Famous Photographers – Part 3
The third edition of our look at the most famous photographers in the world introduces Gyula Halasz, Brian Duffy and Jay Maisel. All these talented photographers were at the forefront of their art, they helped to forge photography into a well-respected art form and to capture important moments of times that they lived in. Gyula Halasz produced most of his work under the pseudonym of Brassai and was famed for taking pictures of ordinary folk.
Gyula Halasz was an artist in the true sense of the word, he not only took magnificent photographs he was also a writer, filmmaker, poet and sculptor. An incredibly talented individual whose best works came between the two world wars. Perhaps his most famous photographs were of Paris, taken at night. His contemporaries in Paris at the time were Picasso, Joan Miro, Henry Miller and Salvador Dali. These great luminaries of the time influenced him greatly in his work. Originally not particularly interested in photography, he was almost forced to take the medium up through journalistic assignments.
The first of our photographers to work mainly in the fashion industry is Brian Duffy who shot to fame in the 60’s and 70’s with his fashion work. His images helped revolutionize the established fashion industry in the early 1960’s. The images celebrated youth and the young designers, shaping a new fashion world: all of a sudden, the people wearing the clothes became as important as the designer clothes that they wore. Duffy took photographs of important personalities of the time that helped define London, Harold Wilson, Terence Stamp, Jean Shrimpton, Christine Keeler and Paulene Stone. Duffy turned his back on photography after becoming disillusioned with the commercialism of the industry, and even burned all his remaining negatives.
Jay Maisel is a modern American photographer who is most famous for his use of color, gesture and light. Maisel was a natural and took some of the most inspiring street photography of his generation. Jay Maisel was quoted in 2011 saying, there’s nothing I’m not interested in shooting, and he was capable of shooting almost anything. He was most at home on the streets of New York where his medium of using only ChromaLuxe set his photo’s apart from his contemporaries.
In 2015 he made the headlines when he sold his 72-room building in New York for $55 million, which he bought in 1966 for a mere $102 thousand. 190 Bowery spoke to Maisel as a place of beauty, even though it was little more than a rundown warehouse. Maisel saw the magic within the building and it is the same in his everyday photography. Maisel can often see things in objects, people and buildings that nobody else does, he sees the potential and that is his greatest gift. His determination only to capture his work on metal prints has given the capacity for his work to have longevity and granted Maisel a long-lasting legacy.
We leave our look back into some of the greatest photographers of all time with Jay Maisel, and it is quite fitting that we do so as he has taken contemporary subjects and turned them into an art form, pushing the boundaries of photography into the 21st Century.