Inspiring Photographers

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To keep track of inspiring photographers I started this list – because nothing else worked.

Irene Andessner


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).


Zack Arias

Websites: ·


Laura Barisonzi


Photographer from New York, good shots of wushu, yoga, and parkours.


Nick Brandt


Beautiful animals in black and white. See »elephant drinking« and »elephant with exploding dust«.


Joachim Brohm


Architecture and Landscape.


Gregory Crewdson


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 ( and vimeo has onetwothree clips (hat tip to the Strobist).


Imogen Cunningham


»If you don’t like it, it’s your problem, not mine.«

Meg Partridge made a film »Portrait of Imogen«.


Peter Dench


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.


Mitch Dobrowner


Storm- and cloud-chaser.


Philippe Echaroux


Great pictures, interesting ideas. There’s a youtube channel, too.


Rosa Frank


For me a personally important inspiration on people photography with a focus on the fine arts (dance, opera, theatre, music).


Sacha Goldberger


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.


Philippe Halsman


Monroe, Nixon, Dalí, Duke and Duchess of Windsor: Halsman made them all jump. Smithsonian has a portrait gallery and a piece on him by Owen Edwards: When he said »Jump«.


Peter Hapak


Moving portraits of »The Protester« for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. There’s a behind-the-scenes video on youtube.


Natsumi Hayashi


Flying self portraits. A bit of a one trick pony, but still nice.


Gregory Heisler


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.


Lewis Hine

Website: Sorry, no websites back in the days…

Sociologist and photographer with a focus on child labour.


Fan Ho


Hong Kong street photography spanning from 1950s to present day.


David Hobby


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.


George Holz


Setup video on (eight light) Beyoncé shoot. Video on Jack Nicholson shoot.


Jasper James


Fascinating City Silhouettes series.


Chase Jarvis


Regularly broadcasts Chase Jarvis Live.


Erik Johansson


Photographer and retoucher with a clear inclination towards the the latterer.


Gertrude Käsebier

No websites back then, but at MoMA.


Herlinde Koelbl


Famous for her long term projects. Check out »Targets« and August-Sander-inspired »Kleider machen Leute«


Mark Laita


Inspiring still life and food. »Created Equal«-project is overwhelming.


Sara Lando

Website:     Blog:

Ms Lando is the Strobist’s Correspondent to Europe and has a series »On Photographing People« (pt. 1pt. 2pt. 3) over there. Also My week with Heisler (pt 1pt 2pt 3)


Dorothea Lange

No websites then, but at MoMA.


Neil Leiffer

Website: Wikipedia:

Sports photographer who took the stunning overhead shot of Ali after knocking out Cleveland Williams atthe Astrodome in Houston, Texas on 14 Nov 1966.


Victoria Ling


Fascinating still lifes (something I don’t usually get too excited about). Her portraits from pencil shavings leave me speechless. She also keeps a blog.


Gerd Ludwig


National Geographics’ man in Eastern Europe. Check out his Chernoyl project (exclusion zone and victims).


Vivian Maier


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.


Fabrizio Maltese



Steve McCurry

Website:     Blog:

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!


Scott McClellan


Portfolio sectionphoto section –  behind the scenes video.


Andreas Meichsner


Great architecture shots, lovely project on TÜV-experiments called »the beauty of serious work«.


Eric Meola



Arnold Newman


»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).


Walter Nürnberg

Website: none back in the days

See Getty for instance for his industrial masterpieces.


Erwin Olaf


The grief-series.





Martin Prihoda

Website:     Blog:

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.


Corey Rich


I like his »Dedicated«-film, featuring Dave Black, Robert Beck, George Karbus.


Claire Rosen


Her Fairytales.


Denis Rouvre


Winner of Hasselblad Masters 2012 »Portrait«.


Christoph-Martin Schmid


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.


Martin Schöller


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.


Yohei Shimada


Strobist correspondent Irwin Wong had an article on him.


Taryn Simon


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


In conversation with Matthew Jordan Smith. On Tyra Banks shoot.

Matthew also operates a Photography Help Store.

Connecting with Models


Alfred Stieglitz

No websites back then, but at Met-Museum.


Hiroshi Sugimoto


Interesting takes on a broad range of subjects like water, architecture and the colours of shadows.


