Art Photography

"VIEW FROM A WINDOW" BY NIEPCE IN 1826 IS THE OLDEST PHOTOGRAPH IN THE WORLD
"VIEW FROM A WINDOW" BY NIEPCE IN 1826 IS THE OLDEST PHOTOGRAPH IN THE WORLD

HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce (1765-1833) created the first photograph in 1822.  He was a French inventor and research chemist.  Whatever images Niépce created the first few years have been lost.  As a result, the oldest known photograph in the world dates from 1826 and is featured here.  He then joined forces with a man who had invented a better camera, Daguerre.

"BOULEVARD DU TEMPLE" BY DAGUERRE IN 1838
"BOULEVARD DU TEMPLE" BY DAGUERRE IN 1838

DAGUERRE

Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (1789-1851) was a skilled painter in search of a new artistic medium. He and Niépce invented the "Daguerreotype," which created positive images that could not be reproduced. Daguerre's first picture dates to 1837, but I prefer this shot from one year later.


"LOCH KATRINE" BY FOX TALBOT IN 1844
"LOCH KATRINE" BY FOX TALBOT IN 1844

BRIEF HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY

William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) was the competition and he succeeded in the creation of photography using negatives, as we do today unless using a digital camera. Talbot was an Englishman well schooled at Cambridge in mathematics and optics.   I present his photograph from 1844.

"SARAH BERNHARDT" BY NADAR IN 1859
"SARAH BERNHARDT" BY NADAR IN 1859

PHOTOGRAPHIC ART

Félix Nadar (1820-1910) was an artist turned photographer from Paris.  He was also a journalist, novelist and balloonist.  Nadar was the first person to use artificial lighting and the first to take aerial photographs.  His greatest fame came from portrait photography, so we will look at his photograph from 1859 of the most famous actress of the 19th Century, Sarah Bernhardt.  It is reminiscent of sculpture.

"FADING AWAY" BY HENRY PEACH ROBINSON IN 1858
"FADING AWAY" BY HENRY PEACH ROBINSON IN 1858

ART PHOTOGRAPHY

Henry Peach Robinson (1830-1901) was the most famous photographer in the 19th Century. He was from England, and tried his hand at painting and bookselling before becoming a photographer. I feature here the 1858 photograph that made him a worldwide sensation at the time.


"DEAD CONFEDERATE SOLDIER PETERSBURG VIRGINIA" BY MATHEW BRADY IN 1865
"DEAD CONFEDERATE SOLDIER PETERSBURG VIRGINIA" BY MATHEW BRADY IN 1865

MATHEW BRADY

Mathew Brady (1823-1896) was an American who is considered the father of photojournalism.  His work covering the American Civil War brought home the horrors of combat in a new, and to some, shocking way.  Brady photographed 18 Presidents of The United States, including photos of President Lincoln used on the Five-Dollar Bill and Lincoln Penny. This photograph is from 1865.

"ANASAZI RUINS" BY TIMOTHY O'SULLIVAN IN 1873
"ANASAZI RUINS" BY TIMOTHY O'SULLIVAN IN 1873

FAMOUS AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER

Timothy O'Sullivan (1841-1882) was an American who mastered landscape photography.  He had previously worked for Mathew Brady and shot outstanding photographs of the civil war.  O'Sullivan became the official photographer for the United States Geological Expedition and on that mission took this photograph in 1873. 

"FIVE CENTS LODGING" BY JACOB RIIS IN 1889
"FIVE CENTS LODGING" BY JACOB RIIS IN 1889

JACOB RIIS

Jacob Riis (1849-1914) was a police reporter in New York City, where he photographed crime scenes.  It was his pictures of slums that were to be his more lasting legacy as they led to changes in housing codes and labor laws. Riis was a pioneer of flash photography, made possible by the invention of gunpowder.  He worked as a carpenter, miner, salesman, reporter and newspaper editor before becoming a photographer.  This photograph dates to 1889.

