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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

My first overseas trip combining travel and photography came in the summer of 1973, when I was one year out of high school. My uncle was the president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and all his nephews got to work on a Merchant Marine ship over one summer in their lives. When it was my turn I worked in the kitchen on the ship and traveled to Scandinavia, England, and...

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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Feb 01, 2001 0 comments

It's the seeing that's
the magic, not the technique, the execution, or the equipment. The magic
that makes the difference between an okay photograph and a great one is
seeing the scene or the element in the scene, capturing it and moving...

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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Apr 01, 2001 1 comments

I've spoken to photographers who believe that "color for color's sake" is a crutch, a cheap shot, because a photograph based on color is not doing what a photograph should do. It doesn't tell you anything, doesn't reveal...

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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Oct 01, 2002 0 comments

If I try to tell you that cruise photography is hard work, you probably won't believe me. And you'd be right. It's work...but the "hard" part doesn't make it. For me it's a combination of work and pleasure, and...

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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

All Photos © 2004, Jack Hollingsworth, All Rights Reserved

I was talking with an editor friend of mine recently. He sees a lot of photographs--most of them taken by professionals, but some by amateurs. Every once in a while he's involved in judging amateurs' photos for online photo contests. He was telling me that many of the contest pictures he sees are...

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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Jun 01, 2000 0 comments

Noting my apparent success at photographing people, a writer once asked me how I did it--how I overcame the pitfalls, perils, and problems of travel portraits. After complimenting him on his alliteration, I said, "It's the...

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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Jun 01, 2003 0 comments


The assignment was to photograph on the Caribbean island of Curacao. The clients were the Curacao tourism board and the public relations agency representing the board. Their slogan: "Curacao--for people who...

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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Apr 01, 2000 0 comments

I'm a landmarks guy. I'm fascinated by their grandeur, and I never get tired of photographing them. No matter how many times I visit Machu Picchu, the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, the Statue of Liberty, or the Great Wall of China, I never lose...

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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

Not long ago I headed down to Mexico City from my home base in Austin for a week's worth of shooting and a few days of time off. I was the guest of my studio manager, Susannah, who is from Mexico City. She'd invited me down to visit her family, and I thought I'd combine the invitation with some serious stock shooting, complete with a crew, models--and...

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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Aug 01, 2005 0 comments

It used to be an adage of the trade that you judged the work of a professional photographer by looking at his contact sheets. The thinking was, anyone can get lucky now and then, but real talent will be revealed by the contacts. Today I guess you'd say, "show me the memory card," but you could be looking at it after all the losers have been deleted.