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Blogging from A to Z Challenge: G is for…Laura Gilpin (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Laura Gilpin (1891-1979) was an American photographer most well known for her photos of Native Americans, but also for her sweeping Southwestern landscapes.  I love her images of life and a time long gone.

“Laura Gilpin applied compassion to the relationship between the landscape and the native people, a trait that distinguished her from most male landscape photographers of the West. Many still regard her as the only significant woman landscape photographer of her time.” (https://www.cogreatwomen.org/project/laura-gilpin/)

Here are a couple of her images, in the public domain.

Sunday After Church,1919

Mission Church at Rancho de Taos

Resources:

Laura Gilpin at Wikipedia

Laura Gilpin at Colorado’s Women Hall of Fame

Laura Gilpin at Britannica

Laura Gilpin and the Tradition of American Landscape Photography

Laura Gilpin at Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd (you can see several of her works here)

Laura Gilpin on ArtNet

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter G.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: F is for…Trude Fleischmann (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Born in 1895, Trude Fleischmann was a portrait photographer initially in Vienna, where “she became one of Vienna’s leading portrait photographers soon after opening her opening her own studio at the age of 25. Her studio became a gathering place for Vienna’s cultural elite and she became known as the “Photographer of the Famous,””

Fleeing persecution before WWII, she landed in New York in the late 1930s where she continued to photograph celebrities like Eleanor Roosevelt and Albert Einstein.  She died in 1990.

Trude Fleischmann

Resources:

Trude Fleischmann at Wikipedia

Trude Fleischmann at ArtNet

Trude Fleischmann at the Getty Museum

Trude Fleischmann at the Jewish Women’s Archive

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter F.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: E is for…Rena Effendi (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Rena Effendi is a social documentary photographer from Azerbaijan.  According to National Geographic, “Rena Effendi uses her camera to document people and cultures, as well as issues of conflict, environment, and social justice. Effendi was born in Azerbaijan and witnessed her country’s rough path to independence from the U.S.S.R., a place she learned to make sense of through photography.” (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/contributors/e/photographer-rena-effendi/)

Effendi’s photos tell stories – I can’t think of a better way to describe them.  The vibrant colours, the lighting, the faces and locations leave a sense of a moment in time, a way of life that may not exist any longer.  I would love to see her work in person some day.

Effendi is active on Instagram, so you can follow her at @renaeffendiphoto.

Resources:

Rena Effendi

Rena Effendi at Wikipedia

Rena Effendi at National Geographic

The Search for Hope: Azerbaijani photographer Rena Effendi on capturing humanity’s will to survive

Rena Effendi at the Photo Society

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter E.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: D is for…Rineke Dijkstra (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Rineke Dijkstra is a Dutch photographer, and much more contemporary than the other photographers I’ve introduced so far in this challenge.  Born in 1959, and living in Amsterdam, she is another portrait photographer – something I am definitely not – “[k]nown for her single portraits, usually working in series, she often focuses on particular groups and communities of people, such as mothers, adolescent and teenage boys and girls, soldiers, etc., with an emphasis on capturing the vulnerable side of her subjects.” (http://www.artnet.com/artists/rineke-dijkstra/)

You can view a whole raft of Dijkstra’s photographs using Google search .  Personally, I find them stark (maybe it’s the full-body nature of many of them) and sometimes a bit disturbing, but her use of colour and light is striking, and I encourage you to find out more at the links below.

Resources:

Rineke Dijkstra at Wikipedia

Rineke Dijkstra at ArtNet

Rineke Dijkstra at the Marian Goodman Gallery

Rineke Dijkstra at the Guggenheim

The Vulnerables: Interview with Rineke Dijkstra

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter D.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: C is for…Julia Margaret Cameron (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

I did NOT think I would get this done today – I have been online literally all day, and I think used every kind of web conferencing system out there for all my online meetings.  But, I am doing this, so it’s short, but hopefully you will find time to explore some more yourself.  Hoping to get ahead of the game a little bit over the weekend….

Julia Margaret Cameron was a British photographer of a different century from the last two photographers I talked about.  19th century all the way!  Born in 1815, Cameron took up photography in her 40s (making me feel better about myself!) and established herself as a portrait photographer, sometimes called one of the greatest portrait photographers of the 19th century.

I was inspired as I read about Cameron, being a female photographer not only at a time when photography was not always well thought of as an art form, but as a women in a male-dominated profession.  Her use of focus and lighting is quite astonishing, and while some of her contemporaries were not impressed with what they termed as her amateurish style, “Later critics appreciated her valuing of spiritual depth over technical perfection and now consider her portraits to be among the finest expressions of the artistic possibilities of the medium.” (https://www.britannica.com/biography/Julia-Margaret-Cameron)

I am able to include a couple of her images here as they are in the public domain:

Beatrice, 1866

John Herschel (1815-1879)

Resources:

Julia Margaret Cameron at Wikipedia

Julia Margaret Cameron at The Met

Julia Margaret Cameron: soft-focus photographer with an iron will

Julia Margaret Cameron at MoMA

Julia Margaret Cameron at The Art Story

Julia Margaret Cameron:  An Introduction

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter C.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: B is for…Margaret Bourke-White (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Margaret Bourke-White was, like Diane Arbus, an American photographer.  She also died in 1971 (born in 1904), but of Parkinson’s disease.

Bourke-White was best known “as the first female war correspondent and the first foreign photographer permitted to document Soviet industry, she captured countless iconic images of 20th-century life, conflict, and the politicians at its center.” (http://www.artnet.com/artists/margaret-bourke-white/)  She photographed during both World War II and the Korean War.  I’m happy to be able to include this photo of her, as it is in the public domain.

