3 Interesting Photography Masters You Must Know AboutPosted: September 16, 2010 | |
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Just an FYI… all of these photographers have photographed close-up. You can click on their names to see some of their work.
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3 Interesting Photography Masters You Must Know About
It’s a hobby for some, a passion for others, and a means of livelihood for a few more – whatever photography is to you, the fact is that you need some amount of creativity, the patience to experiment, and the determination to push your boundaries in order to succeed at this profession. When we talk about really excellent photography, more than a few names come to mind immediately – some were pioneers in their chosen field while others are remembered for their sheer brilliance in capturing images. The three I’ve chosen to focus on today are more than just masters behind the camera, they’re shining examples for any aspiring photographer to emulate:
- Karl Blossfeldt: Born in Germany in the late 1800s, Karl Blossfeldt was a pioneer in the field of photography. We can safely say that he was one of those responsible for the world viewing photography as an art form rather than as a scientific tool to create images of things both animate and inanimate. He was a technical genius who could build his own camera, one that could magnify things 30 times, and this is what he used to photograph plants in ways that were never imagined before. Blossfeldt focused his creativity on the plant kingdom – he was fascinated by the underlying shapes of anything to do with plants and took great delight in photographing seeds, pods, leaves, flowers, fruits and stems against black or grey backgrounds. His black and white photographs have been compiled into a book Unformen der Kunst (Archetypes of Art). Besides being a prolific photographer, Blossfeldt was also a teacher at the Royal Arts and Crafts Museum in Berlin for many years.
- Ansel Adams: If Blossfeldt was fascinated by plants, Adams was enamored with landscape photography. Ansel Adams redefined the way people perceived Natural Parks in general, and in particular the Yosemite National Park. His most famous photographs include the Moon and Half Dome, The Tetons and the Snake River, Evening and Church. His work was all about capturing beauty, and he used the varying shades of natural light to produce the best in landscape photography. An eminent pianist as well, Adams chose to pursue photography as a profession instead of the music he grew up learning and playing. Together with Fred Archer, Adams is credited with developing the Zone System, the method that is now used to determine the right exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print. He is also remembered for founding Group f/64 along with contemporaries Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham – the group is responsible for the creation of the department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art.
- William Eggleston: He was responsible for making even the ordinary look like the most sophisticated piece of art – Eggleston’s photographs of a potpourri of common, everyday objects with dashes of color remind us even today that the best equipment is worth nothing unless it is in the hands of a master-class artisan. In an age when only black and white photography was suitable to be displayed as “art”, William Eggleston redefined color photography and cajoled and coerced society into acknowledging its potential to send out a powerful artistic message. His experimentation with dye transfer printing resulted in his best work ever – The Red Ceiling which won accolades for him the world over. Before his death at the age of 82, Eggleston had his work displayed in various galleries, published many books of his photographs, and pioneered several techniques and methods in photography that are widely used today.
This guest post is contributed by Becky Patterson, who writes on the topic of Become a Photographer. She can be reached at beckypatterson89[@]gmail[.]com.