new kid in town: Photoshop Disasters

Posted in Digital Photography, Manipulation, Photoblog, Photography by Rollfilm on March 16, 2008

The headline says it all. There is a new blog around since the beginning of march, revealing (and commenting on) “Photoshop Disasters” which are sometimes plain funny and most of the time professional bungling.


For more “Disasters” go to Photoshop Disasters

People Pictures: Human Statue of Liberty

Posted in America, History of Photography, New York, Photography by Rollfilm on March 12, 2008

The Urban Legends Reference Pages gives some interesting background information on the “Human Statue of Liberty” which is a photograph by Mole & Thomas dateing back to ca. 1918. Around 18.000 people have been involved in the makeing of this “statue”.

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For more”people pictures” go to the website of the Carl Hammer Gallery.

“The Impassioned Eye” – 2006 documentary on Henri Cartier-Bresson

Posted in Documentary, HCB, Photography, Video by Rollfilm on March 11, 2008

Henri Cartier-Bresson, the relatively reclusive master of 20th century photography and the grandfather of photojournalism, personally involves himself for the first time in a film project about himself in HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON: THE IMPASSIONED EYE.The intense vitality and presence of Cartier-Bresson’s recollections bear eloquent testimony to his “impassioned eye.” An incomparable visual journey traces half a century of photographic assimilation of the world, exploring entire continents and introducing us to people, whose often delightfully humorous portraits by Cartier-Bresson, are frequently as famous as the sitters themselves.Actress Isabelle Huppert, playwright Arthur Miller, publisher Robert Delpire and the photographers Elliott Erwitt, Josef Koudelka and Ferdinando Scianna present their own very personal views on Cartier-Bresson as friend and photographer.

source: Palm-Pictures

“The Impassioned Eye” 1-10

general suspicion

Posted in Photography, UK by Rollfilm on March 7, 2008


Posted in Daguerre, New York, Nicholas Jenkins, Paris, Photography, Video by Rollfilm on March 7, 2008

The wikimedia caption of the photograph “Boulevard du Temple” by Louis Daguerre states:

This is “Boulevard du Temple”, the first ever photograph of a person. The photo was taken by Louis Daguerre in late 1838 or early 1839 in Paris. It is of a busy street, but because exposure time was over ten minutes, the city traffic was moving too much to appear. The exception is a man in the bottom left corner, who stood still getting his boots polished long enough to show.

800px-Boulevard du Temple

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Via Blake Andrews blog i found this video, which shows an event that took place at New York’s Grand Central Station and could be read as a hommage to “Boulevard du Temple”. Downshift in a constantly rushing environment.

Sitenote regarding Daguerre’s “Boulevard du Temple”

In his blog-post “traces” Nicholas Jenkins (literary historian at Stanford University) deals with the question of absence and presence of people in the daguerreotype “Boulevard du Temple”.

Daguerre Detail - Nicholas Jenkins