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History of Photography

Six Degrees of Charles Darwin, and Rejlander’s Last Laugh.

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Six Degrees of Charles Darwin Note: For those offended by such things, there is a small photograph reproduced below that has artistic nudity.  You’re probably familiar with the film-buff game, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. If not, basically you name any individual who is associated with movies and you should be able to connect that […]

History of Photography

A Most Interesting Photographer

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“I am going to make a name for myself. If I fail, you will never hear of me again.”   Edward Muggeridge I love writing about great photographers. I’m sure there are some exceptions, but in general they tend to be among the oddest and most interesting groups of people on the planet. I thought the […]

History of Photography

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 […]

History of Photography

The Man Who (Almost) Never Succeeded

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The Rather Sad Story of the Father of American Photography It’s been a long time since I did a photography history article. I generally prefer the early days of photography. People just were, I don’t know, more back then. There was more lying, backstabbing, more drama, and more originality. You name it; they did more […]

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