The First Photograph

Interesting article in The Tennessean by writer Frank Daniels III looking at the career of inventor Nicéphore Niépce, credited with making the first photograph. He apparently made some photographs around 1816 and developed the first photogravure process in 1822. His photoengraving of Pope Pius VII is considered the first photographic etching; the etching was destroyed...

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Marty Stuart at the Frist

Country music traditionalist Marty Stuart is also an accomplished photographer, and an exhibition of 66 of his amazing black & white images, including the last portrait taken of Johnny Cash before he died, is coming to Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts in May 2014. Details to come… A few years ago, NPR aired a nice report on Stuart’s...

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#Nashville

  I’m starting to spend some time in East Nashville, where I have not done much photography before. The area is gritty, urban, gentrifying – and rife with photographic...

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Exhibition Clarksville

The Downtown Artist Co-Op in Clarksville is hosting its third annual Regional Juried Photo Exposition all this month at the co-op’s gallery space at 96 Franklin Street. Regular gallery hours are noon-6 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday. The image shown is “Concourse” by Shane Moore. The Downtown Artist Co-Op is an association of talented local artists and...

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Shadows

My image of the country vocal group Little Big Town on stage at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville took second place in the photo-of-the-month/theme competition for February at Brentwood Photography...

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f/4 in the ‘Boro

Murfreesboro’s Center for the Arts is exhibiting photographs by the women of f/4 studio, now through the end of...

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Thrilled

I learned this morning that this photograph of mine, entitled Mosca, has been selected to appear in an exhibition of black-and-white images at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont. The selections were made by Karen E. Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and – considering the quality of the images selected in the juried competition -...

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Workshops

Brentwood Photography Group president Jerry Atnip is involved with a number of interesting photo workshops this year. In August, 2014, Jerry will lead a photography trip to Costa Rica, featuring visits to a volcano, hot springs, rainforest, mangroves, coffee plantation, flora, wildlife, villages and urban life, to name a few. More information can be found at...

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Kenny Rogers, Photographer

I recently interviewed legendary country/pop singer Kenny Rogers about … photography. Rogers is an accomplished fine-art photographer, with three books published. His black-and-white landscapes lean heavily on the inspiration of the legendary American photographer Ansel Adams. That’s no surprise given Rogers’ early days in photography were guided by...

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Russ Harrington

Nashville Arts Magazine has a nice article on Russ Harrington, Nashville’s top celebrity photographer. Sixty-two of Harrington’s portraits of such stars as Loretta Lynn, Brian Setzer, Hank Williams Jr., and others too numerous to list, are currently on display at the Tennessee State Museum in an exhibition called Shooting Stars: Celebrity Portraits by Russ...

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On Display

I have recently begun displaying some of my images at The Good Cup, a coffee shop in Franklin, Tennessee, and making matted, framed and limited-edition prints available. My first two images on the wall at The Good Cup are Great Sand Dunes (photographed at Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado) and Inside Out, photographed at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin,...

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Beyond the Surface

From ArtDaily.org, a story about a new photography exhibition at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts: The work of Nashville-based photographer Jack Spencer will be on view at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts from July 12 through Oct. 13, 2013 in the Center?s Upper-Level Galleries. The first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work, Jack...

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Then & Now

The April 2013 edition ofIslands magazine has some amazing photos taken in Cuba by Canadian photographer Ian Lloyd, including this one of a Cuban photographer using a very old camera. Very, very old. Lloyd’s commentary on the photo is fascinating to think...

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Tucumcari

The Vanderbilt University Department of Art welcomes to Space 204 an exhibition of compelling photographs by Jeremiah Ariaz. On display from Thursday, Feb. 21, through Thursday, March 14, Tucumcari documents a once thriving and now uncertain New Mexico community. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 21, from 4 to 6 pm. The Tucumcari project, four years in...

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Wildlife

CNN profiles Brian Hampton, a retired business CEO and self-taught wildlife photographer. Click the image to watch the...

