Aggie, What else could it be...I mean no one, ever, took a picture of me nude by a rain pool, that I am aware of. Front, back, or otherwise...let alone post it for others to see. I am feeling soooo depressed now...
</span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (dnmilikan @ Feb 23 2003, 11:19 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>Aggie,
You might want to check out www.evolvingbeauty.com. </td></tr></table><span class='postcolor'>
Excellent work here. An *excellent* primer dealing with figure photography.
Anyone intested should check out his Model Release. Written with a slight Canadian legal slant, it conforms closely to what I understand about the legalities of it all.
Take some time when you access this site - there is a LOT to it - and all well worth the time.
Ed Sukach, FFP.
I'm not surprised by responses that vary widely from mine, but surprised at how little my favorites are even mentioned:
- W. Eugene Smith -- just crazy enough to believe that his lies were the right way to get at the truth
- Garry Winogrand -- gee, same answer (j/k). For his determination to get at the heart of the very essence of photography as an art form
- Diane Arbus -- for turning a mad life into pictures that grab to this day
- Ralph Gibson -- for his graphic style and realizing that the boundary between the specific and the generic is one of the most interesting in photography
- Sam Abell -- for finding gentle delight in all things, and rewarding the quiet, patient eye
- Gilles Peress -- for seeing boldy what might have otherwise been unseen (one might say the same for Salgado, though his work plays, to me, too heavily on convenient western archetypes -- compare Workers to Telex Iran)
- James Natchwey -- because he keeps coming back alive, and yet remains sane and compassionate
- Robert Bergman -- because the world needs love
- Boris Mikhailov -- for seeing a world full of broken, beautiful things. And people.
I could go on... but nary a craggy mountaintop nor clear-skinned nude in the lot.
Yes, Sturges, Sally Mann, & N. Nixon would be on my list if I were pressed to find large-format favorites. Sturges' recent Irish schoolyard portraits are among the most beautiful I've ever seen.
Sturges, Mary Ellen Mark, Zosia Zija, Eugene Atget, Eugene Smith, Dima Zverev.
You'll likely have never heard of Zosia Zija (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dima Zverev (can't remember his link, but a google search should turn it up). I'd highly advise taking a look.
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This reminds me a bit of those top album lists in High Fidelity (by Nick Hornby)...vv difficult to make a choice, but I really love poetic, contemplative photography like Minor White, Sudek, Paul Caponigro and John Blakemore. And Edward Weston remains a real inspiration. In portraiture, Emmet Gowin, Paul Strand, Nick Nixon, Harry Callahan really do it for me.
The Zija site is outstanding. Great links to other super sites as well. Well worth the visit.
Glad you were able to stop by Zosia's site, Eric. I'm really pulled to her work.
If you haven't found Dima's work, you can see it at photocritique.net. I tried to link his set, but am technologically challenged. Anyway, do a search by photographer and look him up. My personal favorite of his is "Mountain Cow".
My favorite photgraphers Are Jeanloup Sief and Albert Watson
Stop trying to get into my mind, There is nothing there!
That Dima person is amazing. Great stuff. Aggie ya gotta check it out, right up your alley.