Christian Tagliavini


»Waiting for Freud« and »1503« series (the latter won Hasselblad Masters 2012 in »Fine Art«).


Winkler + Noah


Mostly pretty standard (high class) advertising with cars taking up a lot of space. What I like are some of their kids and grans.


Dan Winters


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 Yang


»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.«

Strikethrough in LaTeX

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Today I found a second way to achieve a strikethrough in LaTeX (what is done by »line-through« in css: strike out text). If you want to put a line across text, your choices are »ulem« and »cancel«:

Strikethough in LaTeX using »ulem«

\usepackage{ulem} in the preamble gives you two ways to strike out text (and a couple more for underlining):

  1. \sout{text to be striked out} for a horizontal line through text to be striked out (exactly like »line through«).
  2. \xout{text to be crossed out} for many short diagonal lines crossing out the letters of the text to be crossed out

The problem that ulem affects some bibliography styles where otherwise italicised text is then underlined can be remedied through the »normalem«-option in the preamble: \usepackage[normalem]{ulem} (Thanks Fredrik!).

Ulem is part of MiKTeX and TeX Live but also available at ctan.

Strikethrough in LaTeX using »cancel«

\usepackage{cancel} in the preamble gives you four different modes of striking through

  1. \cancel{text to cancel} draws a diagonal line (slash) through its argument
  2. \bcancel{text to cancel} uses the negative slope (a backslash)
  3. \xcancel{text to cancel} draws an X (actually \cancel plus \bcancel)
  4. \cancelto{〈value〉}{〈expression〉} draws a diagonal arrow through the 〈expression〉pointing to the 〈value〉 (math-mode only)

You can get cancel at ctan.


LaTeX strikethrough examples (ulem + cancel)

Click on the image for pdf or download the source file – which looks like this:










\verb+\sout{striked out text}+ renders \sout{striked out text}

\verb+\xout{crossed out text}+ renders \xout{crossed out text}


\verb+\cancel{canceled text}+ renders \cancel{canceled text}

\verb+\bcancel{b-canceled text}+ renders \bcancel{b-canceled text}

\verb+\xcancel{x-canceled text}+ renders \xcancel{x-canceled text}

\verb+\cancelto{<value>}{<expression>}+ renders $\cancelto{value}{expression} $

Cancelto also works with more complicated expressions:

\verb+\cancelto{\frac{num2}{den2}}{\frac{num1}{den1}}+ renders $\cancelto{\frac{num2}{den2}}{\frac{num1}{den1}} $


Deny Internet in Ubuntu

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I have phases in my work cycle, where I want to limit internet access to myself. Thus, I created a »work-user« and in the user’s properties I unticked the boxes 

  • Connect to internet using a modem
  • Connect to wireless and ethernet networks
  • Use modems

I thought that should do the trick, yet it didn’t restrict internet access to this user. I tried various other things to deny access to network and web and finally found something useful at (German):

create a file in /etc/init.d (filename doesn’t matter)

sudo touch /etc/init.d/

Open the file you created:

sudo gedit /etc/init.d/   READ MORE


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I was somewhat flabberghasted when I found out my mobile phone (Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot) was unable to play .mp4, .flv, .avi and what else I tried. It refuses to play all video formats save .3gp.

I was unable to convert to this with avidemux. Google quickly told me that ffmpeg could do the trick. But being unfamiliar with bitrates and stuff I was happy indeed when I found Mobile Media Converter, which is a neat and lean GUI for ffmpeg (Mac, Linux and Win). It even sports convenient batch process via drag & drop. Have fun.

Fonts in LaTeX

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In short: To avoid the standard pixel bitmap fonts and go for smooth, scalable post script ones, use one of the following:


or, for standard post script fonts

\usepackage{pslatex} or
\usepackage{ae,aecompl}...   READ MORE

Position:Absolute in LaTeX

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In css there is the handy absolute positioning. Today I found out how to do it in LaTeX:

In the preamble


In the document
    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet
The arguments are as follows:

<left handle>,<top handle>]
(<leftmargin>,<topmargin>)...   READ MORE

World Wide Food Chain

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This last weekend I understood a lot about the internet food chain: There are the smart guys and there are the monkeys. The smart guys find out how to crack a system. They publish their stuff and move on. The smart guys are too busy to play around.

