources Find a Grave: Robert Clinton Tibbs Find a Grave: Susan Minerva Norman Tibbs Find a Grave: Eugene Edward Tibbs Legacy.com: Dr. Eugene Edward Tibbs Suzassippi’s Lottabusha County Chronicles: Hushpuckena on old highway 61 Urban Decay: “The Mississippi Delta 9: Hushpuckena and Shelby” NOTE: This description contains Amazon Affiliate links. I may earn a small commission on qualifying purchases.
July 14, 2021
Frank Relle: Shooting Chest Deep in Alligator Swamps at Night
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography podcast, we talk about the landscape work of New Orleans-based photographer Frank Relle, who owns an art gallery on Royal Street, and has a habit of standing in dark swamp waters late at night surrounded by gators. But the results are spectacular. Sources CBS News: Frank Relle on his work, photography methods and his "happy place" March 13, 2021 Via NOLA Vie: Artists in Their Own Words: Frank Relle April 29, 2016 FrankRelle.com: Dowd. Help support my efforts: Make a one-time donation: https://ko-fi.com/keithdotson Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/keithdotson Buy a fine art print: https://keithdotson.com Buy a copy of my book: https://amzn.to/3jFnxqv (Amazon affiliate link) My photographs of Rodney Ghost Town: https://keithdotson.com/collections/rodney-ghost-town
July 09, 2021
Emmett Gowin's Photographs of His Wife Surrounded by Moths in Flight
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography podcast, I explain why I find Emmett Gowin's photographs of his wife surrounded by moths in flight so magical. The Fine Art Photography Podcast: My blog with full episode transcripts and links. Links and Sources Edith and Moth Flight, 2002 (frontal version) https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1153936/edith-and-moth-flight-photograph-gowin-emmet/ Edith and Moth Flight, 2002 https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.157911.html Mariposas Nocturnas: Moths of Central and South America, A Study in Beauty and Diversity Hardcover, 2017 by Emmet Gowin https://amzn.to/3vMit6a Danville Register and Bee, "Photographer, wife to be inducted into Danville Hall of Fame", Vicky Cruz, Jul 16, 2015 https://godanriver.com/entertainment_lifestyles/photographer-wife-to-be-inducted-into-danville-hall-of-fame/article_b85f4f74-2c11-11e5-bd84-7317936ec06f.html The New Yorker, "The Most Intimate Photograph" https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/the-most-intimate-photograph The Modern Art Notes Podcast by Tyler Green, Episode No. 307 https://manpodcast.com/portfolio/no-307-emmet-gowin/ Metalocus, "Discovering Emmett Gowin, 2013 https://www.metalocus.es/en/news/discovering-emmet-gowin Southern Cultures, "Signs of Return" https://www.southerncultures.org/article/signs-of-return/ Contains an Amazon Affiliate link. I may earn a small commission on qualifying sales.
June 23, 2021
Projects I've Been Working On as a Fine Art Photographer
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography podcast, I'll tell you what kind of projects I've been working on as a photographer lately, and give some updates about recent developments with my photography and my art business. Links to websites discussed in the podcast: Unloved and Forgotten: Fine Art Photographs of Abandoned Places: My book of abandoned places photography on Amazon (Affiliate link) Abandoned Places: My portfolio of abandoned places photography Anchor.fm/keith-dotson: My podcast host - send a voice message here Antique Tools: My website portfolio for "The Dignity of Work" project Oakridge Wines (18+ please) Australia Paoli Smith, Creative design, Australia University of Kentucky Arts in Healthcare
June 12, 2021
What I've Learned from Having a YouTube Channel
In this episode of of the Fine Art Photography podcast, truths I have learned from making videos of my photography expeditions. My YouTube channel: youtube.com/channel/UCHKGcho3zw2y-xBJugAnmqg My Instagram channel: instagram.com/keithdotson
June 04, 2021
The Paranoia Episode: How Safe Are We Walking Around with Camera Gear?
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography Podcast, we discuss a string of recent news headlines with cameras being stolen in brazen daylight robberies, and cover a few tips for keeping yourself and your gear safe. KTVU Real estate photographer robbed of camera equipment while driving in San Francisco PetaPixel I Was Robbed in San Francisco While the Cameras Rolled Keith Dotson Photography Website Keith's Photography Blog Shadows & Light
May 26, 2021
About the Simple Photograph that Launched My Photography Career and Changed My Life
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography podcast, I'll talk about the simple photograph that totally changed my life, and started my career as a photographer. See my black and white photographs at my website here. Read my lively photography blog here.
