Photography as Propaganda: Messages from the Wilderness

You’ve possibly already seen this video as it makes rounds on the blogs of several different photographers; please allow me to pile on! Photography as Propaganda is a current exhibition at the Atlanta, Georgia Lumière gallery and features works deploying the visual power of photography to communicate an understanding and appreciation of the great American wilderness. The exhibit includes the magnificent and legendary photography of Philip Hyde, Ansel Adams, Edna Bullock, Peter Essick, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Tom Murphy, Bradford Washburn, Edward Weston, and Brett Weston.

The short video below details the work of Philip Hyde, whose color photographic work in the American Southwest set the virtual stage for all other color Southwestern work that followed. Hyde’s influence is evident even in today’s most current Southwest photographs, even though many budding contemporary nature and landscape photographers remain unaware of his work and its impact on environmental conservation.

If you enjoy photographing the desert landscapes of the American Southwest, you owe it to yourself to check out Hyde’s 1987 book Drylands: The Deserts of North America. While you’re at it, check out Sierra Club: 100 Years of Protecting Nature, which details how the photographs of Hyde, Adams, and others were used to protect imperiled American landscapes. Enjoy the video!

Philip Hyde from Lumière on Vimeo.

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Landscape Mastery on Fine Art Photography Weekly

Fine Art Photography Weekly

Fine Art Photography Weekly

As mentioned on my January 19 blog post, I was invited on January 18 to join the incredible nature/landscape photographer Darwin Wiggett and host Peter Urban LIVE on SmibsTV Fine Art Photography Weekly. Although it’s been nearly two months since our broadcast, our episode is now in the SmibsTV archives and can be watched anytime at your leisure. I had a great time walking with Peter and Darwin, and hope to join Fine Art Photography Weekly for another future broadcast. Download our episode (#26) here. Enjoy!

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Landscape Mastery on Fine Art Photography Weekly

Yesterday afternoon, the talented and renowned Canadian landscape photographer Darwin Wiggett and I appeared together LIVE on Fine Art Photography Weekly. I can’t fault them for our episode’s name (Landscape Mastery), but I’ve always been uncomfortable with the idea that one can “master” anything. “Mastering” your camera should take only a few hours to a few days. But, mastering PHOTOGRAPHY? My contention has always been that there’s little reason or inspiration to continue with something that one has “mastered”. Would Picasso say that he mastered painting? Would Miles Davis say that he had mastered his horn? If you master something, wouldn’t it be time to move on to mastery of the next thing? I like the idea that I’ll forever be learning how to see and photograph; I’d consider myself creatively dead otherwise.

Some of my readers may not be aware of Darwin or his work. Mr. Wiggett is a well-respected photography professional, having published eleven photo books; having produced a lifetime’s worth of incredible photographs; and providing inspiration and instruction to scores of photographers over the years. It was a real honor to appear on this program with him. Watch this pro do his thing; Darwin enters the scene at 1:50.

Yesterday’s program (Episode #26) should soon be archived and available on their website; I’ll update here when it does become available. In the meantime, you might want to watch some of the episodes that preceded ours. You’ll find twenty-three videos full of inspiring and informative ideas and discussions.

I’d like to offer my great THANKS and appreciation to Peter and Christy Urban for inviting me on their program!

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LIVE on Fine Art Photography Weekly

Fine Art Photography Weekly

I’ve been invited to join host Peter Urban and the incredible Canadian landscape photographer Darwin Wiggett on Fine Art Photography Weekly LIVE, January 18 at 1:30pm Pacific Standard Time. You can watch and listen real-time to this LIVE broadcast, and you can also submit questions/comments real-time.

Since June 2010, Fine Art Photography Weekly has produced numerous informative, enlightening, and entertaining episodes, and has featured a number of notable photographers, including my good friend Guy Tal, Clyde Butcher, Dan Burkholder, Michael Reichmann (Luminous Landscape), Brooks Jensen (LensWork), and others.

I look forward to speaking with Peter and Darwin and hope that you’ll join us on January 18!

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How-to Video: Daylight Black & White Sheet Film (4×5″) Development


In this lengthy but highly detailed How-to Video: Daylight Black & White Sheet Film (4×5″) Development, Michael explains how to develop your own large format black and white sheet film at home *without* requiring a darkroom! This is an entirely ‘daylight’ process requiring only a few specialized pieces of equipment and patience. So grab a pen, a notepad, and beverage of your choice, and get ready to take notes! I hope you find it helpful.

SPECIAL THANKS TO: My good friend Robert Myers, who went to great lengths to help me complete this video and get it online.

And also SPECIAL THANKS TO: the great photographer and print maker Per Volquartz who encouraged and helped me get started with this process some years back. And finally, THANKS to my friend Scott Schroeder who conceived and designed the brilliant, inexpensive, and portable “drying cabinet” first seen at 40:20 in the video.

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