Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Who Do You Think is The Most Important Living Photographer?

I am thinking of doing a TV series (maybe on PBS or maybe on the WEB or DVD) in which I interview the most important living photographers?

Please let me know who you think is important - and why. A person who has contributed to the art and craft of photography. A person from whom you want to learn how and why they photograph – and what makes them tick.

Please post your recommendations here.

Thank you very much,
Rick

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sebastião Salgado

Tom Twigg said...

If I were to judge soley by whose advice and willingness to help others hone their craft have helped me personally, then the answer would have to be YOU, Rick Sammon. That probably sounds like a load, but it is true. Thanks for being so generous.

jeff said...

Rick,

I would give two answers to this and for completely different reasons.

A. Jay Maisel. He is the true spirit of a photographic artist. He still after all these years still has the passion, and that is a rarity today in any profession.

B. Chase Jarvis. Some might say well you are just saying that cause he markets himself well. But he is a rock solid photographer, passionate, and in a time where pros are worried about loosing their jobs to up and comers that are willing to slash their profit margins just to get a job, thus keeping their tricks and techniques to them selves like closely guarded nuclear missle secrets, Chase is breaking that mold and giving the up and comers inside access to his world as a pro, to see the highs and lows. Transparency when done correctly like he is doing it can lead to great things.

Thats my two cents

Jeff

David F. (New Jersey) said...

McNally should be included. Not only for his location portraiture, but for how he has helped evolve the craft of photography. He would also make an incredible interview with his insight and thoughtful story-telling.

I'd also include Mary Ellen Mark, Art Wolfe, Jay Maisel, and Vincent Laforet.

Good luck with the project.

bobwyo said...

Hey, Rick,

Great idea, I'd love to see it come about (If not on TV, you have time to write another book, don't you? ;-) ).

I'd nominate Paul Caponigro. His body of work has had a great influence on me, and I'd like to hear more from and about him. Plus, he's the father of a pretty well-known son, so that might make for interesting conversation.

Bob

Jim Bazin said...

Paul Caponigro.

Anonymous said...

Scott Bourne! :D

henryp said...

Sebastiao Salgado

Henry Posner
B&H Photo-Video

kevwil said...

My vote is for Joe McNally. I suspect he may cringe at such an auspicious title, but maybe being awesome has a price. :) He has singlehandedly inspired me more than any other photographer (although many are just a step behind), by virtue of his incredible mastery of photography with artificial light, his wonderful funny persona and his down-to-earth teaching manner. I am awed, inspired, and educated by everything he does.

AndreaM said...

Judy Dater: http://joebrainardspyjamas.blogspot.com/2009/03/isnt-this-judy-dater-photo-great.html

AndreaM said...

Mimi Chakarova: http://www.mclight.com/gallery/index.html

Anonymous said...

Jay Maisel, he continues to show a fresh point of view of the world around him even at his age. His pictures are always fresh.

jp.bruce said...

I would suggest Art Morris for his bird photography and sharing his knowledge. He has helped lots of people develop their bird photos. He also encourages understanding the nature of your subjects to help in getting right position for a good image.

José Betancur said...

Hi Rick...

I Got two:

Chase Jarvis, because his creativy behind the camera and the amazing work he does.

and

Zack Arias, because the lighting approach he does, I think is a new voice in light uses.

The Curator said...

How about Andy Bernstein - long time NBA and Laker photographer. He has some of the most iconic basketball photos on record

Anonymous said...

Bryan F Peterson

Daniel Hurtubise said...

How about a guy like Joe McNally?
He did it all and was successful at everything.

Anonymous said...

Rick Sammon!

Linda said...

Clyde Butcher ... his photographs of America's pristine landscapes are not only spectacular but are a recording of our country's landscapes for generations to come ... just like Ansel Adams' is to us now. Out of all the incredible photographers, I think Clyde will leave the most prolific legacy.

jefflynchdev said...

Sam Abell, Bill Neill, Tony Sweet, Art Wolfe, Brenda Tharp

Anonymous said...

James Nachtwey. This photographer is one of the best photojournalists alive. He has the ability to transmit very powerful emotions through his photographs. He is also a great man with very good values. To me he embodies the notion of photojournalism.