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Finis

On December 31, 2012, I concluded my 366 Days project, an attempt to force myself to think visually by committing to produce one new image every day. I missed two days in the first 19 days of January, but managed to miss only four more days the rest of the year. You can see the 360 images here on a Tumblr site. Some include a bit of commentary, most don’t. Some...

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Reflections

From MoyModernMet.com: “There’s something incredibly fascinating about viewing the world through upside down reflections, taken through puddles on the street. it’s like we’re seeing the world with a new set of eyes, a perspective most of us are not really used to. It may take a second or two for your eyes to get adjusted to what’s really...

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Strapped

“Photographer Ron Henry knew his camera strap was a winner. Now he just needed to get the word out on the cheap,” says Inc. magazine in a profile of BlackRapid, which makes a series of innovative camera straps and accessories. This story combines 3 of my favorite things: photography, entrepreneurism and social...

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Legends of Music City

For the past four decades photographer Jim McGuire has photographed Nashville’s musical artists, creating a collection of images that The Tennessean’s Peter Cooper rightfully calls “delightful when considered for its artistic value and crucial when considered as a historical documentation of Music City’s musicians.” Cooper continues:...

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Gigapixels

So much for the megapixels war. Researchers at the Duke University Imaging and Spectroscopy Program have built a supercamera that can take gigapixel pictures. That’s 1,000 megapixels. InnovationNewsDaily.com reports on the new gigapixel camera’s technology, which researchers say could have military, commercial and civilian applications. The gigapixel camera...

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The Industrial Sublime

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville is featuring an exhibition of the works of Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky. The Frist Center describes Burtynsky’s work as documenting “the topographical landscape as it has been irrevocably altered by industries that feed the world’s appetite for material goods.” Says The Frist Center:...

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Living Art

Do not miss the fantastic exhibition of portraits by Juan Pont Lezica now at the Parthenon in Nashville’s Centennial Park. Nashville Arts magazine explains: “Juan Pont Lezica’s new series of photographs, which may well have started life as a whim, has blossomed into a meticulous, quirky arcade in which much-loved art masterworks have been re-cast with living...

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Barrett Hedges

Check out the photography of Barrett Hedges, a photographer from Tullahoma, Tennessee, whose photograph of a charging brown bear in Katmai National Park in Alaska won a National Geographic award in 2010. Good stuff. I purchased a small print of another of his images, of an ice-encrusted tree in Yellowstone National Park, after meeting Hedges at his booth at the Main...

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Resolution

The resolution of the 8-megapixel camera in the iPhone 4S is rather astonishingly good for such a small lens and sensor. Here are a couple photos I took today of a similar subject. One photo was taken with my iPhone 4S, the other with a Canon 5D Mark II equipped with a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 zoom. The Canon is a 21-megapixel pro-level camera. Neither photo has been altered...

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Iconic Images

West Coast commercial advertising photographer Tim Mantoani has captured famous photographers posing with their most iconic images for his new book ‘Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends’. (Click link or thumbnail to buy the hardcover book at Amazon, $37.80. There also is a limited edition version that costs more.) Yahoo has some of...

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Amazing Yosemite

Here is some absolutely stunning time-lapse cinematography of Yosemite National Park. The video is the result of a collaboration between videographers Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty. You can see more on their Project Yosemite website. Be sure to expand the video to fill your whole...

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Throwback

I went out and shot some pictures with an old Nikon F camera today – first time I’ve shot non-digital in almost a decade, and first time I’ve shot film with something other than a disposable camera in about 15 years. The camera – similar to the one pictured here. belonged to my granddad, Howard Forrest Henry. He used it to create photographs in the...

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Missing Kodak

Kodak teeters on the brink of oblivion. Yahoo! Finance economics editor Daniel Gross summarizes the fall of the iconic brand founded more than a century ago by George Eastman: “In many ways, George Eastman would be enthusiastic at the democratization of film. Cameras today are as easy to use as pencils. Everyone is a photographer and can afford the devices and tools...

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8 Lenses

The Arts Company introduces a two-month celebration of photography with the eight South Light photographers featured in the exhibition, The South Through Eight Lenses & A Code. Accompanying the exhibition is a Salon Saturday Festival, featuring: special photography events; expert panel discussions; master class presentations, including a street photography excursion...