"THE STEERAGE" BY ALFRED STIEGLITZ IN 1907
"THE STEERAGE" BY ALFRED STIEGLITZ IN 1907

STIEGLITZ

Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) is considered the founder of "modern" photographic art in the United States and an important person in the history of American visual arts. Stieglitz studied mechanical engineering and chemistry prior to photography. He later became an important writer and publisher. We will review what he considered his finest work, this photograph from 1907. In it we clearly sense the difference between classes on an ocean liner. Stieglitz established documentary photography as an art form.


"GLORIA SWANSON" BY EDWARD STEICHEN IN 1924
"GLORIA SWANSON" BY EDWARD STEICHEN IN 1924

FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHERS WORK

Edward Steichen (1879-1973) was a protégé of Stieglitz. He was an established painter in America before becoming a famous photographer. His photographic portrait of Greta Garbo remains his most well known work, but I am more intrigued with this one from 1924. Later in life he won an Academy Award for documentary film.


"NOTRE DAME" BY ATGET IN 1925
"NOTRE DAME" BY ATGET IN 1925

FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHER BIOGRAPHIES

Eugène Atget (1856-1927) was a humble French photographer.  Picasso was one of his patrons.  He is famous as the documentarian of the Paris of his day.  Atget was an orphan who became a sailor and then an actor.  He is known today as a master of urban historical photographic art.

"BEHIND THE GARE ST LAZARE" BY CARTIER-BRESSON IN 1932
"BEHIND THE GARE ST LAZARE" BY CARTIER-BRESSON IN 1932

FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHER

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) is considered the father of "modern" photojournalism.  He was from Paris and a photographer since childhood.  Cartier-Bresson also painted.  He was to become a world traveler in the broadest sense, taking photographs around the globe of some of history's most important events and people.  He would only use a Leica 35MM camera and refused to use flash.   This picture was shot in 1932. 

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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

That Daguerrotype is stunning and remarkably well preserved. Cartier-Bresson has always been a favourite of mine, though from a little bit later I really like the work of Bert Hardy, especially his Glasgow pictures:

http://www.photonet.org.uk/index.php?ppid=338

My grandfather owned a photography shop in Scotland in early 20th Century. Our loft was full of old stock - lenses, box cameras, bellows cameras, etc, plus lots of his own photographs. Fascinating legacy.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Paraglider— My first visitor! Thank you for stopping in. I am always glad to see you. A person such as yourself who envisions a better world is sorely needed to be sure.

I agree it is surprising what beautiful photographs were taken as far back as Daguerre.

I appreciate your comments and will take a look at Bert Hardy right now.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

I love that Bert Hardy pic of the two boys running in the street. I bookmarked it and will use it in my next Hub about Photographic Art. Thanks for that timely tip.


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

There are lots of Bert Hardy's that are very well known in UK, but probably less so elsewhere, as he never travelled. He was working in Glasgow & London the same time as some of the magnificent 'construction of the Empire State Building' series was being shot in NYC.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Paraglider— Well, I can see his is the work of genius. I will definitely include him when I resume this study a couple weeks from now. He is most deserving and I thank you for telling me about him.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

Thank you for this very informative hub James!

As you know, photography is very close to my heart and I really appreciate this beautiful piece. You are truly a historian.

I am familiar with the works of HCB and I love his works especially those that depict people faces and emotions. I also love the geometry of his landscapes. However, I am not familiar with the others so I have to thank you for writing about them.


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BrianS 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

I have never really studied the history of photography, certainly not this far back. It must have taken an amazing level of skill to produce photographs of such quality with the equipment they had available to them. We are truly spoilt today with our digital cameras that make photography in relative terms so much easier for us than our predecessors.

Really enjoyed this hub, you have found a subject close to my heart and a topic I should have looked at much sooner.


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Sufidreamer 7 years ago from Sparti, Greece

Facinating Hub, James - I know little about photography, so this was a nice journey through history. In this age of megapixels and Photoshop, it goes to show that expensive equipment does not a great photographer make.

Look forward to the next installment.


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Some stunning photographs James. Even the soldier in its sad way.


ftgfmom 7 years ago

I don't know much about photography, but I enjoyed this. I loved the picture of Gloria Swanson, But you peeked my curiosity with Greta Garbo. Thank you for sharing.


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jesusmyjoy 7 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

wonderful photos...i have lots of photos of my great grandparents and grandparents ..they are amazing old photos.


