To keep track of inspiring photographers I started this list – because nothing else worked.
Austrian fine artist. Collaborates with various photographers for »self portraits done by somebody else«. »Ursula K.«-series is especially interesting, also »Donne Illustri« and »Maternoster«. »Ida – Artemis – Merian« is my favourite, though (one, two).
- Dealing with unhappy subjects
- Top Five Books
- Video: If I had to start my photo business today (via Sara Lando)
Architecture and Landscape.
With Crewdson each picture is a meticulously planned, large scale project – all of them fantastic. There is no proper website, but the google has many of his images. Benjamin Shapiro just finished a film on Crewdson (www.gregorycrewdsonmovie.com) and vimeo has one – two – three clips (hat tip to the Strobist).
»If you don’t like it, it’s your problem, not mine.«
Meg Partridge made a film »Portrait of Imogen«.
Many of Dench’s projects have a focus on the UK in common and remind me of my time in Northumberland – some in a good, some in a…uhm…different way.
Storm- and cloud-chaser.
Great pictures, interesting ideas. There’s a youtube channel, too.
For me a personally important inspiration on people photography with a focus on the fine arts (dance, opera, theatre, music).
Sacha focusses mostly on his grandmother and does the most amazingly themed shoots with her. To me he is an inspiration both in the conceptual department but also in his approach on age and the expectations that come with it.
Flying self portraits. A bit of a one trick pony, but still nice.
Portrait Photographer. Youtube has a bunch of videos on him. Three are fairly recent, more should be coming according to David Hobby. His »50 Portraits«-Book is fantastic.
- Michael Phelps shoot
- »Photography Techniques are like Gloves«
- Advice for photographers
- Yasser Arafat and the role the camera model plays
- Giuliani Shoot
Website: Sorry, no websites back in the days…
Sociologist and photographer with a focus on child labour.
Hong Kong street photography spanning from 1950s to present day.
David Hobby’s take on off-camera flash. His flash-course is a gem and comes in two pieces: Lighting 101 and Lighting 102. He also keeps an »on assignment« category, where he shares in-depth background information on some of his real live shoots.
Fascinating City Silhouettes series.
Regularly broadcasts Chase Jarvis Live.
Photographer and retoucher with a clear inclination towards the the latterer.
No websites back then, but at MoMA.
Inspiring still life and food. »Created Equal«-project is overwhelming.
No websites then, but at MoMA.
Sports photographer who took the stunning overhead shot of Ali after knocking out Cleveland Williams atthe Astrodome in Houston, Texas on 14 Nov 1966.
As full time nanny, part time street photographer, Maier over the years has gathered a portfolio that allows an intimate insight into USA street life and culture. Watch the »Finding Vivian Maier«-trailer.
Famous National Geographic shooter (»The Afghan Girl«). He got to shoot the last roll of Kodachrome ever made (documentation here). From 19 January – 16 June 2013 Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg hosted the exhibition
Steve McCurry: In the Flow of Time. Photographs from Asia 1980 – 2010 and I have never before and never after seen prints that actually radiate with light!
»People photography is 1% inspiration and 99% moving furniture«
Long interview on youtube where he talks about his approach (and blows cigar smoke all around live on telly in 1981).
Website: none back in the days
See Getty for instance for his industrial masterpieces.
Prihoda does mostly advertising and editorial shoots for fashion magazines in India. He also keeps a blog on photography, life, and all the rest.
Andreas von Reiswitz
Black and white portrait photography of man and beast. My favourite is his Family Constellation Project where he asks random and unrelated strangers in the street to come together for a family portrait.
Winner of Hasselblad Masters 2012 »Portrait«.
Funny and at times uncanny conceptual pictures. His »Storytelling« series (»Scream«, »Trouble in Paradise« and »Pursuit of Happiness«) has many great moments.
Strobist’s correspondent to Europe Sara Lando has an article on Schmid.
There’s not much to see on his website, but there are several collections of his images elsewhere: at livejournal some of his famous portraits and at imention more portraits and a fun with stars series.
»Behind the Cover« at Time magazine.
Strobist correspondent Irwin Wong had an article on him.
I am a bit reluctant to call it »political photography«, even in the best sense of the term, but it is definitely concerned photography on the highest aesthetic level. Recent talk at TED (and an earlier one).
Matthew Jordan Smith
Matthew also operates a Photography Help Store.
No websites back then, but at Met-Museum.
Winkler + Noah
He has a whole variety of approaches, ranging from gangs over bees to celebrity shots. I especially like his Brad Pitt series, my favourite is the one of Brad and Quentin in the cinema. His book Road to Seeing is praised everywhere but hard to get.
»Peter’s best travel advice is to get a neck pillow and eye shade. He says you will look like a fool but sleep like a king.«