Just a quick post: Some of you will already have seen the World Press Photo Of The Year 2017, which is shown above. It is certainly a dramatic and shocking moment, taken just seconds after the Russian Ambassador to Turkey was shot dead by 22 year old off-duty policeman, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, on the 19th of […]
TPF will start to evolve in the coming months. This should mean a wider range of articles and more of everything. While I am lining up ducks, I thought it would be a good time to ask you what you would like me to write more about. I can’t promise to meet everyone’s needs, but I […]
If you haven’t read the first part (and #10), you can start here: Top B&W Photographers: Tom’s 10. #9: Josef Koudelka This decision took all of a nanosecond – Koudelka had to be on my list. I think it would be fair to say that I have gotten more from Josef Koudelka’s photography than any […]
Please see note at the and of this article about ‘fair use’ of images for critique/review. Is the most egalitarian form of photography, ‘street photography’, being destroyed by its own popularity? Is such a thing even possible? I won’t profess to have a clear answer to this question, but I do have some thoughts. Those […]
There are so many phenomenal photographers that lists of ‘Great Photographers’ only become meaningful when they sail past the 100 mark. Without a vast number of inclusions, important photographers will invariably be left out and that always leaves me uncomfortable. Such lists are also entirely subjective, so it is perhaps more meaningful to talk about favourite […]
OK, so that’s a silly title, but isn’t the original London Bridge now in Arizona? Aaaanyway…. Sometimes the hand-wringing is worth it. There were a couple of aspects to the printing of this image that I wanted to improve, because this A1/33″ print will be heading for Arlington, MA, once signed and numbered. This is why prints […]
I’ve written about Don McCullin before and not because he may be ‘Britain’s greatest ever war photographer’. I’ve written about him because he is a man who is unreachable. His life has been lived firmly on the opposite side of a line to our own, in the half constituting the unimaginable and unrecognisable. He hasn’t […]
Not everyone loves printing, but I do. In fact, I don’t really feel like it’s one of my images until I have made a print that satisfies me. Realising I hadn’t printed in a while, I thought I’d make the first exploratory copies of some work I have been doing very close to home. Please […]
Just a quick heads up: I have two copies of Visitation left before it goes up to the next price level. You can find details of purchasing prints and print pricing using <— these links.
One of our readers, Callum, asked me about the angle of view of the Sony 28mm f2 FE compared to the 35mm f2.8 Sonnar. As some of you may know, the Sony Zeiss 35mm Sonnar is slightly longer than most 35mm lenses (in the region of 36-36.5mm at a guess). The 28mm f2 FE is […]
When you’re building a photography book collection, it can be difficult to find monographs that contain a good assortment of some of the best work a photographer has produced. Some claim to do so, but fail dismally. Others are priced into the stratosphere. This book, simply titled Harry Callahan very much succeeds in my view.
No Full-Frame for Fujifilm Until the Fujifilm GFX 50S, Fuji stuck with APS-C sized sensors much to the frustration of some. They said they’d not be exploring Full-Frame (FF) and stuck to their word. Instead, their first medium format digital camera will hit the market very soon and FF is still nowhere to be seen. […]
I can feel the chaos abating in my new life in the UK and I’m starting to become more productive in terms of new photographs. Some of you will have seen the beginnings of my new project work in the slate mining areas of North Wales and I am now thinking of where else I […]
There has been a lot of speculation about the direction the Leica M would go in and a few heated debates. The one thing everyone seems to want is for the form factor to return to the likes of the original analogue M cameras. The M8 & M9 were a bit fatter and the M240 […]
There are many reasons why a person might envy Elton John, but they don’t concern me. However, there is now a very good reason for passionate photographers to do so! He has an amazing collection of photographs. I actually meant to say astounding. With a collection of over 7000 vintage prints, which is growing by […]
Photographic print permanence is a topic that is hard to escape from, but why is it considered so important by so many? I wonder if the true reason is much more to do with ourselves and what it means to be human.
Since writing Leica SL: Titan or Titanic, I hadn’t thought much more about this new series of cameras, until now. It isn’t because I think the SL is irrelevant, only because there hasn’t been much by way of SL developments. In fact, the Leica SL is hugely relevant, because it represents a very significant investment for […]