Any Great Medium format photogrphers?

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  1. chip j

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    I know of tons in 35mm, a few really big ones in LF, but can't really think of any in MF. Sure, Strand used a Mamiya TLR at one point, and Ansel used a Hasselblad, but any others?
     
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    Well, let's see.

    Annie Leibovitz
    Vivian Maier
    Fritz Henle
    Richard Avedon
    Dianne Arbus

    and probably a few more.
     
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    A few more:

    David Plowden
    Edouard Boubat
    Josef Hoflehner
    Brett Weston (known for large format, but also used an RB67)
    Some of Willy Ronis' work appears to have been square format
    Barry Thornton
    Faye Godwin (square format, I believe)
    Charlie Waite
    Larry Fink

    Dale
     
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    Got books from these guys...

    Nick Brandt (Pentax 67)
    Sebastiao Salgado (various formats)
    Malcolm Venville (Mamiya RB, Hasselblad and lots of large and small format cameras)
     
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    Bill Brandt
    Phillip Jones Griffiths
    Bert Hardy
    Man Ray
    Lee Miller

    ... the list goes on

    Of course it rather depends what you mean by "great" ...
     
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    You will have to define "great." I'm old enough to remember when newspaper photographers got rid of their 4x5 Speed Graphics and embraced the Rolleiflex. Some of these guys (and they were mostly guys in those days) took great photos, some won the Pullet Surprise, but you may not have heard of them.
    If a photog takes a great photograph in a cathedral at sunrise and nobody hears the shutter click, is it a great photograph?
    If a guy didn't work for a whiz-bang huge media outlet or did not have a private line into the photo editor at Life Magazine, does that mean his photos are not great because not many people saw them? The V. Maier syndrome, methinks. How many undiscovered Maiers are there out there? What is "great" anyway. Today a "celebrity" can be someone who was on an obscure TV show in one brief episode.
     
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    My favorite photographer is Irving Penn and he shot with a rolleiflex.
     
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    Although Richard Avedon is best known for his 8x10 work, he was also a big user of Rolleiflex cameras. Bruce Weber is another name that comes to mind. And I just bought a book by Jock Sturges that he shot with a Rolleiflex.
     
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    Henri Cartier-Bresson also used medium format camera in the beginning of his carrier.
     
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    It's hard to think of a top photographer in the fashion, editorial, and reportage fields the 30's 40's 50's, 60's and 70's who didn't shoot medium format.
     
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    BTW - not obvious at first about HCB:

    Most famous photos "Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare" was taken 1932. and he got his first Leica 1933. So it was shot on medium format :smile:.
     
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    I can accept this list, except for Mortenson, who I've never heard of. I'll find out about him. Thanks, People. Chip
     
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    Ray Mortenson is one of the few B&W photographers I enjoy who used 6x4.5. Check out the Meadowland book from 1983 (Lustrum Press). Although the credits in the book and on his website don't mention 6x4.5, the proofsheet reproduced in the book Contact Theory (Lustrum Press, 1980) was made with 6x4.5 camera.

    If you like Fay Godwin Land and Lee Friedlander Factory Valleys, Meadowland could go right between them on the bookshelf.
     
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    Michael Kenna (Hasselblad, Holga)
    Barry Thornton (SL66)
    Helmut Newton (Hasselblad and Rollei TLR)
    Lord Snowdon (Hasselblad and I think also Mamiya, he uses LF also)
    Michel Comte (Hasselblad and others)
    Fritz Henle aka "Mr Rollei" (Rolleiflex TLR)
     
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