Photo Essays, Spot News and Stock Photography
Stopped for an emergency removal of a pebble. Oregon, c.1942

“IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY”

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.

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Iconic image of the Great Depression on a Kansas farm (1936).

COMPOSITION AND LIGHTING II

“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.

ON STATUES

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?

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THE INNER CITY

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.

National Oil Company oil well pump jack (August 1956)

THE OIL PUMP JACK

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).

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