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Famous American Photographers

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

IRVING PENN "LISA"

IRVING PENN "LISA"

IRVING PENN "ALFRED HITCHCOCK 1947"

IRVING PENN "ALFRED HITCHCOCK 1947"

IRVING PENN "PERUVIAN CHILD"

IRVING PENN "PERUVIAN CHILD"

IRVING PENN "LISA WITH DOG"

IRVING PENN "LISA WITH DOG"

Irving Penn

Irving Penn was born in 1917 in New Jersey.

His father was a watchmaker and his mother a nurse.

Penn died in 2009.

He was described as a courtly man with a gentle demeanor but an absolute perfectionist.

His work is exhibited in museums and galleries, and some of his photographs have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Irving Penn worked for decades at Vogue magazine, where he started in 1943.

He married his frequent model, Lisa Fonssagrives, in 1950.

They remained married until her death at age 80 in 1992.

She is the star in two of the photographs I will display on this page.

Irving Penn began developing and printing his own photographs in the 1960s, bringing back the time-consuming use of platinum, which had been common back around 1900, instead of the conventional silver.

Platinum increases the depth and luminosity of the photographs, and makes them permanent.

IRVING PENN "GYPSY FAMILY, SPAIN 1965"

IRVING PENN "GYPSY FAMILY, SPAIN 1965"

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GARRY WINOGRAND "TEXAS STATE FAIR 1964"

GARRY WINOGRAND "TEXAS STATE FAIR 1964"

GARRY WINOGRAND "FLIP"

GARRY WINOGRAND "FLIP"

GARRY WINOGRAND "AUSTIN TEXAS CHEERLEADERS 1975"

GARRY WINOGRAND "AUSTIN TEXAS CHEERLEADERS 1975"

Garry Winogrand

Garry Winogrand was born in New York City in 1928.

He died in 1984 of gall bladder cancer in Tijuana, Mexico.

Winogrand was a proponent and practitioner of Street Photography.

He is best known for creating a sizeable collection of photographs that form a record of America in the 1960s.

Garry Winogrand used a Leica camera with a wide angle lens.

He exhibited his Photographic Art at many major venues, and he won numerous awards for his work.

Garry Winogrand was chiefly concerned with social issues and the effect of the media on the attitudes of people.

He also taught photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Texas.

GARRY WINOGRAND "GIRL IN PHONE BOOTH WITH LEG UP 1970"

GARRY WINOGRAND "GIRL IN PHONE BOOTH WITH LEG UP 1970"

WALKER EVANS "NEW ORLEANS STREET CORNER"

WALKER EVANS "NEW ORLEANS STREET CORNER"

WALKER EVANS "REEDSVILLE, WEST VIRGINA 1936"

WALKER EVANS "REEDSVILLE, WEST VIRGINA 1936"

WALKER EVANS "OLD WOMAN COOKS SUPPER"

WALKER EVANS "OLD WOMAN COOKS SUPPER"

Walker Evans

Walker Evans was born into a wealthy St. Louis family in 1903.

He revolutionized Documentary Photography, the purpose of which is to document what is important about a place, an event, or a set of people.

Walker Evans went to work for the government during the Great Depression, with the Farm Security Administration.

His primary assignment was to photograph the poverty-stricken rural south, to be used by the government to drum up public support for New Deal government programs.

Evans set a new standard for objectivity with his work, and he is known for the hard, sharp focus of his photographs.

There is a literary quality to his pictures. He most often used an 8X10 View Camera.

Walker Evans died in Connecticut in 1975.

WALKER EVANS "POOR FOLKS AT HOME"

WALKER EVANS "POOR FOLKS AT HOME"

MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE "FORGOT"

MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE "FORGOT"

MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE "BAIT"

MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE "BAIT"

MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE "LADY CRY"

MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE "LADY CRY"

Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Bourke-White was born in New York City in 1904.

She had launched a career as an architectural and industrial photographer, before being hired by Fortune magazine in 1929.

The following year she became the first westerner allowed to take photographs in the Soviet Union.

They approved of her because she was an Atheist and a Communist.