May 22, 2021
Field Recording: Bird Songs on Location in a Springtime Forest
In this episode, another field recording. This time, experience with me the joyous sounds of an isolated forest in springtime. I was shooting some landscapes in this forest recently when I paused between shots to savor the environment, and I thought you might like to experience it too. Wherever you may be while listening to this, close your eyes, and let me teleport you to a very green place. We are standing in knee deep grasses, surrounded on all sides by a vivid green wood. The air is cool, and we are bathed in the surround sound of bird songs. Enjoy. Keith Dotson Photography Website
May 14, 2021
Field Recording: A Sonic Landscape of Moccasin Bend
In this episode of the fine art photography podcast, something a little different -- field recordings made during a photo outing to Moccasin Bend -- a nationally significant archaeological site consisting of forests and wetlands tucked into a big bend of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The site has had continuous human habitation for 12,000 years. But, rather than tell you about Moccasin Bend, I'll let you hear Moccasin Bend. You'll hear the breeze in the trees, the sound of a babbling brook, a variety of bird songs, a busy woodpecker, and a chorus of frogs and peepers echoing across the wetlands.
May 08, 2021
Making Huge Enlargements: Pixel Shift Multi vs Adobe's New Super Resolution
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography podcast, we go full-on photo nerd, discussing extreme enlargements using Pixel Shift Multi shooting composites versus Adobe's new Super Resolution Enhance process found in the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw. Which is better? This podcast mentions several brand names, but it is not a sponsored episode, and should not be considered an advertisement.
April 24, 2021
A Photographer Accused Andy Warhol of Copyright Infringement and the Court Agrees
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography Podcast, we'll talk about the copyright battle between photographer Lynn Goldsmith and the Andy Warhol Foundation over a portrait of Prince. Was Warhol's use of the Goldsmith photograph transformative? A Federal Appeals court says no. Sources: AP. "US court sides with photographer in fight over Warhol art." Larry Neumeister. March 26, 2021. https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-new-york-copyright-music-prince-aea4afa0b71e816149476804e601555a Artnet. "The Andy Warhol Foundation Has Won Out Against a Photographer Who Claimed the Pop Artist Pilfered Her Portrait of Prince." Sarah Cascone. July 2, 2019. https://news.artnet.com/art-world/andy-warhol-prince-copyright-case-1590703 The Art Newspaper. "US appeals court rules that Warhol’s reliance on a photographer’s portrait image did not constitute ‘fair use’." Laura Gilbert. March 29, 2021. https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/us-appeals-court-rules-that-warhol-portrait-series-violated-photographer-s-copyright The Verge. "The story of Richard Prince and his $100,000 Instagram art." Lizzie Plaugic. May 30, 2015. https://www.theverge.com/2015/5/30/8691257/richard-prince-instagram-photos-copyright-law-fair-use Wikipedia. "Cariou v. Prince." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cariou_v._Prince
April 02, 2021
How Wealthy Collectors Are Buying Art Now
In this episode of the fine art photography podcast: Another new report on the art market -- this one from Art Basel and UBS -- explains how wealthy people buy art now. The Art Market 2021 Read the full report here (Opens a PDF): https://www.artbasel.com/about/initiatives/theartmarket2021pdf Read the highlights here: https://theartmarket.foleon.com/artbasel/2021/start/
March 18, 2021
What Are Optical Brightening Agents and Why Should We Care?
Whether you're a photographer making prints or a collector of photography, you need to know about optical brightening agents (OBAs). But are they really as bad as they seem? Sources: Aardenburg Imaging https://www.aardenburg-imaging.com/optical-brighteners-obas/ Chromaxion, Paper for Fine Art https://www.chromaxion.com/information/fine_art_paper.html Red River Paper Product Grades Explained https://www.redrivercatalog.com/rr/red-river-paper-product-grades-explained.html
March 14, 2021
Edward S. Curtis: the Photographer Native Americans Called 'the Shadow Catcher'
In this episode, the life and work of photographer Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952), who was nicknamed the shadow catcher by Native Americans. His masterwork The North American Indian was monumental, but has also come under criticism for including staged, posed, and manipulated imagery. In this podcast, we learn about Curtis' life and work -- and the project that was his life's obsession. Sources: 1. Makepeace, Anne. Edward S. Curtis: Coming to Light. National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C. 2001. 2. Northwestern University, Curtis Library. Edward Sheriff Curtis. The North American Indian. 1907-1930. http://curtis.library.northwestern.edu 3. The Public Domain Review, "Edward Curtis' Photographs of Kwakwaka'wakw Ceremonial Dress and Masks (ca. 1914)" https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/edward-curtis-photographs-of-kwakwaka-wakw-ceremonial-dress-and-masks-ca-1914 4. Smithsonian Institution Libraries. "Frontier Photographer Edward S. Curtis." https://www.sil.si.edu/exhibitions/curtis/index.htm 5. Smithsonian Magazine, "Edward Curtis’ Epic Project to Photograph Native Americans" https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/edward-curtis-epic-project-to-photograph-native-americans-162523282/ 6. Wikipedia. "Edward S. Curtis." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_S._Curtis 7. YouTube. Makepeace Productions. "Edward Curtis "Dressing Up." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZlqNOpfpLY&ab_channel=MakepeaceProductions
March 11, 2021
What Major Art Galleries Learned About Selling Online During the Pandemic
In this episode, what big art galleries learned from selling art online during the pandemic, and is there anything new that the rest of us can use? Inspired by a new article published on artnet called "After a Year of Being Forced to Sell Art Online, Gallerists Have Learned 5 Surprising Lessons—and It’s Clear There’s No Going Back." Also, news that influential NYC-based photography gallery Metro Pictures will be closing.