He is my choice.

Bob said...

There are a number of interesting and important photographers around. Jay Maisel, Arte Wolfe, you, Joe McNally, Arte Morris, Stephen Johnson ... among many others. I would think you might have to limit it to a type of photography or pick one from each type of photography. I would like to see interviews of people who were once students/assistants of Ansel Adams and have gone on to find their own niche.

Gremlin666 said...

Is it boring to say Annie Liebowicz? I know she is very commercial... but i've always been amazed by her portraits. Especially the stuff in the 70's

Gremlin666 said...

PS.... would be thrilled to see a series like this.

Anonymous said...

Joe McNally and David Hobby.

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Bill said...

Clyde Butcher

Christopher Hall said...

There's a lot to choose from...here's my 2 cents: Frans Lanting. The contribution he's made to understanding our natural world is incredible!

Perla said...

I would say it really depends on the type of photography, it would be unfair to put all photographers in one bucket and treat them the same, when their styles and themes are very different.
From a Photojournalism perspective definitively Sebastiao Salgado. From a commercial perspective I would say Annie Lebovitch is way up there. From a wildlife, nature point of view there are a couple, I love Art Wolfe.

Tyson H. said...

Jim Brandenburg
His "Chasing the Light" and "Looking for the Summer" projects of one shutter click per day for a solstice period is nothing short of inspiring! Plus his conservation and giving to the world is something we all can learn from.

Jim said...

I would pick Art Wolfe because he uses his photography to make us aware of the environment and the impact we are having on it.

Joe McNally and Rick Sammon would follow close behind based on the artistic content.

Anonymous said...

Lisa Kristine-I find inspiration in her ability to use light.

jtj3 said...

OK first thought - is your criteria just the person's body of photographic work, or what they've done to advance "the art"?

If I were judging strictly by the body of work, I'd have to say Annie Liebowitz (and thank you, Gremlin666, for saying it first so I didn't have to be the first one!). But in terms of advancing the art and teaching people, it's hard to beat Scott Kelby, in my book. Good photographer, GREAT teacher.

Anonymous said...

Isn't this what they are doing at LensFlare35.com? Some of these people have already been interviewed there.

Anonymous said...

Anton Corbijn

soupwiththefork said...

Living? Hmm that's a tricky one... Kyle Kassidy's work always inspires me.

wicktorian said...

I would say Annie Leibovitz without any hesitation. She has captured American culture and life unlike any other photographer and her commitment to quality is unparalleled.

Buddy said...

Question is too broad. I recently noted my influences in wildlife photography at www.ChobeSafari.com, but for landscape, you get another group, portrait another, cityscape, etc. etc.

I am going with Art Wolfe. He does close-ups, colors patterns, wildlife ... and Travels to the Edge has exposed many people to travel photography.

Anonymous said...

I'd have to agree with most of the posters: Jay Maisel

And one different: David LaChapelle

Michael Van der Tol said...

Freeman Patterson for his unique way at looking at the world.

http://www.freemanpatterson.com/

Jaime said...

Pete Turner! Lifelong photographer who has the eye.

Keep up the great work Rick and have fun in Maui. I may be coming to Croton in October if I can put together the funds.

John Paul Caponigro said...

Google Earth

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Jeff Shapiro said...

I agree with Pete Turner. His work has always been fantastic.

Although, I do like Mr. Caponigro's nomination.

Jon-Mark said...

Chase Jarvis
Annie Lebovitz

They're both brilliant in distinctively different ways. I wonder if Annie would go for that...

Anonymous said...

Rick,

This sounds like a great idea! I love the way Scott Bourne talks about photography, how important it is, why its important and even technical aspects of why he does and doesn't do certain things when making photos.

Art Morris is another and I think Andy Biggs is really interesting to hear from. Good luck with the idea!

Eric Cameron said...

I am completely shocked that no one has mentioned David Ziser. His amazing photography and willingness to share his craft with peers makes him at the top of my list.

Jamie Pang said...

Ami Vitale, Steve McCurry

Anonymous said...

Without a doubt:
1) Chase Jarvis...his understanding of imaging in today's world is very good.
2) Joe McNally... just because I can't wait to hear another one of his stories!