Margaret Bourke-White wrote a book praising the Soviet Union in 1931 entitled Eyes on Russia.

She would later publish two more books of propaganda with her husband Erskine Caldwell.

We will view three of the photographs she shot of victims of the Dust Bowl in the 1930s.

Margaret Bourke-White was a courageous woman.

She became the first female war correspondent and covered World War Two as well as the Korean War.

Bourke-White could no longer work as a photographer after 1952 because she had developed Parkinson's Disease.

She died in Connecticut in 1971.

She wrote that her favorite photograph of all those she had taken was shot while she was covering the Korean War. 

She happened to be there when a Korean soldier, who had been declared Killed In Action two years earlier, surprised his mother by showing up at her home.

He had actually been held as a Prisoner Of War those two years.

I have that photograph for you below.

MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE "KOREAN WAR POW COMES HOME TO MOMMA"

MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE "KOREAN WAR POW COMES HOME TO MOMMA"

BRUCE DAVIDSON "MARILYN MONROE WITH CO-STAR CLARK GABLE, HER HUSBAND ARTHUR MILLER, AND OTHERS ON THE SET OF 'MISFITS' IN 1960"

BRUCE DAVIDSON "MARILYN MONROE WITH CO-STAR CLARK GABLE, HER HUSBAND ARTHUR MILLER, AND OTHERS ON THE SET OF 'MISFITS' IN 1960"

BRUCE DAVIDSON "DWARF 1958"

BRUCE DAVIDSON "DWARF 1958"

Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson was born in 1933 and grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, an old suburb of Chicago.

As a teenager he won a national competition for photography.

Bruce Davidson would go on to become a photographic artist whose work is exhibited around the world at prestigious places.

His photographs convey an extraordinary depth of feeling and poetic mood to the viewer.

Bruce Davidson has also produced two award winning short films.

He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

 

BRUCE DAVIDSON "WALES 1961"

BRUCE DAVIDSON "WALES 1961"

BRUCE DAVIDSON "BROOKLYN GANGS 1959"

BRUCE DAVIDSON "BROOKLYN GANGS 1959"

PHILIPPE HALSMAN "JACKIE GLEASON 1955"

PHILIPPE HALSMAN "JACKIE GLEASON 1955"

PHILIPPE HALSMAN "WINSTON CHURCHILL 1947"

PHILIPPE HALSMAN "WINSTON CHURCHILL 1947"

Philippe Halsman

 

Philippe Halsman was born in Latvia in 1906. 

He moved to Paris in 1932 and there he became famous as Portrait Photographer. 

Albert Einstein helped him escape from Nazi occupied France (both were Jews) in 1940. 

Halsman then lived in New York City until he died in 1979.

He loved America.

Philippe Halsman was hired by Life magazine in 1942, and he worked for the big picture magazine until it stopped publication thirty years later. 

Halsman became famous for his sparkling, stunning portraits of the famous.  

He called his work Psychological Portraiture. 

Philippe Halsman wanted to reveal the character of his sitters. 

He was on a perpetual quest for hidden truth.

He said: "It can't be done by pushing the person into position or arranging his head at a certain angle. It must be accomplished by provoking the victim, amusing him with jokes, lulling him with silence, or asking impertinent questions which his best friend would be afraid to voice." "This fascination with the human face has never left me.  Every face I see seems to hide and sometimes, fleetingly, to reveal the mystery of another human being. Capturing this revelation became the goal and passion of my life."

WEEGEE "HEATSPELL, CHILDREN SLEEPING ON A FIRE ESCAPE 1938"

WEEGEE "HEATSPELL, CHILDREN SLEEPING ON A FIRE ESCAPE 1938"

WEEGEE "LOVERS WITH 3-D GLASSES AT THE PALACE THEATRE 1943" (SHOT WITH INFRA-RED CAMERA)

WEEGEE "LOVERS WITH 3-D GLASSES AT THE PALACE THEATRE 1943" (SHOT WITH INFRA-RED CAMERA)

WEEGEE

Arthur Fellig was a crime scene photographer who seemed to have a sixth sense about crime.

He would often beat the cops to the scene of a murder, fire, or car accident.

