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All of our Masters of photography recommend studying the work of other great photographers. It is a great way to deepen your understanding, develop your creative vision and to inspire your own projects. 

So who are your favourite photographers and what do you like about their work?

 

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Michael Vincent
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One of my favourite Photographers is Gordon Parks. 
I love the fact that he saw image creation as a weapon against social injustice, poverty, racism and the subjugation of Black People. His image reveal a depth of compassion and great dignity of Black People who managed to create a life in the face of great hardship. As for the man Gordon Parks, the photos I have seen of him left me stunned, he was very attractive to look at handsome, focused and an air of mystery in his trench coat and I could feel he was a great observer. 

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gianni.anchois
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My favourite photographer is Joel Meyerowitz. The reason is mainly that he never dwells too much on the technical side of making pictures, but always digs deep into emotions, feelings, learning how to see things. And of course his street photography is just so full of life and honesty that I find it hard to resist. Finally, as he is a little bit Italian by now, I feel a certain common background affinity.

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Chris Ryan - Founder MoP
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@gianni-anchois

Great choice !...but then I biased of course..Joel is just wonderful human being and my dear friend. I hope you are enjoying our bi- monthly blog using excerpts from Joel's daily photography life  "Once More Around The Sun" Best Chris

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Kirk McElhearn
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It's hard to just pick one, but one who greatly inspires me is Michael Kenna. I love his photos, and I agree with what he says that he considers them to be "haikus." 

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daniel
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Wow this is a tricky one, so I'll name a few (and later worry about those I missed)

Starting with Joel Meyerowitz (whose course first brought me to MOP) - because of the variety and maybe looking at the progression of his work; highly inspirational.
Most enjoyable for me is Richard Kalvar whose book "Earthlings" (Terriens) is my all time favourite and that I return to more than any other.
For documentary work, Ash Gilbertson and Christopher Morris (now both at VII Photo) - Gilbertson's book "Whisky Tango Foxtrot" is outstanding.

but so many others, Larry Fink (composition), Frank Jackson (light), Dougie Wallace & Ian Weldon (observation)... 

Best - Daniel

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Chris Ryan - Founder MoP
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@daniel

It is tricky!..but you have given great ideas and opinion here..thank you..I know most of these...but thanks for sending me off to look at their work once again. Best Chris

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Thomas Schröer
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Oops, what a difficult question because there are (and there should be) so many influences. But concretely asked it is at first Andreas H. Bitesnich for his famous nudes and exciting lighting. Then - of course - Albert Watson for his many ideas and light! 

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Chris Ryan - Founder MoP
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Agree...and I know I'm biased but Albert inspires me constantly ...and he is a charming, generous and fascinating man to spend days filming with too. We had so much fun with him making the class.

 

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skgowthu
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My fav photographer is Steve McCurry. I wasn’t aware of Steve until I joined Instagram a year ago. And it was my friend who told me to follow him. 

Ever since, I’ve taken time to observe every post he makes and they inspire me. 

What I love about his photos are the way they instantly tell a story about the nature of human, of culture and of environment they live in. 

He mesmerises me with his timing of photos. I’m always left wondering ‘How on earth did he get this moment captured’. ‘Has he been waiting for this all day’. 

Its not just the storytelling but also the visual appeal and the way the colours are combined.

I’m looking forward to learn about other photographers. 😀 

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Hans Knikman
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Apart from most mentioned here already I would like to add Gianni Berengo Gardin

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mkraft55
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I'm primarily a landscape photographer, so my favorite photographer is Ansel Adams. I've read his books and tried to apply the lessons learned to my own photos. 

Other favorites include Art Wolfe, Galen Rowell, Bryan Peterson and the many great photographers who have worked at National Geographic over the past few decades.

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Chris Ryan - Founder MoP
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@mkraft55

Have you checked out Bruce Barnbaum too... https://www.barnbaum.com/...might be right up your street! Best Chris

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mkraft55
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@chrisryan

Yes, I've read one of Barnbaum's books. Also add William Neill to my list.

I just finished reading Meyerowitz's "Tuscany" and have read "Bystander" which was shocking since I'm from north New Jersey and have relatives who lived through 9/11. 

