Photographic Art

"MIGRANT MOTHER" BY DOROTHEA LANGE IN 1936
"MIGRANT MOTHER" BY DOROTHEA LANGE IN 1936

DOROTHEA LANGE

Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) was born in Hoboken, New Jersey.  She moved to Berkeley, California when she was 23 and lived there until she died of esophageal cancer.  Dorothea became the finest documentary photographer in America with her work during the Great Depression.  The majority of her photos were taken in rural areas.  She was well known for her moral courage—and sensitivity to the dignity of her subjects.

"PEPPER" BY EDWARD WESTON IN 1930
"PEPPER" BY EDWARD WESTON IN 1930

EDWARD WESTON

Edward Weston (1886-1958) was born in Chicago and by age 17 his photographs were exhibited at the Chicago Art Institute.  When he was 20 he decided to move to California, where he lived until he died of Parkinson's Disease.  Weston became the leader of the "pure" photography movement, creating wonderfully designed, and miraculously detailed, incredibly sharp images.

"DEATH OF A LOYALIST SOLDIER" BY ROBERT CAPA IN 1936
"DEATH OF A LOYALIST SOLDIER" BY ROBERT CAPA IN 1936

ROBERT CAPA

Robert Capa (1913-1954) was from Budapest, Hungary.  He was to become world famous for his physical bravery as a combat photographer who was willing to fearlessly go right into battles to photograph close-ups.  Capa covered five wars during his short (20 year) career, including the Normandy Invasion of World War Two.  He was killed in Vietnam when he stepped on a landmine. 

"BALLERINAS" BY ALFRED EISENSTAEDT IN 1936
"BALLERINAS" BY ALFRED EISENSTAEDT IN 1936

ALFRED EISENSTAEDT

Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898-1995) was from Germany.  He moved to Queens, New York, for the rest of his life, in 1935 because he feared oppression from the Nazis.  From 1936-1972 he worked for Life magazine, where his photographs were to appear on 90 covers.  The most famous photograph shot by Eisenstaedt was of an American sailor kissing a young woman in Times Square after WWII ended in 1945. 

"AMERICAN GOTHIC" BY GORDON PARKS IN 1942
"AMERICAN GOTHIC" BY GORDON PARKS IN 1942

GORDON PARKS

Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was not only a groundbreaking photographer; he was also a musician, poet, novelist, journalist and film maker—a Renaissance Man. Parks became a photographer for Vogue and Life magazines—the first African-American to do so; and he directed the movie Shaft. He was born in Kansas and died of cancer in New York City. The remarkable life and career of this man cannot be encapsulated in only a few words.

"THE TETONS AND THE SNAKE RIVER" BY ANSEL ADAMS IN 1942
"THE TETONS AND THE SNAKE RIVER" BY ANSEL ADAMS IN 1942

ANSEL ADAMS

Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was from San Francisco and became the foremost nature photographer in America. He was a meticulous technician who produced black and white pictures with a full range of tonal nuances, and remarkable depth and clarity. Ansel Adams photographs are ubiquitous in America today. His most famous work is Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.


"IWO JIMA" BY JOE ROSENTHAL IN 1945
"IWO JIMA" BY JOE ROSENTHAL IN 1945

JOE ROSENTHAL

Joe Rosenthal (1911-2006) was also from San Francisco.  He was a photographer for the Associated Press and the San Francisco Chronicle.  The photo we will view won the Pulitzer Prize for Rosenthal and appeared around the world in newspapers and magazines.  It is also featured on a U.S. Postage Stamp and on many war memorials. 

"CHILDBIRTH" BY WAYNE MILLER IN 1946
"CHILDBIRTH" BY WAYNE MILLER IN 1946

WAYNE MILLER

Wayne Miller was born in Chicago in 1918.  He moved to Los Angeles in 1940 and later became a photographer for Life magazine.  In 1954 Miller participated in the record-breaking Family of Man exhibition in New York at the Museum of Modern Art.  The photograph we will view is from that exhibit—and the baby is his own son, David.

"MARILYN MONROE" BY RICHARD AVEDON IN 1957
"MARILYN MONROE" BY RICHARD AVEDON IN 1957

RICHARD AVEDON

Richard Avedon (1923-2004) was a New Yorker who started out as a fashion photographer for magazines such Harper's Bazaar, Vogue and the New Yorker before becoming the world's greatest portraiture photographer.   His images uncannily reveal the personalities of his subjects.  Avedon used what is known as the minimalist style of portraiture.  He is famous for his photos of the Beatles.  He died of a brain hemorrhage.