March 10, 2021
The Fanboy Loses the Girl: A Humorous Story About Love and Photography from 1891
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.
February 20, 2021
Hip Hop Street Photographer Ricky Powell Has Died, Age 59
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-who-captured-new-york-culture-dies-aged-59 Ricky Powell's personal website: rickypowell.com Wikipedia. "Ricky Powell." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Powell
February 02, 2021
Reminder: Be Sure to Enjoy Virtual Photography Events
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.
December 18, 2020
Ansel Adams Auction Results
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 photography“ Midland Reporter Telegram, “Midland oilman to auction off part of his Ansel Adams collection“ Petapixel, “Iconic Ansel Adams Photo Sells for Record-Setting $988,000“ Sothebys, “A Grand Vision: The David H. Arrington Collection of Ansel Adams Masterworks” (Video interview with Arrington) Sothebys, Lot Listings
December 15, 2020
All About Albumen Prints: A Resource for Students and Photo Collectors
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 Print 06:25 - Appearance of Albumen Prints 10:19 - Longevity of Albumen Prints 11:38 - Circa 1860 Step-by-Step Process for Making Albumen Paper See samples of albumen prints here: https://icatchshadows.com/all-about-albumen-prints/ Sources and Links Episode: Southworth & Hawes: America’s Early Masters of the Daguerreotype Portrait https://anchor.fm/keith-dotson/episodes/Southworth–Hawes-Americas-Early-Masters-of-the-Daguerreotype-Portrait-eihpsk Albumen print, Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albumen_print The Albumen Print: Photographic Processes, George Eastman House, YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq1RvahEPSk&ab_channel=GeorgeEastmanMuseum Eastman House, 60,000 Eggs a Day https://web.archive.org/web/20160304084043/http://image.eastmanhouse.org/files/GEH_1955_04_04.pdf The Oakland Museum of California https://museumca.org/exhibit/inspiration-points-masterpieces-california-landscape The Photographic News, “On the Preparation of Positive Paper,” June 29, 1860, p.101, M. Aleo https://cool.culturalheritage.org/albumen/library/c19/aleo.html Eadweard Muybridge, Untitled photograph of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse, The Oakland Museum of California http://collections.museumca.org/?q=collection-item/a72224 Or get a better look here (flickr) https://www.flickr.com/photos/14096169@N07/1517810098/ Rochester Institute of Technology, “The History, Technique and Structure of Albumen Prints,” James M. Reilly, 1980 https://cool.culturalheritage.org/albumen/library/c20/reilly1980.html Wikipedia Commons, “Valley of the Yosemite, from Rocky Ford, 1872,” Eadweard J. Muybridge https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eadweard_J._Muybridge_(American,_born_England_-_Valley_of_the_Yosemite,_from_Rocky_Ford_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
November 24, 2020
McCurry and McCullin: Steve McCurry's New Book and a Movie about Don McCullin
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 on Amazon: https://amzn.to/36SZmg2 The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2020/nov/19/steve-mccurry-previously-unseen-images-in-pictures Peta Pixel, "More Photoshopped Photos Emerge in the Steve McCurry Scandal," May 26, 2016, Michael Zhang https://petapixel.com/2016/05/26/photoshopped-photos-emerge-steve-mccurry-scandal/ Unreasonable Behavior: An Autobiography, by Don McCullin, June, 2017 https://amzn.to/333eUwH Don McCullin's website https://donmccullin.com/don-mccullin/ Wikipedia, "Don McCullin" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_McCullin Contains Amazon Affiliate links: I may earn a small commission on qualifying purchases.
