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Which photographers do you admire or are influenced by?
« on: July 15, 2013, 07:37:14 AM »
I picked up a camera because I was interested in the power of photography.  I became interested in gear, but really a great image interests me more than a great new innovation.

I've listed a few photographers who's work I admire, would be interested to see who other forum users list. 

http://www.martinparr.com/  I admire his cheeky, punchy, observational images.  Divisive.  To me he is the photographic equivalent of Nick Broomfield or Jonathan Meades. 

http://www.oscarmarzaroli.com/ Some of the best known images of Glasgow old meeting Glasgow new (well, then, new) from the old industries and slums to the brave new world of motorways through the heart of the city.
Not a photographer of exceptional vision or talent imho, but he documented a place I know well and love at a time before I could know it.

http://www.rockarchive.com/jill-furmanovsky-photographer.html She documented most of my musical heroes.  On stage but also around the bands, personal and intimate.  Off-guard.  Part of my thinks i should judge such musical heroes on their music, part of me wants to know a bit about them, and that part of me seeks out the images of Jill Furmanovsky.

http://www.colinprior.co.uk/portfolio/ When I dabble in landscape I try to pick a spot that Colin hasn't been to.  He sets the benchmark in Scottish landscapes.  Nobody else's work will measure up for a given location.  His work was over-franchised a few years ago, and the camera club crew seem to want to replicate his every shot (a compliment) but the quality and craft endures.  I try (without any great success) to learn from his approach but would never tackle one of his subjects, except for fun. 


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Re: Which photographers do you admire or are influenced by?
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2013, 08:35:14 AM »
We already had the discussion about Colin Prior some time ago..... Being that I love Scotland's scenery and admire Colin Prior's dedication, he is certainly somebody I admire. I picked up 'High Light' some time ago and some of those images are just magical, as indeed is the place. As you also mentioned back then, Joe Cornish is another worthy of admiration, I didn't realise until I just looked that he was born in my hometown of Exeter! I bought his book on Scotland's Mountains a couple years back. Being that landscape is my main area of interest, I haven't looked much in other fields, although I've seen and been impressed by wildlife photographers such as Laurie Campbell, Chris Packham etc...
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2013, 08:37:47 AM »
For me, wildlife and landscapes are the go. Nick Brandt, for his stunning BW African wildlife images (and conservation work). Another recent one for me is Glenn Bartley, with his birding images (and landscapes).
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Re: Which photographers do you admire or are influenced by?
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2013, 08:40:26 AM »
Gregory Crewdson comes to mind...


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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2013, 09:36:37 AM »
I enjoy landscape photography, and one of the most inspirational photographers for me is Adam Barker.  I find his landscape shots absolutely stunning.

http://adambarkerphotography.com/#/


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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2013, 09:39:24 AM »
I like Joe McNally.

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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2013, 09:56:11 AM »
I like John Paul Caponigro and Seth Resnick. They offer workshops at great locations are a great duo: JP being philosophical and Contemplative while Seth is more high energy extension,extemporaneous..

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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2013, 09:59:30 AM »
I have to go with Helmut Newton. 

Although he worked in a feild of superstar photographers, in my opinion, he did something new.  Although he was a product of his times and his culture, he pushed the eroticism of fashion photography, and of portrait photography itself (the lense being the ultimate voyeur and all) to the fore like nobody else.  He was successful at making his art become something shocking and aggressive, yet desired by many.

Not satisfied to be simply a rebel and break the rules, he was more of a revolutionary and changed the rules for everyone.

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« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2013, 12:08:50 PM »
Neuro is my #1 fav. ;D

I admire his knowledges and camera gear. His photos, occasionally :P
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« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2013, 12:09:42 PM »
Stanko Abadzic for one. I also admire some of my instructors and fellow students. But Abadzic is my favorite living pro.

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Re: Which photographers do you admire or are influenced by?
« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2013, 01:17:17 PM »
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There are SO many great photographers and people making outstanding images these days. It's really overwhelming.

I'd certainly second the Martin Parr nomination. He's a sure favorite for me.

Most inspiration for me comes from the Depression era photographers -- Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, etc. Through faces, circumstances, gestures, postures, etc. they were able to communicate the emotions of a world gone awry.

Then Robert Frank came along with The Americans, and I love his work.

In the same ilk was the recently discovered Vivian Maier. Some of her stuff so far is worth looking at.

Currently, I'm taken with Jessica Todd Harper:

http://www.jessicatoddharper.com/

She published some of her work in the book Interior Exposure. And her images do just that -- expose (or at least suggest) the interior, the mind and spirit behind the human facade. She adds the depth of personal intimacy to what I try to capture in individuals. But then she has an unfair advantage as she gets to use her family and their relationships.

Anyway, that's what's happening at this time. All is subject to change at any moment!

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Re: Which photographers do you admire or are influenced by?
« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2013, 01:27:42 PM »
I like Thomas D Mangelsen Photography. http://www.mangelsen.com/

I used to Visit his Gallery in Aladdin Casino every time I was in Las Vegas. His photos and his book "Images of Nature" inspired me.

I also like Outdoor Photographer George Lepp.
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« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2013, 02:09:15 PM »
Jonas Peterson and Sally Mann get my vote every time !
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