Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Herbert Ponting

With the recent release of "The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott" (Robert Falcon Scott's Lost Photographs -- click here to see the New York Times articles and slideshow), I thought it would be fitting to also mention the work of Herbert Ponting.

Herbert Ponting started out as the photographer and cinematographer for Robert Falcon Scott's Terra Nova Expedition to the South Pole (1910-1913). Once the sledging began, a strenuous trek to move supplies across the Ross Ice Shelf, Ponting returned to civilization in 1912. He had amassed more than 1700 photographs and he was spared the ill fate of the expedition. Robert Falcon Scott continued as photographer in place of Ponting but he perished on the Ross Ice Shelf in November of 1912. Along with Scott's photographs, his diaries and journals were found and I think they may be even more moving than the photographs -- how could they not be? They describe the last days of life and pleas to their countrymen to look after the expedition's widows and survivors.

In this post, however, I am featuring the work of Herbert Ponting.

It is worth noting that Ponting was the first man to use a portable movie camera, a "cinematograph" in Antarctica. He also took some of the first known color still photographs and used a flash for several of the photographs.

Also related, is a post I did on Frank Hurley (click here), the photographer of Douglas Mawson's Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914) and Ernest Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-1917).

Self Portrait

Monday, January 16, 2012

Nancy Davidson

It was Nancy Davidson's inflatable sculptures that first caught my eye.  I instantly became an admirer, what with her ability to combine eroticism, whimsy, playfulness, and fine art all into one magnificent signature. Take this and apply it to photography and here again, her provocative work inspires. To see more of her work, click here.



Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Time & Place for Paparazzi?

This post is not intended to celebrate the paparazzi subculture, but instead to pose the question: if they were relegated to a time and a place, along with some constraints and a sense of rule and order, would their contributions be welcome? (Disclaimer: I am sorry to admit that I have been known to buy tabloids -- blame it on the long lines at the grocery store.) If not for the orderly, respectful conduct of the paparazzi (and barricades and security!) we see at events like the Golden Globes, we would not have the pleasure of seeing Angelina in her Atelier Versace gown on the red carpet.

Photo Credit: Tumblr / Photographer Unknown

Friday, January 6, 2012

"The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street." --Robert Doisneau

Au Pont de L'alma

Couple with Wheat and Goat, Occupied Paris, WWII


Pres de Sainte-Maxime

Women with Same Hat, 1956

Centipede des Enfants

Dove Trainer

Les Pains de Picasso, 1952

Un Regard Olique, 1948

Le Fox Terrier au Pont des Arts

The Cellist, 1957

L'Accordeoniste, Rue Mouffetard, Paris, 1951

Wanda Wiggles her Hips, 1953

Fortune Teller, 1951

The Innocent, 1949

Paris, 1956

Paris, 1936

Les Freres, 1934

Les Chiens de la Chapelle

Le Meute, 1969

Le Basier de L'Hotel de Vilne, 1950

Robert Doisneau, Self Portrait, 1950s

Click here for a short bio on Robert Doisneau provided by the Staley-Wise Gallery.