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!
I'll kick off with - the four greatest photographers of all time...:
Jut the ones who matter to me in 2006.
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
Smith, Weston, Emerson, Cameron
"One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid,
and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"
Hmm just 4? Well in no order and pretty much the first 4 to pop into my mind….
Originally Posted by tim atherton
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
I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.
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The four most Important:
William Fox Talbot
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.
A G Studio
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)
Are you asking for only photography? Or photography/printers?