Looking for a color photographer for a paper

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    Hello,

    I'm writing a short paper for a class on a color photographer, and I was wondering who your favorite "master" of color photography is. I love Saul Leiter, but they used him in class so I'd feel like a cheater to use his stuff.

    Any suggestions of similar photographers? Who's your favorite color photographer?
     
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    Ernst Haas. Pete Turner. Alex Webb.
    I don't have one favorite, but there's a few of my favorites.
     
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    Eliot Porter, large format color landscapes.
     
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    Eggleston?
     
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    Joel Meyerowitz (last name most definitely spelled incorrectly). Check out the book Cape Light.
     
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    Check out the early color work by Edward Steichen.
     
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    Erwin Fieger
     
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    Ernst Haas and Clifford Coffin are my favorites.

    Coffin's story is interesting because he was a character and a half, and also because was very well known and sought after as a fashion photographer in his heyday. But he basically dropped off the face of the Earth and out of common photographic knowledge for various reasons, including his open homosexuality and his being very difficult to work with. He was very brutal on models and a real perfectionist. And how many people were flamingly out of the closet back then? Also, most of his work was destroyed by a vandal who targeted him specifically. The only examples of his work that remain are from the vaults of Vogue, Look, etc...and I think those are mostly prints, not film. On a technical level, he was among the first in the fashion world to make heavy use of color film. He also was a master of making something out of nothing. His props and setups are usually incredibly simple. He perhaps pioneered the use of decayed and destroyed urban structures as backdrops for fashion photography; he was doing this in the '40's with the ruins of post-war Europe. I am pretty sure he didn't invent the ring light, but he popularized it's use for fashion photographs, and built, or at least designed, his own unit. He "discovered" Audrey Hepburn and brought her into the public's eye. I would call him a "lost master" of color photography. He was very forward thinking, and heavily influential on the world of fashion photography to this day.

    Haas is interesting because of his weighty career accomplishments (being president of Magnum for a time is among them) and because of his philosophical writing on photography.
     
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    Don't sell yourself short. You spelled it correctly. :smile:
     
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    Do you know any photographers who are a little more off the beaten path? It's a class assignment and I don't want to be someone's duplicate.
     
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    Until recently, Jeff Wall was one of the largest users of Ilfochrome in the world.

    Most of his iconic work is shot on film and was printed optically on to Ilfochrome materials.

    I'm not sure if he is using any film now, but he certainly is a photographer.
     
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    MattKing, that's an incredible photo.
     
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    Someone who was making strong, heavily saturated, manipulated color images decades before digital is Mitchell Funk.
     
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    Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii
    This guy is pretty interesting as he was making colour photos before colour film was available. He made three B&W exposures through Red, Green & Blue filters & then combined them by projecting through complementary filters. The photos themselves also look great - documentation of Russia in the early 1900s.

    This link has some good examples
     
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    For projection of colour separations you need filters of the same colours.
     
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    Matt, what about his post-1992 work? Almost all of his Ilfochrome lightboxes since "A Sudden Gust of Wind" were digital collages of many shots. Do you happen to know how exactly were these printed onto Ilfochrome? Was it output via LVT to 8x10 film?
     
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    Jeff Mermelstein though he's not to everyone's tastes.
     
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    I'm afraid I don't know the answer to your question.