black and white photography

Portraits by Robert Holmgren

Robert Holmgren is a photographer based in California who is originally from Rockford, Illinois. on his flickr page is a collection of portraits he scanned from old negatives dating back to 1971. here are some of my favourites.

They range from my hometown Rockford, IL, my first photography classes in Southern Illinois University, to homes in Kokomo, IN, San Francisco, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Menlo Park, CA and places in between. They include family, friends, co-workers and strangers. I wasn’t intending there to be a common linkage, only a record of seemed interesting at the time.










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Woolwich Dockyard Portraits

got totally sucked in by this amazing set of photos taken by George Plemper in London in the late 70’s & early 80’s

For a period of 5 years between 1978 to 1982 photography was a way to prove to myself that I was still alive. Unable to unable to make sense of the “real world” and “real people” who told me that I was too sensitive, too quiet, too thoughtful, too strange, I found that my world changed when I picked up the camera. Through the viewfinder a new and better world opened up and, best of all, it acted as a shield. I did not have to get too close when I held the camera. In 1979-82 I used to visit the Clockhouse Community Centre in Woolwich Dockyard, London SE18 and these are a few of the sights I saw.

all photographs by George Plemper

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henri cartier-bresson

been browsing through the henri cartier-bresson interactive exhibition at moma, certainly one of the best photojournalists ever to have lived. he’s famous for his photos from his native france, but i really enjoyed the series taken in the USA between 1930-60ish. the first photo is from the McCann-Erickson advertising agency on Madison Avenue, New York in 1959. it looks exactly like the sterling cooper office! you knew i was going to mention mad men, huh? i’m so predictable.

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