Category Archives: Photo History Summer School Podcast

Podcasts recorded during the summer break period

Photo History Summer School – August 22

We bring the summer school sessions to a close with a rememberance of the 100th birthday of the great photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, “Hyères, France, 1932”

Photo History Summer School – July 16

On this date in 1926, National Geographic Magazine published color underwater photographs; a photographic first. This wasn’t the first attempt at underwater photography, however; photographers had been taking pictures below the waves since 1856.

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Photo History Summer School – July 7

Alexander Gardner photographed the hanging of the Lincoln Conspirators on July 7, 1865. This image and a pair of Gardner’s portraits of two of the men who are about to be executed are the subjects of this Photo History Summer School session.

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Alexander Gardner - the \Alexander Gardner - Portrait of Lincoln Conspirator David HeroldAlexander Gardner - Portrait of Lincoln Conspirator Lewis Payne

Above Left: Alexander Gardner – The “cracked glass” Portrait of Abraham Lincoln, February 1865

Above Center: Alexander Gardner – Portrait of Lincoln Conspirator David Herold

Above Right: Alexander Gardner – Portrait of Lincoln Conspirator Lewis Payne (AKA Lewis Powell – his original name)

Alexander Gardner - The Hanging of the Lincoln Conspirators

Above: Alexander Gardner – The Hanging of the Lincoln Conspirators, July 7, 1863

Photo History Summer School – July 5

Powerful and horrific photographs of the effects of the Battle of Gettysburg by Timothy O’Sullivan and Alexander Gardner are the subject of today’s Photo History Summer School.

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Timothy O\'Sullivan - A Harvest of Death - July, 1863

Above: Timothy O’Sullivan – A Harvest of Death – July, 1863

Alexander Gardner - The Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter, July, 1863

Above: Alexander Gardner – The Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter, July, 1863

Photo History Summer School – June 8

In this summer school session, we explore two remarkable photographers; the Vietnamese photojournalist Nick Ut whose best-known image was created on this date and the Chinese pictorial master Don Hong-Oai, who died on this date in 2004.

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Photo History Summer School – May 30

Today’s summer school session is all about color.

On this date in 1904, The Parisian brothers Louis and Auguste Lumière presented their patented color photographic process, the Autochrome, to the French Academy of Sciences. The Autochrome was the first commercially feasible color photographic process; the first time photographers could reliably produce color images.

This is date is also the birthday of one of the great color photographers of the 20th century, Pete Turner. Turner, born in 1934 in Albany, New York, has had a long history of using color as subject. His photographs contain raw, punchy often startling color and have been like that since long before it was fashionable to do so.

Some Autochrome and Pete Turner images:

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Photo History Summer School – May 25

In today’s May 25th edition of Photo History Summer School, we note the birth dates of the avant garde Cech photographer Jaroslav Rossler and the oddly surrealistic American photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard as well as the anniversary of the death of the preeminant war photographer Robert Capa.

Some images by Rossler, Meatyard and Capa:

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Photo History Summer School – May 23

Cornell Capa, the photojournalist and tireless advocate of humanistic photography died today, May 23, 2008. He was 90 years old. A great and committed photographer, Capa’s heartfelt images were often overshadowed by two other elements in his life. One was the photography of his brother, the pre-eminent war photographer Robert Capa. The other was the founding and early management of the International Center for Photography (ICP) in New York, considered by many to be one of the most important photographic resources in the world.

Photographs (below) by Cornell Capa – click to enlarge


Photo History Summer School – May 13

It’s summer, but photo history doesn’t rest… May 13th is the anniversary of the birth of Czech photography Jan Saudek (1935, Prague) and also the anniversary of the death (1980) of German photographer Otto Umbehr, known as Umbo. This “summer school” podcast briefly presents their work.

Some images by Jan Saudek & Umbo

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