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Keith Dotson: Fine Art Photography

Keith Dotson: Fine Art Photography

Author: Keith Dotson

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Thoughts, ideas, and commentary on the art of photography by Nashville-based professional fine art photographer Keith Dotson. It's the podcast about fine art photography made by a working fine art photographer.

This podcast is written for photographers, photography collectors, photography students, and enthusiasts. Support this podcast:
39 Episodes
As it turns out, camera fanboys go way back in history. In this episode of the fine art photography podcast, I'll read a bit of humor about love and photography from the 1891 issue of Wilson's Photographic Magazine, a New York based photography magazine that was published from 1889 - 1914. --- Support this podcast:
In this episode, we remember the work of New York City street and music photographer Ricky Powell who died this week at age 59. Sources Everybody Street: Ricky Powell. The Guardian. "Ricky Powell, hip-hop photographer who captured New York culture, dies aged, 59" Ricky Powell's personal website: Wikipedia. "Ricky Powell." --- Support this podcast:
In this episode, a reminder to enjoy virtual photography events. Sure, the arts have lost a lot during the pandemic, and while nothing can replace in-person visits to photo galleries and museums, virtual events can add much to the arts experience that we didn't have before. Here. I'll talk about my recent experiences, including an inspirational virtual studio visit with photographer Mark Klett. --- Support this podcast:
In this episode, we discuss the auction results from the amazing David H. Arrington collection of Ansel Adams photographs, which just closed for $6.4 million USD. Adams' famous "The Grand Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming" came out on top, selling for $988,000, an auction high for the photographer. Sources and Links Midland Reporter Telegram, “Midland oilman proudly displays nature photography“ Midland Reporter Telegram, “Midland oilman to auction off part of his Ansel Adams collection“ Petapixel, “Iconic Ansel Adams Photo Sells for Record-Setting $988,000“ Sothebys, “A Grand Vision: The David H. Arrington Collection of Ansel Adams Masterworks” (Video interview with Arrington) Sothebys, Lot Listings --- Support this podcast:
In episode 36 of the Fine Art Photography Podcast, all about albumen prints. Intended as a resource for students, photography collectors, or photographers interested in historical processes. I'll cover these main points: 1) What is an albumen print? 2) Appearance of albumen prints; 3) Longevity of albumen prints; and 4) I'll read an 1860 step-by-step process for creating albumen paper. Time Codes 01:21 - What is an Albumen Print 06:25 - Appearance of Albumen Prints 10:19 - Longevity of Albumen Prints 11:38 - Circa 1860 Step-by-Step Process for Making Albumen Paper See samples of albumen prints here: Sources and Links Episode: Southworth & Hawes: America’s Early Masters of the Daguerreotype Portrait–Hawes-Americas-Early-Masters-of-the-Daguerreotype-Portrait-eihpsk Albumen print, Wikipedia The Albumen Print: Photographic Processes, George Eastman House, YouTube Eastman House, 60,000 Eggs a Day The Oakland Museum of California The Photographic News, “On the Preparation of Positive Paper,” June 29, 1860, p.101, M. Aleo Eadweard Muybridge, Untitled photograph of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse, The Oakland Museum of California Or get a better look here (flickr) Rochester Institute of Technology, “The History, Technique and Structure of Albumen Prints,” James M. Reilly, 1980 Wikipedia Commons, “Valley of the Yosemite, from Rocky Ford, 1872,” Eadweard J. Muybridge,_born_England_-_Valley_of_the_Yosemite,_from_Rocky_Ford_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg --- Support this podcast:
In this episode: Steve McCurry has a new book of never-seen-before photographs, and Anjolina Jolie commits to making a movie about the life of British war photographer Don McCullin, based on his autobiography, Unreasonable Behavior: An Autobiography. Plus, Google Trusted Contacts service ends Dec. 1. Links and Sources: In Search of Elsewhere: Unseen Images by Steve McCurry, Nov. 2020 All Steve McCurry books on Amazon: The Guardian Peta Pixel, "More Photoshopped Photos Emerge in the Steve McCurry Scandal," May 26, 2016,  Michael Zhang Unreasonable Behavior: An Autobiography, by Don McCullin, June, 2017 Don McCullin's website Wikipedia, "Don McCullin" Contains Amazon Affiliate links: I may earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. --- Support this podcast:
