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    Portrait photographers

    Are there any famous portrait photographers who don’t photograph famous people?

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    Actually, Edward Sheriff Curtis may qualify for this.

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    August Sander for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miha View Post
    August Sander for sure.
    miha, I agree, but was that because of the volume of images in a topographical context?

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    First one that pops to mind (as he's kind of everywhere at the minute) is Steve McCurry. It is a tricky one though, because famous people do tend to hang around in famous people land! While some famous portraitists might not focus on celebrities, you'll be hard pressed to find one who hasn't shot a few. David Eustace comes to mind for that point. See his 'The Character Project' for non-celebs.

    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    Actually, Edward Sheriff Curtis may qualify for this.
    You'll need to reformat your OP in past tense of course, if Edward Curtis is being counted as an exception to the rule. There weren't many celebs back then! Indian or otherwise...
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    miha, I agree, but was that because of the volume of images in a topographical context?

    That made him famous? I don't think so as his work is exquisite. An interesting read: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/dis...0/augustsander

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    Quote Originally Posted by miha View Post
    miha, I agree, but was that because of the volume of images in a [typological] context?

    That made him famous?
    It's certainly the main reason he has remained famous - for later influencing typology as a photographic genre; the Bechers, Ed Ruscha etc. But his real accomplishment was humanitarian of course.
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    FSA photographers: Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miha View Post
    FSA photographers: Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans.
    But portraiture wasn't really there speciality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    But portraiture wasn't really there speciality.
    That's true, but it's because of the portraits they've made that we remember them mostly. Whenever I read their names, photos of Allie Mae Burroughs and Migrant mother come to my mind.

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