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sarah
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Saul Leiter is my favourite photographer.  His use of a colour at a time when most were still shooting B&W draws me in.  However, it's difficult to pinpoint only one as there are so many different genres of photography.

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Chris Ryan - Founder MoP
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@sarah

 

Great choice..thanks for joining in...and it is tricky!...but these blogs are great for throwing up photographers names maybe we know..or not...or that we might not have looked at before or lately...which is so inspiring. Best Chris

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sarah
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@chrisryan absolutely I always learn about someone new with this sort of discussion 

some of my other favourites are Susan Burnstine, Alexa Titarenko, Michael Kenna, Don McCullin, Robert Frank, Edward Weston. All with different styles

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davelikesmovies
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I have a few always in mind, but whenever this topic comes up, Garry Winogrand's name seems to pop into my head first. Vivian Maier is another. Love Saul Leiter's work, although it's not my style of photography.  

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Chris Ryan - Founder MoP
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@davelikesmovies

Agree...and Joel Meyerowitz  is a common thread here to Garry and he walked the streets of NYC for years together ....and Joel was the first person that John Maloof took the Vivian Meyer work to ...to ask him if in his opinion it was any good. Joel said YES of course...and suggested John show it to his gallery...the Howard Greenberg Gallery...who have now done rather well with her work!

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davelikesmovies
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@chrisryan. Interesting. Yes, I'm a huge Meyerowitz fan, too... 

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laurencetruman
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Vivian Meyer certainly, I also think Jane Bown was great - turned up with her OM1 and some Tri-X, estimated the light by looking at the back of her hand, never took more than a couple of shots, created some great portraits. Also Lee Miller as a poineer and and photojournalist and lastly but certainly by no means least Don McCullin.

Oh, and one more; completely different style but take a look at Clarence Sinclair Bull, the man who shot Garbo, that guy understood light.

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Paolo Damiani
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I find it impossible to name one, so I'll name a few who have affected me profoundly:

W. Eugene Smith. I grew up with Life magazine so he was always there. Minimata was a masterpiece
Wynn Bullock. A more gentle hand than Weston, both with landscapes and figures. 
Joel Meyerowitz. Made the world of color "OK" and wonderful
Duane Michals. Unresolved stories. Dream like compositions.

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Chris Ryan - Founder MoP
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@damiani-paolo

 

Absolutely agree on all your suggestions here...these have all been an enormous influence on me too. No Cartier-Bresson...too obvious perhaps? Steve McCurry says in our class, that the image of the mother bathing her poor son in the Eugene Smith Minimata series was one of the most influential images for him. This image was withdrawn at some point from all public domains by request of the family. However I have the Eugene Smith original book...and it remains for me one of the most powerful images ever taken.

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Paolo Damiani
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@chrisryan

I left HCB off because, indeed, there is no need to mention him. I could have mentioned Adams, Stieglitz or Avedon but I wanted to go with slightly (very slightly) lesser known photographers who have influenced me.

I could also mention Brian Lav, whose class in B&W printing I took in the 80s at the New School/Parsons in the early 80s. He strongly influenced my technique, but even more, my ability to look at my own work critically. I love his stuff.

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Diego C.
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I agree with all the great names here. They have influenced generations of people (not just photographers or enthusiasts like me) who have seen their photographs in magazines, newspapers, books and, lately, their own telephones. This is a forest with enormous trees that anyone can see. But once you have seen the first class size trees you can still find very interesting ones. In addition to all the names mentioned here I'd like to add three names which might not be very well known but who have grabbed my attention lately:

Loved reading you and following some names I didn't know before.

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Diego C.
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Also, not seen here for obvious... Sebastiao Salgado and his projects like cathedrals.

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Carsten Lueter
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My all-time favourite is Elliott Erwitt (another one of those obvious giants!), since his photographs always make me smile!

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Sonja Hafer
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My favorite photographers are Joel Meyerowitz (Cape light; A Summer's Day) and Haris Kakarouhas (Suspended Time). The light, the colors, the tangible atmosphere - great. Sheron Rupp's photos are fantastic too.
 
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