Chandler Lemmon: My Icons Of Photography project Eadward Muybridge, Adventurous; Edward J. Steichen, soft; E.J. Bellocq, graceful

Eadweard Muybridge

"Valley of the Yosemite, From Rocky Ford", a wonderful photograph that captures nature in a pure form. This photograph is a great example of what kick started the naturalism movement. With the photographs all natural elements taking the breaths away from its viewers, this photograph is one of Muybridge's staple photographs that puts him as an extremely important figure in photography history.
One of Muybridge's most famous photograph, or photographs, are of a running horse. This was the first captured image of a horse running and proved that a horse actually floats in the air without contact to the ground. This photo was an early example of what an extremely fast shutter speed could capture.
This photograph of Vernal Falls at Yosemite is another great example of Muybridge's nature photographs. His push into naturalism really shines through with this beautiful waterfall streaming like a cloud over the landscape.

Eadweard Muybridge was a pioneer in photography. He was born in England and came to the states at age 20, originally to New York but eventually came to California around the gold rush times. He took amazing nature photographs and helped pioneer the naturalist movement in photography. Muybridge was mostly known for his work in motion though, having captured the motion of a horse galloping and stunned everyone with proof that horses are off the ground for a short time while doing so. When looking at his work, I find two styles. First style associated with the nature photographs which is somewhat soft and forgiving, but with strong elements. And his second style is very proper and still, associated with his movement work. I found his nature photographs to be my personal favorite, I love the way they look and feel. The nature photographs are so breath taking and flow so nicely off of the screen.

Edward J. Steichen

"The Little Round Mirror", a great example of a soft focus photograph. The grace and elegance of the model flow from the photograph, but also the darkness keeps the image tame. This photo is a great example of what Edward Steichen could do with a camera.
Here is a really great photograph from Steichen. A thick and gloomy fog covering the grounds, and what seems to be an animal in between the two trees. With more trees off in the distance to the right, creating such a wonderful texture of depth, this photo has a really spooky vibe. This photo yet again showcases the use of soft focus.
"Rodin- The Thinker", where art meet photography, figuratively and literally. This photograph shows Steichen's blend between art and photography, and how he is using the camera as his canvas. I personally think that this is one of the best photographs to showcase the practice of art with a photograph. The practice of this is not something new at this point, but Steichen seems to just do such a fantastic job with it, and really just takes the cake with this photograph. The soft focus once again, with the perfect lighting creating such a dim but intricate mood. This photograph has a great story behind it as well. The man posing was a famous sculptor by the name of Auguste Rodin, who took a liking to Steichen's work.

Edward Steichen, a wonderful photographer who set standards with using photography for art. With the use of soft focus, he created wonderful photographs with unlimited mood and emotion. He seemed to empress everyone who saw his work. From Alfred Stieglitz, a famous photographer, to Auguste Rodin, one of the best sculptors of his time. Steichen had a talent for combining art into photography, and in my opinion was the best at it. I think the use of soft focus is fantastic and expanded the boundaries of photography could and can be.

E.J. Bellocq

A storyville photograph by E.J. Bellocq. Bellocq had such mysterious photographs, not in the sense of guessing what they were but in the sense of making the viewer think about them. This photograph shows a women naturally posing, showing what great casual photos Bellocq could create.
Another storyville photograph from Bellocq. This photograph was one of my favorites of the entire course. All the elements in this photograph come together so naturally. In theory nothing goes together. The stripped leggings clash with the floor, the floor clashes with the walls, the walls clash with the picture frames, nothing is perfect in this photograph, but it fits so well. And the lady looks very content and happy, passing that feeling onto the viewer.
This photo goes along with the happy vibes from the last Bellocq photo. It shows the sides of these ladies that someone would not expect to see in a photo knowing that they were usually prostitutes that Bellocq photographed. This photograph is just a pleasing photograph that is yet another great Bellocq piece.

One of the most interesting photographers i've really looked at was E.J. Bellocq. His style was so mysterious and delightful. His photographs were well planned but not over planned, everything was natural. His work fasinates me since he did not become famous till years after his death, and there were photographs that he took that were never recovered. His photographs were mostly for him and his own pleasure and I feel like that has inspired others to make works for them only, with no other outside opinion. Though his work could be considered crude, being mostly of prostitutes, theres something elegant about his work. The way the women were portrayed was quite beautiful. E.J. Bellocq is a great example of underground talent, sometimes the best work takes time to surface. And unfortunately his work surfaced after his death. He is one of my favorites and I will always see his work as something really great. The natural poses of the women create a sense of relaxation and enjoyment. He is another example of someone who expanded the boundaries of photography was.

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