"TOMOKO UEMUIA IN HER BATH" BY W. EUGENE SMITH IN 1972
"TOMOKO UEMUIA IN HER BATH" BY W. EUGENE SMITH IN 1972

W. EUGENE SMITH

W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978) was from Wichita, Kansas, and achieved fame for his brutally vivid photographs of World War II, where he was wounded in battle.   Smith is known today as the originator and master of the photo-essay.  He was a speed freak and alcoholic, which led to the massive stroke that killed him.

"MOTHER TERESA" BY EDDIE ADAMS IN 1978
"MOTHER TERESA" BY EDDIE ADAMS IN 1978

EDDIE ADAMS

Eddie Adams (1933-2004) won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of the execution of a Vietcong prisoner by the Saigon Police Chief, while working for the Associated Press.  He was a combat photojournalist in 13 wars, beginning with the Korean War for the United States Marine Corps.   Adams is also noted for his portraits of politicians and celebrities. 

"QUEEN ELIZABETH II" BY ANNIE LEIBOVITZ IN 2007
"QUEEN ELIZABETH II" BY ANNIE LEIBOVITZ IN 2007

ANNIE LEIBOVITZ

Annie Leibovitz is a portrait photographer born in Connecticut (1949). From 1973 to 1982 she was a staff photographer for Rolling Stone magazine. She became famous for her pictures of the Rolling Stones; and John and Yoko Lennon. Leibovitz was influenced greatly by Richard Avedon. She later worked for the magazine Vanity Fair. She is the first woman to exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery.


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quietnessandtrust 7 years ago from Carbon Canyon, California

Most of the photos do not show up.

But still a real nice hub bro.

Heard any good music?


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katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

You certainly do your homework James, too much work for me tho. Well done and great photos and history


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shamelabboush 7 years ago

Fantastic old pictures!


divinemercylover1 7 years ago

Great work James. Very nice essay and photography. I dont know how you produce such excellent hubs. I hope you keep it going though. It is good to call you friend. Keep up the great work you are well known for. You have tons of friends brother. John


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Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Great work James.

I seem to detect a hint of sadness in Marilyn Monroe's eyes.

I'm not sure why it happens but I seem to study the individual subjects in black and white photos more that those in color photos.


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Bail Up ! 7 years ago

I do remember some of these from the LIFE magazines. Greast shots. Thanks for the info on the artists behind them.


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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

Photography is a wonderful art....great job James! :)


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

quietnessandtrust— I'm sorry about that. I don't know what happened—it was a first time event. The preview looked good but after I hit Publish most of the photos didn't show up. I sent an email to HubPages staff and they must have done something because within a couple hours, there they were.

I haven't listened to much music lately. I still have no sound on my computer. But it is a pleasure to hear from you again. And congratulations on your radio success with your music. That is awesome!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

katyzzz— Thank you for coming by and for the nice compliments. Coming from a fine artist as yourself, only makes them sweeter. :D


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

shamelabboush— Thank you for saying so. I am grateful you came to see them!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

divinemercylover1— What a gracious comment! I am thankful for the encouragement, John. I also enjoy reading your Hubs.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Tom Whitworth— I agree with you. That is not your usual Marilyn photo. She does look sad. To have the adoration of millions, tons of money and famous friends—and still be miserable.

After your comment I noticed only the last photo is in color. For some reason, I hadn't even noticed that! There is something special about B&W.

Thank you, Tom for reviewing my work and leaving word.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Bail Up!— I loved Life Magazine. Thank you for leaving a comment and you are welcome.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Tom Cornett— Great to hear from you! Your are quite the artist yourself. Thanks for the accolades. Always good to see.


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Vladimir Uhri 7 years ago from HubPages, FB

They are so great, I mean photographs, my friend.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Vladimir,

Thank you, my friend. It's always my pleasure to hear from you. :D


reconciled heart 7 years ago

Beautiful photographs--I have always especially liked Dorothea Lange and Annie Leibovitz. Great hub!


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Fabulous photos James. Black and white is so stylish. It turns a photo into a work of art for me. I know The Queen is in colour but only just.


ftgfmom 7 years ago

I enjoyed this. Keep'em coming. I don't know how you do it! :)


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

reconciled heart— You have exquisite taste. Lange had to be the opener for this Hub even though the rest of them are in chronological order. Thank you for leaving your kind comments.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

ethel smith— Thank you. I'm not sure of the reason, but B&W photos draw me in. It's always nice to here from you, dear. And I got your Queen in there! :D


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

ftgfmom— I am glad you enjoyed it. That is my goal. Thank you.


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Nemingha 7 years ago

A great round-up of who's who in the world of photographic art.


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jiberish 7 years ago from florida

Dramatic photos, all wonderful. Great work as always, James.