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The Disposables

Ever seen Nashville through the eyes of those considered to be “disposable” members of our community? Soon, you will have the chance to do just that while enjoying good food, music and the company of others who want to give back. The DISPOSABLES is a benefit for The Contributor, a street newspaper produced and sold by homeless and formerly homeless Nashvillians....

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Eggleston Chromes

The Daily Beast’s Alice Cavanaugh speaks with famed Memphis photographer William Eggleston on the latest book of his photographs, Chromes, which showcases 364 images selected from a catalogue of thousands of transparencies housed in the Eggleston Artistic Trust in Memphis. Most of these images have never been seen before. Chromes, says Cavanaugh, documents a very...

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Creative Vitality

Nashville’s creative economy now ranks fourth nationally, a new report says, trailing only Washington, D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles. The “Creative Vitality Index” is produced by the Western States Arts Foundation. The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission has the details. The CVI is a statistical tool to benchmark a state or city’s creative...

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Life & Death

Life Magazine has released breathtaking new photographs, including several vivid full-color images, offering a never-before-seen look at the war-weary soldiers in the Battle of the Bulge who fought through the frozen Ardennes Forest in a mountainous region of Belgium in the dead of winter. They show soldiers on both sides battling the frigid weather as they fought each...

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White Rainbow

Yahoo’s latest installment of its wonderful “Snapshots of the Week” features a white rainbow, purple hearts and lovable penguins, plus other amazing shots from around the...

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The f-Stops Here

Studio East Nashville, ending its four-year run, presents a photography exhibition for two days only, this weekend. The ƒ-Stops Here is a juried exhibition of recent work by six Nashville photographers. All six participants are members of an underground group of female photographers located in Nashville and throughout the mid-South. Click the thumbnail for...

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NatGeo

View every photo entered in National Geographic’s Photo Contest 2011. Download select images as computer “wallpaper” – including Kent Shiraishi’s “Blue Pond & First Snow,” here. Winners to be announced Dec....

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PhotoWhoa

PhotoWhoa is a new group-buying portal that is kind of like Groupon for photographers. Like Groupon and other sites which offer items at discount prices, PhotoWhoa requires a large number of buyers to purchase the same item in order to trigger the “deal” and make the product or service available at the low price. Sign up at PhotoWhoa.com to get deal...

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Johnny Cash

The current edition of Nashville Arts Magazine features the photos of Alan Messer, considered one of the world’s top music photographers. The online and print edition feature some amazing photos of Johnny Cash, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Bill Haley, Sammie Davis Jr., and dancer Rudolph Nuryev. During the 1980s, Messer was one of Music...

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Clothesline

The new December 2011 edition of Nashville Arts Magazine includes a feature on local painter and photographer Anne Goetze and her new photographic collection entitled “Clothesline,” a new series of photographs snapped in rural locales  The images are on display through December 23 at The Arts Company, 215 5th Avenue North in downtown...

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Nashville Scenes

The Nashville Scene’s annual photography issue is out, featuring the winners of a photo contest involving photos submitted by readers and judged by both a panel of judges and by readers. Some of the images are quite good. Others make me wish I’d submitted a few of my own. I do very much like the photo submitted by Chris Wage – his is the thumbnail...

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Time Lapse

I made my first attempt at time-lapse photographer over the Thanksgiving holiday. It is a time-lapse view of the drive from Franklin, Tennessee (south of Nashville) to Knoxville. The trip, approximately 180 miles, took 2 hours and 23 minutes by car. This video, comprised of 1,710 images shot via time-lapse photography every 5 seconds during the trip (using a Canon T2i...

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The River Inside

Nashville International Airport is currently hosting (through July 15, 2012), an exhibition of the fabulous photographs of John Guider, a Nashville commercial photographer whose book, The River Inside, features photographs taken along a 2,000-mile canoe trip that took Guider from a small creek behind his Nashville-area home to the Gulf of...

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Road Trip

This is one of the most amazing photo projects I have ever seen: A 5-minute video of a series of time-lapse photos taken on a 12,225-mile trip around the United States. Scroll down for the videos. The still photos are good,...

