A couple of entries ago I posted about my first 5 favourite photographers of all time. Here is the next installment:
6. Olive Cotton
Olive Edith Cotton (1911-2003) is regarded as one of the pioneers of Australian modernist photography. However, her work is distinct from the boldness and dramatic compositions of other modernists, because it is characterised by a gentleness and tranquility. Her career spanned more than six decades, but was punctuated by a forty-year absence from the art scene. Despite this, she never stopped taking photos. I particular like the above image Papyrus taken in 1938 but she is probably most known for her image Tea Cup Ballet that she made in 1935. More information about Cotton and her work can be found here.
7. William Eggleston
William Eggleston (born July 27, 1939) is an American photographer. He is widely credited with securing recognition for colour photography as a legitimate artistic medium to display in art galleries. Eggleston has a unique ability to find beauty, and striking displays of colour, in ordinary scenes. A dog trotting toward the camera; a Moose lodge; a woman standing by a rural road; a row of country mailboxes; a convenience store; the lobby of a Krystal fast-food restaurant — all of these ordinary scenes take on new significance in the rich colors of Eggleston’s photographs. He has the ability to turn the banal into something extraordinary, his use of colour sublime. More information about his work can be found here.
8. Sally Mann
Sally Mann (born in Lexington, Virginia, 1951) is one of America’s most renowned photographers. In the past Mann has courted controversy with very moving and often candid photographs of her own children. I admire her work not only for its beauty but Mann works with collodion glass plates that she coats herself…an arduous process where she must work the plates while still damp using a large format bellows camera. She is one of just a few photographers that has mastered this age-old technique. The result is a crispness in her black and white images that can’t be achieved with regular film. More of her work can be found here.
9. Tokihiro Sato
Tokihiro Sato is a Japanese artist who long exposure photographs connote the passage of time, a performance and the artist’s own body in space. Sato keeps the shutter open for long periods of an hour or more and travels throughout the landscape in the field of view while marking his path with flashlights or mirrors causing the light effects that you see in his images. A relatively simple technique executed well. More information about Sato’s work can be found here.
10. Martin Parr
Martin Parr (born 1952) is a British documentary photographer and photojournalist. He is known for his photographic projects that take a critical look at aspects of modern life, in particular provincial and suburban life in England. Parr’s approach to documentary photography is intimate, anthropological and satirical. Using high-saturation colour film, and recently digital allow him to put his subjects “under the microscope” in their own environment, giving them space to expose their lives and values in ways that often involve inadvertent humour. Recently Parr was invited to Australia by FotoFreo Festival director Bob Hewitt to photograph 3 Western Australian port cities. The documentary video can be seen here. More information about Parr’s work can be seen here.