Take a Peek at the Contact Sheets of Magnum Photographer Martin Parr

Curious about what’s on the colorful contact sheets of documentary photographer Martin Parr? We’ve got just the stuff for you!

Previously, we took a peek at the contact sheets of American-born French photographer William Klein, and learned the fascinating stories behind some of his most interesting photos. Today, it’s time for us to dive into the contact sheets of renowned British documentary photographer and Magnum member Martin Parr. If you’ve been interested in his work, you’ll surely enjoy him tell stories about his photos and colorful style.

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Master Photographer William Klein Tells the Story Behind the Photos on His Contact Sheet

If you’ve ever wondered about what’s in William Klein’s contact prints, here’s a tour from the master photographer himself

Before photographers could preview their works through computer thumbnails, they had contact sheets. A single sheet of thumbnail-sized photos was an important reference for photographers, allowing them to look at a shoot or a potential material for a series in its entirety. It was also after studying the contact print that a photographer selects the photos to be printed and published for everyone to see. In a short episode of a film collection titled Contacts, American-born French photographer William Klein dissects one of his contact sheets and gives fascinating narrations of the story behind some of his interesting images.

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These Were the Darkroom Techniques That Photoshop was Based On

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Photoshop is, believe it or not, mostly based off of techniques that photographers did in the darkroom years ago and eventually evolved into a full design platform. Years ago, it was common place for burning and dodging to happen in the darkroom, so was gradient work, saturation work, etc.

Lynda.com did a video highlighting this stuff. They cite things like Bridge being a contact shoot and how film photographers never thought that it would change the way that they worked. In fact, Photoshop and its other programs do pretty much everything that the darkroom can–even smart upscaling, which is comparable to using an enlarger to get a bigger print of an image.

Their video on all the darkroom techniques is after the jump.

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