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pierods
03-06-2009, 08:03 AM
Hello,

can you name a few masters of natural light portraiture for me to admire? Maybe in b/w?

thanks

piero

TheFlyingCamera
03-06-2009, 08:28 AM
I'd say look at Sally Mann and Jock Sturges for folks who do portraits in natural light - they're not exactly conventional portraits, but they certainly qualify.

Pinholemaster
03-06-2009, 08:34 AM
Scott Davis!

Surely not me! http://www.walterpcalahan.com/Cheers/Portfolios/Pages/Portraiture.html#6

Grin.

keithwms
03-06-2009, 08:41 AM
Available light shooters tend also to fall into the impromptu/street, rangefinder or press camera mode of shooting. A few come to mind.... Weegee. Winogrand. Kertesz.

A prime recent example would be Ragnar Axelsson, whose understanding of the (challenging) available light of the north is clearly evident in his informal portraits in Faces of the North, which I described here (http://www.apug.org/forums/blogs/keithwms/125-ragnar-axelsson-faces-north.html). "Rax" is the man when it comes to available light environmental portraiture, in my opinion. Though you may be looking for more formal compositions.

Stoo Batchelor
03-06-2009, 09:33 AM
You would have to include Jane Bown

http://89.234.0.17/collections/search/person.php?search=sa&sText=Jane+Bown&LinkID=mp07814&role=art

I own a wonderful book by her called 'FACES' The creative process behind great portraits, in which she includes a little of the thought process and tech detail on each photograph.

Best

Stoo

Chazzy
03-06-2009, 10:13 AM
You would have to include Jane Bown

http://89.234.0.17/collections/search/person.php?search=sa&sText=Jane+Bown&LinkID=mp07814&role=art


That link gets me a mostly blank page, although it could be a problem with my browser.

naeroscatu
03-06-2009, 10:45 AM
Charles, the link works, I was able to get in. Quite an impressive body of work, many famous people there.

David A. Goldfarb
03-06-2009, 11:00 AM
Rembrandt, Vermeer.

Of course the nineteenth-century portraitists generally used natural light. Nadar understood light--

http://www.masters-of-photography.com/N/nadar/nadar_georges_sand_full.html

Chazzy
03-06-2009, 11:07 AM
Charles, the link works, I was able to get in. Quite an impressive body of work, many famous people there.

It worked for me when I tried a second time. If at first you don't succeed

TheFlyingCamera
03-06-2009, 12:29 PM
Oh, don't forget Alexander Gardner, Matthew Brady, and those millions of otherwise unknown wet plate portraitists whose work most of us have in family albums stashed away in some dusty corner of the attic somewhere.

vdonovan
03-06-2009, 01:20 PM
Don't be forgettin' my man August Sander (http://www.masters-of-fine-art-photography.com/02/artphotogallery/photographers/august_sander_01.html)!

rorye
03-06-2009, 01:29 PM
Snowden

Chazzy
03-06-2009, 03:09 PM
Don't be forgettin' my man August Sander (http://www.masters-of-fine-art-photography.com/02/artphotogallery/photographers/august_sander_01.html)!

Thanks for the link. There's a Sander book that I've been wanting for some time, but it always goes for too much on eBay.

pierods
03-06-2009, 03:54 PM
thank you all so much.

Rob Skeoch
03-06-2009, 03:57 PM
I've always liked Arnold Newman.

Schlapp
03-06-2009, 04:02 PM
Tina Modotti http://www.modotti.com/

Morry Katz
03-06-2009, 04:41 PM
Let's not forget Edward Weston, Imogene Cunningham. Dorothea Lange, Walter Evans et al.

Morry Katz

eddym
03-06-2009, 05:02 PM
W. Eugene Smith; Manuel Alvarez Bravo; Sebastiao Salgado

AlanC
03-06-2009, 05:12 PM
1. Irving Penn. Worlds in a small room...
2. Frank Meadow Sutcliffe. Victorian photographs of Whitby fishermen

Alan Clark

eddym
03-06-2009, 05:19 PM
Oh, I forgot... Antonin Kratochvil!