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January Photo Newsletter
 Photojournalism

 

Dear Photographers,

    During strange times heroes emerge.  And throughout so many strange times photographers have been part of that brave group.  This month we  pay tribute to the men and women who have stepped forth, in fact, run forward, to document what we need to see.  In our own times we are very conscious of the vital role played by photojournalists around the world and encourage all to take a moment to consider their on-going contributions to our understanding of our times.  

 

 

 

 

 

                       

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

photo by Owen Biddle

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Lecture/Discussion:

 Magnum Photographers

This month Owen will be sharing the history and role of The Magnum Agency headquartered in Paris.  This group of  photojournalists brought to our attention  under-reported world realities, thereby playing a major role in shaping international awareness and policy.  Famine, migrations, warfare and struggles for equality across the globe were some of their subjects.  They were pioneers in their goals of maintaining ownership of their work, which opened the way for future generations of photojournalists to exercise and present their independent visions.

Friday,  2/18  7:00 - 8:00

 

   

 

 

 

 

             

                  photo by Marc Riboud

 

                                                                   

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The Spanish artist, Francisco Goya (1746 - 1828) was deeply moved by the events surrounding him and used his art to bring the horrors he witnessed to his countrymen.  This is a mission photojournalists are committed to today.




 

Photo Field Trips

These two field trips provide opportunities to photograph people in the urban environment....

Manyunk

Manyunk, this special part of Philadelphia, is a favorite with artists with its hills, canal, cathedrals, railway trestles and power lines.  We will learn how to exploit these elements in creating images, black and white and color, that both capture a unique neighborhood and at the same time make an abstract statement about line, shape, and texture

Tuesday  2/15  10:00 - 12:00

 

30th Street Station

This Philadelphia site is so familiar  and utilitarian, it is often overlooked for its photographic possibilities.  But we will explore  the grand architecture, indoor markets, the tracks, wires, trains coming and going and views of the city from the platforms.  Our approach will go beyond showing a "beautiful building", and aim to document the interplay between man and the environment in this transportation hub.  (Also a great place to capture people going about their everyday lives.)

Sunday  2/20  10:00 - 12:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Announcements

The Main Line Camera Club is now welcoming new members. The club hosts professional speakers several times a year, holds friendly critiques of member photos, and sponsors Meetup events, among many activities.

The club meets once a month at the Main Line Art Center in Haverford, although current meetings are on Zoom. Dues are $50 a year.

For more information please contact Gerry Fisher, membership chair, at gerryfisher67@gmail.com

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Some thoughts from Walt Miles, one of the best photojournalists in our area:

"i would like to make a comment or two about photo journalism which i feel is a dying occupation because of the death knell that is being rung for print newspapers and magazines......some of the outstanding photos that come from newspapers will never be seen.....also the emotions and stress that must go into a photojournalist's job must be incredible...can you imagine getting the assignment to cover 12 family members who have perished in a fire, while you are surrounded by hundreds of mourners in just one image......or the emotional toll it can take on you when trying to stay unbiased covering say a civil rights protest or a anti vietnam war protest......or the ongoing right to life argument.......one of my favorite books on the subject of photo journalism is Requiem photos taking during the vietnam war by photojournalist who were killed in vietnam........

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...this photo shows the photog using a very creative angle to show how photography can show the effects on all who are involved in war"

photo by Henri Huet

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DSLR Fundamentals Tutorials

Below are descriptions of the basic units of our curriculum available to students ranging from beginner to advanced.  Most units are five lessons and include a set of assignments designed to give practice in targeted skills with opportunities to get feedback from the instructor so that you learn from your experiences.

Just give a call and  we can set up individual sessions to keep you moving forward with your photography.

 Call (610)-626-7854 for details.

 

​(click on links for more information)

 

Fundamentals 1:  Camera Operations   is for students who are just starting out, or want a good review of the basic camera functions. 

Fundamentals 2:  Applications  is for students who have some comfort with the camera and want to start applying their skills to expand their photographic range.

Fundamentals 3:  Composition  takes photography beyond the subject, and encourages you to see the artistic and compositional opportunities in everyday life. Here is a chance for your right brain to come out and play!

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Fundamentals 4:  Lighting Across the Genres is for students who are  ready for the next critical step: lighting.  Explore sophisticated means of controlling both natural and artificial light for portraits, landscape and still life to get just the mood and effects you want.

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Advanced Photography - Using self-generated assignments and in-depth critiques we will help you move forward in your work.  

 Photo Salon

​  Unfortunately, we have decided to put in-person photo salons on hold for right now, until we have a better idea of the risks of gathering indoors.  We really miss seeing everyone in person, and can't wait to get back to sharing our work, our inspirations, our friendships (and our cookies).

In the meantime, come to our facebook on-line salon to post and see exciting pictures and to get feedback from our wonderful community of photographers.  A great way to stay motivated!

Check out this  facebook link and join the group.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/owenbiddlephotosalon  

Our purpose is to provide an online place for our community to stay in touch, stay inspired  and get out there and keep snapping.  You can post pictures and get feedback, ask photo questions, make suggestions etc.  What do you say???

Special thanks to Jonathan Prusky, whose technical skills have saved us more than once and made this whole endeavor possible.

         

 

 photo by Owen Biddle

 

 

 

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Photojournalists

 

 

Some of these photographers may be familiar to you.  Many of these images are iconic and have played important parts in informing public awareness and shaping public opinion.  You will see that some of the pictures below are very hard to look at, but our photojournalists insist that the suffering of our fellows, the threats to our environment, the strains within our societies, and a multitude of dark realities must be documented and acknowledged.  Starting with Matthew Brady in the nineteenth century, the importance of the role that has been played by photojournalists cannot be overstated.  We take time to appreciate the dedication, tirelessness and courage of these remarkable photographers.    “My greatest aim has been to advance the art of photography and to make it what I think I have, a great and truthful medium of history”  Matthew Brady

To get an idea of what contemporary photojournalists are doing check out this link:  https://www.worldpressphoto.org/collection/photo-contest

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    Matthew Brady                       James Natchwey                         Nick Ut                               Robert Capa                           Kevin Carter                        Gordon Parks

 Henri Cartier Bresson                   Robert Frank                         Roy DeCarava                      Newsha Tavakolian                  Ruth Orkin                               Mads Nissen

Matthew Brady, Civil War
Matthew Brady, Civil War
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James Natchwey,  Ground Zero, NY, 2001
James Natchwey, Ground Zero, NY, 2001
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Nick Ut, Vietnam, 1972
Nick Ut, Vietnam, 1972
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Robert Capa, Israel, 1948 - 1950
Robert Capa, Israel, 1948 - 1950
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Kevin Carter, Sudan, 1988
Kevin Carter, Sudan, 1988
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Gordon Parks, Brazil, 1961
Gordon Parks, Brazil, 1961
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Henri Cartier-Bresson, Shanghai, 1948
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Shanghai, 1948
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Robert Frank, New Orleans, 1955
Robert Frank, New Orleans, 1955
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Roy DeCarava, from The Sounds I Saw,  1956
Roy DeCarava, from The Sounds I Saw, 1956
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Newsha Tavakolian, pilgrims inside hospital during Hajj, Sudia Arabia, 2009
Newsha Tavakolian, pilgrims inside hospital during Hajj, Sudia Arabia, 2009
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Ruth Orkin, Florence, 1951
Ruth Orkin, Florence, 1951
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Mads Nissen, Brazil, 2020
Mads Nissen, Brazil, 2020
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