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Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

These photos are truly beautiful. I am in awe of artistic people. I am quite surprised by the detail and resolution in some of these pre-20th century photos. However the lack of such detail as I refer to haziness as shown in the Lock Katrine photo by Talbot is often emulated by special lenses of modern photography.

Thank you James for this display.


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asalvani 7 years ago from London, UK

Wonderful photos James, you touched my heart with this hub as photography is my job. I'm very happy that you brought this in light for many to see and admire.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

jill of alltrades— You are welcome. I do know that you are an excellent photographer. So I am especially pleased that you enjoyed this piece. Thank you for your kind comments.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

BrianS— These were surely men of genius—and patience. One big obstacle was slow speeds of the cameras, which is why for a long time moving things could not be photographed except as a blur. Yes, we have it pretty easy today.

I am glad you liked this Hub. I appreciate your remarks.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Sufidreamer— Thank you! You know me enough by now to know the history is what intrigues me. The difference between photography as a hobby, a craft, or an art is the use of the camera by the photographer. Not the machine itself. These folks were definitely artists, though photography was not accepted as art for quite some time.

I appreciate your warm words and the visitation.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

ethel smith— Thank you very much for coming by and leaving your compliment. I always enjoy hearing from you.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

ftgfmom— The Garbo is stunning. Perhaps I should have used it also. Most of these photographers have created many wonderful works and that made it difficult to choose just one. But I wanted to keep it short. Thank you and you are welcome.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

jesusmyjoy— Thank you. Old family photos are a treasure. I have a few myself. I appreciate you for visiting.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Tom Whitworth— Yes, that effect in the Talbot is emulated by lens filters today. That photo is one of the oldest extant made with a negative.

Thank you for your appreciation of my article. And you are most welcome.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

asalvani— You work as a photographer? That must be a wonderful profession. You are blessed. I wish I could do the same. Thank you for your warm words.


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advisor4qb 7 years ago from On New Footing

I liked the one of Gloria Swanson, too!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

advisor4qb— An air of mystery there. Thank you for your comment. I appreciate your encouragement. :D


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago

James this is simply fabulous! I find the whole concept of being able to capture a moment in time via photography fascinating.

Wonderful informative hub!

Blessings


R Burow 7 years ago

It is amazing how far we've come. What brilliant minds who started the process. Never in their wildest dreams...

Great hub!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

DeBorrah K. Ogans— Thank you! It is interesting that for most of human history we could not have a short or long term historical record of events and people, except eye witness accounts or painting/sculpture, which are much more subjective. I love those art forms but photography gives us a new accuracy and immediacy. At least it did before PhotoShop! :)

I appreciate you taking the time to visit and leave word.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

R Burow— There has surely been a long record of human brilliance and creativity. Especially when we consider we are just apes with thumbs.

JUST KIDDING!!! :D

This world is amazing. My life has been amazing. I am grateful for my blessings. Thank you for your remarks.


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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

5 Stars for this hub! Another truly eye catching, excellent and informative piece. I esp love Alfred Stieglitz and Ansel Adams, my two favorites. If you haven't seen "The Eloquent Eye" documentary, it is a must see for someone like you. Hat's off Mr Watkins!


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jiberish 7 years ago from florida

James, your creativity just amazes me, your talents are endless, another wonderful read, thank you.


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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

James, you've outdone even yourself--what a great hub! What an informative, interesting, terrifically researched and pictorial hub. I love the Sarah Bernhardt pic. I love them all. Thank you so much, again, for taking the time and effort to compile and share this information.


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Kebennett1 7 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

"BOULEVARD DU TEMPLE" BY DAGUERRE IN 1838, for some reason really speaks to me. I find it very surreal, almost haunting! My favorite of this line up! "SARAH BERNHARDT" BY NADAR IN 1859,is absolutely beautiful. I believe it rivals any works of today! "DEAD CONFEDERATE SOLDIER PETERSBURG VIRGINIA" BY MATHEW BRADY IN 1865 Excellent photojournalism of the time. He really did accomplish a lot with the Presidents. Impressive! "ANASAZI RUINS" BY TIMOTHY O'SULLIVAN IN 1873. Amazing Ruins captured by an obviously amazing photographer.

