Instantly Recognizable Iconic Photographers – Part 2

In our 1st part we took a closer look at some of the best-known photographers the world has ever known. Household names such as Annie Leibovitz, Nicholas Samaras, Michael Kenna, Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange have shaped the way we digest images. We will carry on with the theme and explore some of the world’s most iconic photographers.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Seen as one of the original photo-journalists, Cartier-Bresson has influenced photography in a great many ways. He was one of the first to adopt the use of 35mm film and paved the way for modern photography to move forward. Perhaps his best work was the way he captured the “decisive moment”, which was evident in pretty much all of his work. He took photographs of many of the worlds famous people, far too many to list here; however, his best included:

  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Martin Luther King, Jr
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Malcolm X

His images were nearly always captured using a 35mm Leica rangefinder camera, combined with a normal 50mm lens.

Jay Maisel

Maisel is known for preferring natural light settings rather than fancy camera or lighting set-ups. His work has helped him become one of the most instantly recognizable photographers in the world. Maisel likes to seek out interesting shapes and often is able to prize the beauty out of normal everyday situations. Born 18th January 1931 in Brooklyn, New York, Maisel has picked up a wide range of accolades during his lifetime. His awards include:

  • The Infinity Award of the International Center of Photography
  • Art Directors Club Hall of Fame
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Media Photographers

Brian Duffy

Iconic photography captured at its very best just about sums up the contribution that Brian Duffy has made over the years. Hi fashion photography of the 1960’s and 1970’s was perhaps his best work. His most famous work included musicians such as David Bowie, John Lennon and movie stars including Sir Michael Caine. Sadly, Duffy abruptly gave up photography in 1979 and set about burning many of his negatives that were in his London studio. Thankfully his neighbors reacted to the acrid smoke generated from the negatives and called the fire-brigade, who we able to rescue large volumes of his work. Duffy died from pulmonary fibrosis, with the degenerating lung disease taking his life in May 2010.

Even after his passing, Duffy was still recognized for his life-time work and achievements. He was included in the 2013 professional photographer list of the top 100 most influential photographers of all time.

Yousuf Karsh

Karsh’s images revealed the person as they truly are. Best known as a portrait photographer, Yousuf Karsh images gained him notoriety on a global scale. An uncanny ability to capture the essence of each subject won him accolades include being named as one of the 20th Century’s best portrait photographers. Karsh migrated to Canada having been an Armenian Genocide survivor. He later died from complications to surgery in July 2002 when aged 93.