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Old 06-22-2008, 05:42 PM
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Hi all,
I’m trying to improve my photography. I’m finding that the biggest part of that and in improving my retouching is being able to see what a good photo looks like.
To that end I would like to spend time looking at other peoples photos and trying to figure out what makes them great photos.

So, I looked here and did a search for "favorite photographers" and all I found was one thread started by cj swartz in 2007 and sadly, it went nowhere.
I found this
http://www.flickr.com/groups/central...7594132713204/
But I think we should have our own.

I would like to know who your top 5 photographers of all time are. A good format would be;

1. Name
" Link to work if available"
2.
And so on.

You all will really help me out if you participate in this. The type of photography does not matter. Can be anything from wedding to landscape.
I’m also curious to know if you all think there should be two lists, one for classic photographers using classic darkroom techniques and one for photographers of say, the last 15 years where they tend to rely heavily on digital retouching.
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Old 06-22-2008, 05:48 PM
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Re: List Your Top Photographers of all Time

Hmmm, I also wonder if there is a list of 5 that every one could agree would be the best of the best. Pioneers.
You know like in classical music; Haden, Bach, Chopin, Straus, Beetohven? Oops, 6, and Rachmaninov.


Hmmm, and do you think there sohould be one list for color and one for BW?
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Old 06-22-2008, 06:53 PM
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Re: List Your Top Photographers of all Time

K, so I'm being really active in my own thread.

I don't really know photographers hence, the thread, so what I did was go to the link above and drew a top list from there.
Of 37 posters with preferences this is how the list washed out;
Top 7 are;
cartier-bresson 5
capa 4
adams 3
henri lartigue 3
kenna 3
lange 3
newton 3

and ten get honorable mention- listed alphabetically;
brandt 2
burri 2
crewdson 2
erwitt 2
goldin 2
karsh 2
lorca dicorcia 2
nachtwey 2
smith 2
weston 2

All others were only in one persons list.

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Old 06-22-2008, 11:25 PM
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Re: List Your Top Photographers of all Time

My list of favorite is always changing but Nick Vedros has been on my short list for about 25 years now.
Sorry but I couldn't cull it down to just 5.
Nick Vedros
http://www.vedros.com/

Jack Reznicki
http://www.reznicki.com/

Bill frymire
http://www.billfrymire.com/blog/

Marc Simon
http://www.marcsimonphoto.com

Glen Wexler
http://www.glenwexler.com/agree.html

Bill Simone
http://www.billsimonephotography.com/

Rod Evans
http://www.evanscreativity.com/

Doug Landreth
http://www.douglandreth.com/

Jim Divitale
http://divitalephotography.com/

John Fulton
http://www.johnfultonphotography.com
&
http://www.atticfirearchitecture.com
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Old 06-22-2008, 11:28 PM
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Re: List Your Top Photographers of all Time

Thanks JD, no need to hold it to 5. 11 is great!

BTW JD, How did you get the look on the girls face with the green hoody? It's so pained.

(First one in the gallery next to the police cars)
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Re: List Your Top Photographers of all Time

Here are two threads that address your question. Rather than adding to what's already been written. I attached the urls.

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...nfluences.html

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...we-aspire.html

Below are two photographers that I'm acquainted with. They both have something I aspire to.

http://www.cloudland.net - This is Tim Ernst's site. I like Tim's style a lot. He lives just a short drive from where I live.

http://www.glennwheeler.com - This is Glenn's site. Glenn is a good friend and a great photographer.

Have fun.

Janet
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Old 06-23-2008, 12:14 AM
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Thanks Janet.
That's why I started this thread and suggested the format. You and JD togather listed more Photographers than were mentioned in both those threads combined. I know we can do better.
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Old 06-23-2008, 12:26 AM
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Re: List Your Top Photographers of all Time

JD,
I really didn’t hit on anything until I got to Bill Simone, and I really liked that.
Evans is great, love the use of color, hate the flash site though. (And I thought the gallery title “girls locker room” was totally misleading. )

Evans mother child photography is stunning.

I think Landreth’s stuff flew right by photography and landed on art.
I enjoy Divitale’s tutorials more than his photography.
I’ll have to spend some time with Fulton. I can’t decide if I love it or hate it.
And Spears. I want to know how the attached image is done.
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http://www.cloudland.net - This is Tim Ernst's site. I like Tim's style a lot. He lives just a short drive from where I live.

[Have fun.

Janet
Wow, talk about painting with light!

Isn't re-arranging furnature and pillows and calling it before and after kind of cheating?
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:30 AM
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Thanks JD, no need to hold it to 5. 11 is great!

BTW JD, How did you get the look on the girls face with the green hoody? It's so pained.

(First one in the gallery next to the police cars)
Actually, that was taken several years back and though over time she got to be very good at giving different expressions I think that one was because it was very cold and very windy.
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