Capturing a Moment in Time
In an era of flashbulbs and press cameras, I was exploring what available light had to offer. It presented the world as we saw it, without the harsh effect of a single flash. Both techniques froze a moment that goes by in a blur.
Photographing peak action stopped the movement at its height. It allowed slow shutter speeds in an era of slow films. And it preserved a feeling forever.
I learned more about the process, more about the marketing, more about the human condition. I gravitated to photojournalism, happy with candid photography…
…and grateful to people willing to share their lives for my magazine assignments:
College-educated police, from the April 1971 issue of Pageant magazine.
Photojournalism sharpened skills that applied as I tried out other phases of photography, following the twists and turns of a rapidly changing profession. Reacting to my own decisive moments, I sought emotional content whenever it might appear, meaningful composition as a frame, and the feel and shape of the situation.
I remember wishing that I had had a mentor back then, someone experienced, with an overview to help guide me. Instead I created a composite, picking up bits and pieces from so many people I met.
Now I have become one of those who nurture. I have stories to tell, I have realized, after participating in panel discussions, lectures, gallery talks, any events where people gather around. I’ve come to recognize that, wow! I’ve learned something. And I learn even more as I explain to, and consult with, others.
I hope that collectors and curators might want to join in, to share insights with anyone wanting to improve their photography.
When Nixon And Kennedy Competed For The Presidency
All images Copyright ©1960 Michael Philip Manheim. All Rights Reserved.
Nixon rally at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia in 1960
Vice President (For 8 years under Dwight D. Eisenhower) Richard M. Nixon ran against Senator John F. Kennedy in the closest election since 1916.
Kennedy was the youngest President at age 43 and the first Catholic. His win came from an Electoral College vote.
Kennedy proved a media master. Theirs was the first televised presidential debate, and image played a role. Three of these photographs seem to telegraph a feeling for the times and for that would-be urbane college crowd.
What do you think?