There are a lot of famous photographers around the world, and it’s so difficult to make a list, I should have illimitate pages to talk about every artist and every sensation they are able to give through photography.
For this reason, I’ll list my best 5 photographers, going through different styles, hoping you’ll join it.
“What uses having a great depth of field, if there is not an adequate depth of feeling?” – W. Eugene Smith.
Henri Cartier – Bresson (1908-2004)
Henri Cartier – Bression was a french photographer and he has put in place the genre of street photography. He was known for using only a Leica rangefinder and a 50mm lens for almost all of his life’s work. In 1947 he founded a cooperative picture agency, called Magnum Photos (I suggest to have a look at its page ) with with Robert Capa, David Seymour, William Vandivert and George Rodger.
He also viewed photography as capturing a decisive moment, he used to explain it as “it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart” and these elements are all present in one photograph.”
Ansel Adams (1902-1984)
If you are addicted to landscape photography, you can’t miss the brilliant Ansel Adams. He was an american photographer, famous mostly for his black and white landscape photographs of the American West. Adams chose mostly black-and-white photography instead of working with color, infact most of his color work was done on assignments, and he didn’t consider it to be important or expressive. He said “I hope that my work will encourage self expression in others and stimulate the search for beauty and creative excitement in the great world around us.”
If you have time, take a break and check out this Adams’s documentary
Steve McCurry (1950)
He is an internationally documentary american photographer with a speciality in India and South-East Asia. Through his photography expeditions, Steve McCurry observes the consequences of war on people. He depicts not only the effects on landscapes but on human face as well. His photographs are stunning because of vibrant colors and of showing moments of daily life, with all their struggle and joy.
He became famous mostly for his “Afghan Girl”, taken in 1984, who portrays a little orphan girl in the Nasir Bagh refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan. The image itself became “the most recognized photograph” in the history of the National Geographic magazine. McCurry found the girl once again in 2002, after 17 years of her unknown identity. About this photograph McCurry says “There has to be an emotional component to the picture that you connect with on a profound level. Once you see it, you can’t forget it, and it is so compelling and powerful that it becomes part of the cultural landscape.”
Here the website, to admire all his masterpieces.
Annie Leibovitz (1949)
One of the best portrait photographer is Annie Leibovitz, who started her career working for Rolling Stone in 1970 for more than 10 years.
In 1983 she joined the staff at Vanity Fair and in 1993 she also began working for Vogue. Exhibitions of her photographs have appeared at museums and galleries all over the world.
Famous for so many works, there is one for which she’s particularly remembered. In 1980, during her period at the Rolling Stone, she was assigned to photograph John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Her purpose was to immortalise John and Yoko’s deep love for one another. She got the aim. Unfortunately after five hours, Lennon was shot and killed in front of his apartment. Distributed around the world as a ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine cover, the photograph became a memorial to Lennon and a symbol of the vulnerability of human passion.
If you are curious about some of her cover check it out this link.
Peter Lindbergh (1944)
Last but not least, Peter Lindbergh. One of the most influential contemporary photographers, he revamped the standards of fashion photography in the 1990s. He introduced a form of new realism by redefining the standards of beauty with timeless images. He changed drastically the standards of the fashion photography in times of excessive retouching considering that there is something else that makes a person interesting, beyond their age.
He explains: “If you take out the fashion and the artifice, you can then see the real person.”
Lindbergh is the first photographer to include a narrative in his fashion series, his storytelling brought a new vision of fashion photography.
To see what I’m talking about look at his website.