I think Bourke-White’s documentary and photojournalism photography is stunning, and she was a trail-blazer for women in these fields, as well as in war photojournalism.  She captured the times, photographing  people in action, landscapes, and city-scapes.  I had high aspirations of trying my hand as some of the styles of the photographers I am covering for this challenge, but I just don’t know that I have it in me, at least not right now given my situation.  So, I am not going to beat myself up for that, and simply make sure I give you some new artists and artistry to explore online!

Resources:

Margaret Bourke-White at Wikipedia

The Photography of Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Bourke-White at The Art Story

Margaret Bourke-White at the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum

The Pioneering Photography of Margaret Bourke-White

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter B.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: A is for…Diane Arbus (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

I’ve revealed my theme (Female Photographers), and as I have every year, I am going to be blogging my theme letters on the fly – even though I had originally planned to be more prepared, COVID took over my life (I am an instructional designer in eLearning at a college that is frantically moving everyone online…).  So, here goes nothing!

Diane Arbus was an American photographer best known for her black and white portraits.  And not just your average portraits, but images of people not typically found in portrait studio.

“During her wanderings around New York City, Arbus began to pursue taking photographs of people she found. She visited seedy hotels, public parks, a morgue and other various locales. These unusual images had a raw quality, and several of them found their way into the July 1960 issue of Esquire magazine. These photographs proved to be a spring board for future work.” (https://www.biography.com/artist/diane-arbus)

What I admire about her photography is the passion she had for her art.  Some of the reading I’ve done, however, indicates she may not have been quite so caring about her subjects, but when she saw a story she felt needed to be told, she told it.   You can read an in-depth discussion of her work ethic in The Cut article.

Diane Arbus was born in 1923, and after quite the colourful life, committed suicide in 1971.

When I think of my own photography, I avoid portraits at all costs.  And with the current situation, I definitely don’t feel comfortable going out and trying to emulate Arbus’ work, so I won’t try that for this post.  I also won’t post any of her works here as they are all copyrighted as per her estate, but you can visit the many sites I’ve listed here to see her photographs.

Resources:

Diane Arbus at Wikipedia

Diane Arbus at ArtNet

AGO Diane Arbus Exhibition

Diane Arbus at the Smithsonian

Was Diane Arbus the Most Radical Photographer of the 20th Century?

New York Times Magazine: Arbus Reconsidered

New Yorker: Diane Arbus, Portrait of a Photographer

A Look Into the Life and Work of Diane Arbus

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter A.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at Letter A, A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: 2020 Theme Reveal!

Welcome to the Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z 2020 Theme Reveal!

This is the 11th year of the challenge, and I’ve been a participant since 2014.  Every year I choose a theme, and every year I blog it on the fly.  But this year will be different!  I am starting to write my posts now – it is giving me a creative break from the chaos that is my eLearning life during the coronavirus panic at my college, as all courses are moving from face to face to alternative delivery.

Before I reveal my 2020 theme, here are themes from challenges past:

  • 2014:  I blogged about our house, and the befores and afters of the renos we did and changes we made after buying it.
  • 2015: I blogged about interesting places in Victoria (all close to home).
  • 2016: I blogged about learning to use my DSLR
  • 2017: I blogged about my ‘hood in Welcome to James Bay!
  • 2018: I blogged about the wonderful world of wabi-sabi in photographs.
  • 2019:  I blogged about A picture-story a day (in the life, so to speak)

And now, my Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2020 Theme!  Drum roll please…..

Female Photographers!

Yes – I wanted to blog photography, and then I thought, hey – I need to learn more about photography.  So, should I blog about this history of photography?  Or what about photographers?  Names would be easy for A-Z, so I started listing photographers’ names, and then realized, what is with all these male names?  I need to blog about female photographers!  So, that’s what I am going to do.  A little research, a little writing, and maybe some photography “in the style of…” to challenge me further.

I have my list, but I am not posting it yet as it may change (since I still need a bit of flying by the seat of my pants for this challenge)!

So, I will see you on April 1st for my first Female Photographers post!

This post approved by Elliot.

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: Z is for… (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2019 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

I’ve revealed my theme (A picture-story a day (in the life, so to speak)), and as I have every year, I am going to be blogging my theme letters on the fly – this year I didn’t even plan to do otherwise!  So, here goes nothing 🙂

Today, Z is for…Zee End!

Well, there you have it.  A to Z finished for another year.  Doing nothing specific was kind of fun, but I think next year I need a real theme again because that really pushes me, plus I usually learn some cool stuff.

So, farewell (for now) from Jasper and Elliot and Nicholas, and me…Mr. Dressup (if you are Canadian, you laughed!)

Thanks for visiting my 2019 A to Z Challenge – Letter Z  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at Letter Z, A to Z Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: Y is for…Yacht (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2019 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

I’ve revealed my theme (A picture-story a day (in the life, so to speak)), and as I have every year, I am going to be blogging my theme letters on the fly – this year I didn’t even plan to do otherwise!  So, here goes nothing 🙂

Today, Y is for…Yacht (or a part of one).

I don’t know why, but I like taking pictures of masts.  Not the ships (boats?) themselves – that would be expected.  But masts. Don’t ask why…there is no point.

So, here are some masts from a photo excursion this weekend.

Thanks for visiting my 2019 A to Z Challenge – Letter Y  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at Letter Z, A to Z Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

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