November 21, 2020
Johnny Depp Stars as W. Eugene Smith in New Movie 'Minamata'
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 Warning to the World," Magnum Photo https://www.magnumphotos.com/newsroom/health/w-eugene-smith-minamata-warning-to-the-world/ "A Masterpiece: W. Eugene Smith's Photos of Pittsburgh," Pittsburgh Magazine, Rick Sebak https://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/a-masterpiece-w-eugene-smiths-photos-of-pittsburgh/ Minamata: Homage to W. Eugene Smith https://www.nippon.com/en/images/i00051/minamata-homage-to-w-eugene-smith.html
November 06, 2020
Remembering Baron Wolman (1937-2020), First Photographer at Rolling Stone Magazine
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.
November 04, 2020
Is Street Photography Ethical?
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 their consent ethical? Full transcript of this episode can be found at https://fineartphotopodcast.com/is-street-photography-ethical/ Sources and Links Bill Cunningham New York, 2010 documentary film directed by Richard Press and produced by Philip Gefter https://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/billcunninghamnewyork/ Cool Hunting, 13 New York Street Photographers Profiled in Everybody Street https://coolhunting.com/culture/everybody-street-documentary-cheryl-dunn/ Everybody Street, full documentary film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSG2dHa9ldI&ab_channel=FilmRiseCinematheque PetaPixel, Fujifilm Drops Ambassador After His Street Shooting Style Sparks Outrage, Feb 08, 2020, Michael Zhang https://petapixel.com/2020/02/08/fujifilm-drops-ambassador-after-his-street-shooting-style-sparks-outcry/ PetaPixel, Controversial OpEd Calls Candid Street Photography a Form of ‘Gender-Based Violence,’ Oct 21, 2020, D.L. Cade https://petapixel.com/2020/10/21/controversial-oped-calls-candid-street-photography-a-form-of-gender-based-violence/ Input Magazine, Fujifilm dropped a top street photographer, but did he cross a line? https://www.inputmag.com/features/tatsuo-suzuki-fujifilm-street-photography-controversy
October 30, 2020
A Lesson on Simplicity from the Great Portrait Photographer Platon
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: Photography, Full Episode uploaded by Netflix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDpqt-haLLM&feature=emb_logo&ab_channel=Netflix Platon's Portrait of Willie Nelson: http://www.platonphoto.com/gallery/noted-tearsheets/texasmonthlywillienelson/ Books by Platon available on Amazon Service: Platon (2016) Power: Portraits of World Leaders (2011) Keith Dotson "Minimalist Compostions" portfolio: https://keithdotson.com/collections/minimalist-compositions ** As an Amazon Associate I may earn from qualifying purchases.
October 18, 2020
Vita Brevis, Ars Longa: Photography as a Form Immortality
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 Aboriginal Rock Art That Honors the Human-Animal Bond https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-discover-new-style-aboriginal-rock-art-1913333?mc_cid=9401475c99&mc_eid=bd66bca61c He Fought with George Washington: Amazing Daguerreotype of a Revolutionary Soldier born in the 1740s https://www.19thshop.com/book/daguerreotype-portrait-of-baltus-stone/
October 11, 2020
Five Legendary Movie Directors Who were Photographers First
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 Photographs of Stanley Kubrick https://amzn.to/2HHXPRr Wikipedia: Stanley Kubrick https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Kubrick The first glimpse of Kubrick’s genius Photographs by Stanley Kubrick Story, Kyle Almond, CNN https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2018/06/entertainment/stanley-kubrick-cnnphotos/ Cinema Tyler: "Kubrick's Cameras" http://cinematyler.com/archives/786#:~:text=When%20Kubrick%20worked%20as%20a,to%20test%20the%20lighting%20setups. Gordon Parks Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa/ LOC Flickr https://secure.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/3549663490/in/set-72157618541455384FC Picturing Faith: Photography and the Great Depression, Colleen McDannell, page 256 (link) Website: Gordon Parks Foundation, http://www.gordonparksfoundation.org/biography/ YouTube: "Gordon Parks: My First Well-Known Picture," https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1ATm4a9oyU&ab_channel=visionaryproject Agnes Varda The Guardian: "Agnes Varda, A Life in Pictures" https://www.theguardian.com/film/gallery/2019/mar/29/agnes-varda-a-life-in-pictures Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agn%C3%A8s_Varda Wim Wenders Artnet.com: http://www.artnet.com/artists/wim-wenders/ MoMA website: https://www.moma.org/calendar/film/1503 Website: https://www.wim-wenders.com Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wim_Wenders Contains an Amazon Affiliate link. I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases.
