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Leanne Staples

"The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes." Marcel Proust
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As a woman photographer, I am often asked if there is a difference between photography produced by women and men? And why photography is still very much dominated by men? Historically, many male photographers approached photography as a source of income. While female photographers focused on photography as a process of creation. Take Vivian Maier as an example. Clearly she was a talented photographer. Yet she made very little attempt to share her work with others. The fact that we know her photography is pure luck.

That said, we are living in very different times and women are still underrepresented in mainstream photography, in galleries and museums. Whether there is a difference between the photography of women and men is perhaps worthy of a lengthy thesis. But there is no doubt that when it comes to quality and worthiness, the two are equals, So why is there such an imbalance, that is a question that needs to be addressed!
#womenphotographers   #newyorkcityphotography  

as a woman photographer. . .

As a woman photographer, I am often asked if there is a difference between
photography produced by women and men? And why photography is still very
much dominated by men? Historically, many male photographers approached
photography as a source of income. While female photographers focused on
photography as a process of creation. Take Vivian Maier as an example.
Clearly she was a talented photographer. Yet she made very little attempt
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In case you didn't know, I am a licensed New York City Tour Guide. I specialize in photo tours off the beaten track - including Harlem, Coney Island, Long Island City, Dumbo etc. You can read some reviews of my tours on my site. 
#Newyorkcitytours   #newyorkcityphotography   #phototours  

New York City tour guide

Walking photo tours of New York City by a licensed New York City tour
guide. For tourists to NY and for NYC photographers that want to explore
the city off the beaten track and take urban landscape and street
photography.

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www.leannestaples.com
Copyright © Leanne Staples. All Rights Reserved.
#newyorkcityphotography   #portraitphotography   #easteregg  

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The act of photography is like going on a hunt in which photographer and camera merge into one indivisible function. This is a hunt for new states of things, situations never seen before, for the improbable, for information. The structure of the act of photography is a quantum one: a doubt made up of points of hesitation and points of decision-making. . . an act for which reality is information, not the significance of this information. - Vilém Flusser

the act of photography

The act of photography is like going on a hunt in which photographer and
camera merge into one indivisible function. This is a hunt for new states
of things, situations never seen before, for the improbable, for
information. The structure of the act of photography is a quantum one: a
doubt made up of points of hesitation and points of decision-making. . . an
act for which reality is information, not the significance of this
informatio...

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"Those who are ignorant in matters of photography will be the illiterates of the future." - László Moholy-Nagy

What a prophetic statement! If Moholy-Nagy was alive today he might be shocked. With the overwhelming amount of images in our culture we are for the most part, visually illiterate."
#newyorkcityphotography   #drivebyshooting   #manhattanbridge   #MoholyNagy   #visualilliteracy  

illiterates of the future

"Those who are ignorant in matters of photography will be the illiterates
of the future." - László Moholy-Nagy

What a prophetic statement! If Moholy-Nagy was alive today he might be
shocked. With the overwhelming amount of images in our culture we are for
the most part, visually illiterate."

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I am asking the dreaded question, is photography dead as a profession? Does anyone actually pay for photography anymore? Recently +Getty decided to give a large quantity of "their" photos for free! As it is, Getty pays very little to photographers. Add this to the fact that many people rip photos from the internet. So I ask, does anyone pay for photography anymore and is it now a dead profession?

is photography a dead profession?

I am asking the dreaded question, is photography dead as a profession? Does
anyone actually pay for photography anymore? Recently Getty decided to give
a large quantity of "their" photos for free! As it is, Getty pays very
little to photographers. Add this to the fact that many people rip photos
from the internet. So I ask, does anyone pay for photography anymore and is
it now a dead profession?

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"In deciding how a picture should look, in preferring one exposure to another, photographers are always imposing standards on their subjects." - Susan Sontag
#newyorkcityphotography   #streetphotography   #blackandwhitephotography   #susansontag  

objectivity, qu'est-ce que c'est?

"In deciding how a picture should look, in preferring one exposure to
another, photographers are always imposing standards on their subjects." -
Susan Sontag

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+Matt Granger will be back in New York City this year for his Street Photography & Portraiture Workshop. If you're in the city May 25th you should consider registering for this.

