Photographers: Michael Thompson Vivian Maier (REALLY cool story behind her if you haven't read it...) Man Ray Annie Leibovitz Diane Arbus Richard Avedon Edward Steichen Sally Mann (Probably one of my waaaaay faves) Joyce Tenneson HakanPhotography (on DA)
tomaszwiejaFeatured By OwnerNov 26, 2012Professional Photographer
@ pixie-lee: are you familiar with Erwin Olaf? Your mentioning nostalgia, subconscious and the use of props immediately lit a red bulb in my head, because it has Erwin Olaf written all over it. Keep in mind though some of his work is, well, tough. and certainly nsfw. I think you should especially have a look at his series 'grief'. I always found his attention to detail almost insane.
As for me though, I'm fascinated Rene Magritte and his paintings. Been trying to adapt this inspiration to some of my photographs with, well, various results..
Cathedrals inspire me. You might see a photograph of a cathedral, but being in one is an experience that cannot be replecated in any film or photograph. The sheer size of some of the and the feeling of the place are excellent. If you are in the UK and want to see a good "big" cathedral then I'd recommend you goto the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, it is HUGE. Also if you go there check out the Lady Chapel inside the cathedral, it is smaller but is beautiful.
Whups thought you meant what inspires you not who. As for inspiration I like the works of people on here in Deviant Art. Some are hobbyists and produce excellent outstanding work, even though they are just doing it as a hobby.
HerGashiDidSlashFeatured By OwnerNov 9, 2012Student Photographer
Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama - Their style and view on the world is so fresh, I like tokyo's photography scene Lauren Peralta - Beautiful self portraits and she sees light Diane Arbus - Great portraits Anton Corbijn - Great photographer and cinematographer, his philosophy is inspiring
rustyironmongerFeatured By OwnerNov 9, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
#1 is Troy Paiva of Lostamerica.com. Not only have I followed his work for years and gleaned tidbits of useful things about junkyard car and urban exploration photography from his work, but I have gotten to know him online and he is as nice of a person as he is a good photographer.
georgewjohnsonFeatured By OwnerNov 5, 2012Hobbyist Photographer
Modern day UK photographers, David Noton, Ross Hoddinot, Rob Cherry and Justin Minns. Shooting UK landscapes is hard work as we don't have huge vistas and the weather can be rubbish some days but these people manage to shoot stunning UK landscapes. Whenever I can't get it together their work reminds me that if they can shoot great picture in places I know well, then I have no one else to blame but me if it's not going right.
I can't believe no one has said Robert Frank. I think the Americas is one of the finest collections of images ever created. Irving Penn, Angus McBean, Julius Shulman, and Edward Steichen would be the more classical influences.
More recent stuff from not dead people, Joe McNally for sure but that led me to Kevin Kuboata and Scott Robert Lim who I draw more from, especially for the photography I do that pays my bills.
While not photographers my personal photography work draws from people like Vladimir Kush and Daniel Merriam. RC Concepion is also inspiring to me and happens to be a photographer.
Did you watch Lara on Creative live? She's so inspiring! I had a shoot a few days after that and I remembered a lot of what she said and how she directed and I must say it's some of my best work to date!
Joe McNally always blows my mind, not only is his work insanely good but just how naturally gifted he is, Iv had the honor of being able to hang out on set and it is mind boggling how he can just set up like 15 flashes, no light meter, nothing, and his first frame is better than what most people could after hours of tweaking.
Peter Hurley's ability to pull people from their shells and create amazingly expressions also really makes my head explode.
I also adore Joel Grimes' work, especially his views on the artistic process.
Lara Jade is always fantastic, I am not a huge fan of all her work but considering her age she is very impressive. I also love her views on the photographic process.
Lyndsay Addler is also amazingly creative.
Those are the major ones these days for more, other ones who also impress me are:
Michelle Monique, Joey L, Frank Dorhoff, Scott Bourne, Emily Soto, Tamara Lackey, Aaron Nace, Zack Arias, and Jill Greenberg
She really is. Sometimes it bugs me that she teaches the business side of photography with so little experience in it but there is no question about her photographic mastery and she seems like one of the world's nicest people.
I've just taken a look at Joe McNally's work and he is a genius with lighting! That does sound very impressive, I struggle with 3 flashes let alone 15! I'll take a look at some of the other people you mentioned
I know a lot of people that hate Crewdsons work, which is a shame, but personally I love it! I love how he stages things and the dramatic lighting, I watched a video of him in uni once and I was so inspired by the way he sets up his shot and the planning that goes into it!
While I've definitely been influenced by classic photographers, such as Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham, I tend to reach back to classic painters for my inspiration - such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Van Dyke for their use of light.