Monday’s Photography Inspiration – John Carbutt

John Carbutt as a photographic pioneer, stereo card publisher, and photographic entrepreneur. He was the first person to use celluloid for photographic film and to market dry-plate glass negative. He was born in Sheffield, England on 2 December 1832 and moved to Chicago in 1853. Carbutt founded the Keystone Dry Plate Works in 1879 and was the first to develop…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg was primarily known as a great American poet, the figurehead of the Beat Movement. But from the early 1950s to about 1964, Ginsberg regularly used a cheap camera to take snapshots of his now famous pals, including the writers Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Gregory Corso, and Neal Cassady.  Almost all are affectionate, more…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Herman Salzwedel

Herman Salzwedel was a photographer in Java, Dutch East Indies during the late 19th century. Salzwedel arrived in Batavia in May 1877, Dutch East Indies via Singapore. He founded the firm Salzwedel and from March 1878 worked for a year with the more experienced Van Kinsbergen in the photographic studio Kinsbergen & Salzwedel in Batavia….

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Pascal Sebah

Pascal Sébah was an pioneer photographer born in Constantinople in 1823. He produced a prolific number of images of Egypt, Turkey and Greece to serve the tourist trade. Between about 1888-1908, he joined forces with the French photographer, Henri Bechard. After receiving medals at the International Exhibition in Paris, he decided to open his own…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Arthur Leipzig

Arthur Leipzig was an American photographer born in Brooklyn, New York who specialised in street photography and is known for his photographs of New York City.  After sustaining a serious injury to his right hand while working at a glass wholesaler, Leipzig joined the Photo League where he studied photography and took part in Sid Grossman’s Documentary Workshop and…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Benjamin Brecknell Turner

Benjamin Brecknell Turner was one of Britain’s first photographers born in May 1815. He was also a founding-member of the Photographic Society of London which was formed in 1853. His images were based on the traditionally ‘picturesque’ styles and subjects of the generation of watercolour painters before him.  At 16, he became an apprentice to…

Passion vs Vision

Photographs have become an universal language. We all have numerous images within our reach. I personally have over 3000 images on my phone, some dating back to 2010. I capture because I feel compelled to and I keep picking up my camera because I find peace and it is my way of seeing what’s around….

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Jan Bulhak

Jan Bułhak was born on October 6, 1876 in Ostaszyn, near Navahrudak, at that time Russian Empire now Belarus. From 1888 till 1897 he studied at Russian classical gymnasium (a pre-Revolution secondary public school of the Russian Empire) in Vilnius. In 1897, he entered Jagiellonian University in Krakow where he studied literature, history and philosophy,…

Under the sun

Photography is one of the most prolific forms of art and expression. It revolutionised the way we see and capture what we see daily. Initially, artists in this medium focused primarily on portraiture, still life and landscapes. During the late 19th Century, in both France and USA , artists started to pictorial photographs. These photographs…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Frantisek Drtikol

Frantisek Drtikol was a Czech photographer especially known for his his characteristically epic photographs, often nudes and portraits. Dritikol was born in 1883 in a mining town in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire, he rose to become a prominent artist and famed portraiture photographer. Drtikol grew up with a desire to draw and paint….