October 04, 2020
The World-Class Photography Collection of Sir Elton John
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 of these things’", Sean O'Hagan, 2016 https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/nov/13/elton-john-interview-i-collect-photographs-for-the-beauty-tate-modern-radical-eye Tate The Radical Eye: Room Guide https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/radical-eye-modernist-photography-sir-elton-john-collection/radical "Elton John Wants to Open a Museum for His Art Collection, and 6 Other Takeaways From His Revealing New Memoir," Javier Pes, 2019 https://news.artnet.com/art-world/elton-john-lennon-warhol-1728039 Petapixel, "A Look Inside Elton John’s World Class Photo Collection" https://petapixel.com/2016/11/19/look-inside-elton-johns-world-class-photo-collection/ Inside Elton John's spectacular private photography collection cnn.com/style/article/elton-john-tate-modern-radical-eye-photography/index.html
September 22, 2020
Big News! A New Movie in Theaters -- About a Photographer!
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 Photos) Of Obama" -- NPR "How White House Photographers Have Shaped the Image of the President" -- Artsy, Haley Weiss
September 19, 2020
How to Prevent Fog on Your Camera Lens
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 known for being hot and very humid! Cold hotel rooms + humid heat mean one thing -- foggy camera lenses. In this episode of the fine art photography podcast, we talk about ways to prevent a fogged-up camera lens. Watch my video of Edisto Beach here Hydrosorbent Silica Gel Canisters (can be recharged in the oven) Amazon Affiliate link See all my black and white photographs on my website here
September 18, 2020
Harry Callahan Color Photographs Virtual Exhibition at Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta
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-callahan Jackson Fine Art https://www.jacksonfineart.com/ Judith Wechsler https://judithwechsler.com/films/harry-callahan LensCulture https://www.lensculture.com/articles/harry-callahan-harry-callahan-the-photographer-at-work
September 05, 2020
Daguerreotypes: How Fragile Are They?
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 by M. Susan Barger and William B. White, (Available new and used on Amazon) Cover art: Daguerreotype portrait of Louis Daguerre, inventor of the process, photographed in 1844 by Jean-Baptiste Sabatier-Blot. Note: This description contains an Amazon Affiliate link. I may earn a small commission on qualifying purchases.
September 01, 2020
Southworth & Hawes: America's Early Masters of the Daguerreotype Portrait
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 Artifact Studies, Photograph Identification Guide, “Tintypes, Daguerreotypes and Ambrotypes,” David Rudd Cycleback http://www.cycleback.com/photoguide/dags.html Encyclopaedia Britannica, “Southworth & Hawes” https://www.britannica.com/topic/Southworth-and-Hawes George Eastman House photos of Southworth and Hawes https://www.flickr.com/photos/george_eastman_house/sets/72157606223836462/ George Eastman House, “Guide to the Southworth & Hawes Records” (PDF) https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Qt2Cal2WvraU9ziuAjI0A1hc-6AUUR9b/view Historic Camera, “Francois Gouraud” http://historiccamera.com/cgi-bin/librarium2/pm.cgi?action=app_display&app=datasheet&app_id=1510 International Center of Photography, “Southworth & Hawes: Permanence” Accessed via Web Archive https://web.archive.org/web/20090914011610/http://museum.icp.org/museum/exhibitions/southworth_hawes/pages/permanence.html International Center of Photography, “Young America: The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes,” Accessed via Web Archive https://web.archive.org/web/20090914013122/http://museum.icp.org/museum/exhibitions/southworth_hawes/pages/young_america.html National Gallery of Art, Southworth and Hawes, “The Letter, ca. 1850” https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.110216.html Skinner, “How to Identify a Daguerreotype: 5 Considerations When Looking at Early Photography” https://www.skinnerinc.com/news/blog/how-to-identify-a-daguerreotype-early-photography/ Wikipedia, “Daguerreotype” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daguerreotype Wikipedia, “François Fauvel Gouraud” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois_Fauvel_Gouraud Wikipedia, “Photography in the United States” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photography_in_the_United_States Wikipedia, “Samuel Morse” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Morse Wikipedia, “Scollay Square” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scollay_Square Wikipedia, “Tremont Row” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tremont_Row
August 23, 2020
What Makes a Great Black and White Photograph?
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.
