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Some great photographers

 

Andreas Gursky : brilliant at making compositionally powerful and beautiful photographs out of anything, but mainly the built environment. German b.1955

Henri Cartier Bresson : the master of street photography. French b.1908. d.2004

Miklos Gaal : a pioneer of dreamy tilt shift. Finnish b.1974

Bernd & Hiller Becher : fascinatingly dull elevational black and white topographic work in sets, of subjects like water towers and mine shafts. German b. 1931 d.2007  b.1934

William Eggleston : brilliant usa street-location-built environment-real life-everyday objects photographer.  American b.1939

Simon Norfolk : Simon photographs all kinds of subject matter. He does it brilliantly, his work is both informative and beautiful. British 1963

Sirrka Lissa Kontinnen : brilliant documentary work in the North East. Finnish b.1948

Thomas Struth : a fine art photographer who shoots cities, jungles and portraits. German b.1954

Jorg Sasse : Another brilliant German who photographs the built environment and was taught by the Bechers at the Dusseldorf School of Photography . As was Gursky and Struth. German b.1962

Eadweard Muybridge : By studying the motion of people and animals, Muybridge proved that horses don't jump with their legs splayed out, as artists had depicted for centuries.at college I was blown away by the brilliance and complexity of his work. Still am. British b.1830 d.1904

Annie Leibowitz : portrait photographer. In the 1980s and 90s was producing American b. 1949

Yousuf Karsh : really powerful portraits in black and white. Armenian b.1908 d.2002

Plus Stephen Shore, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, Derek Henderson, Ezra Stoller, Lukas Roth

If I could add Picasso to the list, I would (actually he did take photographs and loved it enough to say “I have discovered photography. Now I can die, I have nothing else to learn”) But he’s a painter, and that's another list

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