I am aware of Nick Brandt. Two other photographers, perhaps locally famous in their respective countries, are Ian Cameron (Transient Light) and Obie Oberholzer, who is famous in South Africa for travel books like "Raconteur Roads" and "The Hotazel Years". Obie is in my view one of the most brilliant travel photographers to be found in any country. It will help to understand a bit of South African culture to grasp the metaphores in his photographs (I'm not talking about famous sportstars shooting their girlfriends!).

I know a few other local guys who use Pentax, but who are still climbing the ladder of fame. Let's see how far up they go...