Matt Granger - New York - Street Photography / Portraiture 2014

Photography tips, tricks and insights from Matt Granger

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My venture into street photography was a happy accident. Many years ago, when I was still shooting film, my obsession was to take architectural photos. I wanted to achieve an unreal purity, the kind of photos that you might find in Architectural Digest. The problem was that people kept walking into my shot.

After getting annoyed and losing patience, I finally decided to see what would happen if I left a human element in the shot. I had never heard of street photography and didn't really know about Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helen Levitt or any of the other famous street photographers that I came to like and appreciate. So when I shoot street photography, the main focus tends to be the buildings rather than the people. The setting comes first.
#streetphotography  

a happy accident

My venture into street photography was a happy accident. Many years ago,
when I was still shooting film, my obsession was to take architectural
photos. I wanted to achieve an unreal purity, the kind of photos that you
might find in Architectural Digest. The problem was that people kept
walking into my shot.

After getting annoyed and losing patience, I finally decided to see what
would happen if I left a human element in the shot. I h...

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"A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know." - Diane Arbus

a photograph is a secret. . .

"A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less
you know." - Diane Arbus

I have always loved this quote. Perhaps this is Arbus' version of Post
Modernism, the viewer interprets a photo in their own way whether that was
the intention of the photographer or not and even then the photographer's
version does not reveal the truth or a secret knowledge. Or maybe she
really had some other idea of what this quotes me...

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Happy Pi Day!

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A camera is merely a tool as a paint brush is to an artist. For that reason I rarely talk about what kind of cameras I use. The tool is not important. The result is what's important.

"The camera is an instrument of detection. . . we photograph what we know and what we don't know. . . when I point my camera at something I am asking a question and the photograph is sometimes an answer. . . in other words, I am not trying to prove anything. I am the one who is getting the lesson." - Lisette Model

a camera is merely a tool

A camera is merely a tool as a paint brush is to an artist. For that reason
I rarely talk about what kind of cameras I use. The tool is not important.
The result is what's important.

"The camera is an instrument of detection. . . we photograph what we know
and what we don't know. . . when I point my camera at something I am asking
a question and the photograph is sometimes an answer. . . in other words, I
am not trying to prove anyth...

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"People think far too much about techniques and not enough about seeing. I am constantly amused by the notion that some people have about photographic technique - a notion which reveals itself in an insatiable craving for sharpness of images."

- Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment,  1952

insatiable craving for sharpness of images

"People think far too much about techniques and not enough about seeing. I
am constantly amused by the notion that some people have about photographic
technique - a notion which reveals itself in an insatiable craving for
sharpness of images."

- Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment,  1952

bright prospects, New York City, 2014

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My new blog on my new website about unlearning the rules and the art of photography.

unlearning the rules

I have always thought of photography as an art. Not as an opportunity to
talk shop. To boast about the length of your lens or promote a particular
brand or make of camera. I'm of the school of learn the rules and then
throw them away. Or better yet, ignore the rules all together. I also have
one foot in the digital world and the other in the analog world. no reason
to choose. So I was happy to read the recent post from @ArtNewsMag expir...

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I have moved my website to Squarespace. New Year, New Look!

new year, new look!

Announcing my new website. After trying out Smugmug for awhile (and a few
other sites) I have decided to move to Squarespace. I am really liking the
templates, the clean look and the built in blog feature to name just a few
of the reasons. 

This is day one of this site and I have been making multiple changes! As
usual, this is a work in progress. So stay tuned for updates!

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My book triste noir is now available in the iTunes Bookstore!

Triste Noir

Read a sample or download Triste Noir by Leanne Staples with iBooks.

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hey +Google+  what's with this new photo upload process??? why should I have to download an auto backup to upload photos??? 

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Thanks to +PhotoWhoa and +Freddy Martinez for their profile on my photography. Just a note, the 2nd photo was taken in Boston :-) 

Street Photography Showcase: Leanne Staples and the Puddles of New York City at PhotoWhoa Blog | Discover how you can be a better photographer

Let me start with a common paradox. I love New York City, but I’ve never been there. All my veneration is merely imagination. It’s like loving the physical voice of your favorite author without ever having talked with her. The way she writes becomes how you imagine her voice to sound out loud — you […]

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