As soon as the smart guys make the security hole public, the swarm of pimple stricken milksops with teenage angst who read what the smart guys publish come marauding. They upload a bit of this, toy around a bit in that and then claim they »hacked« something while they really only hacked their pants once more.

This way the smart guys don’t have to bother telling the people about their security holes (probably assuming backup copies and a restore script anyway; if this doesn’t exist – more valuable lessons learned): they have their monkey baggage to do so for them.

Section Footnote in LaTeX

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I left biting marks in the table on this one. I don’t know if it’s a general issue or just my document. Anyway:

I wanted to have footnotes from inside sections, subsections, and subsubsections. They work similar to footnotes in tables, you need to address them similar to this:

\section{Some Section in my Document\footnotemark}

\footnotetext{My boring footnotetext.}

Only, when I did it like this, it worked on some occasions, but not on others (reason for me biting the wood).

I finally found out that it did not work on all occasions where I did it exactly like in above example, but always rendered

TeX capacity exceeded, sorry [input stack size=5000]
However, it did work on all the occasions where I specified the (optional) short title for section/subsection/&c:

\section[Section in Document]{Some Section in my Document\footnotemark}

\footnotetext{My boring footnotetext.}

The optional shorter title appears — as far as I know — in the table of contents and in left-/rightmark. Also, Kile uses it to display the document structure, too. So if you have rather long titles (like I do) it is a good idea specifying a short one anyway. If not, I guess you can just as well repeat the full title in the optional argument if you need a footnote.

When using the starred variant (\section*{My merry section}), don’t provide a short title.

Groucho Marx Job Application

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After graduation naturally comes application. Now it seems that application naturally comes with frustration.

Each and every company knows exactly what they want to a degree that just saw me printing 14 pages of a single job description – the job being »PR nut«.

You must be flexible, proactive, and willing to work at unsociable hours as well as come with considerable experience. And, most important of all, you are willing to work for a monthly bag of rice and some mutton fat in this exciting times for this thriving company.

All this had me rather depressed until I spoke to my wise friend. He said it was all too similar to the famous Groucho Marx statement:

I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member.

Only the companies seem to have a slightly altered statement written all over their job descriptions:

We want somebody who is so qualified that they’d never work for us.

»Might Make You Laugh«

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Yesterday we arrived in London for a short holiday. In the early evening we were rambling the streets, not sure what to do. When at last we made our minds up and opted for cinema, a couple stopped us. Something was with their daughter, I did not quite get what, but it was the reason they couldn’t make it to the theatre. If we fancied to see »Absurd Person Singular« at the Garrick in fifteen minutes? He said it was a comedy and that it might make us laugh.

Given my theater experiences lately I honestly wasn’t too keen; but A. already had taken the tickets – and off they went in a great hurry.

So, unknown couple: thank you ever so much. It was a lovely play, indeed the first theatre experience I had in some ten years that was not only not dreadful but far from it. It did indeed make us laugh.

Continuous Footnote Numbering in LaTeX

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By default LaTeX starts the footnote counter at zero for each chapter when you use the class {book} or {scrbook}. If you want to avoid that and have a continuous enumeration, here is how it works:

Create a folder <remreset> in your local package repository. Save the file remreset.sty into this folder.

Open your preamble and add
Should you get an error message like this
You can’t use ‘\spacefactor’ in vertical mode. \@
or like this
Command \@ already defined.
embrace the stuff with \makeatletter and \makeatother:

ΛαΤεΧ in Greek

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There are various possibilities to include Greek text in your LaTeX document. The three ones I found are these:

  1. $\Gamma\rho\varepsilon\varepsilon\kappa$ gets you Γρεεκ allright, but it looks clumsy and lacks all the accents etc.
  2. betababel. It does not work with my customised control sequences, and I am too lazy to change them and learn them all anew.
  3. polutonikogreek. Neat, slim, worked straight away.

Nos. 2 & 3 use ngerman, so make sure they don’t start a fight with german.



I had a slight problem with polutonikogreek and titletoc. Whenever I used something like
which referred to this entry in the preamble:
the .toc-file looked like this at the corresponding place:
\contentsline {section}{\numberline {1.1}KAPITEL-1.1}{14}
\contentsline {subsection}{\numberline {1.1.1}UNTERKAPITEL-1.1.1}{14}
\select@language {polutonikogreek}
\select@language {german}
\select@language {polutonikogreek}
\select@language {german}
\contentsline {subsection}{\numberline {1.1.2}UNTERKAPITEL-1.1.2}{20} […]
Wherever \select@language appeared in the toc, the styling of my toc entries of the subsection level was being messed up. I style subsection entries in the toc in a way that they all get written in a single line. It looks like this:


There are two solutions.