For this reason, they started calling him Ouija, which Arthur liked and began spelling Weegee.

Actually, he secretly had a police scanner.

Weegee was born in Austria in 1899 and moved to New York City when he was ten years old.

He passed away in 1968.

He is credited with creating Tabloid Journalism.

He was tireless and invasive, preferring to traipse around the city during the night.

Weegee was also an author and filmmaker.

In 1992 a film was made based on him called The Public Eye starring Joe Pesci.

SALLY MANN "CANDY CIGARETTE 1989"

SALLY MANN "CANDY CIGARETTE 1989"

SALLY MANN "ANNA AND VIRGINIA 1991"

SALLY MANN "ANNA AND VIRGINIA 1991"

Sally Mann

Sally Mann was born in 1951 in Lexington, Virginia.

She lives there on a farm with her attorney husband.

Her father was a doctor, and her mother ran a college bookstore.

Sally earned a Master's of Fine Arts Degree in Writing.

Sally Mann is best known for photographs of her three children.

She later moved on to Landscape Photography.

Sally Mann was named America's best Photographer in 2001 by Time magazine.

She has won numerous awards and her work is in the permanent collections of several major museums.

Two documentary films have been made about her.

 

HERB RITTS "MAASAI WOMAN AND CHILD, AFRICA"

HERB RITTS "MAASAI WOMAN AND CHILD, AFRICA"

Herb Ritts

Herb Ritts was born in Los Angeles in 1952.

His father owned a furniture store and his mother was an interior designer.

Ritts was a personal friend of actor Richard Gere before he was famous.

Herb Ritts would go on to fame as a Fashion Photographer.

He also created superb black and white Glamour Photographs.

Ritts photographed dozens of the top celebrities while working for numerous major magazines.

He also directed many famous music videos.

Herb Ritts died in 2002 of Pneumonia.

WILLIAM MEYERS "GLENDALE QUEENS 2001"

WILLIAM MEYERS "GLENDALE QUEENS 2001"

WILLIAM MEYERS "WILLIAMSBURG BROOKLYN 2005"

WILLIAM MEYERS "WILLIAMSBURG BROOKLYN 2005"

William Meyers

 

William Myers was born in 1938 in New York. 

For most of his life photography was his passion but not his profession. 

He became a naval intelligence officer, and then worked as a government researcher. 

He publicly doubted the efficacy of the War on Poverty. 

After that he became a businessman and investor in biotech companies. 

New York is the most photographed city on the planet.

William Myers noticed that the vast majority of the images are of Manhattan. 

He decided to become a full time Photographer and his first big project was called The Outer Boroughs: New York beyond Manhattan

William Myers photographs are imbued with a gritty, unglamorous beauty. 

He also works as a Photography Critic for several major magazines.   

WALLACE KIRKLAND "GANDHI 1942"

WALLACE KIRKLAND "GANDHI 1942"

Wallace Kirkland

Wallace Kirkland was born in 1890 on a coconut plantation in Jamaica.

In 1905, a hurricane destroyed the family farm and home, resulting in a move to New York.

Wallace Kirkland moved to Chicago in 1921, so that he and his wife could become social workers with Jane Addams at Hull House, where they lived for 14 years.

Kirkland started to teach photography to troubled boys there and got quite good at it.

So good that Life magazine hired him in 1935, and he spent 21 years as a staff Photographer for them.

While he became a foremost Nature Photographer, he is well known as Photographic Reporter, covering the poor as well as the famous.

Wallace Kirkland died in 1983, leaving behind three children and his wife of 61 years.

 

Comments

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 12, 2019:

Albert Diner ~ Thank you very much for visiting my Hub. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Avedon is featured in one of my other Hubs on photography. Greene I don't know who is. I'll have to look him up.

Albert Diner on March 17, 2019:

great photos from top photographers. Many were left out such as AVEDON, MILTON H. GREENE.etc.

thank you

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 12, 2019:

Sheamus ~ Thank you very much for taking the time to check out my little gallery here. I am not aware that these photographs exist in any book or collection outside of this page. I am well pleased that you enjoyed your visit. And, don't take this the wrong way, one of my Collies is named Seamus. I named him after myself, as my name in Gaelic is Seamus. But you probably already knew that.

