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The Most Honored Photograph

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Photograph in public domain, this copy from Naval Aviation Museum   Doesn’t look like much, does it? But, depending upon your definition, this photograph, a team effort by 9 men, is the most honored picture in U. S. History. If you want to find out about it, read on. It’s an interesting tale about how [...]

And Edgerton Said, “Let There Be Light.”

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The more I learn about the history of photography, the more I come to realize that just about every important advancement since 1850 has its roots in photography. The 8 hour workday, paid vacations, and employee stock options? A photography manufacturer started them. Telegraph? A photographer invented it. Synthetic cloth was just an offshoots of photographic [...]

Politicians, Pork, and Photographers

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How the Government Accidentaly Created the Golden Age of American Photography   “Corn Along a River” Marion Post Wolcott, 1940. Library of Congress.   “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”  – Mark Twain “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing [...]