This Month in the History of Photography

The following events occurred this month in the History of Photography:

On April, 1929 the magazine Kodak Salesman announced the release of the first Kodacolor ad to be published on the inside back cover of April’s Red Book.  George Eastman and the Kodak Company introduced the 16mm color motion picture film in 1928 but ironically the color ad wasn’t published until seven months later after the announcement. The ad features images of a woman documenting everyday domestic life with her Cine- Kodak and sharing these moments with the family followed by the slogan “You see them as they really are. In Kodacolor! [Home Movies in Full Color]”

Born on April 3, 1958, Francesca Woodman began photographing at the early age of 13. Raised into a family of artists, she soon followed the path of her parents and enrolled in art school at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Woodman’s provocative work experimented with different mediums including photography and motion picture films. Her career ended at an early age, when she took her life in 1981.

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On April 9, 1951, Life Magazine published “Spanish Village”, an illustrated essay by American photographer W. Eugene Smith. In this journey, Smith documents the life of a rural town, Deleitosa in Spain, during the rule of Francisco Franco and it contains some of the most memorable images ever captured by Smith.

On April 11, 2018 the auction house Christie’s announced the sale of a portfolio by Diane Arbus for $792,500. A Box of Ten Photographs, as the auction house called this portfolio, included ten gelatin silver prints printed in the 1970s by Neil Selkirk, the only person ever authorized to make posthumous prints of Arbus, including the prints he made for the retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

On April 23, 1935, the exhibition Documentary and Anti-Graphic: Photographs by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Walker Evans opened at the New York gallery of art dealer and collector, Julian Levy. According to a recent publication by the publisher Steidel, “this was one the first exhibitions Henri Cartier-Bresson ever had”.

Este mes en la historia de la fotografía.

Este mes en la historia de la fotografía.

Los siguientes eventos tuvieron lugar este mes en la historia de la fotografía:

Annie Leibovitz nació el 2 de octubre de 1949 en Waterbury, Connecticut. En 1968 inició estudios de pintura en el Instituto de Arte de San Francisco en donde descubrió la fotografía, medio que la sedujo por su inmediatez. En 1973 se convirtió en la jefa del departamento de fotografía de la revista Rolling Stone y se ha dicho que su obra ayudó a definir el estilo y apariencia de la revista. En 1983 se unió a Vanity Fair y produjo algunas de las más memorables portadas para la revista. En 1991 su trabajo se exhibió en el International Center of Photography en Nueva York y de acuerdo a William Hartshorn entonces director del ICP, esta exposición fue designada como una de las más populares en la historia del lugar. Muchas de sus imágenes han sido llamadas íconos de nuestro tiempo, incluyendo la fotografía que tomó de John Lennon y Yoko Ono para la portada de Rolling Stone y la controversial imagen de Demi Moore para la portada de Vanity Fair.

Stephen Shore nació el 8 de octubre de 1947. Sus inicios en fotografía se remontan a la edad de seis años cuando un tío le regaló un set de fotografía Kodak. A la edad de nueve años adquirió su primer cámara 35 mm y para cuando cumplió once años ya estaba convencido de que se convertiría en fotógrafo. En 1960 cuando Shore tenía apenas 17 años, conoció a Andy Warhol. De acuerdo al fotógrafo, este encuentro fue un momento crucial en su vida el cual marcó algunos de los intereses estéticos de Shore. Para 1971, Shore contaba con una exposición en el Museo Metropolitano de Arte en Nueva York convirtiéndose en el fotógrafo vivo más joven en tener una muestra individual en el MET.

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Dorothea Lange, Resettlement Administration photographer, in California. 1936. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC 20540

Dorothea Lange falleció el 11 de octubre de 1965 en San Francisco, California a la edad de 70 años. Cuando los doctores le informaron que sólo contaba con algunos meses de vida, la fotógrafa aún pensaba en fotografiar a su familia, realizar un documental con imágenes acerca de la Farm Security Administration y documentar la sindicalización de obreros migrantes en California. Ninguno de estos proyectos se verían completados. El último proyecto en el que colaboró fue para una retrospectiva de su obra en el Museo de Arte Moderno de Nueva York. Lange trabajó de cerca con John Szarkowsi, curador del departamento de fotografía del MoMa, en la toma decisiones sobre el contenido y organización de las fotografías. La exposición se inauguró el 15 de enero de 1966, después del fallecimiento de la fotógrafa.

En octubre 27 de 1972, la revista LIFE publicó en su portada una fotografía de Edwin Land en la cual demuestra su nuevo invento la SX-70. Una cámara que podía doblarse al tamaño de una cigarrera y la cual cabía en el bolsillo de un abrigo. La revista tituló el artículo “Un genio y su cámara mágica” y muestra a Land rodeado de niños sosteniendo el modelo SX-70. Esta cámara fue el primer aparato autofocus, motorizado, con sistema plegable y visor réflex que produjo impresiones instantáneas a color. Para 1973, el modelo SX-70 se vendió una proporción de cinco mil por día.

This Month in the History of Photography

This Month in the History of Photography

The following events occurred this month in the History of Photography:

Annie Leibovitz was born on October 2, 1949, in Waterbury, Connecticut. In 1968, she went to study painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. There she discovered photography and was seduced by the immediacy of the medium. In 1973, she became Rolling Stone’s chief photographer and it’s been said that her work helped to define the look and style of the magazine. In 1983, she joined Vanity Fair and created some of the most memorable covers for the magazine. In 1991, her work was exhibited at the International Center of Photography in New York and according to William Hartshorn, then Deputy Director of the ICP, this exhibition was designated as one of the most popular in the history of the venue. Many of her images have been called icons of our time, including the photograph she took of John Lennon and Yoko Ono for the cover of Rolling Stone and the controversial image of Demi Moore for the cover of Vanity Fair.

Stephen Shore was born on October 8, 1947. When he was six years old an uncle gave him a Kodak darkroom set and that initiated him into photography. At nine, he got his first 35mm camera and by the time he was 11 years old he was convinced that he would be a photographer. In the 1960s, he met Andy Warhol when Shore was only 17 years old. Shore has said that meeting Andy Warhol was a turning point in his life and surely marked some of the photographer’s aesthetic interests. By 1971, he had exhibited his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York becoming the youngest living photographer to have a solo exhibition at the MET.

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Dorothea Lange, Resettlement Administration photographer, in California. 1936.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC 20540

Dorothea Lange died on October 11, 1965, in San Francisco, California, at age 70. When Lange’s doctors told her she only had months to live, the photographer was still thinking about photographing her family to make a documentary about the Farm Security Administration photographs and to document the unionization of migrants workers in California. None of those projects would be completed. The last project she was involved with was a retrospective of her work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Lange and John Szarkowsi, head of the Museum’s Department of Photography, collaborated closely on the decisions of content and the organization of the photographs. The exhibition opened in January 15, 1966, after the death of the photographer.

On October 27, 1972, LIFE magazine published a photograph of Edwin Land where he demonstrates his new invention, the SX-70. A camera that could be folded down to the size if a cigar case and could fit in a coat pocket. The magazine titled the piece, “A Genius and his Magic Camera” and it shows Land surrounded by children holding the SX-70 model. This camera was the first automated, motorized, folding, single lens reflex camera to produce self-developing instant color prints. By 1973, the SX-70 model was sold at the rate of five thousand a day.