Thursday, April 28, 2011

Photographer_ John C. H. Grabill

This is interesting, very little is known about John C. H. Grabill but his photographs exhibit a level of mastery of technique equal to the greatest of the frontier photographers. What is known is that he opened a studio in Sturgis, Dakota Territory in 1886 and had studios in Hot Springs, Lead, and Deadwood, Dakota Territory through 1891. He then moved to Chicago and operated a studio until 1894, at which point no other information about Grabill is available. Most of what is known about Grabill's career as a photographer comes from a group of 188 photographs he sent to the Library of Congress for copyright protection. These photographs document early frontier life including western town landscapes, Native Americans, mining, and exclusive photos in the aftermath of the Wounded Knee Massacre on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Check out an excellent collection HERE @ the Check out the full collection HERE @ the Library of Congress.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Tim Hetherington_Photographer

Award - winning war photographer Tim Hetherington was killed on April 20, 2011 while covering the conflict in Libya. In 2007 Hetherington began a year long assignment following American troops in Afgahanistan's Korengal Valley, this assignment turned into a documentary called "Restrepo" that was nominated for a 2010 Oscar. See a collection of Tim's photos for Vanity Fair HERE. See Restrepo Trailer HERE. New York Times HERE.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Wall Street Journal ad, Photographer_ John Pluska

Tooting my horn folks, this ad is currently running in the Wall Street Journal. Again my thanks to my stylist Linda Candella, and my AD Joy pontrello.

The New York Times Magazine Ad_Photographer John Pluska

I have been fortunate enough to have my images reproduced in the New York Times Magazine. This was not an easy task. I photographed many images over the course of two weeks to produce this final image that appeared the last couple of weeks in the New York Times Magazine. I am told that it is a huge hit, doing what it is supposed to do, sell merchandise. We have also been contacted by a professor from a university to use this ad in his teachings of successful advertising. A huge thank you goes out to my stylist, Linda Candella, and art director Joy Pontrello, and my assistant, of which I have had a few over the course of this assignment, you know who you are!