August 19, 2020
About "The Mountain Nymph, Sweet Liberty," a Photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron Taken in 1866
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.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/268697 Victoria and Albert https://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/julia-margaret-cameron New York Times article https://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/23/arts/design/julia-margaret-cameron-at-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art.html?_r=0 Another photograph of Ms. Keene on Artsy https://www.artsy.net/artwork/julia-margaret-cameron-mrs-keene A range of Cameron's work at The Met https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/camr/hd_camr.htm
August 09, 2020
What It's Like Seeing the World's Oldest Photograph in Person
What It's Like to See the World's Oldest Photograph in Person August 4, 2020 In this episode of the Fine Art Photography podcast, we discuss what it's like to stand before the world's oldest photograph and see it in person. Be sure to visit my blog post at icatchshadows.com, where you can see images related to this episode, and find links to all my sources. Sources PetaPixel https://petapixel.com/2013/10/02/first-photo/ Ransom Center https://sites.utexas.edu/ransomcentermagazine/2019/08/20/introducing-the-niepce-heliograph/ University of Texas https://www.hrc.utexas.edu/press/releases/2003/scientific-study-first-photograph.html https://www.hrc.utexas.edu/niepce-heliograph/ Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/View_from_the_Window_at_Le_Gras https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic%C3%A9phore_Ni%C3%A9pce
August 04, 2020
On Location: Landscape Photography at a Cave Once Used by Moonshiners
On Location: Landscape Photography at a Cave Once Used by Moonshiners Episode 18 of the fine art photography podcast: In this episode, I'm bringing you along as I hike through the forest to make landscape photographs at the mouth of a former moonshiner's cave. With background sounds from the woods and the cave stream. Listen to the podcast ad-free on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/keithdotson See all my black and white photographs on my website https://keithdotson.com/ Read about all kinds of photo topics on my blog https://icatchshadows.com/
July 22, 2020
Pareidolia -- Why We See Human Faces in Clouds, Rocks, Tree Bark, on the Moon, and even Mars
Pareidolia: Why We See Human Faces in Clouds, Rocks, Tree Bark, on the Moon, and even Mars In this episode of the fine art photography podcast, we discuss the psychological phenomenon of Pareidolia, or the tendency to recognize faces in random shapes, patterns, or noise, and sometimes in our own photographs! Cited in this podcast: My blog https://icatchshadows.com/ Merriam-Webster https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pareidolia Live Science https://www.livescience.com/25448-pareidolia.html Wikipedia: Giuseppe Arcimboldo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Arcimboldo#/media/File:Vertumnus_%C3%A5rstidernas_gud_m%C3%A5lad_av_Giuseppe_Arcimboldo_1591_-_Skoklosters_slott_-_91503.tiff Wikipedia -- Pareidolia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia Inverse, article by Hannah Margaret Allen https://www.inverse.com/article/49527-what-is-pareidolia
July 15, 2020
Quick Message to Listeners – The Channel is Growing + I Need Your Story Ideas!
First of all thank you for listening! Talk to me: What photography topics would you like to hear discussed? Send a message here: https://anchor.fm/keith-dotson or here: https://icatchshadows.com/contact/
July 12, 2020
Photographing an Abandoned Ghost Town in Virginia: The Art and Business of Photo Road Trips
Photographing an Abandoned Ghost Town in Virginia: The Art and Business of Photo Road Trips In this episode of the fine art photography podcast, I take you along to photograph the abandoned main street of a ghost town in Virginia. In addition to painting a vivid picture in your mind of what the deserted town is like, I'll talk about the business realities of taking road trips like this for photography, and I'll give you some history of Pamplin City, Virginia that I found through research. See behind-the-scenes photos and video of Pamplin City on my blog here: https://icatchshadows.com/photographing-the-abandoned-ghost-town-of-pamplin-virginia See all my photographs of abandoned places on my website here: keithdotson.com Sources Appomattox Virginia Heritage, page 15, accessed via Google Books “Pamplin Entryway Designs,” Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, October 2012 Southern Roads Traveler Facebook Page Woodrow Williams, Baseball-Reference.com Woody Williams (infielder), Wikipedia
July 02, 2020
Anna Atkins: England's Blue Lady of Photography
Anna Atkins: England's Blue Lady of Photography In this episode, a brief biography of Anna Atkins, the first female photographer and the first person to create a photography-based book. She learned photography from some of its inventors and went on to become a master of the cyanotype print. New York Public Library copy of "British Algae" by Anna Atkins: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/collections/photographs-of-british-algae-cyanotype-impressions#/?tab=about&scroll=6 The 19th-Century Botanist Who Changed the Course of Photography, by Alina Cohen on Artsy: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-19th-century-botanist-changed-course-photography New York Public Library: http://seeing.nypl.org/235bt.html Other Sources: https://www.oxfordartonline.com/groveart/abstract/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.001.0001/oao-9781884446054-e-7000004852 https://web.archive.org/web/20051222071833/http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/atkins_anna.shtml https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jun/23/blooming-marvellous-the-worlds-first-female-photographer-and-her-botanical-beauties#maincontent http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/artists/1507/anna-atkins-british-1799-1871/ My main website: https://keithdotson.com/ See some of my cyanotype prints here: https://icatchshadows.com/sunny-days-are-perfect-for-making-cyanotypes/
June 03, 2020
The Aesthetic Appeal of Camera Shutter Sounds
The Aesthetic Appeal of Camera Shutter Sounds Have you ever given any thought to the sound of the camera shutter? I don't mean the loudness of the shutter, like during weddings or events . . . I mean the actual quality of the shutter sound. Is it important to you how the shutter sounds? I've realized since I started shooting with Sony cameras that I don't enjoy the sound of Sony shutters. This is admittedly a minor quibble -- Sony makes amazing cameras and the image quality and reliability are obviously the primary concerns -- but you hear the sound of the shutter hundreds or thousands of times per session. I've recognized that for me, the sound of the shutter is an important part of the aesthetic experience of photography. In this episode we compare the sounds of modern digital camera shutters to old vintage film cameras from the 1950s to the 1980s. NOTE: This episode contains no paid endorsements or sponsorships from camera companies.
