Arthur Rothstein – one of America’s Greatest Photojournalists

Arthur Rothstein – one of America’s Greatest Photojournalists

Arthur Rothstein (July 17, 1915 – November 11, 1985) was an American photographer. Rothstein is recognized as one of America’s premier photojournalists. During a career that spanned five decades, he provoked, entertained and informed the American people. His photographs ranged from a hometown baseball game to the drama of war, from struggling rural farmers to US Presidents. Rothstein was born in Manhattan, New York City, and he grew up in the Bronx. He was a…






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The Best Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2016

The Best Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2016

Reuters, as all of you probably know, is a huge international news agency and their photographers are based all around the world, capturing some of the biggest moments in history. Although we have March now and Reuters announced it’s best photos on December, but if it is a photo, it can be on Alafoto and if it is the best photo, it must be on Alafoto. So check out this list of the most iconic Reuters photos…






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Diana Slip – the Forgotten Fetishwear Company of 1920s Paris

Diana Slip – the Forgotten Fetishwear Company of 1920s Paris

Let’s remember Diana Slip, the lingerie company whose whips and frills were captured by the likes of Brassaï and Roger Schall (both of them will be featured on Alafoto soon). Who? As Michel Foucault famously attested, we often presume that contemporary society is singularly sexually liberated, that those who came before us were far more conservative, even their innermost fantasies more bourgeois than ours. That is, of course, completely untrue – a fact proven by…






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World Press Photo Contest 2017 winners

World Press Photo Contest 2017 winners

The World Press Photo Foundation is a major force in developing and promoting the work of visual journalists, with a range of activities and initiatives that span the globe. View the entire collection of winning images from the 60th World Press Photo Contest. They were selected from 80,408 images made by 5,034 photographers from 125 different countries. Many discussions arose about the winner. One of them you can read on The New York Times: The World’s…






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Walker Evans. Annalist of Great Depression

Walker Evans. Annalist of Great Depression

Walker Evans (November 3, 1903 – April 10, 1975) was an American photographer and photojournalist best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression. Much of Evans’s work from the FSA period uses the large-format, 8×10-inch camera. He said that his goal as a photographer was to make pictures that are “literate, authoritative, transcendent”. Many of his works are in the permanent collections of museums and…






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Unknown and unpublished, famous Vivian Maier

Unknown and unpublished, famous Vivian Maier

Vivian Dorothy Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American street photographer. Maier worked for about forty years as a nanny, mostly in Chicago’s North Shore, pursuing photography during her spare time. She took more than 150,000 photographs during her lifetime, primarily of the people and architecture of New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, although she also traveled and photographed worldwide. During her lifetime, Maier’s photographs were unknown and unpublished; many…






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First photographs of ghosts by William Hope

First photographs of ghosts by William Hope

This remarkable collection of photographs was unearthed in a Lancashire antiquarian bookshop by one of the curators at the National Media Museum. Known as “spirit photographs”, they were taken by a controversial medium called William Hope. Born in 1863 in Crewe, Hope started his working life as a carpenter, but in 1905 became interested in spirit photography after capturing the supposed image of a ghost while photographing a friend. He went on to found and…






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Jacques Henri Lartigue and romantic Paris

Jacques Henri Lartigue and romantic Paris

Jacques Henri Lartigue (French: [laʁtig]; June 13, 1894 – September 12, 1986) was a French photographer and painter, known for his photographs of automobile races, planes and Parisian fashion female models. Born in Courbevoie, France to a wealthy family, Jacques Henri Lartigue started taking photographs when he was seven. He photographed his friends and family at play – running and jumping; racing home-built race cars; making kites, gliders as well as aeroplanes; and climbing the…






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Dorothea Lange and Depression-era

Dorothea Lange and Depression-era

Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965) was an American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange’s photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography. Born of second generation German immigrants on May 26, 1895, at 1041 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken, New Jersey, Dorothea Lange was named Dorothea Margaretta Nutzhorn at birth. She dropped her middle name…






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