  1. Ignore the problem, compile your document, open the .toc-file, delete all \select@language entries and compile again (but only once).
  2. Use the following specifications in your preamble:

    and then put the greek text directly into your document like this:


Custom Counter in LaTeX

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How it does work:

Here is what we do: We define the counter
then we add
after it, and it works. Thanks to Axel for his help on this.


How it does not work:

When you define a new counter like this
And later use it like this
\roman{MyCounter}. Beispiel eins
And then reference it like this:
And now I reference an example \ref{example}. \end{document}
Then LaTeX still interprets it as something like
So it results in an arabic number. This is not what we want. We want to reference the counter in lower roman (or upper roman or alph or what have you), too.

Timestamp your LaTeX Documents

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While working on a somewhat larger scale document I always end up with numerous prints, .dvis, .pdfs and so on and so forth. Once, I lost all my original .tex documents and thus had to copy everything from a pdf and reformat it. In a case like that, it sure is handy to know exactly with which version you are dealing and which one is the latest. So for my thesis I wanted to add a little automatic timestamp to each print. Sure enough I found timestamp.sty. Just go to your local package repository, create a folder called <timestamp> and save timestamp.sty into it. With
in the preambel and
anywhere in your document, you can then add the – you’re guessing it – timestamp. The output will look like this:
2007-03-23 14:34

Now, I never liked this date format, so if you, too, prefer DD-MM-YYYY, open timestamp.sty and scroll to the very bottom. Replace

\ifnum\month<10 0\fi\the\month-%
\ifnum\day<10 0\fi\the\day\ \xxivtime}
(the last three lines above \endinput) with
\newcommand{\timestamp}{\ifnum\day<10 0\fi\the\day.\,%
\ifnum\month<10 0\fi\the\month.\,%
\the\year\ — \xxivtime\,h}
\timestamp then produces
23. 03. 2007 – 14:34 h
However, the version I use looks like this:
\newcommand{\timestamp}{compiled on \ifnum\day<10 0\fi\the\day.\,%
\ifnum\month<10 0\fi\the\month.\,%
\the\year\ at \xxivtime\,h}
So the output reads
compiled on 23. 03. 2007 at 14:34 h

A Mighty Hunter

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In the course of writing my thesis I came across Nimrod, grandson of Ham, great grandson of Noah (Gen 10, 1-12). Now Nimrod is not only »a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.« (Gen 10, 9), according to Wikipedia, he – under the name of Namrūd ibn Kan’ān – also tried to build a tower so he could reach Allāh and dispossess him. Allāh did not at all approve of this plan, so he came up with a rather creative punishment:

Allāh ließ eine Mücke durch die Nase in sein Hirn fliegen. So wurde Namrūd 400 Jahre gequält, bis er starb.

(Allāh had a midge fly through his nose and into his brain. This tortured Namrūd for 400 years until he died.)

03 Oct 2007 – 12:23


A worm crawls into Nimrod's brain

In the meantime I found a source for the bug-in-brain thing in Jo­hann Hein­rich Zedlers Grosses voll­stän­di­ges Uni­ver­sal Lexi­con al­ler Wissen­schafften und Künste. However, in this version it is not a midge but a worm that crawls into Nimrod’s head. The worm causes that much pain that Nimrod has other people beating him over the head with a stick from time to time in order to get some relaxation.

The scientific community laughs about Johann Becanus

I also enjoyed the opening paragraph of the article.

»Then, I grab a TEXAS«

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From a time when intellect apparently sold:

Willi Baumeister grabbing a TEXAS

»Then I grab a TEXAS…«
says Prof. WILLI BAUMEISTER of the Academy of Arts Stuttgart
Combining flavour and sweetness so auspiciously, she regains my sympathy each day anew.«
»Whenever a whole lot of thoughts is at work within my head, I grab a Texas, who became a dear friend of mine.

Then again: maybe intellect didn’t sell all that well, or did you ever come into a situation where you actually could have grabbed a TEXAS? Anyway, here’s the German Original.

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