Ansel Adams invented sweeping American landscape photography. How he started will surprise

Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941.  Photograph

He started small.

That’s surprising because Ansel Adams’ name is now shorthand for glorious, epic and ambitious art.

Adams’ black-and-white photographs of America’s most stunning landscapes are moving and massive. And decades after his death, his vision still sells thousands of calendars, posters and books.

But when he first picked up a camera professionally in the 1920s, Adams presented his favorite subject, Yosemite National Park, with a soft, intimate – small, really – scope.

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Why Photographer Dorothea Lange’s Political Legacy Continues to Endure

She is my first answer when people ask me who my favorite photographer is/was.  I would give almost anything to capture the emotion in the subject and instill the empathy in the viewer with photographs the way that she mastered.  Truly she was one of a kind.

6. Dorothea Lange in Texas on the Plains, ca. 1935

Who? It’s hard to imagine the landscape of modern documentary photography without the defiant, principled and tireless presence of Dorothea Lange. Born in New Jersey in 1895, Lange is today widely acknowledged as one of the most influential image-makers of her century, having relentlessly documented some of the most turbulent political and cultural times in American history: from the tired, hungry and desperate Dust Bowl refugees of the Great Depression, to the Japanese-American internees she felt were being unjustly incarcerated post-Pearl Harbor, through to the thousands of women who made up the workforce in the shipyards of Richmond during the Second World War.

A visual activist, proto-feminist, and early environmental campaigner, Lange triumphed over adversity in her young life after contracting polio at the age of seven – an illness that left her with a misshapen foot, causing her to walk with a limp for the rest of her life. This episode imbued in her a sense of empathy which she felt contributed to her ability to engage with her subjects. “Lange was a strong advocate for the power of photography to effect real change,” explains Alona Pardo, curator of the retrospective Dorothea Lange: The Politics of Seeing, newly opened at the Barbican. “She dedicated her life to telling the truthful stories of the communities she sought to represent and record.”

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LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2018: See the Winners and Finalists

The fourth annual LensCulture Street Photography Awards winners have been announced. Photographers from over 170 countries entered the contest, and 39 photographers from 22 different countries made the cut.

Street photography allows people to see other country’s settings in a more artistic way. The winners in this years competition take you to the streets around the world, from the “futuristic urban scenes in Tokyo” to “intimate black-and-white moments in Berlin.”

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See Nature Reclaim These Abandoned Places

Weeds penetrate the wrought iron grid of the greenhouse standing next to a boarded up castle in Belgium. French photographer Jonathan “Jonk” Jimenez climbed through the shattered glass to capture nature reclaiming the site man has long forgotten.

“It’s a rusty place with broken windows, but still it’s beautiful. I like to find beauty where you think you cannot find beauty,” Jonk explains. This quest was the impetus behind his travels to more than 700 abandoned locations in 33 countries on four continents, resulting in a new book, Naturalia: Reclaimed by Nature.

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Photographer Robert Capa Risked It All to Capture D-Day—then Nearly All His Images Were Lost

US troops assault Omaha Beach during the D-Day landings. Normandy, France.

On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy. It was, and remains, the largest amphibious invasion in history, and struck a critical blow to the Nazis, hastening the end of World War II. The man who arguably let the public witness the horrors of that day—which resulted in 10,000 casualties—was Robert Capa, the sole photographer who captured the first wave incursion on Omaha Beach that morning. His photographs, including an iconic image of a soldier crawling through the surf, became enduring records of the plight of the American soldiers. And they were almost lost forever.

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Tips to start with macro photography

Keeping the camera steady

Macro photography involves capturing images of small objects in a manner that makes them look larger than life size. This involves taking extreme close-ups. Most cameras that are compact or 35mm is capable of capturing macro photographs. A 50 mm prime lens can also work well with 35 mm cameras and be able to do some macro photography.

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