Where do you draw your inspiration from when working in the field? Do you perhaps have a muse, or do you look to some of the great photographers of all time? There is plenty to learn from those who’ve left their mark in the world of photography.
Whether it is technique, angle or aperture, we all need some inspiration and someone to look up to. Even photo booth companies like The Photo Boothers https://photoboothrental.melbourne/ take inspiration for their photography! In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the most inspirational photographers of all time, and uncover some of their secrets of the trade. Let’s get started!
Henri Cartier Bresson
Founder of Magnum photography and also known for coining the term “the decisive moment”, Henri Cartier Bresson has inspired many. His best shots perfectly displayed the perfect moment in photography where a powerful message is conveyed. Thanks to Bresson, street photography has become celebrated and acknowledged the form of art.
Known for his magnificent portraits and editorial pieces, Karsh has taken many portraits that are now world famous. He’s taken portraits of some of the world’s biggest names, including J.F Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn. One technique Karsh implemented was to highlight his subject’s hands by having it lit separately.
In the world of fine art photography, Alfred Stieglitz is known as the spiritual father or leader. Equivalents was a series of photographs of white clouds, which paved the way for fine art photography. Stieglitz was known for his ability to convey feeling through his photographs and was also co-founder of the Photo-Secession.
Robert Capa was the co-founder of Magnum and one of the most famous war photographers to date. His images captured the essence of war on the battlefield. His most sought-after piece is called ‘The Falling Soldier’ and was taken of a soldier the moment he was shot to death. Sadly, Capa was a casualty of the first Indochina war while working.
Ansel Adams is known for his contribution to black and white landscape photography. In many ways, he is responsible for the way photographers and art lovers today perceive black and white photographs. He published a 3-volume textbook on his techniques which is a must-have for any photography student.
Also known as one of the few who mastered the art of still, landscape and portrait photography, Edward Weston’s work serves as the inspiration to many aspiring photographers. The most famous of his works is that of a pepper which aspiring photographers from around the globe try to match to this day.
Does any of these photography masters inspire you? Each of the photographers on our list has contributed to the world of fine art photography in their own unique way. Their works are sure to stand the test of time and continue inspiring photographers for days to come. Let us know whose works serve as your inspiration in the comment section below.