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Personal Style-Listen to Your Heart

February 18, 2019

Photographers and artists often search for a “Personal Style”. This can be a source of angst and confusion as we attempt to create good work. We are naturally interested in our particular art form and have likely studied the great masters’ works. Most of us recognize a painting by Monet or van Gogh. As students of photography we can likely identify works by Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol, Henri Cartier-Bresson or Ernst Haas. Whether we admit it or not, we want [...]

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My Friend David

February 10, 2019

On December 31, 1986 David Spielman and I sat drinking champagne in my son's hospital room. Jeremy was not doing well. David, who was married, knew this and decided to spend that evening with me. At that time we had been friends for about 10 years, although the exact start date of our friendship escapes me. You see, he is a professional photographer. We met at Alfredo's Cameras, a very fine shop on Gravier Street in New Orleans. It specialized [...]

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Street Shooter-It’s about the people.

January 29, 2019

Most amateur photographers want to be great street shooters, at least at some time in their careers. We hanker after Leica cameras and the images of Henri Cartier Bresson, the acknowledged greatest photographer of the streets and the decisive moment. We look for the perfect gesture that moves the picture from the mundane to interesting, to record that person's movement, expression, or something that will ring true to the viewer, pull her in, make her want to look. It's that [...]

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