Blog No. 1 | March 22nd 2012
There are a few places on earth where the history of photography returns and persists. The Villa Medici is one of them. In spring of 1842, it welcomed a curious traveler, the scholar, painter and archaeologist, Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, who was on his way to Greece, Egypt and the Middle East. Installed on a garden terrace, he made this panorama of the Casino Raphaël, home of the Renaissance painter, which still stood in the park of the Villa Borghese. It was destroyed in 1849.
by Marcello Geppetti
Marcello Geppetti (1933–1998) was an Italian photographer. This is how David Schonauer, the editor in chief of American Photo magazine, described Marcello Geppetti in 1997. The New York Times and Newsweek compared him to Cartier-Bresson and Weegee.
by Étienne-Jules Marey (1830 - 1904)
Étienne-Jules Marey (1830 - 1904) was a French scientist, physiologist and chronophotographer. In 1889, the International Congress of Photography decided "chronophotography" would be the term used to describe all sequential instantaneous photographic processes.
by Karl Bulla
The February Revolution of 1917 was the first of two revolutions in Russia in 1917. It was centered on Petrograd, then the capital (now St. Petersburg). The February Revolution was followed in the same year by the October Revolution, paving the way for the USSR.
by Clément Chéroux
Distant ancestor of today's video games, « shoot-a-photo » attractions, for that is how they were called, appeared among fairground stands around 1920. In this new game the shooter fired upon himself. Among the Shooters: Brassai, Man Ray, Fellini, Sartre, Henri Cartier-Bresson.
by Tazio Secchiaroli
Much of Fellini's research into the profession of tabloid journalism was simply buying dinner for Secchiaroli and his friends, and listening to their exploits.
Albrecht Graf von Goertz
In 1953, Goertz befriended Max Hoffman, BMW's US importer. Goertz learned through Hoffman that BMW was planning a new sports car.
by Jans Bock-Schroeder
Bock-Schroeder By Bock-Schroeder is a unique venture by the late photographer's son and the Peter Bock-Schroeder estate to present this work in a modern context.
by John G. Morris
Morris is responsible for saving Robert Capa’s legendary eleven images of D-Day after the melted emulsion accidentally destroyed most of the precious negatives.
by Tazio Secchiaroli
The presence of science aroused the seemingly age old debate: is photography art?
by Steven Manford
Though reluctant to admit it as a champion of Man Ray's photographs, often the verso can be more compelling than the recto.
Alison B. Kagamaster
Maxwell designed frocks for friends in the entertainment world, including Lillian Gish, Nancy Reagan and the Grimaldi girls.
by Peter Bock-Schroeder
During the Second World War he led a black propaganda campaign against Hitler by radio from England and he was named in the Nazis' Black Book for immediate arrest after their invasion of England.
Just as the landscape forms the people, people also put their mark on the landscape. So we needn’t go looking for a little piece of earth free of all traces of human activity, for it is the landscape altered by man that repeatedly gives us something new, that offers us fascinating motifs. The photo journalist’s landscape has to be more than just a pretty picture; it has to make a statement.
In 1956, one year after the peace treaty between Russia and Germany, Peter Bock-Schroeder was the first West-German photographer to get permission to work in the USSR. The Assignment came from a West German Film Production. The task was to travel with a international film crew on the production of the documentary: Russia today, We saw with our eyes.