Sheamus from Staten Island,New York on September 01, 2018:

I've been doing photography for forty years now and have seen countless photographs in countless photography books. That being said, I have never seen any photographs as amazing as these.

James are these photos in a book somewhere?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 08, 2015:

gardenideashub~ Thank you for perusing my gallery. I appreciate your encouraging comments as well.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 09, 2015:

Mekenzie!! Thank you very much!

Susan Ream from Michigan on March 05, 2015:

My thought as I viewed this artwork - A picture is worth a thousand words ... and way more!

Ravi Wahi from 3045 South Creek Rd on February 28, 2013:

nice caught, girl in pics I definitely appreciate this! Well done!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 11, 2012:

crookedcreekphoto— Thank you very much for visiting my Hub. I appreciate your compliments and I look forward to reading some of your Hubs, which I have made a note to do soon. Welcome to the HubPages Community! :)

James

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 11, 2012:

jsasson— Welcome to the HubPages Community! Thank you for reviewing my gallery and posting your comments. I appreciate the kudos.

I will, based on your recommendation, check out the photography of Robert Frank and Lida Moser. And I have made myself a note to read your NY Lego page as well.

jsasson from Florida on August 09, 2012:

Great article - add Robert Frank, or take a look at Lida Moser on my NY Lego page

crookedcreekphoto from Ohio, USA on August 05, 2012:

Some of these photographers I'd heard of, some not so much. I found this very interesting and informative with some really good photographic examples. Thank you for the wonderful article.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 03, 2012:

stars439— I am so glad that you enjoyed this gallery of fine photography. This Hub is one of my favorites that I have published and one of my most popular.

Thank you for visiting and commenting. God Bless You, Joann, and Becky!

Your Friend James :)

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on June 27, 2012:

Wonderful hub, and magnificent photographs that are fantastic. God Bless You, and you're loved ones my brother.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 23, 2012:

Emma Jones— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :-)

Emma Jones from New York, New York on June 20, 2012:

i cant stop me to come and see this post every time I login to hub:)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 30, 2012:

Angela Brummer— You are most welcome! Thank you for the lovely laudations. I appreciate the visit and your comments.

Welcome to the HubPages Community! I look forward to reading some of your writings. :-)

James

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 30, 2012:

Steven Gray— You are quite welcome. Thank you very much for the awesome accolades. I appreciate the visit and your kind comments. I look forward to reading some of your writings. Welcome to the HubPages Community!

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on May 27, 2012:

This is a beautiful and informative hub. Thank you so much!!! Angela

Steven Gray from Pensacola, Florida on May 26, 2012:

Awesome hub! Photography and history are two of my favorite things. Thanks for blending them into a great survey of modern art history.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 17, 2012:

Emma Jones— Thank you!! I appreciate the visit and your comments. I am glad you enjoyed that particular photograph. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

Emma Jones from New York, New York on April 16, 2012:

nice caught, girl in phone booth he he

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 24, 2012:

whichwitchwriter— You are welcome. Thank you for reading my article. I love the work of Irving Penn, too, as perhaps you can tell from the number of his works I included in this gallery.

Welcome to the HubPages Community!

whichwitchwriter on February 23, 2012:

Irving Penn is my all time favorite portrait photographer. He has a way about his work that capture the essence of a time and the people so simply. Thank you for sharing the lovely photographs.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 01, 2012:

sgbrown— You are quite welcome, my dear. I appreciate the visit, and especially the "voted up and awesome!" Thank you for your gracious compliments. Welcome to the HubPages Community!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on January 30, 2012:

Hello James A Watkins! Great hub with amazing pictures! Voted up and awesome! Thank you for your follow as well!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 31, 2011:

Robin Anderson— You are very welcome! Thank you so much for letting me know that you love this Hub. I sincerely appreciate the visit and naturally, you may come as often as you like! :D

Robin Anderson from United States on October 27, 2011:

I love this hub, I will come back to enjoy it over and over again. Thank you for putting this all together in one hub.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 26, 2011:

SanneL— I just love your Profile Page. It is fascinating to read and my, what a beautiful life you and your husband have there in Greece. Organic gardening and all. Fresh food, pistachios. Awesome. Welcome to the HubPages Community!

