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Most Influential Photographers of All Time?

Discussion in 'Web Sites of Interest' started by willking87, May 22, 2015.

  1. willking87

    willking87 New Member

  2. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Very Euro-centric. {I include Americans as Europeans as far as the early days of photography are concerned.} Mentioning early days, not many real pioneers in there, quite a few followers.

    I would add another European or two - Michael Kenna would be one - who have had a real impact. He's spawned a host of imitators & followers as well as being outstanding for both his style and output.

    Will try and re-visit with a bit more of a world view.
  3. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    The ref to wildlife photographers on the AP Home Page has reminded me that I would add Frans Lanting to this list and maybe Stephen Dalton as well.
  4. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Hopelessly feeble on the 19th century.


  5. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Before I start deleting names, here are a couple more I would add for their all-time influence on photography from their lifetime: Victor Hasselblad (yes, he was a photographer) and Bill Jay. More Europeans & Americans I'm afraid. Hasn't any other continents produced truly influential photographers?
  6. Roy5051

    Roy5051 Well-Known Member

    What about Sebastiao Salgado?, Surely one of the greats?
  7. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Yes, agreed, but what's his influence, Roy? Cheers, Oly
  8. Trannifan

    Trannifan Well-Known Member

    Where's Robert Frank, sometimes referred to as the father of street photogrphy? He is, by all accounts, a very interesting person with sometimes acerbic opinions on matters photographic.

  9. Johnski

    Johnski Active Member

    Glad to see Bresson there - I am a massive fan of his ability with the camera
  10. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Funny thing, I was thinking of this Thread just yesterday.

    H C-B was 'good' (up to a point) and he has been very influential. The question I have is that he was almost following in the path of other pioneers such as Erich Salomon. That may be where the influence really was. Then others, not on the list, were in my view better than Cartier-Bresson but maybe not quite so 'influential', such as Robert Doisneau. That's the problem with lists like these.

    At the risk of repeating a story already told on the AP Forum, I had a great time years ago, going round a major retrospective of H C-B's work with Chris Steele-Perkins. He was very interesting and quite critical of some of his fellow Magnum member's output. :) I already knew that H C-B was none too good at exposure estimation. There is a fantastic article in a magazine somewhere (not AP) that features an interview with the man who developed H C-B's films and printed for him. Sorry, cannot remember name or publication but it will probably come to me one day!

    Have been musing on who I would add or remove. I've also been hoping Roger Hicks would suggest some 19th century names that could be included. Not a period I can help on.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2015
  11. Sejanus.Aelianus

    Sejanus.Aelianus In the Stop Bath

    Most influential on who?

    we should be told!

  12. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Other Phogs, Senator?
  13. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Since the list was published and this Thread started, I've had a couple of encounters that convince me that Bernd & Hilla Becher should, probably, be added to the list. Their influence may well extend beyond photography to designers & architects.

    Thoughts, anyone?
  14. Skyehammer

    Skyehammer Well-Known Member

    Bill Brandt probably deserves a mention .
  15. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Blimey, you're dragging some old threads up here. One of the posters has since re registered under a new name.
  16. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    David Bailey and Chris Packham

    Why, because they were great fun at getting people into photography.

    I loved watching "Blondy Locks" Chris Packham as he was nicknamed by many, not stuffy, witty, fun to watch, influential on me, that is what matters, otherwise it has n real meaning.

    "Most Influential Photographers of All Time" is a personal choice, and in reality to me many of the early photographers may have been good in their day but their photographs whilst hard to get, restricted by the gear were not really great.

    https://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/latest/photo-news/wildlife-photographer-chris-packham-photography-kit-inspirations-company-ethics-117764#:~:text=Perhaps better known as a,also a passionate wildlife photographer.&text=Now, naturally, he concentrates his,sticking with what he knows.
  17. ascu75

    ascu75 Well-Known Member

    If you google Most Influential Photographers of AllTime the answers are all weighed towards America maybe it’s me but I am fed up with the Yanks being bigger and better.
  18. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    Bigger yes better !

    Go US Go :)


  19. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    My grandfather's favourite shaggy dog story was the sorry tale of someone tasked with entertaining an important American businessman, from Texas, with a tour of the London sights. Everything he showed him got the response - we have one of those and it is bigger and its better. Each time the Englishman asked the reason why and he got the same answer, "climate my boy, climate". This went on all day and the imposed upon tour guide was getting more and more fed up. They finally ended the tour at the, then brand new, post-office tower. "Here we have the newest and the tallest building in London" he started, and before his guest could utter, the tour guide quickly got in - "and there are no lifts". The American was taken aback. "What? Why are there no lifts?" He asked. "Climb it my boy, climb it".
  20. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    Mind you :(

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