Fixing the Shadows

(1) What is Camera Obscure?

A darkened box with a convex lens or aperture for projecting the image of an external object on to a screen inside, a forerunner of the modern camera.

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(2) What Chuck Close says about photography as a medium?

He says that photography is the easiest medium to master but the hardest medium to have some sort of personal vision and to have a signature style.

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(3) Who was Daguerre? What is his photographic process called and what is it?

Daguerre was a French artist and photographer recognized for his invention of the daguerreotype process of typography.

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(4) Who was Nadar?

Nadar was a a French photographer who captured celebrity artist portraits. He was also the first person to ever to take aerial photographs from an air balloon.

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(5) What is importance of Eadweard Muybridge?

Eadweard Muybridge was an English photographer important for his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion and in motion-picture projection. He showed us the possibilities of the camera in which it allows us to see what is faster than the eye. He also brought in the ideas of landscapes and panoramas.

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(6) Who made photography accessible to masses and how?

Kodak made photography accessible to masses by introducing a low-priced, point and shoot, hand held camera, called the Brownie. It was simple to use which made photography accessible to the masses.

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Rick Smolan: The Story of a Girl

Rick Smolan took on an assignment in which he would photograph children from different countries and tell their story. In this case, he captured an 11 year old amerasian girl, Natasha, living in Korea with her grandmother.

Rick was very interested into meeting and photographing this amerasian as her grandmother didn’t let any Westerner come and see her. But luckily, with the help of Rick’s korean translator he was able to persuade the grandmother to allow him take pictures of her granddaughter.

He followed Natasha around, capturing her life-style with his camera. Taking pictures of her in school, at home and anywhere she went basically. He didn’t know any korean nor did she know any english, so communication between them was difficult. But they did manage to get around and introduced the word “stop” so whenever Natasha didn’t feel comfortable being photographed at any situation she would just say “stop” and Rick would postponed his picture takings.

When his assignment of capturing Natasha’s story was nearly finished, her grandmother started crying to Nick. It appeared that she was no longer in great condition to be looking after a child as she was said to be ‘dying’. She asked if Rick would kindly bring Natasha back to America with him so that she could have a better life.

The story goes on of all the process of adoption and how Rick managed to find suitable parents for Natasha in America. They went through so many obstacles from an angry Uncle of the girl, to life-death experience in a burning hotel to finally be able to reach America.

Through out the years, Rick captured Natasha’s life as she grew up….

(to be continued)