Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Sala au rocher de la vierge, Biarritz, 1927
Julia Margaret Cameron, Annie, January 1864
In December 1863, Cameron, then aged forty-eight, received the gift of a camera from her daughter Julia. One month later, she took this portrait of Annie Philpot, describing it as “My very first success in photography, January 1864”. For me, this is one of her most moving images.
"I was in a transport of delight. I ran all over the house to search for gifts for the child. I felt as if she entirely had made the picture. I printed, toned, fixed and framed it, and presented it to her father that same day: size 11 by 9 inches. Sweet, sunny haired Annie! No later prize has effaced the memory of this joy."
Julia Margaret Cameron, Annals of my Glass House (1874)
Lillian Bassman, “A Report to Skeptics”, Harper’s Bazaar, April 1952
(Source: Harper’s Bazaar)
Ashford Brothers, Mosaic carte de visite of 500 photographic portraits, ca. 1863
(Source: Museo del Romanticismo)
Vivian Maier, Self Portrait
Francesc Català-Roca, Monumento a Colón, 1949
Julia Margaret Cameron, Ophelia study no. 2, 1867
(Source: George Eastman House)
Harold E. Edgerton, Lead Falling in a Shot Tower, 1936
(Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Rodney Smith, Self Portrait
People use the terminology ‘He’s a commercial photographer, he’s a fine art photographer, he’s a landscape photographer.’ I think it’s hard enough just to be a photographer. I think that in using the term ‘photographer’ one should be very careful about what that really means. I grew up in a tradition where being a photographer was a very noble pursuit. You pursued it for the love and the passion, and doing it was a very difficult thing to do. There are thousands and thousands of people who take photographs, but very few photographers, because one has to have an eye, one has to have the vision, one has to have something to say.
(Rodney Smith. Source: Kodak)