Famous Photographers – Part 1

Studying the work of famous photographers is certainly one way that you can learn to develop your own skill in taking pictures. Look at pieces that really move you, jump out and shake your attention. Then study them to see how the photographer achieved what he did. In this blog we look at some of the world’s best ever photographers that impacted the whole photographic world with their brilliant work.

Ansel Adams

Possibly the best-known photographer that ever lived, his skill in taking images of landscapes was beyond compare. But he was also well known for his technical ability in the dark room, there he practiced the art of producing contrast in his work.

Jimmy Carter, the president of the United States of America, once said about Ansel Adams, At one with the power of the American landscape, and renowned for the patient skill and timeless beauty of his work. Ansel was lured to the absolute beauty of his subject matter, so much so he went to great pains to protect the environment, and his pictures exemplified the beauty to all and stressed why the nature should be saved.

Yousuf Karsh

If ever a photographer was a storyteller, then it was Yousuf Karsh. His work spoke volumes about the subject and was really easy for the layperson to understand. Karsh is best known for his portraits of men and women and was a master of exploiting the unconscious gesture or movement, perhaps the blink of an eye or a furrow of the brow.

Once described as one the greatest portrait photographers of the 20th Century, it is easy to see why. As his work is his legacy, one notable snap was of Winston Churchill with one of his famous scowls as a wet cigar dangled from his lips. Karsh once said about his work, Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.

Robert Capa

Robert Capa was a true war-time photographer who captured the real futility of war in his photographs. Born in Hungary, Capa experienced five wars and was arguably the finest adventure and war photographer that ever lived. Robert Capa was his stage name, if you like, as he was actually called Endre Friedman, he moved from Hungary to flee from the Nazi’s. His work has received many acclaims and he was given the Medal of Freedom by U.S General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Capa was fearless wherever he went and risked his life many times in an effort to take the best possible photographs. He was the only civilian photographer that landed with the troops on Omaha Beach in D-Day. He went on to cover the whole of WWII and was in Paris when it was liberated. His friends included Irwin Shaw, Ernest Hemingway, John Huston and John Steinbeck. Ending part one of the world greatest photographers with the legendary Robert Capa, we continue in part two with the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange and Jerry Uelsman. Their work included amazing images from the great depression, the effect of black and white photography and the start of using 35mm film.