Well we have to start somewhere (Possibly R18 - be careful)

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  1. Hertz van Rental

    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    As the title says.
    I think we should start where this forum was born:

    Who are your top ten photographers.
    Try to give your reasons and an indication of the type of things they do. I'm sure this will spark something off :wink:

    (And I think someone else can take the first crack at this)
     
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    Only two photographers stick out. While I have had the privilege to view many I am very bad with names let alone artists' names.

    Les Krims - Being that he was my teacher for 4 years I think this is a bit biased. Some of his work disgusted me but only because I knew who the models where to him. However, putting that aside I can still see the value in the messages he presented.

    Ansel Adams - or at finals we called him Smada Lesna - we got a bit bonkers trying to pump out all those prints, in the dark with the fumes. I'm a big "crunchy granola" (some called me - Hiking boots with shorts) You couldn't tell now - and I like to babble. Anyway I appreciate what he did when he did it. the perfect representation of what he saw is something I probably will never achieve. And the think he saw were just amazing.

    These may be basic reasons to like a photographer however, I tent to break everything down to its most basic elements - sometimes good sometimes bad.
     
  3. MDowdey

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    cartier bresson.

    doxx's work reminds me of it. and i liked the idea of black and white street photography.

    lachappelle is another good one. i think thats his name. he does all the glamour stuff in hollywood. has an unusual style and air about him.


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  4. Jeff Canes

    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I am a little shamed to admit it but I am not very familiar with a lot photographer by name. Personally I enjoy shooting landscapes and sports. Ansel Adams has been one of favorites but I don’t know really why him a not others. Also Clyde Butcher he is the Ansel Adams of Florida.
     
  5. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    My top 10 is probably always changing, but right now I guess it would be (in no particular order):

    Sally Mann: I love her earlier work, the large format photos of her family. Some of it is just fantastic. Her recent stuff bores me (body farm stuff).

    Harry Callahan: He's just got the kind of weird eye I like. I love that portrait of the tiny guy at the far end of an alley.

    Margaret Bourke-White: Many classic images. She had a slick way with composition.

    Weegee: I'm turned on by anybody who does LF hand held, and I love Speed Graphics.

    Mark Citret: A contemporary LF photographer. I like his urban landscapes. There is a great story on his website about how he got a poor critique on one of his photos, and later it was purchased by Ansel Adams.

    Paul Caponigro: A lot of my stuff looks like his stuff, at least the landscapes. We have a similar eye.

    Ansel Adams: I know many folks find his stuff boring, but I've seen a lot of it in person, and I like it. It may be sort of "calender work", but heck, it's some of the original calender work. Also "The Camera", "The Negative", and "The Print" are my holy books.

    The Bechers: Large format industrial stuff that is made with amazing precision. When I get to see their work in person it's stunning.

    Diane Arbus: Some of her stuff is great, some of her stuff is kind of crappy. I like the folks she chose to photograph: freaks instead of the beautiful people. For some reason I find her inspirational (you know, except for the suicide), and I love Rolleiflexes.

    It's hard to limit the list to just 10. How can I leave out Berenice Abbot, Edward Weston, Minor White, Huger Foote, and so many more. That's why I say my list is always changing.

    How about least favorite photographers? My least favorite photog would be Annie Lebowitz. I'm just bored to death with her stuff. William Wegman would be a close second. I actually like some of his stuff, but geez-louise!!! Take a picture of something else besides Weimerreiners (spelling?)!!! I could almost like Anee Geddes, until she did this Celine Dion thing. :wink:

    EDIT: Whoops! How could I forget Charles Jones?! My favorite vegetable photographer. He did his photography in the late 1800s, but wasn't discovered until the 1980s. That pepper may be Edward Weston's most famous image, but Charles Jones was doing it decades before. This guy makes fine art out of lettuce, cauliflower, and brocolli.
     
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    Since I've just started photography seriously for just about 2-3 years, I really don't have top10 photographers. What I can think of at the moment is Australian David Moore, Thai Duangdao Suwannarangsi, underwater photographer Nat Sumontemeya. And some others that saw their works years back and loved them but don't remember the name. Obviously, I have to get more inspiration.
     
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    In no particular order:

    Trent Parke
    Gary Winogrand
    Osvaldo and Roberto Salas
    Alberto Korda
    Horst P. Horst
    Mike and Doug Starn
    Gunter Brus
    Arnulf Rainer
    Paul Strand
    Lewis Hine

    There are a few that would get shifted from this list and others bumped into it depending on my mood. These are are all generally listed just because of innovation, skill, expression political observation. I can't really say what they did/do as some say they do nothing and don't say they're work means anything all I say is name check them and their work and it will all tie in and make some sense, pass your own judgements but try too see that it's all cohesive and relative.
     
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    Heres a few that I like and /or appreciate

    1. Bresson-love his work
    2. D. Arbus- Admire it
    3. Man Ray-awsome
    4. Helmut Newton-admire the work, kind of gives me the creeps though
    5. Ansel Adams-big influence when I first started taking pictures
    6. John Sexton-really good photographer
    7. Galen Rowell-Another big influence at the begining
    8. Sebastioa Salgado-Awsome
    9. The Westons-just seems that I always enjoy their photos
    10. Matthew Moore-my instructor, if he comes across this, he'll get a kick out of it
     
  10. Time to Get Moving

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    One guy I really like is Ralph Gibson. I love his pictures. I don't really know anyone else though.
     
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    wow! I'm famous now - mentioned in one breath with Bresson and LaChapelle :p

    here are mine (obviously very street oriented):
    Garry Winogrand
    Henry Cartier-Bresson
    Paul Strand
    Lee Friedlander
    Andre Kertesz
    Robert Doisneau
    Elliot Erwitt
    Walker Evans
    Margaret Bourke-White
    Robert Mapplethorpe


    William Eggleston scares the hell outta me,
    therefore not on my list...
     
  12. Hertz van Rental

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    Nice list Doxx - I love all those, but especially Friedlander. That guy has an eye like no-one else. I have a number of his books.
    Have you come across the work of Eugene Richards? Or Jacob Riis?
     

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