Via L.W. Hine/New York Public Library
I admit it. I broke my self-imposed time limit of five minutes on Reddit yesterday and I got sucked in. Maybe it was a case of the Mondays. Maybe it was the thought of a photographer swinging himself out in a specially made basket a thousand feet above street level in mid-town Manhattan.
Can you blame me for getting pulled in by a headline that reads, “24 Jaw-Dropping Photos Of The Construction Of The Empire State Building“? That’d get you, too. So I spent a minute looking at the work of Lewis Wickes Hine on BuzzFeed, and then I quickly clicked over to the New York Public Library collection of his work. Courageous. And, yes, jaw-dropping.
That should have been it. But my curiosity about the NYPL’s collections got the better of me.
And when I came across the set from the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, I couldn’t help but think of the poor man or woman holding the camera and making pictures like this one:
And there are loads of shots from that set just like this one. (Though let’s be honest, the lace-up high tops with the fur tunic and hair pompon pretty much set the bar for awesomeness.)
I get it, though. Whoever it was shooting this probably cashed the check after the job, filled the icebox, paid the rent, and still had enough money left to take a cab to a movie theater downtown and buy a ticket to see Gone with the Wind. Not every player on the roster can be Joe DiMaggio. Some are just happy to be in the game at all.
But if the game you’re hoping to get into is fashion photography, what paid the bills in 1939 won’t cut it in 2013. If you’re looking to step up your game, you need to meet Frank Terry.
Frank’s the instructor for our November workshop, and when you spend time with Frank you’ll step up your shooting to a new level. Frank will show you how to map out a story, build a narrative, develop styling, direct models, and work with both studio and outdoor locations. In the course of two days, you’ll shoot and produce a magazine layout. The weekend is packed. You’ll learn what a fashion image is, how to visualize it, and the techniques you’ll use to shoot it.
If you ever plan on shooting photos with people in them, Frank’s workshop will help you shoot them better.