Bernd and Hilla Becher are a husband-and-wife team of German photographers, best known for their extensive series of photographs of the industrial landscape. Their technically perfect photographs had a conceptual basis that elevated the work from “merely” documentary to the realm of fine art.
Nan Goldin is a photographer who has used the life of herself and her friends to make stark snapshot images of everyday life. In New York’s subculture of drugs, drag queens, sex and violence. Goldin’s intimate portraits preserve moments in time and democratize the photograph.
When kids decide they want to be a photographer when they grow up, often it is based on something they saw on TV or read in a book. Here is a list of some famous photographers in works of fiction, both on the printed page and on the big screen.
Whether they shot Civil War history, scenic nature landscapes, or the assassination of a public figure, these men changed the way we look at photography. Their photographs don’t just stand on their own but retain a place in the history of America during times of change.
Francesca Woodman lived only 22 years but produced over 800 photographic images. Woodman’s self-portraits do not fit neatly into a catergory but are influenced by surrealism, modernism and gothic art. Woodman’s images explore ideas about the self, femininity and photography itself.
Wim Wenders, the German born film maker and photographer, has been exploring American culture since the late 1960s through his films and photographs. Wenders was one of the few participants of the “New German Cinema” that attended film school and this is reflected in his technical prowess.
Larry Clark is a controversial photographer and filmmaker who has been depicting the excesses of youth since the late 1960s. Larry Clark’s photographs are famous for being explicit, uncompromising and reflecting the gritty reality of today’s American youth.
David Hamilton is one of the most popular and commercially successful photographers of our time. He is also one of the most controversial because the subject of his body of work mainly focuses on naked teenage girls.
Sophie Calle has been a photographer and artist for over forty years. Calle creates images that document scenarios that are real and that have been staged. Calle produces books, diaries, images and stories that interconnect text and pictures to tell stories.