January 25, 2019

Artist, teacher, mentor, writer, musician, outdoorsman, preservationist, photographer. These are some words of many that describe the life and work of Ansel Adams that spanned most of the 20th century.

A native of San Francisco, Ansel spent many years travelling through...

April 17, 2018

As modernism came to an apex in the mid to late 20th century, Arnold Newman was an active contributor to the art-photography world, making celebrity portraiture more than just a simple snapshot of their image, but an encapsulation of their individualized place in the w...

March 28, 2018

Download this handy, free guide from lensculture magazine, and learn techniques from the experts on streets photography.  This document is filled with references to books, workshops, websites, and other resources to help you become a better street photographer....

March 20, 2018

(Originally publish August 17, 2016)

What makes a Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) Rolleiflex so special? Well, it was THE camera of choice for anyone serious about their photography from the 1930’s right through to the early 1960’s. Many very famous photographers have used the...

March 6, 2018

Ari Wilkins offers step-by-step direction in organizing, preserving and cataloging photo collections for future generations, and identifying, digitizing and sharing collections using family trees and social media.  This presentation was made at the annual Rootstech con...

February 19, 2018

"Medium Format" is a term used in photography to describe a category of cameras, and the film they use, which is larger than 35mm but smaller than 4 by 5 inches, which is the starting size of large format photography. 

The common denominator for medium fo...

February 9, 2018

When:            Members Only Event: Friday, February 22, 2019, 5:30-8:00pm

                       Public Celebration: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 12:00-4:00pm

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February 9, 2018

The work of Dorothea Lange demonstrates the versatile role of photography as both a medium for artistic expression and a means for social commentary and public awareness. As the bulk of her work was done during the Depression and post-war eras, the things she produced...

February 3, 2018

Vivian Maier, New York born yet of European sensibility, spent a notably private lifetime capturing urban mid-century American life in its rawest form. With a Rolleiflex in hand, Maier captured both the peculiarities and eccentricities around her as well as her own thr...

January 31, 2018

First in our series from the weird and wonderful files comes the Spinshot 35s panoramic camera.  Perhaps "weird" is not the best moniker, because in its day it was an innovative approach to panoramic film photography, but looking back, this camera is in a category by i...

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Our Contributors

Mark Sawyer

Mark is a large format and wet plate expert. He is former president of the Western Photographic Historical Society

Lee is a black-to-white documentary and lifestyle photographer, and founder of B2W Photography

Katie contributes to B2W as a fine art photographer, and writer for Learn articles