Who are the current and future masters?

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  1. Jim Chinn

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    I was going through one of my Andre Kertesz books and began to think about all the fabulous phtographers who have passed in the last several years. Kertesz, Avedon, Penn, Bravo, Capa, Eisenstadt, Bresson are the ones that come quickly to mind.

    Who is still out there, and who are the ones that you consider will be thought of in the same category as the above and the others greats (Weston, Strand, Evans, Adams, E. Smith etc).

    Two that come to mind that might enter the pantheon (IMHO) are Ralph Gibson and Salgado. Possibly Michael Kenna. I think their work has tremendous impact beyond beauty and documentation.

    I would like to hear others opinions and candidates.
     
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    Sebastiao for sure!!!!!!

    Good question! Being a 1000 mile drive from Canada's Calgary or Vancouver and not being interested in the "cheesy sunset" or "moistened model in sunset light" on the front cover of the reduced-to-the-lowest-common-denomenator photography magazines, I'm a tad out of the loop when it comes to emerging (and current) masters.

    I hope to be awakened.

    Murray
     
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    Hey, aim big, right?
     
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    Some of this comes down to hero worship. I don't look up or at others in that way. I look at other photographers to help me understand how the thing can be used. At the end of the day, when I'm coasting or done, I may stop and consider how this person or that person really was the shit.
     
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    Good point...but being isolated as I am, it would be nice to know what is going on in the world.

    Like Picasso said, "good artists borrow, great artists steal"...he wouldn't have *discovered* cubism without seeing West African ceremonial masks. Maybe somebodies previous experiments will catapult your work to unforeseen heights if you open yourself to outside influences?

    Having said that, nobody has changed my way of seeing...but that's open for interpretation. (Ya ya ya...nothing in the APUG galleries...hand me down computer...no scanner...etc...)

    Murray
     
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    :wink: Knock yourself out, Jeremy! :D
     
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    He's not really working anymore -- certainly not doing what he used to do although I think he shoots landscapes now -- but I think Don McCullin ought to be regarded as one of the all time greats.

    His war photography through the 60s and early 70s is incredible -- not just for the subject matter but also for the sheer technical beauty of the images themselves.
     
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    For street photography I like Eugene Richards work. A lot of his work has an edge that appeals to me. He is no spring chicken and would guess he is somewhere in his late 50's.
     
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    Look for great things from Jorge. Remeber, you heard it first on APUG.
     
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    Paul Caponigro, Flor Garduño, Jerry Uelsmann to name a few. To me, the true masters were defined by their ability to make images I will never forget.
     
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    Didn't he publish a book called "Hearts of Darkness"? I saw it in a bookstore about 25 years ago and it left me speechless for the rest of that day. The image of the bomb blasted childs head / skull in the bicycle spokes haunts me still...

    It should be required reading in every grade 8 social studies class so kids can know something of the reality of war before the military gets ahold of their brains.

    Murray
     
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    Another vote for Michael Kenna.
     
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    Don't forget Paul Caponigro, and of course Ruth Bernhard
     
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    At least in the realm of color, I believe:

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    I keep looking at these posts in the vain hope that I might one day appear on somebody's list .... :smile:

    Ah well, here are my Favorites:
    • Ken Duncan
    • Peter Dombrovski
    • Alex Bond
    Cheers,
     
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    You missed my list. Ken is on it; but, I have to admit I forgot about Peter. I don't know Alex Bond though. Do you have a website for him? I thought about putting your name, but figured you didn't want the extra advertising right now. :D
     
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    Try www.alexbond.com.au

    And thanks for being so considerate - I'd hate to get all that extra trafic on my site! :D

    Cheers,