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Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by digitalandfilm, Sep 5, 2012.
100 Most influential photographers of all time - The GROUND Magazine
Thanks for the link. Great stuff to review.
Just wondering if anyone else has the same reaction. When i look at all these marvelous shooters, I just feel like I'll stick to just taking pictures of my kids, because everything else has already been done, and been done better than I could ever hope to shoot it myself.
In short, looking at the websites of these artists makes me want to look more, but shoot less. Anyone else feel that, or do you feel the opposite - maybe super inspired to get out there and shoot more??
Thanks for that link. a lot to learn and wonder...
Makes me think I need more hot nude models in wild landscapes! The wife is a bit of a bottleneck on that avenue of my creativity ...
Umm, yeah, she probably should be. I don't buy the idea that everything there is to do has already been done. Each of us captures those "magic" moments so long as we keep shooting and keep learning.
Check out his camera!
Leica M4 Garry Winogrand
Also Brett Weston and Wynn Bullock
What a bogus top 100 list
Also Jerry Uelsmann
that is the true statement of "is not about the camera..."
Well, I wouldn't put up any photo on my wall that wasn't taken by myself (or my wife), so for me it becomes a matter of learning how to take nice photos or getting used to having blank walls. Looking at photos taken by others is great for learning purposes but even if I could never even dream of producing something as good, the personal connection between me and the image isn't there.
Curiosity Rover is my favorite photographer right now.
I like to see a lot of the work from these guys because it helps me build a vision and thought process of placement of elements in a frame. I might end up copying their work or style consciously or unconsciously but what matters is that one moment when you get that one shot that makes you go wow.
I don't know if I'll ever be as good as these guys, I don't aspire to. But, everytime I hold the camera I try to remind myself as to why I got into photography in the first place. It's not only about the end result for me, it's about the experiences, the moments, the places I get to see, the people I get to meet and so on. And in the process, if I can make couple of good photographs here and there, it's just an added bonus.
A dear friend of mine represented Gary Winogrand. She told me once that he shot EVERYTHING and ANYTHING! Looking at his M4, it's not hard to believe!
I have only gone through some of the photographers' works, but I certainly know that feeling you're talking about. It's not gonna stop me from taking pictures. It just makes me more aware of my shortcomings as a photographer, and makes me think twice before sharing my photos...
If I never heard of 95 of the 100 most influential then they have had no influence on me ... that I know of.
I'd say a random sampling of 100 mu-43 members have been more influential on my photography in the last year that anyone on that other list.
Maybe I'm an old prude but a photo/self portrait of some naked guy copping a squat in the snow really does nothing to make me interested in that body of work. Although that is a kind of influence ... I assumed they mean't positive influence.
Serrano and Maplethorpe have "mad-skillz" but sometimes the subjects leave much to be desired.
One of my favorites..
WT, I'm in the opposite direction. I've always wanted to shoot more AND see more of the world. I have seen most of these photographers' works and what I tend to bring out of the viewing experience is an appreciation of the image rather than a desire to shoot like them. I like to know how other photographers work, what influences them and what they have done.
Be careful, especially with the web as it's too easy to see too much. I usually prefer not to see an artist's book, web site or gallery show at one sitting as it's usually too much for me to take in at one time, somewhat similar to overeating during Thanksgiving.
Take many pictures of your kids, There will never be enough shots and they grow up too fast!
Thank you, Bob!