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)
@ 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.