May 14, 2020
Note to Self: Don't Perfect the Soul Out of Your Photographs
Note to Self: Don't Perfect the Soul Out of Your Photographs In episode 12 of the fine art photography podcast, a reminder to myself that a technically perfect photograph is not always the most artistically moving photograph. Sometimes technical perfection creates a static, clinical photograph. My goal as an artist is to create an emotional connection with my viewers, and this is a lesson I have to relearn every few years.
April 28, 2020
The Extraordinary (but Sad) Life of Carleton Watkins, the First Great Photographer of Yosemite
The Extraordinary (but Sad) Life of Carleton Watkins, the First Great Photographer of Yosemite In this episode of the fine art photography podcast, we talk about Carleton Watkins, accidental photographer made some the first great photographs of Yosemite. His work let to protections for Yosemite and indirectly helped the establishment of the National Parks System. But even though he experienced huge success, his story didn't have a happy ending. See examples of Carleton Watkins luminous photography at my blog here.
April 24, 2020
How I Got My Photographs into Movies and TV Shows Like Grey's Anatomy
How I Got My Photographs into Movies and TV Shows Like Grey's Anatomy In this episode, I explain how I got my black and white photographs into popular TV shows, like Grey's Anatomy, as well as movies, and TV commercials.
April 21, 2020
The True Story Behind William Eggleston's Shocking Blood Red Photograph
The True Story Behind William Eggleston's Shocking Blood Red Photograph The shocking true story behind the red ceiling photograph, "Untitled, Greenwood, Mississippi, 1973" by William Eggleston.
March 26, 2020
All About Paper, Prints, and Permanence
Paper, Prints, and Permanence In this episode of the Fine Art Photography podcast we discuss printing, paper, and how long your prints might last. As part of the discussion, we'll touch on dye-based printing vs. inkjet printing, OBAs, UV exposure, and other things that help or hinder the longevity of your inkjet prints. While this podcast mentions a few brand names, this is not a sponsored podcast.
March 22, 2020
Why Do Those Crazy Landscape Photographers Get Up So Early?
Why Do Those Crazy Landscape Photographers Get Up So Early? On the road: In this short edition of my fine art photography podcast, we discuss good reasons to get up early and go out to make photographs.
March 19, 2020
Did You Know it's Illegal to Possess Most Bird Feathers in the U.S?
First, let me apologize to my international listeners -- this is a U.S.-centric episode but similar laws apply in many other countries! This topic will probably be of most interest to landscape photographers, wildlife photographers, and nature photographers. I lived in this country for my entire life without ever knowing that it's a violation of federal law to possess bird feathers, even if you found them on the ground. Listen to this short episode for the details. Official Resources I’m certainly no expert on this, so don’t take any of my statements in this blog post as legal advice. The safest bet is to follow the admonition of the FWS and simply leave feathers where you find them. That’s what I’ll be doing from now on. Below are a couple of official sources for you to find more details. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Migratory Bird Treaty Act Protected Species List https://www.fws.gov/birds/management/managed-species/migratory-bird-treaty-act-protected-species.php U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: The Feather Atlas https://www.fws.gov/lab/featheratlas/index.php U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Feathers an d the Law https://www.fws.gov/lab/featheratlas/feathers-and-the-law.php U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: FAQ https://www.fws.gov/lab /featheratlas/faq.php My Blog Post on this Topic https://icatchshadows.com/did-you-know-its-illegal-to-possess-most-bird-feathers/ My Website https://keithdotson.com/
March 14, 2020
Supreme Court Decision: You Can't Sue a State if it Uses Your Copyrighted Photographs and Videos Without Permission
Supreme Court Decision: You Can't Sue a State if it Uses Your Copyrighted Photographs and Videos Without Permission In this episode of my podcast, we briefly discuss today's opinion of the US Supreme Court that says citizens cannot sue states for copyright infringement. Links to articles mentioned in the podcast. The official Supreme Court opinion: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/18-877_dc8f.pdf Nautilus Website http://nautilusproductions.com/blog/blackbeards-lawsuit Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-23/states-shielded-from-copyright-suits-supreme-court-rules Hollywood Reporter https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/supreme-court-decides-north-carolina-is-immune-filmmakers-copyright-suit-1285910 Houston Chronicle https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Texas-court-says-photographer-has-no-recourse-13973674.php
March 03, 2020
Special Episode: Is Photography Art?
