Print Photography

by Jill Waterman ·Posted 06/20/2021
Photographers are formed through myriad forces—formal schooling, technical mastery, or an empathetic connection to the people around them being just a few. This latter circumstance fueled the vision of photographer Clemens Kalischer and was likely seeded by a profound awareness of human nature he picked up as a child, observing his father at work. Sometimes referred to as the invisible photographer, Kalischer possessed great empathy and a deep interest in the human condition. “He spent so much time with people when he photographed them, he was
0 Plays ·Posted 06/10/2021
On this week’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we take a deep dive into the technical, legal, and even theoretical topics surrounding Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and their growing place in the art and photography worlds. To take on this subject, we welcome cryptocurrency expert and past guest of the show, Drew Hinkes. Hinkes is an attorney and professor and, in 2017, was nominated as one of Coindesk’s Most Influential People
by Cory Rice ·Posted 02/10/2021
The years between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries were some of the most inventive for photographic processes. As the camera began to be taken seriously as an expressive tool, photographers started exploring the creative possibilities offered by various printing processes, including pigment-based printing techniques such as carbon printing and later carbro printing. Above photograph: Harry Warnecke, Inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1937, 1937, carbro print. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution The
by Jill Waterman ·Posted 11/25/2020
This holiday season, photography and nature lovers alike have a rare opportunity to acquire world-class fine art prints while simultaneously helping to support Conservation International’s essential mission to “spotlight and secure the critical benefits that nature provides to humanity.” Above photograph © Renan Ozturk/Prints for Nature, @renan_ozturk This unprecedented print sale was created by National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale, who used her tremendous influence to source donated images from more than eighty-five of the world’s top
0 Plays ·Posted 09/16/2020
As museums in New York and around the world begin to reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a brand-new museum is facing the challenge of its grand reopening in the competitive New York City art and culture world. We welcome the inaugural Director of Exhibitions of Fotografiska, Amanda Hajjar, to the B&H Photography Podcast to discuss the unique model of this for-profit arts center and its plans to make a mark on the photography scene in New York. After opening, in December
by Bjorn Petersen ·Posted 08/25/2020
Despite most picture-sharing now taking place in the digital realm, nothing compares to seeing a printed photograph in person. And even though your mother or your friends might love to receive your photographs via text or check up on your work on social media or your website, what could be more thrilling than receiving a finished print of one of your images? Many photographers still believe in the photo print as being the final form of their imagery, the sum of all of their efforts. When viewed in person, the color, brightness, and contrast of
by John Harris ·Posted 03/29/2020
Art is hard. Even successful fine-art photographers with an organically evolving aesthetic and a robust client group know that gallery sales blended with advertising work is a tenuous business model. Why do it? Why deal with overpriced studios, finicky advertisers, and editorial assignments whose ROI seems to diminish annually? Without teaching gigs or day jobs, many successful art photographers are a few assignments not gotten or an exhibition that doesn’t sell out away from a career change.
by Allan Weitz ·Posted 03/23/2020
The practice of hand-coloring black-and-white photographs can be traced all the way back to the days of daguerreotypes, which predates Instagram creative filters by about 180-plus years. In a bid to add life to the putty-like tonality of many of the earliest print technologies, photographers would very carefully brush thin layers of color pigments mixed with gum arabic (or quicker-drying mixtures containing alcohol) onto the cheeks, hair, and outerwear of portrait sitters. With the advent of paper print processes and tintypes, the use of
by Cory Rice ·Posted 03/18/2020
Photography is a social medium. For many of us, our cameras are a means of getting out of the house, exploring the world, and connecting with the people and places we encounter along the way. So, what's a photographer to do while confined to the home front for days on end? Here are some tips for staying inspired, productive, and creative that don't require leaving the house. Make Portraits Keep shooting! Family members, partners, and roommates can all make compelling subjects for portrait and documentary projects.
by Jill Waterman ·Posted 03/11/2020
While much has been written about the significance of color management to optimal print output, the topic of adequate lighting conditions for the viewing and evaluation of photographic prints is an important detail that's usually given short shrift. Tom P. Ashe is an undisputed expert in translating transitory images viewed on a screen to a stunning presence in print. In addition to literally writing the book on this subject with his 2014 title Color Management and Quality Output: Working with Color from Camera to Display to Print, Ashe is an
by Bjorn Petersen ·Posted 03/04/2020
Kodak announced Ektachrome E100's triumphant return to production a few years ago, and, for the past couple of years, the film has been available for 35mm and Super 8 shooters. Finally, at the end of 2019,
934 Views ·Posted 08/01/2019
Fine art photographer John Paul Caponigro found a love for printed photographs at a young age. In the age of digital photography, he believes printed images connect people to the photographs that viewing them on a screen cannot provide, especially when looking at fine art photography. After hearing Caponigro’s explanation for why printing is so important, will you start printing your photographs? Let us know in the Comments section, below! See John Paul Caponigro's work by clicking here.
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted 07/05/2019
Archival is a term that has been overused. Unfortunately, the term has found its way into all sorts of marketing jargon when it comes to printers and printing. Today, we are hoping to give everyone a solid understanding of what a true archival print is and what it takes to make one yourself. The Core Meaning At its simplest, being “archival” means that the product is designed to last for a long time—with proper care and storage. One thing to understand is that everything regarding printing needs to be stored or displayed in a way that will
by John Harris and Cory Rice ·Posted 06/25/2019
Photography is like life, but at its best, it’s life seen better. August Sander once spoke about the universality of photography, about the advantage it has of being instantly perceived. And with that, it can either deceive or tell a penetrating truth. Many decades later, Philip-Lorca diCorcia said something to the effect that photography is a foreign language that everyone thinks they understand. I think
0 Plays ·Posted 01/30/2019
In terms of its sheer reach and influence on photographers, there is no magazine that compares to LIFE. From the 1930s into the 1970s, it was the weekly go-to for news, lifestyle, entertainment and, of course, world-class photography. With the likes of Margaret Bourke-White, W. Eugene Smith, Robert Capa, Gordon Parks, Dorothea Lange, and Alfred Eisenstadt under contract, and a commitment to the photo essay, LIFE was a groundbreaking publication that has yet to be equaled. At its most popular, it sold 13.5 million copies per week. With America’