The quotation has been attributed to Oscar Wilde and Charles Caleb Colton as well as others. Did not the Romans learn from the Greeks in taking their Gods and renaming them? And so it goes. Inventions are very often improvements upon the work of earlier inventors. We are all influenced by the work of others. The point is that we are supposed to learn from others and create our own unique style.
“The Water Wagon” on a Kansas farm (1936). An iconic image from the Great Depression. The right subject taken at the precise moment in history with the photographer’s keen eye, a good camera and excellent lighting. Proof that you don’t have to be a professional photographer to produce excellent photos.
Sometimes it all comes together as in this photo taken in 1933 at a German port probably Hamburg. A very “busy” image with a lot to digest. The viewer’s eye is moving back and forth between several points of interest.
DPI has just acquired a Graphex “Speed Graphic” press camera circa 1951. Korean War vintage. This is the camera that put photojournalism on the map. It represents the “Holy Grail” of photojournalism.
The recent events which took place in Charlottesville, Virginia have begun a debate as to removing statues which glorify the Confederacy. But this could easily become a slippery slope as the argument for removal of other statues which offend one group or another is considered. Where does it end, or does it? More importantly who decides which statues to remove? Are there any humans without fault?
The scenes of poverty presented here could have come from any number of cities in the United States. One might suspect Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit, Philadelphia or Los Angeles at first glance, but the locale for this essay was Norfolk, Virginia. It would be easy to say that the situation in the inner cities has improved, but the truth of the matter is that the conditions causing this poverty remain mostly unchanged throughout the decades before and after these images were taken. This “Inner City” essay is now included in our Americana collection.
On a street in West Berlin c.1953. This man’s expression says it all as a new order replaces a tumultuous recent past.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal of August 21, 2017 (pp. B1-B2) the iconic oil pump jack is making a comeback among small and medium sized oil companies seeking to turn a profit despite an oil glut. These pump jack oil wells can be set up for under $1 million as compared to a fracking oil well running between $6 million to $8 million. We have several images of oil pump jacks including this recent arrival of a National Oil Company pump jack in Montana (August 1956).
An iconic image taken in Hong Kong Harbor approximately 70 years ago. Better late than never for DPI. Many more images of China and Hong Kong can be found in our Dispatch on Assignment collection.
We review thousands of photos weekly. Sometimes alarm bells go off as a photo illustrates to us a particular theme from literature, music or elsewhere with obvious clarity. You know it when you see it. The photo’s relevance to an issue makes an evident connection.