In our photography classes we talked about a lot of photographers, some which like the street photographer Garry Winogrand and Rene Burri, had tremendous influence over me and the way I perceive photography. In this blog I’ve tried to give short information for those photographers and some strong examples of their work.
Alec Soth American photographer notable for “large-scale American projects” featuring the midwestern United States. His photography has a cinematic feel with elements of folklore that hint at a story behind the image. New York Times art critic Hilarie M. Sheets wrote that he has made a “photographic career out of finding chemistry with strangers” and photographs “loners and dreamers”. His work tends to focus on the “off-beat, hauntingly banal images of modern America” according to The Guardian art critic Hannah Booth.His work has been compared to photographers such as Walker Evans and Stephen Shore.
Peter’s Houseboat, from Sleeping by the Mississippi, Winona, Minnesota, 2002. © Alec Soth / MAGNUM Photos
Alec Soth is one of today’s most high-regarded photographers. The people in Alec’s work seem so real and exposed and raw — even the people-free images stir all kinds of emotion and discomfort. His series of works are made into art books. His latest book, Allowing Flowers, is something particularly close to his heart. It’s a volunteer project to benefit CommonBond, which creates housing for people in need in the Upper Midwest.
Ansel Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was an American photographer and environmentalist, best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West, especially in Yosemite National Park. One of his most famous photographs was Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California.
Autumn Moon, the High Sierra from Glacier Point,’ taken by Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park, is a thrilling view of the American West, featuring a waxing Moon rising over dark, ice-tinged peaks. Some of the concepts taken from painting.
British photographer, most widely known for her black-and-white landscapes of the British countryside and coast.
Thomas Joshua Cooper
Thomas Joshua Cooper is one of the most celebrated and distinctive landscape photographers working anywhere in the world today. He was born in California in 1946 but has lived in Scotland for many years. Cooper is the founding head of photography at Glasgow School of Art but spends much of his life seeking out the edges of the world. Like artists such as Richard Long, and Hamish Fulton, Cooper is a traveller, a nomadic artist whose extraordinary photographs are made in series at significant points around the globe, most often at its extremities. The capturing of any one image can involve days, weeks and months of preparation, arduous travel and considerable efforts to achieve. The locations are found on a map, tracked down and then photographed, each place the subject of a single negative taken with a weighty antique field camera. They are meditative, almost philosophical images, exquisitely printed by the artist in the 19th century manner with layers of silver and gold chloride. His landscape pictures are dramatic views .
This rock is perched on a cliff, behind which is a sheer drop of 500-600ft. The picture is made in 2004, at the southernmost point of the Cap-Vert peninsula near Dakar in Senegal, part of a project to make pictures looking out to sea from all the extreme edges of the land masses around the Atlantic ocean.
Thomas Joshua Cooper
Lingering Twilight -The First View, Shoshone Falls, Centre Rim Top, The Snake River Basin. The Twin Falls and Jerome County Borderline, Idaho. USA. Vertical Diptych, the top part
Born 23 May 1952 in Epsom, Surrey, British documentary photographer, photojournalist and photobook collector. He is known for his photographic projects that take a critical look at aspects of modern life, in particular provincial and suburban life in England. He is a member of Magnum Photos. He is looking for tourist sights. How they are consumed by the tourists and at the same time highly ignored. Martin Parr works with highly saturated colors. Many of his books such as the Last Resort and Think of England are renowned as classics of the genre.
This photograph from “Small World” series shows a Korean tourist group taking a group photo in Acropolis of Athens, Greece in 1991. It is a cynical yet humorous take on the global tourism industry.
Born in 1949, Stockport, England – British artist best known for his photoshopped montage color photography, notably coming to wider attention with the “High Summer” section of his Ukadia series of pictures.
He began using computers in his work in the early ’90s with a series made in Russia entitled “The Commissar of Space” which dealt with the final years of the artist Kasimir Malevich’s life during the early Stalinist era.
Born October 8, 1947 is an American photographer
known for his deadpan images of banal scenes and
objects in the United States, and for his pioneering
use of color in art photography. He is concerned to
find contemporary view of life.