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Quotable

“A painter starts with a blank canvas. As a photographer, I start with the messiness of the world and discard the unnecessary to create an image. It’s like sculpting from stone.” – Nashville photographer Jerry Atnip, in the November 2011 issue of  Nashville Arts...

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Snapshots

There are some very cool images in this week’s edition of Snapshots of The Week from Yahoo!...

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Shooting Animals

Did you know that the Nashville Zoo offers animal photography classes – for adults and for kids? Well, you know now. The classes are taught by wildlife photographer Christian Sperka, and involve both classroom instruction and zoo trail experience. The photo of the mandarin duck over there on the right? I took it in 2007 at the Nashville...

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Confessions of a Recovering Addict

I admit it. I am a recovering addict. Digital photography saved me. Read my story...

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Gone South

Nashville Arts Magazine’s November issue profiles photographer Jerry Atnip, whose latest book of photography is entitled Gone South: A Collection of Images from the American South. The book is not currently available on Amazon but is available via his...

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Protest Pix

Nashville Business Journal has been focusing its photographer’s lens on the “Occupy Nashville” protest happening just a few blocks away from the weekly business newspaper’s offices. Here are links to two NBJ photo galleries: Occupy Nashville protest – October 6, 2011. Who are the Occupy Nashville protesters? – Oct. 20, 2011. (My own...

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Ambrotype

My friend Blake Wylie has been doing some amazing photography using a 160-year-old process called “ambrotype.”An ambrotype is a photograph that creates a positive image on a sheet of glass using the wet plate collodion process. That’s Blake in an ambrotype self-portrait made by photographing himself in a mirror, with a 12-second exposure. Check out...

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Cowboy Mike

The Ashland City Times profiles award-winning photographer Mike Rutherford. “His work reflects a detailed mosaic of human expression, which includes aging faces of the Lost Boys of the Sudan, suburban adolescents celebrating their uniqueness, as well as portraits of musical icons such as Dolly Parton, George Strait, Ray Charles and Conway Twitty,” says the...

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Sacred Access

Clarksville’s Customs House Museum is currently hosting Sacred Access, an exhibit of photographs by Anthony Scarlati, a fine art portrait photographer and photojournalist known for his soulful and thought-provoking images. A native of Chicago, Scarlati has spent more than twenty years working in the entertainment, sports and equine industries. His published photo...

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Urban Decay on Display

The Trahern Gallery at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, hosts a new photography exhibit, “The Urban Landscape: In and Out of the Margins,” featuring images of decaying urban landscapes. The images – crumbling brick walls, rusty chain link fences, broken vending machines – “depict an urban landscape weathered by the repetition of life. The...

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Wild

A 12-year-old boy from England has become the youngest member of the prestigious Royal Photographic Society. Here’s the story from the Daily Mail, which reports that Sam Kaye’s entries were judged the best among photos submitted by “hundreds” of photographers, and “fellows of the world’s oldest photographic society were shocked to...

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Salt & Truth

Salt & Truth is the fourth book from American photographer Shelby Lee Adams. This collection of 80 new photographs, taken over the past eight years, continues a project the artist has been working on now for over 30 years. Together these powerful images of the hollow dwellers of eastern Kentucky, represent a singular access to a world that is historically not very...

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The Light Meter App

One of the first cameras I ever used was a Voightländer Perkeo II, a smallish folding camera that used 120 film in the 6×6 format. The camera was made in the early 1950s, before I was born. I had to carry a separate Vivitar light meter that was about the size of a roll of 35mm film. Once, around the age of 15, on a family vacation out west, I accidentally dropped...

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North South East West

I’m looking forward to the release at the end of this month of North South East West, a hardcover collection of photographs by Richard Benson, former dean of the Yale Art School, published by New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Pre-order at Amazon for...

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“Chicks With Guns”

The Huffington Post admits to being a little creeped out by the great new coffee-table photography book, Chicks With Guns, by photographer Lindsay McCrum. Photography, women & guns. What’s not to love about that? Available in hardcover at Amazon for...

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