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    Contemporary Landscape photography?

    As much as I love taking inspiration from traditional landscape photography and paintings, I want to start looking more at contemporary practitioners but finding great photography online can be like looking for a needle in a haystack at times, more so when it comes to landscapes as I'm not interested in the gifted amateur who goes to his nearest beach or hill top and takes sweeping shots and that's generally what one tends to find.

    So can anyone recommend some good, contemporary artists?

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    In the UK, Paul Hill, the late Fay Godwin and Raymond Moore, John Davies, Jem Southam, Thomas Joshua Cooper, early John Blakemore, that's just a start.

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    Although i like most of those, Jem Southam stands out. I looked at the others and I don't know if it's because they're in black and white but they just seem a little too traditional for me. Whereas Southam's work seems a bit more up to date.

    So now i'm wondering is it colour which makes a landscape more contemporary or is it still all in the way it's shot?

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    I should also add i'm after photographers who's work has been made mostly in the past 20 years.

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    UK based Charlie Waite , Joe Cornish have websites, are still working, run courses.
    Charlie Waite has done one book of black and white.Colin Westgate runs courses.

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    There's also Paul Graham in colour and Fay Godwin shot colour in the last few years of her life - less than 10-15 years ago. Simon Norfolk shoots colour

    B&W or Colour it's the way it's shot particularly with regard to what the photographer is trying to express and explore, UK and European contemporary photography often has political undertones, far more so than US photographers.

    I could give you a much longer list but my books are mainly packed away in storage. Look at some of the German photographers who studied undere the Bechers.

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    Why look at others? If you are looking to break from sweeping vistas and for that matter B&W why not go out with color and a long lens or perhaps macro and develop your own vision. It is not the easiest thing to do when you appreciate what others have done and that is in the back of your mind. A couple of names that come to mind with color are Eliot Porter and Ernst Haas (both not too contemporary) as well as Joel Meyerowitz. They have very large bodies of work that include a variety of treatments of the landscape.

    http://www.jeffreyglasser.com/

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    Best regards,

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    Ed Burtynsky is amazing: http://www.edwardburtynsky.com/

    also www.icehuts.ca (Richard Johnson)

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    Gregory Crewdson is worth a look--staged, cinematic but still a landscape photographer.

    http://www.artnet.com/awc/gregory-crewdson.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RywAfP4KFcY
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