Another informative, well written, artistic, beautiful Hub! You keep me coming back for more!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

IslandVoice— I am so pleased to receive these complimentary comments from you as you are such a fine photographer. I have not seen that documentary but I will put it in my Netflix queue right now. Thanks for the tip and the visitation.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

jiberish— Thank you for your gracious words. I am basking in the glow of your accolades right now. :D

Whatever gifts I may have, I didn't earn them. They were given to me and I am grateful. I am glad you enjoyed this piece. It was a joy to put together.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Paradise7— I am trying to produce good work that people enjoy. It pleases me greatly to receive your response. I thank you for the affirmation. :D


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Kebennett1— I so appreciate your ongoing encouragement.

It's hard to believe the Daguerre is a photo—it looks painted almost. I had never heard of O'Sullivan until I began this research and for 1873—I found this photo of his to be stunning.

Thank you so much for your compliments.


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GPAGE 7 years ago from California

James! I think this is fantastic. VERY much of an interest to me. ;

I have always been a huge fan of Stieglitz & Bresson. I did see an exhibit at the old Getty Museum on Steichen many years ago and it was one of those "AHHHH" moments where I just wanted to see everything! I am a big fan of B& W pics and have shot some amazing black and white landscapes and pics in Europe......

Looking forward to what you dig up next!!!!! post 1932 ; G


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

GPAGE— Thank you very much for your laudations.

I think you should do a Hub with your B&W pics and let us all enjoy them. I would be quite interested to see them.

I appreciate the visit and hope all is well in your exotic world. :)


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Camping Dan 7 years ago

Some of the classic images and processes still get my attention. We seem to lose so much with digital photography that we had before. I miss the old days for sure.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Camping Dan— There is much beauty in these old photos. I still have not switched to digital. I use a Canon EOS but I have some great lenses. Thank you for the visit and the comments.


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Vladimir Uhri 7 years ago from HubPages, FB

Great pictures, James.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Vladimir, my friend! Thank you very much for coming.


coffeesnob 7 years ago

James,

Great collection of Photos. I was struck by Matthew Brady's step forward into photojournalism. I can only imagine the controversy of bringing the war home with his pictures. Awesome job here.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

coffeesnob— Thank you. Brady's work was sensational at the time—and striking even now. There were many who thought it beyond good taste. And many who thought maybe we should know what war is. It reminds me of abortion pictures now, which, by the way, Hub Pages says I cannot show.

Thanks for your comments.


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Tigermadstanley 7 years ago from Canterbury, Kent, UK

James, You have a real eye for art. The photos you have chosen are amazing. Thanks for creating another informative but interesting and creative hub.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Tigermadstanley— Why, thank you! You are welcome. I do appreciate your encouragement and affirmation.


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dashdot 7 years ago from nl

i hail Henry william Fox Talbot he is my hero the true genius :) i make lumenrpints thanks to him!!


Tina Irene 7 years ago

James -

Fantastic subject, superb photo choices, and another beautifully put together hub.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

dashdot— I agree with you. He was absolutely a genius. Welcome to Hub Pages. I looked at your photos on your first Hub—great work! Thanks for leaving your comment here and reviewing my article.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Tina Irene— Why, thank you so much. I appreciate you stopping in and saying such nice things. :)


Tina Irene 7 years ago

Facts are facts! And you're certainly welcome.


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bayareagreatthing 7 years ago from Bay Area California

I appreciate reading about photo history. The pictures that go with it are great. It is amazing how much photography has developed. As a photographer, I appreciate the immense effort involved in getting "just the right shot" when there wasn't any post production tools to fix things! I look forward to your next one James.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

bayareagreatthing— It is an honor to have a real photographer stop by and praise my humble work. You are right, there were no "redos" in the old days—just like in music, where you couldn't lip synch your songs and bring in recorded tracks to "fill things out." There was a time when live band was really live—all the way.

Thanks for your comments.


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Great hub, James, as usual. I have a couple of old daguerreotypes...one of my grandfather when he was with the National Guard stationed in San Antonio many years ago and also one of my mother, her siblings and a cousin when they were kids. Had photos made from the old tin type negatives and due to scratches, etc, they are not the greatest...but still happy to have them.

