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    Hmmm. Harry Callahan? Berenice Abbott? Imogen Cunningham? Jerry Uelsmann? Margaret Bourke-White?

    Most of the photographers I studied in History of Photography are not mentioned on this list.

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    They forgot pretty much all photographers of the 19th century. No Fox Talbot (father of Positive Negative), No Daguerre, No Niepce, No William Henry Jackson (the true photographer of Yellowstone), no Rejlander (father of the composite). This list is a Joke and not a good one.

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    Don't blame me

    Quote Originally Posted by MDR View Post
    This list is a Joke and not a good one.

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    I think the list is biased and incomplete too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDR View Post
    They forgot pretty much all photographers of the 19th century. No Fox Talbot (father of Positive Negative), No Daguerre, No Niepce, No William Henry Jackson (the true photographer of Yellowstone), no Rejlander (father of the composite). This list is a Joke and not a good one.

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    Well, Fox Talbot, Daguerre and Niepce kind of... invented photography. To say they influenced it would be to do them an injustice. Don't ya think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by batwister View Post
    Well, Fox Talbot, Daguerre and Niepce kind of... invented photography. To say they influenced it would be to do them an injustice. Don't ya think?
    Talbot influenced photography by creating the language of the medium and of course the negative/positive process. His book the pencil of nature (not the first photobook) certainly influenced other photographers. Daguerre created the first photograph of a person and together with Niepce the Daguerreotype. So not only were they great inventors but they also influenced the medium.

    Bayard (one of the earliest Selfportraits and superb photographer) and Anna Atkins (first photobook) are missing as well.

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    I think Eugene Smith is terribly overrated here. #4? Really?

    Alec Soth is surely more influential than many of the names here. His "I'm living a life of ennui" portraits are now a mainstay among college photographers.

    Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Fredrick Sommer, Keith Carter for God's sake?! Callahan, Metzger, Lee Friedlander!! All missing.

    If influential, you mean taught and inspired, those names would all be in the top ten.
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    And what about Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and Timothy O'Sullivan? Between the three of them and Roger Fenton they invented wartime photojournalism. And Brady was a pioneer in celebrity portraiture. Or Eadward Muybridge? And I'm sorry, Avedon, while perhaps deserving of being on a list like this, does NOT deserve to be #1.

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    It's a UK publication so influences will be quite different to the US.

    Beaumont Newhalls "History of Photography" was highly biased in it's US viewpoint to the extent that Peter Turner wrote a "History of POhotography" with a more European/'UK bias which was published in the UK.

    So there will be big differences in opinions depending on the photo culture you've been steeped in.

    I'd add Robert Adams and Robert Misrach, John Blakemore and Ray Moore quite high in that list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ParkerSmithPhoto View Post
    I think Eugene Smith is terribly overrated here. #4? Really?
    I really like Eugene Smith but #4 is a little high. However, failing to include Bruce Davidson or Lee Miller is unforgivable; Robert Capa at 94 is too low as well.
    Once a photographer is convinced that the camera can lie and that, strictly speaking, the vast majority of photographs are "camera lies," inasmuch as they tell only part of a story or tell it in a distorted form, half the battle is won. Once he has conceded that photography is not a "naturalistic" medium of rendition and that striving for "naturalism" in a photograph is futile, he can turn his attention to using a camera to make more effective pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    I'd add Robert Adams and... Ray Moore quite high in that list.
    Absolutely. Robert Adams could easily be #1 for the breadth of his influence - landscape, social documentary, street, architectural, night photography...

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