Daniel A. Sheridan
Drummer ~ Darkroom Technician ~ Photographer & Editor
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Articles by Daniel A. Sheridan

 

 

Tim

The Photographs of Timothy H. O'Sullivan

Oct. 26, 2017: I first learned about Timothy H. O'Sullivan while studying the history of photography at New York University in the spring of 1989. Professor Silver clicked back and forth in a slide show comparing O’Sullivan’s photograph, Ancient Ruins in the Cañon de Chelle, N.M., taken in 1873 with Ansel Adams’ view taken in 1942...

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The Ghost

Inscription Rock - Timothy H. O'Sullivan

Feb. 20, 1989: History of Photography - Professor Silver: One example of a photograph that conveys a powerful sense of the past is Timothy H. O'Sullivan's "South Side of Inscription Rock, New Mexico No. 3" (1873) which utilizes the camera's obsession with minute, convincing details. The sheer strength of O'Sullivan's photograph lies...

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Jefferson and Poe

The Last Darkroom Tech - Part I

March 1, 2017: A trip to Disney World, my first vacation in nine years. I grudgingly heed my wife’s advice — Dan, take a walk with Katie. The work horse stops a moment to take the blinders off, and enjoy life for a moment or two, to admire the art deco architecture at Hollywood Studios. I stop dead in my tracks at The Darkroom...

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Daily News

The First Darkroom Technicians (Part II)

June 28, 2010: As I jot down notes to the Timothy O’Sullivan book by James D. Horan, I thought about the early pioneers of photography who lived on Staten Island: John William Draper, Chilton, Mathew Brady, and Tim. Horan describes a poignant scene: "one of the first news stories about photography ever published..."

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Illegal Irish

Shooting New York

Winter 1989: Standing outside the Daily News Building with a large box of Tri-X black and white film under his arm, 29-year-old David Handschuh, a Daily News staff photographer recalls a recent but hardly typical incident on the job. One day at a busy midtown Manhattan intersection, Handschuh watched as a man ran after a cab...

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Drop-out

New Wave Irish

Fall 1988: On a Sunday afternoon at Gaelic Park in the Bronx, two teams, the Meaths and the Celtics, played a violent version of soccer. Paul Timmion, one of the "New Irish" immigrants living in the New York City Area tries to explain the game of Gaelic Football. "Well, it is and it isn't like soccer," he says as a man from Meath...

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Columbia Journalism Review

An NYU Dropout Drops Back In

Spring 1988: You would think that a 60-year-old World War II veteran might react as hot-temperedly as Archie Bunker to his son wasting $10,000 in tuition and being lied to for four months. But my father didn't even call me a meathead when he found I had dropped out of NYU...

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Combat jeep

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Feb. 4, 2014: A few weeks ago, or perhaps a month ago, I watched, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. I click on the YouTube link to the very first episode which aired in September of 1968. I haven’t heard that opening song since I was a boy – the French horns and woodwinds. It was Mom’s favorite show. There she is walking along the beach...

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Rubicon Trail

Jefferson's Fireside Chat with Poe

March 27, 2014: I watched a great movie last night – The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe. No, this is not the one with John Cusack from 2012 — that was called The Raven. This is the one made in 1942 in black & white. There is this wonderful scene which depicts Poe sitting down to a fireside chat with Thomas Jefferson, a fellow writer...

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Columbia Journalism Review

The Trouble with Harry

Jan/Feb 1990: Phil Donahue's hair is white, as usual. But a video artist for NBC News moves an electronic paintbrush across an electronic palette, activating commands on a computer-graphics machine known as the Harry - a Star Trek-like thing that is blinking away in a back room. From a selection...

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Combat jeep

Combat jeep

Nov/Dec 2005: Tim Taylor’s 1944 Willys MB looks like it belongs on display in the Smithsonian. The attention to detail is remarkable. But back in 1998, this piece of history was just sitting in a field, rotting away. “It was an abandoned vehicle,” recalled Tim. “A pile of rust.” He then restored it from the frame up...

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Rubicon Trail

Rubicon Trail Jeep Adventure

Jan/Feb 2007: Crossing the Rubicon — this is the Trail by which other trails are measured by — the crown jewel in Jeeping offering breath-taking views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. We rolled into base camp at Rubicon Springs and the welcoming committee handed out cold drinks to the parched Jeepers...

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