My thoughts on the perennial question, "Is photography art?" It may seem silly to even ask the question, but many people have asked that very question over the years, including prominent art critics.
February 12, 2020
What do Quentin Tarantino and French President Macron have in common with a dung beetle?
What Do Quentin Tarantino and President Macron Have in Common with a Dung Beetle? In this episode: What is fine art photography? The overwhelming power of Instagram Artsy's new research into what motivates art collectors The stunning micro photography of British photographer Levon Biss Links: Is Instagram Now a Ballet Dancer’s Best Pathway to Fame? https://observer.com/2019/11/ballerina-influencers-how-instagram-became-part-of-star-dancer-job/?mc_cid=2bbf637b2a&mc_eid=bd66bca61c 6 Key Factors Driving Art Collectors - from Aesthetics to Investment https://www.artsy.net/series/online-art-collector-report/artsy-editorial-drives-art-buyers?utm_medium=email&utm_source=18795617-newsletter-editorial-daily-12-03-19&utm_campaign=editorial&utm_content=st- Levon Biss Ted Talk https://www.ted.com/talks/levon_biss_mind_blowing_magnified_portraits_of_insects#t-232701 Levon Biss high-resolution images you can explore in detail at http://microsculpture.net/ Support this podcast on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/keithdotson Keith Dotson website https://keithdotson.com Buy Keith Dotson's book Unloved and Forgotten on Amazon https://amzn.to/2Db9z9g
December 06, 2019
We Rock On with Rolling Stone Magazine’s first photographer, Baron Wolman
In this episode my new fine art photography podcast, we rock on with Rolling Stone magazine's first photographer, Baron Wolman, who documented the most significant rock and roll musicians of the late 60s. News updates: British Photographer Michael Putland has died at age 72 Report: Elite Artists and Galleries Will Continue to Thrive, While Everyone Else Should Become Instagram Influencers Russell Lee Rare Private Kodachromes on Show at the Redwood Library & Athenaeum Jessica Lange Exhibition of Black and White Photographs at Howard Greenberg in NYC Links: British music photographer Michael Putland has died at age Report: Elite Artists and Galleries Will Continue to Thrive, While Everyone Else Should Become Instagram Influencers"Artists face financial squeeze as 'perfect storm' of market trends favours the elite" The unique way rock and roll photographer Baron Wolman tells his own story Support this podcast on Patreon Buy Keith Dotson's book about abandoned places: "Unloved and Forgotten" on Amazon
November 24, 2019
I Researched an Old Photo from and Antique Store and Found a Crazy, Unexpected Personal Connection
In this first episode of my brand new podcast, I tell the strange story of what I discovered when I researched an old photograph I found in an antique store near Nashville. News updates: British Photographer Terry O'Neill Passed Away Artist / photographer Nan Goldin staged a "die-in" at the V&A in London How Jarin Blaschke shot the recent movie The Lighthouse on black and white film German parliament approves institute for photographic legacy based in Dusseldorf Main topic: I describe what I discovered when I decided to research a vintage albumen print I bought from an antique store, and it has a surprisingly personal twist at the end. Terry O'Neill in The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/nov/17/photographer-terry-oneill-a-life-in-pictures Terry O'Neill on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_O'Neill_(photographer) Jarin Blaschke interview on MusicBed https://www.musicbed.com/blog/filmmaking/cinematography/breaking-down-the-cinematography-of-the-lighthouse/ See the vintage photo I discuss in my main topic https://icatchshadows.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/IMG_2952-Vintage-Photo.jpg Keith Dotson book "Unloved and Forgotten" on Amazon https://amzn.to/35fhO06 Keith Dotson website https://keithdotson.com Keith Dotson on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/keithdotson
November 17, 2019