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Lunar Eclipse Gallery

by George Murphy December 10, 2011 Photo Splash

This morning’s total lunar eclipse favored those of us on the west coast with a nice view, so I thought I’d share a few of the shots I made in those chilly pre-dawn hours that the eclipse was visible for us here in California. Very grateful for a nice down jacket to ward off the […]

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Exploring A New Photographic Dialect

by George Murphy October 23, 2011 Journal Essays

Things may have been a little quite on the Firsthand Journal of late, but it hasn’t been for a lack of developments on the photography front. Apologies for the extended silence. In reality I’ve been diving headlong into exciting new visual territory that I just haven’t been ready to share until now. The three images […]

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The Myth of Photographic Reality – Part II

by George Murphy July 25, 2010 Journal Essays

While ‘Part I’ emphasized how the truth of an image relies on so much more than just what happens in post production (digital or chemical), there’s no denying that the ever increasing capabilities of digital tools continues to focus attention on that part of the image workflow. The resulting distrust of the images we see in published media threatens the credibility of truly important works and calls out for a method to communicate the nature of the images we create so we can re-establish trust in our audiences.

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The Myth of Photographic Reality – Part I

by George Murphy July 17, 2010 Journal Essays

There is a lot of angst these days about abuses in the digital darkroom and it’s impact on the credibility of photography in presenting honest images of the world around us. However the truthfulness of an image relies on more than just the question of how much it’s been manipulated in some image editing package; it begins with all of the subjective choices that we make before and during the moment the shutter is released.

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GM Photo Site Beta Up

by George Murphy April 29, 2010 News & Updates

I’ve finally posted a working version of the new photography site. I’m still tuning a few things, including the content – so I consider the site in Beta mode. I decided that it was more important to get it up and running than to wait until I had finished tweaking. Please explore the site and […]

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Katie’s Victory – An Upcoming Photo Series

by George Murphy April 9, 2010 Photo Splash

I wanted to capture the amazing spirit that my daughter exhibited during her recent battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. “Katie’s Victory” is an upcoming multi-media essay based on interviews with Katie and a series of images shot the day before her last radiation treatment. That shoot celebrates the successful end of her treatment for cancer; as […]

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