"Shock and Awe": Bill Clinton, 1993-95, Photo credit: Bob McNeely
Photo Credit: David Hume Kennerly, President Ford
Photo Credit: David Hume Kennerly, Betty Ford
Photo Credit:Pete Souza, President Obama
Photo Credit: Cecil Stoughton, Caroline and John Kennedy.
A look into the oval office with presidential photographers Pete Souza, Bob McNeely and David Hume Kennerly. All the images are included as part of the PBS special, “The President’s Photographer, 50 Years in the Oval Office.”
As the iconic images of hurricane Sandy started pouring in I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of guilt. Despite my relocation back west, New York will always feel like home to me. Because of the strong connection, I cannot help but wish that I was there, there to experience the storm, to see the invincible city in such a chaotic state, but most of all to document. I know this is naive outsider perspective and that being part of the destruction would be traumatic. But, I suppose that’s what makes me a photographer, I would rather feel, experience, live and therefore document the trauma then see it through others eyes.
Have you ever had a connection or desire to document something potentially traumatic?
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Charles Sykes
Photo Credit: James Keivom/New York Daily News
Photo Credit: Credit: Timothy A. Clary/ AFP/ Getty Images
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Photo Credit: Mehdi Taamallah / AFP / Getty Images
Photo Credit: Mike Stobe, Getty Images / 2012 Getty Images
A single man balancing eleven gentlemen on this shoulders? The Dirigible docked on the Empire State Building?
Believe it or not there was a time before photoshop when photographers and artist alike had to think outside the screen to visually alter an image. The result? Prints made from altered negatives that produced bizarre yet visually lifelike photos.
(Left) ‘dirigible docked on empire state building, new york’ unknown artist 1930 (Right) ‘american school man on rooftop with eleven men in formation on his shoulders’ unknown artist,1930
(Left) Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec as Artist and Model by Maurice Guibert, (French, 1856-1913) (Right) ’sueño no. 1: ‘articulos eléctricos para el hogar” or ‘dream no. 1: ‘electrical appliances for the home” by Grete stern,( Argetinian 1904-1999)
(Left) Thanksgiving Table by Richard C. Miller (American, 1912-2010) (Right) Io + Gatto by Wanda Wulz (Italian, 1903-1984)
Sealed Power Piston Rings by John Paul Pennebaker (American, 1903-1953)
Beginning this month The Metropolitan Museum of Art will exhibit a display of 200 manipulated photographs aptly called “Faking it”. The primary focus of the exhibition is on the post darkroom stages of piecing together a photographic melody of negatives to create seamless photographs, like the ones seen above.
The ‘Faking It’ exhibition is open now through January 2013. For more information on the exhibition including times and dates check out the museum’s website.
Which of the negative montages do you find most visually stimulating?