Whilst no-one wants to be derivative, I think it is important to study the 'masters' of their craft or at least look at what they have done over the years to try and understand why one shot works and another doesn't. Our own game is raised by osmosisI am so new to photography I unfortunately have not even seen any of the works of many of the "greats". On that note, today, my wife and I are going to the University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography. They have the archives of some of the great 20th century photographers, Adams, Weston, and many more, so hopefully after today I will be able to at least start my own list of favorites. http://www.creativephotography.org/
This book is the largest compilation of Adams' photographic works ever published. Organized chronologically, it presents the full range of his finest work, from early efforts in the 1920s, to his projects in the national parks in the 1940s, up through his last important photographs of the 1960s. Included are Adams' most popular images -- many of them icons of twentieth-century art -- as well as a number of masterly but little-known photographs.
Both are in the high fashion jet set circle and there is cross pollination. Guy is talented and organizes his shoots very well. I don't know him well enough and I cannot discriminate as to where he's original, but I do like his work enough to bookmark a bunch of images I like a lot.I am a big fan of the absurd.
Guy Bourdin has been on my mind a lot lately. I recently indulged myself with his book A Message For You. Many of his pictures are playful yet there is a darkness hovering about his work that I am most intrigued with. I am not sure if it is the pictures themselves or that I have read a bit about the man himself. Probably both. David LaChapelle, who I am a fan of as well seems to have taken some influence, my speculation of course.
Last weekend I was at the Getty Center taking in the Irving Penn Small Trades exhibit. I like how many of the pictures present a real sense of pride about the people and what they do, a rather simple idea yet quite powerful in his execution.
Well, if it's still on, I'll have a dose of it too!Although not photography, a couple nights ago I was at LACMA and saw the Jeff Koons exhibit. This goes Back to the abusrd. I get so caught up in looking at pictures, pictures, and more pictures so it was a real treat to see art that it not a photograph but a 3d object sitting in front of me.
I just have been looking at Harry Kerr's blog. He does not add © to his pictures. It would be nice if folk added their own name at least to the IPTC file, LOL! Anyway I really lke his wedding work
Harry Kerr: A Wedding Picture
What an artful combination of picturesque landscape and the newlyweds! I wonder whether he might have used a gelled flash to make the water that blue? Camera flash was used but we have no dea of what this was!
Could be! I wondered about that myself. The blog uses the first person, I, all the time and not we!Asher,
It may have been Martha that made that image! They work together. Both are makers. Glad you liked some of there work.
James,Ah, so many to choose from, but certain names stand out for having inspired me;
I own photogravures of this particular image and two others.
Some years ago I got to spend two full days alone with Arnold at his home and studio. I can look back and see that my own work changed from those days forward. He took me across a threshold.
I had the great fortune of having Joyce as my original photography instructor. She filled me with unforgettable discussions about developing one's own style.