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Why people didn’t smile in olden days.

2020-04-27T17:29:09-04:00April 27th, 2020|art photography, Daguerreotype, Family portraits, fine-art photography, History of photography|

As I sit around at home during this quiet time, I got to thinking about why people didn't smile in old photos. In the old days, cameras were slow and a single exposure would be several seconds long. If anyone moved, the photograph would be blurry, so as a result, everyone had to stay very still. This resulted in portraits having everyone in an unnaturally stiff pose, and it's why we think of people in [...]

Line of Work: A Gallery Exhibition of Portraits by Phil Cantor

2019-11-07T12:02:59-05:00May 10th, 2019|art photography, creative, Essex County, fine-art photography, Montclair, New Jersey, North Jersey, Northern New Jersey, Personal, Phil Cantor, Photography, portraits, Studio|

Opening June 1st, my latest personal art project will be on view at The Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway in Montclair, NJ. "LINE OF WORK" is a series of portraits highlighting the jobs that we choose for ourselves and how they shape us into who we are. The exhibit consists of over 40 portraits of working men and women who live or work near my studio in Montclair. I am drawing a straight line from this [...]