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Photogs / Photo Exhibits This is the place to discuss a particular Photographer (work, style, life, whatever), as well as to post Gallery and Museum Photo Exhibitions and your own impressions of them. As we march on in this new digital world, it is often too easy to forget about the visual importance of the photographic print, as well as their financial importance to the photographer. It is also interesting to remember that some guy named Gene Smith shot with lenses that many lens test reading "never had a picture published in their life" amateurs would turn up their their noses at, as being "unacceptable."

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Old 11-12-2009   #1
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Which photographers inspire you?

Plain simple question. A key experience for my decision to take pictures on black and white film was seeing the pictures William Gedney took in San Francisco around 1966 and 1967.
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Old 11-12-2009   #2
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Old 11-12-2009   #6
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Old 11-12-2009   #7
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Henri Cartier Bresson, W. Eugene Smith, Sebastian Salgado, Ernst Haas and all those from the FSA.
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Old 11-12-2009   #8
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Old 11-12-2009   #12
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Not famous, but first and formost my father. I would sit with him in the darkroom fascinated watching the photos appear in the trays. My father is from Portugal and as a child i loved looking through all the prints of a foreign land.

There were always a lot of art books around my house, but not many of photography. There was a book of kertesz that mesmerized me when I found it as a teen.
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Richard Avedon / Irving Penn / Steven Meisel / Peter Lindbergh / Josef Koudelka / David Alan Harvey / Elliott Erwitt / Michael Thompson / Steve McCurry / Alfred Eisenstadt / Robert Doisneau / Ellen von Unwerth / Edouard Boubat.
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I've long been an admirer of British photographer David Hamilton. I'm also intrigued by how he seems to have been influenced by an artist from a century earlier who worked in pen and ink, Franz von Bayros. They both portrayed young girls in erotic situations, and the posing and compositions are very similar.

Caution! Some people might find these photographs and drawings offensive.

I think that seeing how others influence one another can be as enlightening as seeing how others influence you. The work doesn't have to be in the same medium to see this either.
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Old 11-12-2009   #15
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A few are Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Sebastião Salgado, William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, and Lee Friedlander

To elaborate at bit on a couple of the folks named above: HCB and Frank got me fascinated with photography before I ever owned a camera, and a Friedlander traveling exhibition I saw a few months back at Cleveland Museum of Art totally blew my mind and made me completely reevaluate anything I had ever thought of in terms of what made an image work.
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I share his passion in shooting color when doing street photography and I believe his Philosophy in photography.

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some few other local photographers here in the Philippines
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Old 11-12-2009   #18
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The biggest one for me? James Nachtwey. One for his photography the other for his humility.
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My all time favorite and in my eye the only true genius of photography post war: DIANE ARBUS. We miss you Diane!
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Ragnar Axelsson: www.rax.is and James Ravilious: www.jamesravilious.com In both cases their focus has seemed to be on recording dying patterns of life in rural areas: Ravilous in South-West England and Axelsson in Greenland, the Faeroes and in his native Iceland. Ravilious died some years ago but Ragnar Axelsson is still working. From my perspective both have produced outstandingly beautiful images and both seem curiously overlooked. As far as I know, Ravilious used Leica rangefinders exclusively with older, uncoated lenses and I'm sure I've read that Axelsson has tended to use Leica M because of the extreme cold in which he often works in. They're both definitely worth exploring.
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Old 11-12-2009   #25
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In many ways though I'm more informed by painters, the romantics and the impressionists when it comes to my landscapes though.
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I am much more inspired by painters such as Edward Hopper. Most people know Hopper from his "Nighthawks". You can't help but react in some emotional level to his paintings . This is something I strive for but often in vain.
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Roger Fenton. Margaret Bourke-White. Sebastiao Salgado. Early David Bailey. And about 10% of what I see every year at Arles, from the classics (Willy Ronis, for example) to relative unknowns such as Cécile de Corniquet. If you can stand Cécile's website, www.cecileetlaurent.com (it's slow, gimmicky and irritating) you'll fnd some great pictures.

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Petronio, Novak and Klurfield. Different styles, different inspirations. You don't have to be famous to inspire.
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Eugene Atget, Walker Evans & Robert Frank. There are many others I like but these three are truly 'inspirational'.
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