Very interesting hub about the history of art photography. Thanks!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Peggy W— I am impressed. I don't know anyone who has actual daguerreotypes. I do have some old photos that were passed down to me from maybe 1900, but I don't know how they were made.

Thank you for visiting and for your kind comments. Always a pleasure to see you.


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

I love this hub, James. You are so wonderful at sharing art. I never realized that photography was so old and am wowed at being able to see the oldest photograph in the world. How cool! I love Stieglitz and Cartier-Bresson as well.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Dolores Monet— Thank you, dear. It is a pleasure to receive this visit from you. I appreciate your kind comments and insights. I'm glad you enjoyed it, too.


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SimeyC 7 years ago from NJ, USA

Another great hub - very well written and full of great photos! It's a pleasure to read and I learned a lot too!!!! It's going to take me months to read all your hubs!!!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

SimeyC— Thank you so much for your interest and kind remarks. I publish 3 a week so . . .

I must admit—I love the photos, too. :D


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Luciendasky 7 years ago from Florence, OR

Thank you for writing such an informative hub! I love photography but didn't know much of the history until now :D


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Luciendasky— You are surely welcome. Speaking of welcome: Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

I am well pleased that you enjoyed this piece. I look forward to reading your work.


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debdav 6 years ago

really enjoyed your hub


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

debdav— I'm glad you did. Thank you for coming by and letting me know. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community.


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katyzzz 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

It's so interesting to go back in time, James. I love photography. And the last one is an unexpected surprise.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

katyzzz— How nice to hear from you again. It has been a while it seems. Yes, that Cartier-Bresson is intriguing, isn't it? Thank you for checking out my Hub and leaving word that you did. I appreciate it.


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kysnoopyq42 6 years ago from no where

I just like to look at the pretty pictures. All except for the dead soldier one.. that one is sad.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

kysnoopyq42— That one is sad. It was a groundbreaking photo at the time. Perhaps the first photo ever shot at the point of death. Thank you for coming; all the way from Kentucky! ;0


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

I was touched by the art of the photograph in 5 cents Lodging, and by the Confederate soldier. Life is so precious yet was treated so awful. I maybe wrong but I think life has changed a lot in comparison to the hard days of yester years. It seems to me that young people today have kinder hearts than folks of long ago. I could be very wrong. Maybe it depends a lot on surroundings and availabilities of things. God Bless you.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

stars439— Thank you for being one of my most faithful readers. And I mean that two ways.

You posed a great question. It seems to me life is getting softer and harder; with less middle. I'm glad you were touched by those two great photographs. God Bless You!


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Moulik Mistry 6 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

Photography is my pet love - thank you very much for this great article...


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Moulik Mistry--- I love photography, too. You are most welcome and also: welcome to the Hub Pages Community!


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RosWebbART 6 years ago from Ireland

Beautiful !!! Love it..


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

RosWebbART--- It's nice to hear from you again. Thank you for the compliments.


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Great photos and naration. thanks for sharing.


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

As always James, I get around to coming over to read your history/art hubs. They always give so much information and detail. Thank you again for another great one!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Eileen Hughes--- Thank you for your comments. And you are most welcome.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Duchess Oblunt--- How nice to hear from you. Thank you for coming round and leaving your warm words. I appreciate you and your work on HubPages.


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Steve 3.0 6 years ago from Cornwall UK

Nice hub. I like the Cartier-Bresson Behind the Gare St. Lazare. If you look at a decent print of it, you can see the repeating pattern with the mans legs reflected, the poster in the background and the hands of the clock.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Steve 3.0--- Thank you. Yes, I agree, that is an extraordinary photograph by a fabulous artist. Thanks for the interesting additional information. I'm going to look for that.


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Very good, I love to find very old books just for the art, I had probably 100, maybe more, not sure they all had art from 1800's but they got stolen. But I still look, find one now and then.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Pollyannalana— Thank you! I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. Some people. I'd say that exhibits a lack of values! Thanks for coming.