I see that you are a photographer as well. Wonderful! I dabble a bit.

Thank you for letting me know that you enjoyed this Hub. I look forward to reading some of your writings very soon. :D

You're welcome!

James

SanneL from Sweden on September 24, 2011:

I'm so glad I finally got to know you James A Watkins!

I enjoyed this hub immensely since I have a special love with B&W photography.

This hub gave me the satisfaction to be able to get to know the history of some of the greatest photographers of all time and the collection of the old black and white photos was a treat for my blue eyes!

I definitely will be back to read more.

Thanks!

Sannel

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 25, 2011:

Jennuhlee— You are most welcome. Thank you for the gracious compliments. I am glad you enjoyed this Hub. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community! :D

Jennuhlee from Pennsylvania on July 24, 2011:

How very interesting and enjoyable. Great Topic, Great hub thank you so much for sharing:]

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 14, 2011:

Ralph Deeds— You are quite welcome! Thank you for complimenting my selections. You are quite an accomplished photographer yourself as I recall. I'll come by soon to see what you've been writing.

Ralph Deeds from Birmingham, Michigan on July 13, 2011:

Wow! Great selections. Thanks, James.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 27, 2011:

PierAllegro— Thank you! Welcome to the Hub Pages Community! I featured Eugene Smith and several other great photographers in a previous HUB:

https://discover.hubpages.com/art/Photographic-Art

PierAllegro from Toronto, Canada on April 27, 2011:

Awesome! My only comment. But ... Eugene Smith?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 07, 2011:

Lynn S. Murphy-- I am well pleased to receive your lovely comments. This Hub is one that was an absolute pleasure to put together. I am glad you liked it. Thanks for the voted up and welcome to the Hub Pages Community.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 07, 2011:

agenzia di moda-- You are quite welcome. Thank you for the nice compliment. I am glad you visited my Hub.

Lynn S. Murphy on April 06, 2011:

absolutely awesome. i love photography and this was just wonderful to read and see. voted up.

agenzia di moda on April 03, 2011:

Nice blog, thanks for sharing the biography of photographers

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 10, 2011:

Rastamermaid— You are most welcome. Thank you very much for the compliment and the voted up! :-)

Rastamermaid from Universe on February 10, 2011:

Very informative hub!

Voted up!

Thanks for sharing!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 28, 2011:

kmcmichael— Thank you!!! Thank you very much!! :D

kmcmichael from Athens, Georgia on January 28, 2011:

Wonderful photos and interesting hub!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 31, 2010:

PCN— You are quite welcome. Thank you for your kind compliments. It was fun to do for me.

PCN on December 31, 2010:

Great hub and excellent photos, thanks for putting this together

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 02, 2010:

edelhaus— Thank you! Thank you very much. :D

edelhaus from Munich, Germany on December 01, 2010:

what a great hub!!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 24, 2010:

Aristadoe— I surely agree with you. Welcome to the Hub pages Community!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 24, 2010:

otabworlink380— Thank you! Thank you very much. :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 24, 2010:

Bathroom Vanity Sets— Thank you! Thank you very much. :D

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 24, 2010:

TaraMoyer— You are quite welcome! I am well pleased that you appreciate my gallery. Thank you for visiting my Hub and for leaving your comments. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

Aristadoe from United States on November 24, 2010:

There is nothing like black & white pictures.

otabworlink380 on November 24, 2010:

I agree about the contrast and depth

Bathroom Vanity Sets on November 24, 2010:

Carry on the good work fellas!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 23, 2010:

Errol Kane— Welcome to the Hub Pages Community! I see from your profile page that you are a talented, interesting, well traveled man. I appreciate you for visiting my Hub, and for your excellent comments.

I am well pleased that you "followed me." I have also followed you. I'll be coming around to read some of your work soon.

I agree about the contrast and depth. I enjoyed reading your gracious remarks. Thank you for them.

