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    Borrowing a theme from illustrious member browneyedgirl89‘s Photographers Who Should End Up On The Main Page, I’d like to use this topic to discuss photographers that we love. Let’s post some links, talk about what we love about their work and why. Rebuttals and confirmations are encouraged.

    I’ll start:

    George Logan – UK

    I met George on an ad job in NYC. Aside from being incredibly kind and fun to be around, he is a very talented and innovative photographer. At the end of the job he gave me a signed copy of his book, Translocation, which is a series of images in which he superimposed animals from Africa into landscapes from Scotland. His latest project does the exact opposite – superimposing house cats into safari scenes. As a professional photographer, is inspiring to see someone turn a personal project into an idea that can be adapted in a thoughtful and innovative ad piece. That is really the goal for us as advertising photographers. We don’t just want to create mundane ads, we want to turn our ideas into meaningful and effective work.

    Here is a pic I found of some of the billboard ads: http://api.ning.com/files/pI9smLRoIfx1oVighM1lF1ueKi-yGLOPAZONLD28f5n0NaOqq8mS5QGdTRJ7*dRXA*9ejbWlom2GTApOBlK*MUbc5Vw9n7Sw/georgeloganlittlebigcat8.jpg


    This is a nice idea for a thread. Jeez I have a LONG list of photographers I love. I’m a painter and I like photography that kinda looks like it’s a painting, or is ambiguous, abstracted, etc. My all time favourite is Saul Leiter! His photos are beautiful.

    Maybe it’s corny, but I also love Steve Mc Curry, I find his photos really captivating but the main thing I like about him is the way he understands and uses colour in his photographs.





    Here is the link.

    Ebi, The George Logan link is very interesting – the Red Road project is beautiful.


    George Logan has lovely photos.  Also, excellent Photoshop skills!  I really enjoyed looking at his work.


    Ronnie Gaubert was an amateur.  He contracted ALS and passed away in May of 2011, but his family is maintaining his web page at pBase:  http://www.pbase.com/ronnie_14187/d100___d200_my_favorites.  He loved the Louisiana swamp and everything in it.  I think his photos will speak for themselves.

    Joe McNally has spent 20+ years photographing for National Geographic.  His blog is here:  http://www.pbase.com/ronnie_14187/d100___d200_my_favorites




    I enjoy Kyle Thompson’s photography. Saw him featured on Yahoo’s main page a couple years ago and I thought his stuff was super unique. He has only been shooting for 2 years. Plus I love that the majority of his stuff is self-portrait work.

    Here is his page:  http://www.kylethompsonphotography.com/

    and his flickr page (it has more of the surreal stuff): http://www.flickr.com/photos/kyle_thompson/


    I’m gonna have to go with the guy that taught me everything I know about post production – Aaron Nace.

    His page:  http://aaron-nace.com/
    His Flickr:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/aknacer/

    I took a couple months worth of advanced classes with Aaron and have worked with him off and on regarding other aspects of post production. He’s just a really silly guy.


    I have watched a couple of Aaron’s videos, like this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcZxMWrC4tk

    This is the first I have seen his photos!

    Worst Case Scenario


    A couple of months ago I found a site with a whole load of these. I was quite amazed that some thing so horrible also had a beauty. Wish I could find the link now. I think weddings are hard, but just imagine trying to get these shots, working in dim to no light, lugging huge camera gear up flights of stairs  and not being able to touch or disturb anything.

    This guy is good a well…




    My inspiration comes from Aaron Nace (he’s just so awesome), Joel Grimes and Erik Almas



    Great idea for a resource thread. Should be stickied

    I have always loved photography, but this picture really started my love affair:


    A large print has always hung on my office wall. So I will go with Plisson la Trinité.



    Now Ebi, you did not make any statements as if they have to be modern or alive or anything, so I am going to give you both.

    As for dead – you can’t go wrong with Ansel Adams, but I like Eugene de Salignac to. Love how he combines portraits with architectural, structure with expression. Now he was from way back before I was thought of, but I like his work.

    As for modern [alive] – I like Chris Orwig. His work may not be the greatest, but I can see a lot of him in his work. I like others for one thing or another, but Chris is alright.


    I got to meet, hang out with, and shoot (!!) with Joe McNally on two separate occasions — what an absolute pleasure. I find him a huge inspiration.

    Calvin Hollywood is my inspiration for retouching. Love his style, and the effects he gets.

    Lindsay Adler makes me swooooon over her lighting and stylistic ideas.

    I also got to meet Frank Doorhof! That was just plain fun.

    I admire Scott Kelby, of course, for his success and his willingness to share with others. I’ve also met him numerous times — great guy.


    These are all great. I’m a big fan of many of these mentioned. Weegee is one of my favorites. His pictures are rare and timeless. He was doing things no one was doing at the time…even now. The children sleeping on the fire escape is just incredible.

    Of course, living and dead are welcome. Another of my favorite dead photographers is Horst P. Horst: http://www.horstphorst.com/works.php

    The way he worked with light and the human form is so inspiring. He’s one of those artists who you can tell his work from a mile away. There is a print of Mainbocher Corset is sitting amongst a still life in some interior designers studio in Manhattan and I was shooting on location there several years ago. That was my introduction to Horst. While I didn’t’ really care much for the still life itself, I found the image to be captivating. I spent hours on line trying to figure out who the photographer was.


    I really like Steve McCurry, some of his shots are a little posed for my liking quite often but they are technically superb with a very distinctive look and the subjects are without fail very interesting.

    Robert Capa was another interesting one

    Mark Laita takes the prize for simplicity, colourful animals on black backgrounds and not to mention his series of mexican wrestlers which is pretty funny.

    Leigh Ortenburger I very much like as well. I saw some of his shots in a climbing magazine that really captivated me. He did mainly landscape photography, preferably high up in the mountains and he’d lug his 4×5 camera and tripod up to many thousands of metres up. His shots are all black and white, often taken in the middle of the day which makes it even more astonishing. If you happen to see an Alpinist 31 have a flick through it.


    This thread is great guys, I needed this. I’ll offer up another one that I follow pretty closely.  His best friend is a pyrotech. Everyone should be friends with a pyrotech.


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