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Catherine R 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Fantastic pictures by awesome photographers. I particularly like the Dorothea Lange picture. Nice work.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Nemingha— I appreciate your remarks. Thank you for reviewing my Hub.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

sumon6— Hello again! Thank you for your support. I do appreciate you for visiting my Hubs and leaving comments.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

jiberish— Thank you, dear. I am so pleased that you enjoyed it.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Catherine R— I am glad you agree. They are great pics and quite varied. I reviewed hundreds of photos before I decided on these. Most of these same photographers have many wonderful works. Thank you for affirming my choices.


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success79 7 years ago

Wow!! So much relevant information that tickles the mind. Very resourceful.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

success79— Thank you for the laudations! I so appreciate your remarks. Brightens the day!


Tina Irene 7 years ago

James -

Beautiful hub! Thanks for creating it.

I have a copy of "The Tetons and the Snake River" by Ansel Adams, a great photographer; and great photos in this hub!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Tina Irene—That Ansel Adams is so gorgeous. He has many fine works to his credit. Thank you for coming over and leaving your compliments. It makes it all worthwhile.


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GPAGE 7 years ago from California

James.....THIS HUB IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! Gotta LOVe Annie! ;

Really great prints you chose to display. All of these photographers are so amazing. Inspiring! THANK YOU!!!!!! GPAGE


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

GPAGE— Thank you, dear. The accolades are much appreciated. Photography is one of my favorite subjects. So much can be conveyed in a small space. I am tickled that you enjoyed the journey. :D


"Quill" 7 years ago

Great hub...love peering into the masters...very informitive and well put together.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

"Quill"— Thank you very much for the affirmation. I do appreciate you letting me know you enjoyed it.


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advisor4qb 7 years ago from On New Footing

I like the ballerinas the best.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

advisor4qb— Strange as it may seem: so do I! :) Especially the 2nd one in the line.

Thanks for letting me know you came by.


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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

What can i say? You know i'm a big fan when it comes to your art, photo and docu hubs. Here i like all photographers you featured, but i so love Ansel, Rosenthal and Leibowitz.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

IslandVoice— Well, you picked three great photographers. If I had to select one whose art I would prefer to gaze upon it would be Ansel Adams. What beauty captured. Thank you for visiting and leaving your warm words. I appreciate it.


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Kebennett1 7 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

As always the photos you choose to display are perfect for their "class". I love "Migrant Mother" by Lang, and I have always loved Ansel Adams. "IWO JIMA" BY JOE ROSENTHAL Is a heart warming "classic" that I am sure any art lover has seen, or if new to loving art, should see! I am happy to see it amongst your choices. Thank you for the Photographic Art tour! Awesome as Always, James!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Kebennett1— You always lift me up when you come to visit with your encouraging words. I love all of these photos but the two you named are certainly classics. And Ansel Adams is my favorite. Thank you for your comments. :D


Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

As usual, a great job. I loved the photos, and was pleased to learn a little of the history of the artists. Just enough to wet the appetite! Good job.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Duchess OBlunt— Thanks! These are some fine photos. The artists is just sketched for the sake of brevity, but there is a lot of information available about them for those who want to know more. I appreciate you leaving your words here.


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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

Thank you so much for sharing these photos with us and the lives of the photographer. They were really super and something special in it.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Hello, hello— I am truly glad that you visited this Hub. You are welcome. It was my pleasure to assemble this collection. I got to review hundreds of beautiful photographs in the process. Thanks for your comments.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

I love this hub! I salute you James! You truly are an artist and historian.

Black and white photos are so powerful! The last one is in color though but still is as powerful because of the lighting effect. I really enjoyed all of them especially that of the "ballerinas".


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

jill of alltrades— Thank you! I must admit, I love those ballerinas, too. You are a real artist photographer, so your comments warm the cockles of my heart. :D


Dave Tusk 7 years ago

The older I get the more I love black and white. It really captures and expresses mood, feeling and emotion.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Dave Tusk— You know, I feel the same way. It's not that I am against color. But the B&W photos draw me in somehow.

Thank you for visiting and commenting. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community.


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Zanetta 7 years ago

Hi, very nice Photos and info, I look forward to reading the other hubs you have written about photography and Art


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Zanetta— Thank you. I appreciate your interest. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

Nice picture James. You have wonderful collection of photography. Black and with looks natural.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

prasetio30— Thank you. I do like B&W photography very much. I've really enjoyed your Hubs, too. I appreciate your comments.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Wow. Not only was this a hub of some of the most memorable photographs, but a tribute to some of the best photo journalists of the 20th century. Thank you for sharing this with me, James. You certainly have a passion for photography and writing.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

dohn121— I do have a passion for writing (and reading); and photography—doing it and viewing it. You are welcome. Thank you for the visit and the comments.


