Joel Peter Witkin
Joel Peter Witkin
my picture blog
Great idea-any volunteers?At the end of this someone should tally up the score and post the collective all time top 10.
"Vocation to Solitude -- To deliver oneself up, to hand oneself over, entrust oneself completely to the silence of a wide landscape of woods and hills, or sea, or desert; to sit still while the sun comes up over the land and fills its silences with light." Thomas Merton
Eduardo Masferre (the most interesting for me)
Atget, Sudek, Strand, Shore, Friedeman, Paul Caponigro, Walker Evans. Paul Strand is god. Specially love Steven Shore because when he was making his best work I was a small child, his subjects are lifted indirectly from my childhood and his colour pallete, that of the 1 hour print, is mine. The shag pile carpets, horrific furniture, fashionable dress, all satisfy me. All are very much people of their time. And Imogen Cunningham for her magnolia.
Here is my short list, in no particular order and for different reasons. Seven of them I knew personally during my formative years as a photographer, perhaps unaware of their influence at the time. Looking back fifty years later, I can fully measure their influence.
Yeah, sure, I'll compile the list. It isn't a problem when you know things like command prompts and scripting. Basic stuff.
Guys, could you please use the photographer's full name? Thanks!
"It's the way to educate your eyes. Stare. Pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long." - Walker Evans
1. Dorthea Lange (in 3rd grade while exploring an encyclopedia I saw one of her images that changed my life from that point forward)
2. Edward Curtis
3. William Clift
4. Michael Kenna
5. Richard Avedon
6. André Kertész
7. Paul Caponigro
8. Edward Steichen
9. Linda Connor
10. Nick Brandt