Introduction to Photography

VJ day NY

Black and white photograph, New York City celebrating the surrender of Japan. They threw anything and kissed anybody in Times Square by Lt. Victor Jorgensen, August 14, 1945. (Image courtesy the National Archives and Records Administration. ARC Identifier: 80-G-377094.)

Photography is the art of producing images by the chemical action of light on a sensitive film, paper, or plate.

In Glacier National Park

In Glacier National Park by Ansel Adams, Montana, 1941. (Image courtesy the National Archives and Records Administration. Records of the National Park Service. ARC Identifier: 79-AAE-23)

Click on the image to view the National Artchives' Picturing the Century - Portfolio: Ansel Adams.

Camera Arts

It was many years after the advent of this medium before photography was accepted as a viable art form.

Quotes by the master American Photographer, Ansel Adams(1902-1984):

"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."

"Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs."

"You don't take a photograph, you make it."

"The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance."

"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs."

"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer."

"A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety."

Ansel Adams, Photographer, Is Dead OBITUARY By JOHN RUSSELL, NY Times on the web Learning Network.

Recommended External Links

American Photography: Art
PBS: A Century of Images

This special interactive program, developed in conjunction with the exhibition Ansel Adams at 100, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2002. Focusing on seven key works, this program provides insights into the history and world of ideas behind Adams' photography.

A History of Photography
from its beginnings till the 1920s by Dr. Robert Leggat

KODAK: Education - Art
Lesson plans

Art Resource for Marketing and Selling Fine Art Photography.

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