Photographer W. Eugene Smith and his Minamata work, are receiving new attention thanks to a new major Hollywood movie starring Johnny Depp as Smith, to be released in February 2021. Sources and Links "W. Eugene Smith, the photographer who wanted to record everything," The Observer, Sean O'Hagan "W. Eugene Smith’s Warning to the World," Magnum Photo "A Masterpiece: W. Eugene Smith's Photos of Pittsburgh," Pittsburgh Magazine, Rick Sebak Minamata: Homage to W. Eugene Smith --- Support this podcast:
Rock-and-Roll photographer Baron Wolman has passed away at age 83. Wolman was the first staff photographer at Rolling Stone magazine, and he made some of the world's most iconic music photographs. In this episode, I bring back a recut episode about  Wolman, originally published in 2019. --- Support this podcast:
In this episode, we explore the question:  Is street photography ethical? As I was writing this episode, a woman published an op-ed in the New York Daily News calling her multiple encounters with aggressive street photographers a form of assault. Regardless of whether the photographer is "in your face" or quietly capturing someone's photograph on the street, is the practice of capturing someone's likeness without their consent ethical? Full transcript of this episode can be found at Sources and Links Bill Cunningham New York, 2010 documentary film directed by Richard Press and produced by Philip Gefter Cool Hunting, 13 New York Street Photographers Profiled in Everybody Street Everybody Street, full documentary film PetaPixel, Fujifilm Drops Ambassador After His Street Shooting Style Sparks Outrage, Feb 08, 2020, Michael Zhang PetaPixel, Controversial OpEd Calls Candid Street Photography a Form of ‘Gender-Based Violence,’  Oct 21, 2020,  D.L. Cade Input Magazine, Fujifilm dropped a top street photographer, but did he cross a line? --- Support this podcast:
A short episode to recommend a video about the great portrait photographer Platon, who offers sage advice on the topic of simplicity in photographic compositions. To see Platon's books, use the Amazon links below. A full transcript of this episode can be found at Sources and Links YouTube -- Abstract: The Art of Design | Platon: Photography, Full Episode uploaded by Netflix Platon's Portrait of Willie Nelson: Books by Platon available on Amazon Service: Platon (2016) Power: Portraits of World Leaders (2011) Keith Dotson "Minimalist Compostions" portfolio: ** As an Amazon Associate I may earn from qualifying purchases. --- Support this podcast:
In this episode we discuss the idea of photography as a form immortality. Photography preserves an instant forever. In a way, it immortalizes the both the subject and the photographer, as long as the images can survive into future generations. Sources and Links 1848 Daguerreotypes Bring Middle America’s Past to Life Archaeologists Have Discovered an Extraordinary New Style of Aboriginal Rock Art That Honors the Human-Animal Bond He Fought with George Washington: Amazing Daguerreotype of a Revolutionary Soldier born in the 1740s --- Support this podcast:
In this episode of the fine art photography podcast, five legendary movie directors who were photographers first. We will be talking about the work of Anton Corbijn, Stanley Kubrick, Gordon Parks, Agnes Varda, and Wim Wenders -- who all started out as photographers. Sources and Links Anton Corbijn Documentary, Anton Corbijn Inside Out, 2012, Directed by Klaartje Quirijns. Stanley Kubrick Book: Through a different lens, the Photographs of Stanley Kubrick Wikipedia: Stanley Kubrick The first glimpse of Kubrick’s genius Photographs by Stanley Kubrick Story, Kyle Almond, CNN Cinema Tyler: "Kubrick's Cameras",to%20test%20the%20lighting%20setups. Gordon Parks Library of Congress: LOC Flickr Picturing Faith: Photography and the Great Depression, Colleen McDannell, page 256 (link) Website: Gordon Parks Foundation, YouTube: "Gordon Parks: My First Well-Known Picture," Agnes Varda The Guardian: "Agnes Varda, A Life in Pictures" Wikipedia: Wim Wenders MoMA website: Website: Wikipedia: Contains an Amazon Affiliate link. I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases. --- Support this podcast:
In episode 28 of the fine art photography podcast, we talk about the amazing collection of photographs owned by Sir Elton John and David Furnish. Sources "The Radical Eye review – Elton John's ravishing photography collection," Adrian Searle, 2016 "Sir Elton John: ‘I collect for the beauty, not the value. I’m in awe of these things’", Sean O'Hagan, 2016 Tate The Radical Eye: Room Guide "Elton John Wants to Open a Museum for His Art Collection, and 6 Other Takeaways From His Revealing New Memoir," Javier Pes, 2019 Petapixel, "A Look Inside Elton John’s World Class Photo Collection" Inside Elton John's spectacular private photography collection --- Support this podcast:
