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    The four greatest photographers?

    So, who are the four Greatest photographers? (or maybe even the four most important photographers)

    Who are the four that you think anyone who calls themselves a photographer must have looked at... (so generally aesthetic rather than technical - though there are some who embody both)

    If you want to be humble (hmmm - this is apug) you could maybe go for the four most important to you (but not to many uncle Fred or auntie Ethel picks please). Or be as grandiose as you want and name the four greatest of all time - every other photographer is a mere mortals by comparison.

    But be prepare to defend your choices - in a duel if necessary!

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    I'll kick off with - the four greatest photographers of all time...:

    Atget

    Walker Evans

    Andre Kertesz

    Wm. Eggleston

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    Jut the ones who matter to me in 2006.

    Koudelka
    Penn
    Parr
    Gene Smith

    all old, tsk

    heavy on the journalism but that's a big deal numbers-wise

    Never liked Atget much
    Evans has some great stuff (early Penn was totally about aping Evans)
    Egg great but I think commercial guys out-styled him
    Kertesz I'll give you

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    Smith, Weston, Emerson, Cameron
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    and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim atherton
    So, who are the four Greatest photographers? (or maybe even the four most important photographers)

    Who are the four that you think anyone who calls themselves a photographer must have looked at... (so generally aesthetic rather than technical - though there are some who embody both)

    If you want to be humble (hmmm - this is apug) you could maybe go for the four most important to you (but not to many uncle Fred or auntie Ethel picks please). Or be as grandiose as you want and name the four greatest of all time - every other photographer is a mere mortals by comparison.

    But be prepare to defend your choices - in a duel if necessary!
    Hmm just 4? Well in no order and pretty much the first 4 to pop into my mind….

    Joseph Sudek: The Poet of Prague and shot a lot of large format with only one arm.
    WeeGee: Can any one not like Weegee?
    Lewis W. Hine: His photography of the working class speaks for itself.
    Edward Weston: Day Books and no light meter… Amazing
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    The four most Important:

    Nicéphore Niépce
    Louis Dauguerre
    William Fox Talbot
    George Eastman

    They basically enabled the start and early continuance of all photography as we have it today. I think it is tougher to pick out the greatest photographers, since that all too often involves personal tastes and perceptions of individuals. However, the one name I could come up with that even non-photographers can state as representing photography is Ansel Adams. I really only like a few of his images, so he would not make it onto my personal list of whom I consider the greatest.

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    Hey - some cool choices so far - all of them on my own longer list and bookshelf... but interestingly, only a couple of crossovers
    (BWT Gordon, I just started reading the novel The Mercury Visions of Louis Duguerre - we'll see if if it's any good)

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    My fav's:

    Gene Smith
    Edward Weston
    Imogene Cunningham
    Ansel Adams

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    Jack Dykinga
    David Muench
    Joe Cornish
    Ken Duncan
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    Are you asking for only photography? Or photography/printers?
    Tremendous difference.
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