TaraMoyer from West Coast on November 23, 2010:

Love some of the paintings that you have on this hub. Also, looks like you put a lot of time into it. Great info....Thanks!

Errol Kane on November 23, 2010:

Mr. Watkins, good job, good reading and a nice journey down memory lane. I enjoyed the Bio's as well as the pictures since I love classic movies and most classic anything. It was just my speed and right up my ally.

Black and White photo's inspires, so much contrast and depth.

I hope you come up with more Turner Classic Photo's or should that be Watkins Classic Photo's. Until the next sir. Hope you don't mind me following you.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 20, 2010:

2useday— I am pleased you found it, too. Penn's work is fabulous, especially of Lisa.

Thank you for your gracious, thoughtful remarks. I am grateful that you stopped by and left this kind note. And you are welcome.

2uesday on November 19, 2010:

so pleased to have found this - by chance as I was writing a hub it was at the side of it. I followed the image of 'Lisa' here because I had seen the photo earlier this week, I did not know the photographer's name. I love the photos taken by Irving Penn - enough to scan down the long list of comments to leave a comment of my own and a thank you for sharing this wonderful page.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 18, 2010:

pink flavour— Thank you! I love black and white photography very much. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community! I am glad you came.

pink flavour on November 17, 2010:

great post i love black and white photography i believe it has a vintage taste even if it's contemporary .

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 25, 2010:

seanorjohn— Thank you ever much for the compliments and the "voted up!" I know this Hub is long. I didn't intend it to be but once I got going I kept finding just one more artist or photograph I was compelled to include.

seanorjohn on October 24, 2010:

Wow. Voted this up and awesome. You have enough material here for 3 hubs.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 08, 2010:

SELL MY ART— Thank you for your sweet accolades. I'll be coming over to see your Hubs soon. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

SELL MY ART from Ireland on September 08, 2010:

Wonderful hub , a treat for my eyes and also good to know about each photographer.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 29, 2010:

Dolores Monet— I love them too!

"Seems to Claim the humanity of the people portrayed."

I'm not sure why that is true but I believe it.

Thank you for coming by to visit. And you are welcome. :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 29, 2010:

Writemeasmile— I am well pleased to meet a kindred spirit. I noticed you only participate in the Hub Pages Community sporadically. There is something I liked about your prolfile page. Maybe it was the "s" on intelligences. :-)

Thank you for popping in to introduce yourself. I appreciate your warm words.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on August 29, 2010:

James, I love the old black and white photography, something about it seems to claim the humanity of the people portrayed. Thanks for sharing these great photographers, some of them I've never heard of.

Writemeasmile on August 28, 2010:

Huge Huge Fan of Art, all kinds. Glad to see you are following my hubs, as well. I am a published novelist and worked on a couple more fiction light-hearted family loving romances. Therefore, I have not made time to write more articles. I like to write articles whenever I feel the spirit. Love your hubs. Excellent writing.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 26, 2010:

Amber Allen— Hi! Thank you for your kind regards Amber. I absolutely love black and white photography—and you have helped me understand why: depth of detail.

I agree with you that photography is an excellent form of social commentary. I appreciate your acute insights.

James :-)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 26, 2010:

tonymac04— You are welcome, my friend. I am glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for visiting one of my favorite Hubs. Love and Peace I wish for you Tony.

James

Amber Allen on August 26, 2010:

Hi James

A truly impressive hub! The amount of research you put into your hubs is an inspiration to us all.

Black and white photography has a depth of detail which just isn't present in a color photograph. I love the ability of photographs to provide a social commentary without the need for words.

Amber:)

Tony McGregor from South Africa on August 26, 2010:

I love photography as an art form and these are some great photographers here. Thanks for putting this great collection together.

Love and peace

Tony

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 17, 2010:

Laura in Denver— You're welcome. Thank you for coming by!

Laura Deibel from Aurora, CO on August 16, 2010:

Very nice collection and well presented. Thx!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 16, 2010:

couponalbum— Thank you very much. I apreciate your approval. :)

couponalbum from Sunnyvale, CA on August 14, 2010:

Nice hub again. Thumbs up!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 12, 2010:

Portamenteff— Thank you! I appreciate your warm words.