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epigramman 6 years ago

to the man who looks like the actor/playwright - Sam Shephard - what a wonderful hub you have here - I will be sharing this with all of my photography friends!!!!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

epigramman— Sam Shephard? hmmm . . . I appreciate the sharing of this Hub with your friends. That is a gracious thing to do. Thank you for your wonderful compliments.


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Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

The "Anasazi Ruins" photo is gorgeous. So is the one of the Notre Dame. Cheers!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Mr. Happy— Thank you! Thank you very much. :D


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Kamran100 6 years ago

really nice art. looking attractive photos


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Kamran100— Thank you! Thank you very much.


Carl Hahn 5 years ago

This is a great group photographs by the masters, especially the first photograph by Daguerre. That one is priceless.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

Carl Hahn— Thank you! I am well pleased that you appreciate this gallery. Yes, it is priceless.


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sherrylou57 5 years ago from Riverside

James, this hub is way cool! Go and see my pic on the firey sky, last Sat the sky was blazin!! It was so very breathtaking! have a good night!


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

sherrylou57— Thank you! I will do that. You have a good day and God Bless!


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johnwindbell 5 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

Much enjoyed your hub. The digital age has lost it. In the book 'Hey Day' by Kurt Andersen, a character, a photographer, said, "the new devices permit the unskilled and untrained to impersonate artists."


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

johnwindbell— I am glad you enjoyed it, friend. I was not aware of the book you mentioned but I must say I agree with the quote from it. Thank you for visiting my Hub. I appreciate your comments.


Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

Amazing artists and photographers. Some I knew, most not. I impersonate the greats.How better to learn.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

Lynn S. Murphy— I look forward to checking your your impersonations. Thank you very very much for coming by to check out my Hub. I appreciate your comments. :-)


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TheMonk 5 years ago from Brazil

My photography teacher talked so little about this. I find it is amazing how photography has evolved from just an experience to an art form of itself. Thanks for the great info! Voted up, for sure!


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

TheMonk— You are quiet welcome, my friend. I appreciate the Voted Up! Thank you for visiting my Hub.


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Ralph Deeds 5 years ago

Nice Hub.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

Ralph Deeds— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D


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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

My favorite Stieglitz was a winding staircase with (I believe) a rose in the foreground. Stunning. I had the opportunity to purchase an original print once, down in Santa Fe. But I needed to eat.

I do love photography. Thanks for introducing me to "BOULEVARD DU TEMPLE" BY DAGUERRE. It is exceptional.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

Storytellersrus— Yes! I have seen that awesome photographic art by the great artist Stieglitz.

I am glad you liked the Daguerre. That sucker is ancient!

Thank you for visiting my Hub. I appreciate your thoughtful comments. Always a pleasure to hear from you.


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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

I missed you. My red headed temper got the better of me. I think I have a handle on what it is that sets me off and of course it has nothing to do with you and everything to do with the past. So... thank you, kind sir! Glad to be back.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

Storytellerrus— I missed you too. I didn't know I had offended you. Sometimes I do come across a bit strong in my opinions and that has alienated a few folks. I appreciate your kind note and I'm glad we have made up. I am going to try to be a kinder, gentler James from now on. :-)

Thank you and you are welcome.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This is stunning with those gorgeous photographs and full of information. I knew a few of these people. I used to world as a professional photographer and learned during my studies. Some I had no idea about and I thank you for adding to my education. Isn't it wonderful how some dreamers see the world in such a different way than most? Then we have these beautiful pieces of art.

James, I am sorry I have not been commenting on more of your Hubs and will be in the future. This one will be a favorite though for sure.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

Hyphenbird— Thank you for taking the time to review this Hub and gallery. I appreciate your gracious comments.

You wrote: "Isn't it wonderful how some dreamers see the world in such a different way than most? Then we have these beautiful pieces of art."

Yes it is! And yes we do.

I am thankful for your compliments and you are most welcome. :-)


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tlpoague 4 years ago from USA

There is something new to be learned every day. I have never heard of some of these artists, but love the photos you posted with them. It is amazing to see how far we have come with photography. Thanks for sharing this facinating information.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

tlpoague— There certainly is. I, too, am amazed.

Thank you for coming by to review my Hub. I appreciate your kind comments. And you, as always, are most welcome. :-)

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