Category Documentary photography

Springtime Tuesday Tips

Happy Springtime! This Tips column has something for everyone, or so it seems to me. So much news about images and related items of interest. So, without further ado….. World War One Centennial There is a lot to be found online recently about WWI, because this year marks the centennial of the United States entry […]

Off My Shelf – New! Shot in Alabama

Brand new and hot-off-the-press in January 2017, is my colleague Frances Osborn Robb’s book on the photographers of Alabama, Shot in Alabama – A History of Photography, 1839-1941 and a List of Photographers (University of Alabama Press in cooperation with the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, 2016). Wow, what a wonderful book. A new book on photographers in any state […]

Tuesday Tips, Photo News for a Brand New Year

Wow, the tail end of 2016 was full of news and goodies related to photography and photographers! To begin, here are a few updates to my series Researching Photographers Working in the South, starting with the recent news of an incredible gift. The Alabama Media Group has given 3 million images (most in the form of film negatives […]

Off My Shelf: Photography Changes Everything

One of my favorite book purchases in the last few years is edited by photo curator and author Marvin Heiferman, and called Photography Changes Everything (co-published by aperture foundation and Smithsonian Institution, 2012). The book is “a provocative rethinking of photography’s impact on our culture and our daily lives” — it is an “exploration of the […]

Flash! Election Returns and the Stereopticon

When I was doing a great deal of research using the Atlanta newspapers on microfilm many years ago, I stumbled upon articles, the first I had ever seen, related to Atlanta citizens gathering downtown to view election results — together — on a screen. This interesting gathering was worth examining and thinking about – did other […]

Tuesday Tips, Back to School

A slightly belated happy new school year, it’s time for lessons and another Tips post ! There is great access to the thousands of images produced by the United States Government, and I will touch on a few of the newer ones. I also have some updates related to my series on Photographers Working in the South, […]

A Mountain of Connections: Georgia – Tennessee Photographers, Part Two

I am reaching across that invisible Georgia – Tennessee state line again. Although there are many Georgia photographers with roots in all parts of the state of Tennessee, my two-part post, A Mountain of Connections, highlights Georgia photographers with Chattanooga-area connections. There are those photographers who worked in the nearby Dalton and Rome, Georgia areas to discuss, […]