In this episode -- a major Hollywood movie about two-time White House photographer Pete Souza, who worked in the White Houses of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Sources and Links Obama White House Flickr account, photographs by Pete Souza Books by Pete Souza (Amazon) The Way I See It  -- Official Movie Trailer Terry Gross, Fresh Air -- Interview with Pete Souza "Photographer Pete Souza Reflects On 8 Years (And 1.9 Million Photos) Of Obama" -- NPR "How White House Photographers Have Shaped the Image of the President" -- Artsy, Haley Weiss --- Support this podcast:
I love fog in the landscape, but not on my camera lens. I recently spent a week in beautiful Charleston South Carolina, where I photographed historic architecture, and gorgeous coastal barrier islands and beaches. Charleston is known for historic architecture, gourmet cuisine, a vibrant art scene, numerous huge old churches with ancient cemeteries, palm trees -- and of course -- being a coastal city in the deep south, Charleston is known for being hot and very humid! Cold hotel rooms + humid heat mean one thing -- foggy camera lenses. In this episode of the fine art photography podcast, we talk about ways to prevent a fogged-up camera lens. Watch my video of Edisto Beach here Hydrosorbent Silica Gel Canisters (can be recharged in the oven) Amazon Affiliate link See all my black and white photographs on my website here --- Support this podcast:
In this episode, I'll walk you through a virtual exhibition of color photographs by the legendary Harry Callahan, hosted by Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta. Sources: Encyclopedia Britannica Harry Callahan, Howard Greenberg Jackson Fine Art Judith Wechsler LensCulture --- Support this podcast:
In this episode of the fine art photography podcast: a quick followup to my discussion of daguerreotypes from my previous episode (number 23 Southworth & Hawes) --  just how fragile were they? There's a common perception, supported by much early documentation, that daguerreotypes are easily wiped off the plate. But modern science seems to contradict that. The Daguerreotype: Nineteenth Century Technology and Modern Science by M. Susan Barger and William B. White, (Available new and used on Amazon) Cover art: Daguerreotype portrait of Louis Daguerre, inventor of the process, photographed in 1844 by Jean-Baptiste Sabatier-Blot. Note: This description contains an Amazon Affiliate link. I may earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. --- Support this podcast:
In this episode of the Fine Art Photography podcast: the story of Boston-based Southworth & Hawes, the first American masters of daguerreotype portraiture. We will talk about the partnership between Albert Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes in the earliest days of photography that created some of the most beautiful portraits ever. We'll also take a dive into the daguerreotype process. Sources for this episode: Center for Artifact Studies, Photograph Identification Guide, “Tintypes, Daguerreotypes and Ambrotypes,” David Rudd Cycleback Encyclopaedia Britannica, “Southworth & Hawes” George Eastman House photos of Southworth and Hawes George Eastman House, “Guide to the Southworth & Hawes Records” (PDF) Historic Camera, “Francois Gouraud” International Center of Photography, “Southworth & Hawes: Permanence” Accessed via Web Archive International Center of Photography, “Young America: The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes,” Accessed via Web Archive National Gallery of Art, Southworth and Hawes, “The Letter, ca. 1850” Skinner, “How to Identify a Daguerreotype: 5 Considerations When Looking at Early Photography” Wikipedia, “Daguerreotype” Wikipedia, “François Fauvel Gouraud” Wikipedia, “Photography in the United States” Wikipedia, “Samuel Morse” Wikipedia, “Scollay Square” Wikipedia, “Tremont Row” --- Support this podcast:
I've dedicated my career to black and white photography. In this episode, I discuss the four elements that I think are necessary to make a great black and white photograph. For me, it comes down to these four key parts: Emotion, Unique Artistic Vision, the Story, and the Print. Listen to my thesis and see if you agree or disagree with my assessment. --- Support this podcast:
In this episode, I discuss the story behind a famous 1866 photograph by pioneering British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. We know what camera and lens Cameron used to shoot the glass plate negative, but the captivating model Ms. Keene is an enigma -- almost nothing is known about her. Credits and useful links: The specific print I discuss is this one in the collection of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Victoria and Albert New York Times article Another photograph of Ms. Keene on Artsy A range of Cameron's work at The Met --- Support this podcast:
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