On Thursday the 26th Jan I posted on my Tumblr 10 images from my favourite Australian Photographers…it was Australia Day after all! The complete list can be see here. I know it’s been a while between posts so I thought I would share with you images from my favourite photographers of all time. Some will be obvious, others not so much but it will give you an idea of the photography that I like and the influences that come across in my own work (this may become obvious in later posts.) I’m also inspired by Art in general (particularly painting and sculpture) , popular culture, books (I have a large collection), architecture and the urban environment.
1. Diane Arbus
Diane Arbus’ Identical Twins, Roselle N.J. 1967 was the first image that got me interested in her work. I also love black and white and the square format, areas that Arbus excelled in. Unfortunately she died the year I was born…I often wonder how her career would have progressed had she still been here. For more examples of Arbus’ work, check out her site here.
2. Jeff Wall
Jeff Wall’s A Sudden Gust of Wind 1993 is a photographic interpretation of a print by the artist Hokusai. I was first introduced to the work of Jeff Wall in my first year of Art School and I’ve been following his work ever since. His method of exhibiting his work in large scale lightboxes is visually impressive. More of his work can be seen here.
3. Lee Miller
As her images are strictly protected by her estate, it is very difficult to post images on blogs, websites etc…I will say this though, one of my most prized possessions is a book on her work called The Art of Lee Miller by Mark Haworth-Booth published through the V&A Museum. Check Amazon or The Book Depository for details. She initially started off in the industry as a model in NY for Edward Steichen, Hoyningen-Huene and Arnold Genthe. She then went to Paris to work with the Surrealist artist Man Ray. In the early 1940’s she became a correspondent during the war and I believe this is where she did her best work. My favourite image from this time is called Women with Fire Masks, Downshire Hill, London that she took in 1941. You can access the archives of her work here.
4. Michal Chelbin
Michal Chelbin is an Israeli born, New York based photographer who primarily shoots portraits and she somehow seems to capture the essence of the people in her images. The above image Alona in the bedroom, Ukraine, 2006 is from the series Strangely Familiar in which she has photographed acrobats, athletes and other performers. In the age of digital, she shoots with film and prints directly from the negatives. More of her work can be seen here.
5. Stephen Shore
Stephen Shore photographs the ordinary in America and focuses on the minute details of everyday life, unveiling a beauty in the banal. He effortlessly moves between black and white and colour, portrait and landscape, large format and small. The above image was shot on Wolf Street in Philadelphia. More of Stephen’s work can be found here.
Ok, so that’s the first 5. I’ll follow up with the next 5 in a future post. Stay tuned…