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    Your 10 Most Influential Photographers

    Following the thread on 100 Most Influential photographers, here's a chance to start your own list.

    This personal list is more in terms of aesthetics than format or technique i.e. I learned allot from how they see.

    1) Alfred Steiglitz
    2) Paul Strand
    3) Wynn Bullock
    4) Clarence John Laughlin
    5) Edward Weston
    6) Ansel Adams
    7) Manuel Alvarez Bravo
    8) Robert Adams
    9) Richard Mizracak
    10) Alec Soth
    Last edited by Kirk Gittings; 14-Dec-2011 at 12:28.
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    Re: Your 10 Most Influential Photographers

    No particular order.

    Lazlo Moholy-Nagy
    Walker Evans
    Aaron Siskind
    Edward Weston
    William Eggleston
    Barbara Crane
    Harry Callahan
    Edward Steichen
    Charles Sheeler
    Ray Metzger

    Yes, I am from Chicago. With a nod to Keith Richards, perhaps this is more about who's work you started out copying.
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    Re: Your 10 Most Influential Photographers

    1. Ansel Adams, simply because he articulated so much about how he does things, both in art terms and in craft terms.
    2. Brett Weston
    3. Strand
    4. Eliot Porter
    5. John Sexton
    6. Philip Hyde
    7. Edward Weston
    8. Stieglitz
    9. Paul Caponigro
    10. Minor White

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    Re: Your 10 Most Influential Photographers

    1-9) Claude Lorrain influences how I compose trees, water, architecture and their shadows in the rural landscape.

    10) Ansel Adams (Sometimes he moves up to #9 depending on my shot. My field notes indicate he was once #7.)

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    Re: Your 10 Most Influential Photographers

    Josef Sudek
    Sally Mann
    Irvin Penn
    Kirsten Klein
    Frantisek Drtikol
    Edward Steichen
    + 4 more....
    (I'm actually more influenced by artist like Rodin - Munch - Leonardo - and more....)

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    Re: Your 10 Most Influential Photographers

    Ansel Adams - the zone system, Aperture magazine, Museum of Modern Art, workshops, Group f/64, books, lectures, videos - he's everywhere and he's influenced everyone directly or indirectly, for better or for worse, whether they know it or not.

    After him it gets tougher. But in no particular order and off the top of my head I'd say Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott, John Sexton, Edward Weston, Ralph Gibson, Walker Evans, George Tice, Eugene Atget, and Ray McSavaney. But I could probaby compile another list of nine entirely different people that would be about as valid.
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    Re: Your 10 Most Influential Photographers

    No order

    Avedon Richard
    Corjbin Anton
    Sander August
    Cameron Julia Margaret
    Weston Brett
    Brassai
    Salgado
    Strand Paul
    Sudek Joseph
    Man Ray

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    Re: Your 10 Most Influential Photographers

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Gittings View Post
    This personal list is more in terms of aesthetics than format or technique i.e. I learned allot from how they see.
    That's a big part of it; some will be most influenced by aesthetics, others by process or technique or format or lens choice. I suspect for a lot of us, our biggest influences aren't even photographers or visual artists. (And it would be kinda sad if they were...)

    But photographers look at other photographers, and we react to something...

    My list...

    Josef Sudek
    Alfred Steiglitz
    Paul Caponegro
    W. Eugene Smith
    Paul Strand
    Edward Weston
    Sally Mann
    Robert Adams
    Frederick Evans
    Minor White
    Linda Connor
    Joel Peter Witkin (even if he does make me say "eewww!")
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    Re: Your 10 Most Influential Photographers

    perhaps this is more about who's work you started out copying.
    Learning from how someone else sees does not necessarily equate with copying (though that happens), but more IME broadening your horizons by learning how other artists make different subject matter, tonal palettes, environments, etc. visually work.
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    Re: Your 10 Most Influential Photographers

    Ok here goes my list. At the end of this someone should tally up the score and post the collective all time top 10.

    1. Edward Weston
    2. Paul Strand
    3. Walker Evans
    4. Minor White
    5. Diane Arbus
    6. Bill Brandt
    7. Bruce Barnbaum
    8. Irving Penn
    9. Robert Mapplethorpe
    10. Arnold Newman
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