Portamenteff from Western Colorado, USA on August 11, 2010:

Nice collection of photos. very captivating.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 03, 2010:

deepanjana— Thank you! Thank you very much. :D

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 02, 2010:

epigramman— I searched for Doug Dunnigan among Hubbers and came up empty.

deepanjana on July 02, 2010:

Awesome Hub!!! I have learnt a lot

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 02, 2010:

epigramman— Thank you for coming back, kid sir! Yes, I will go and read Doug Dunnigan. Thanks for that tip. I'll be coming over to read more of your hubs as well. Those glasses are Fendi. I do love 'em! :D

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 01, 2010:

jojobasun— Thank you! Thank you very much.

epigramman on June 30, 2010:

I am back because good things are worth coming back to especially a classic hub like this one - and one favor please I have a buddy Doug Dunnigan who is new here at hubpages - could you possibly go and check him out - he is a world class photographer and artist and you will be impressed ... thanks also for dropping by and reading the epigramman - and gee I wish I looked as cool as you in those sunglasses ..

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 30, 2010:

GmaGoldie— Thank you! 6 stars!! I'll take them. You are welcome and I sincerely appreciate the applause. I'm feeling pretty good right about now. Thanks to you. :-)

jojobasun on June 30, 2010:

interesting article!

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on June 29, 2010:

James,

Another brilliant article. Exceptionally well researched and idyllic photos showcasing these marvelous artist. You outdid yourself even your high standards this time! Is there a 6 stars? Wow! Absolutely delightful! Thank you!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 29, 2010:

skye— Thank you! Thank you very much. I appreciate this visitation and the Thumbs Up. I apologize for making this too distracting. :D

Thanks for the compliments, love, the hugs, and the sharing. You're the best!

skye on June 28, 2010:

Hello James. Wowzer This is an incredable hub. The photos are awesome and very beautiful. I love your writing about the artists. Nice!!! Voted thumbs up awesome.

I have been here for an hour. You have to stop making such fantastic hubs. I spent to much time here. tee he. Like I am all important. (-; Kidding. I enjoyed each minute. Free entertainment. Thank You James I am sending a big hug your way. The Father Blessed you with a wonderful gift for all to enjoy and be enlightened. I love ya bro. Your sis in Christ.

I have linked this out, 'share in the love' hub.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 22, 2010:

Dim Flaxenwick— What a nice thing to say! :D

Thank you for your kind, warm words. It's great to hear from you today. You've buoyed my spirits with your comments.

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on June 21, 2010:

Your high standard never drops. I can't imagine what wealth of information you may have for us next. Love your work. Take care.x

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 21, 2010:

Allan McGregor— Ha! That is an odd title but it is the title chosen by the photographer himself. I found it interesting for many reasons. One, it is a bit titillating in a real world 1970s sort of way, before porno blasted that sort of thing into smithereens. Also I love the 1970s clothes of the passersby. But chiefly, it is the phone booth itself I liked. The younger generation may not even know what that is, as it has disappeared from the landscape. Thanks for visiting, my friend.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 21, 2010:

tom hellert— And a belated Happy Father's Day to you! Thank you for visiting and commenting.

James

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 21, 2010:

suny51— You are most welcome. Thank you for coming to visit.

Allan McGregor from South Lanarkshire on June 21, 2010:

Fantastic hub. Wonderful pictures. Outstanding documentary art.

Mind you, I nearly fell out my chair whem I saw "GIRL IN PHONE BOOTH WITH LEG UP 1970". She could put her leg up my 1970 any day. /:))

tom hellert from home on June 20, 2010:

james,

neat stuff oh and HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO YOU AND YOURS.

TH

suny51 on June 20, 2010:

Nothing like that James,I never felt that way,it were the articles which are a little bit too literary for me,otherwise I had been in more than 20 countries and never felt that way,Thank you once again.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 20, 2010:

suny51— I consider all my visitors equally valuable, regardless of whence they come, my friend. You are an especially cool guy and I enjoyed hearing from you. Yes, I know what you mean. Thank you for the compliment and you are welcome. :)

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