Stephen Shore has an interesting way of depicting the everyday, demonstrating to us through his photographs a wide variety os subjects and represent each of them with equal integrity and respect. Displaying well-defined situations, organized in both approach and design, to the point, as well as possessing tension and mystery in his photographs. What distinguishes his photography from the rest is his ability to tell a story without compromise. In my opinion he’s able to reflect our reality, social environment and space with an objective tone; a no-nonsense approach, with sober colours, and a lighting style that seems to coincide perfectly with his subject, and defines Shore’s artistic style.
If you would like to find out more on Stephen Shore you can visit: http://www.303gallery.com and by looking for his publications, such as his self titled book, Stephen Shore (Contemporary Artists), or even, Uncommon Places: The Complete Works. Both highly recommended.
Bernd and Hilla Becher
German artist couple, best known for their photographic images of industrial buildings.
Systematically photographing old industrial sites – water towers, blast furnaces, gas tanks, mine heads, grain elevators and the like – in the 1950s, and described their subjects as ‘buildings where anonymity is accepted to be the style’. The coal bunkers in these photographs were located in Germany, France and Britain, while the photographs of pitheads were all taken at British collieries between 1965 and 1973. Within a few years of completing this work, almost all of the structures had been demolished.
Born in June 30 1944, New York City, fine-art color photographer noted for his large-format documentary pictures of the United States and helping establish color photography as a respected artistic medium. He has many works in the permanent collections of the MOMA in New York and the Getty in Los Angeles. He has influenced a generation of color photographers, including Andreas Gursky who borrows many of Sternfeld’s techniques and approaches.
Joel Sternfeld’s series on the High Line
is a Canadianphotographer and artist who has achieved international recognition for his large-format photographs of industrial landscapes. His work is housed in more than fifteen major museums including the Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. Burtynsky’s most famous photographs are sweeping views of landscapes altered by industry: mine tailings, quarries, scrap piles. The grand, awe-inspiring beauty of his images is often in tension with the compromised environments they depict. He has made several excursions to China to photograph that country’s industrial emergence, and construction of one of the world’s largest engineering projects, the Three Gorges Dam.
Born in July 17, 1898 – December 9, 1991 was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s.
Hungarian photographer, sculptor, and filmmaker who rose to international fame in France in the 20th century. He was one of the numerous Hungarian artists who flourished in Paris beginning between the World Wars. In the early 21st century, the discovery of more than 200 letters and hundreds of drawings and other items from the period 1940-1984 has provided scholars with material for understanding his later life and career.
American photographer who came to prominence as part of the photographic movement known as New Topographics. He was a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in photography in 1973 and 1980, and he received the MacArthur Foundation’s MacArthur Fellowship in 1994. In 2009, he received the Hasselblad Award for his achievements in photography.He is represented by the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco and the Matthew Marks Gallery in New York.
Burning Oil Sludge, Weld Country, Colorado
street photographer known for his portrayal of America in the mid-20th century. Winogrand studied painting at City College of New York and painting and photography at Columbia University in New York City in 1948.
Edward Steichen was born in Luxembourg on 27th March, 1879. One of the most important figures in the history of photography. During his active career, which lasted over half the life span of photography, he was renowned as an artist, fashion photographer, curator, writer, and technical innovator. He was also a passionate advocate for photography as an art form, and led, along with Alfred Stieglitz, an aesthetic revolution that enabled photography to be considered as a medium capable of interpretation and expression, and not as a mere documentary record of visual facts.
Austrian artist and influential photographer noted for his innovations in color photography, experiments in abstract light and form, and as a member of the Magnum Photos agency.
French photographer noted for his photographs documenting the architecture and street scenes of Paris.
Swiss photographer known for his photos of major political, historical and cultural events and key figures of the second half of the 20th century. Burri worked for Magnum Photos and has been photographing political, military and artistic figures and scenes since 1946. He has made portraits of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso as well as iconic pictures of São Paulo and Brasília.
‘Men On A Rooftop, Sao Paulo’
‘Tae Soe Dong, Sud Korea’
Plenty of people are using textures, vignetting and focus on people either jumping or airborne in some way. Visit his website to take a look. Cole Rise has spent the better half of his life taking pleasure behind the lens; stalking cows and lying in the grass to capture the landscape. His work has been featured in a notable amount of international creative magazines, books, billboards, websites, posters, and even a few CD covers for bands you can find in most music stores. He can’t tell you how big the universe is, or why we’re really here, but his work sometimes flirts with the idea of knowing.