Janetta 7 years ago

Great job as always James ;) Ansel Adams is one of my favorites and you introduced me to some new names too!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Janetta— Well, what do you know. I haven't seen you around for a while. Thank you for coming to visit my humble Hub. Is that Rita Hayworth? It's not Lauren Bacall, is it? I love Ansel Adams. I could do a whole Hub about him. Welcome back!


Janetta 7 years ago

Thanks James! :D I couldn't rejoin the hubisphere without visiting an all time fave ;) The new pic is Lauren Bacall, actually. I've thought about searching out another but I really like this one so I think I'll keep her for a while lol


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Janetta— That is the best photo of her. Gorgeous. Thank for for your nice words. Welcome back. It's great to see you again.


dara 7 years ago

It seems to me that you chose some of the most provocative photos in history.. I was not expecting to feel so moved and now I know more about you. Thanks.


dara 7 years ago

.... that is..thank you for opportunity to see deeper into your soul.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

dara— I'm sorry it took so long to respond. I have been in Israel for nearly two weeks.

I am well pleased that you are moved by the photographs, as I also am. They are provocative, to be sure. You are welcome. I thank you for visiting.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

dara— Welcome back my friend! I appreciate your lovely words. :-)


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brianjohnson951 7 years ago

Like your work on this page, James A. Watkins. The photo in this page is great and so is the research on the photographer that is on this webpage.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

brianjohnson1951— Thank you for the nice compliments, Brian. It always feels good to be appreciated.


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

Fantastic art and photography like it always is. The baby! Imagine delivering your own son! That must definitely be a profound moment to that doctor. Great Great Great Great Photography. God Bless You


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

stars439— Thank you very much for the high praise indeed! Isn't that baby photo priceless? I think it is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. And rightly so.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi James, great piece about photography and art once more, Happy first weekend 2010 and I wish you the best and how are you? Best always, Maita


Citrus000 6 years ago

This is a great introduction to some classic photographers. Thank you James, nice work. :-)


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

prettydarkhorse— I am doing vastly better this past week. I have finally found my special purpose. Happy first weekend to you, my dear. Thank you for the compliments.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Citrus000— Thank you! You're welcome, too. I see you've published your first Hub. I am coming over to check it out soon.


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I thought Margaret Bourke White took the photo of the Migrant mother. Hmmm learn something new every day. I will look for photos by this Dorothea Lange.

Nice hub, but a lot of the photos do not load. Please update.

Thank you.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Austinstar--- You do know your photography. Margaret Bourke White is a one of the greats. Thank you and you are welcome.

The photos are all loading for me. I don't know why they wouldn't for you. Welcome to the HubPages Community.


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BrianS 6 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

Some pretty amazing photographs taken at a time when photography was a true art and was highly skilled. The digital era has made taking photographs much easier than it used to be, but I guess you still need a good eye for a decent shot.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

BrianS— I am well pleased that you came by to view my gallery. Yes, these are amazing photographs by outstanding artists. The digital era has surely changed the game. There was once a time when whatever one saw in a photograph was believed to be True.


Douglas Dunigan 5 years ago

Thanks for the info

Well done


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

Douglas Dunigan— You are most welcome, sir. Thank you for the compliment. I appreciate the visit.


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Ralph Deeds 5 years ago

Nice choices. Some of my favorites. Too bad Hubpages doesn't allow Edward Weston nudes!


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

Ralph Deeds— Thank you. I'll have to check out Weston's nudes. I was not aware of them. The "Ballerinas" is a bevy of beauties, eh? Thank you for visiting my Hub. It has been a long time since we have interacted on HubPages, my fellow Michigander.


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AnesaK 5 years ago from USA

This is very informative, James. I am a big fan of "as life happens" type of photography, and it's great to know about the pioneers of this art. I noticed that more than a few of the photographers died of unfortunate diseases...quite sad. Thanks for sharing this :)!


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

AnesaK— You are most welcome. Thank you for your insightful remarks. I absolutely love photography. On some of my Hubs, I use my own photographs. They're not bad. :-)

I am glad that you enjoyed this gallery. I will come by to see what you've been writing ASAP. Welcome to the HubPages Community!


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Curiad 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Wow James, I love this Hub. The black and white that all these artists used shows the spirit of the subject rather that the surface.

Incredible work sharing these. The Joe Rosenthal photo of the marines of course is Iconic, and the "TOMOKO UEMUIA IN HER BATH" is especially powerful.

Thank you, mark


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James A Watkins 3 years ago from Chicago Author

Curiad— You are quite welcome, Mark. I am well pleased that you enjoyed this gallery and article.

I love the way you put that, that "The black and white that all these artists used shows the spirit of the subject rather that the surface."

Well said, my friend!

Thank you for coming and for the awesome accolades.

James


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I used to have several Ansel Adams photographs around my home. His eye for the beauty of earth if so talented. Nice photo gallery and very informative.

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