Sunday, January 1, 2012

Who Are Your Photographer Heroes?

I first published this post in January 2011. As the new year begins, I thought it would be a good idea to repost it - and ask you: Who are your photographer heroes?

Back in 1979, when I was the editor of Studio Photography magazine, one of my heroes was Alfred Eisenstaedt. The man was amazing, as a photographer and as a human being. His work still inspires me today.

I had the opportunity to attend and photograph Eisie's 80th birthday party. I also had the wonderful opportunity to interview the master. I still have the issue in which my interview ran.


Back in the late '70s, I also had the wonderful opportunity to interview many of the other photographer greats of the time, including Arthur Rothstein, one of the most well-known and respected FSA photographers.

Rick and Rothstein,1979.
Look up FSA if you are too young to know what FSA means. 

Another favorite was Andreas Feininger.

I also interviewed now fellow Canon Explorers of Light Harry Benson and Robert Farber. (Yes! We have been around and have known each other for more than 30 years!)

Man o man. Do you know what an honor it is to have known and know these pros?

I still enjoy - very much so - interviewing pros for the DEP podcast that I do with Juan Pons.

I think we all need heroes in our lives - photographer heroes who inspire and motive us.

Who are your heroes? Post your heroes in the Comments section here on my blog, rather than on twitter and facebook. Easier for others to see all in once place.

Back in 1979, I used my Canon Vt to photograph Eisie's B-Day party. I still have it, but now use my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D.

Explore the light,
Rick
P.S. I am now planning Sammon at 70. Ten years away, but I do like to plan ahead.

23 comments:

bobwyo said...

I'm older than Rick (heck, older than dirt). My heroes are many, but at the top of the list are Paul Caponigro and Brett Weston.

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

Andre Kertesz
Diane Arbus
Graciela Iturbide
Josef Koudelka
Sebastiao Salgado
Bruce Davidson
(and more...)

Fred Bonilla said...

Same here, many heroes.
How about a Top 5?
In no particular order:
Donna Ferrato
Elliot Erwitt
Bill Eppridge
Bruce Davidson
Cartier-Bresson

Anki said...

I'm not that old as you guys and I haven't been around for long to have got many photographic heroes but Rick - I know that one of them is you ;-) I've learned a lot from your online courses at Kelby's and also your book about Explore the Light. other favourites are Moose Peterson and Scott Kelby.

Corporate Photographer London said...

Mine would have to be the great Robert Frank

Scott Flaherty said...

Joel Sartore
Charles Glatzer
Joe Mcnally
Zack Arias
Chase Jarvis
Darwin Wigget
and others . . .

Michael Seneschal said...

Jock McDonald
Dan Winters

Puggle said...

William Farrell
David Attie
Arthur Boden
Dorothea Lange
Frank Cappa
Robert Franks
Henri Cartier Bresson
Bill Epridge
Bruce Davidson
Andre Ketesz
Diane and Amy Arbus
Eugene Smith
Walker Evans
Imogen Cunningham
Ansel Adams
Annie Leibovitz
Antonin Kratochvil


and of course, Rick Sammon!

Puggle said...

William Farrell
David Attie
Arthur Boden
Dorothea Lange
Frank Cappa
Robert Franks
Henri Cartier Bresson
Bill Epridge
Bruce Davidson
Andre Ketesz
Diane and Amy Arbus
Eugene Smith
Walker Evans
Imogen Cunningham
Ansel Adams
Annie Leibovitz
Antonin Kratochvil


and of course, Rick Sammon!

Richard Wong said...

Galen Rowell
William Albert Allard
Sam Abell

Dijea said...

The famous photographer who moved me the most has and probably always will be Ansel Adams, however my mom is my hero. She's been doing it since she got her first brownie at 6 and hasn't stop yet. She'll be 70 this year.

Tito Herrera said...

Some of the guys who's photos inspire to become a photographer are:

Michale Yamashita
Michael "Nick" Nicholson
David Allan Harvey
Art Streibert
Alex Webb
James Nachtwey
Mark Seliger
and Patrick Demarchelier

among other that I already saw mention here!

Nancy said...

William Neill, a phenomenal photographer and extraordinarily dedicated teacher
Eliot Porter
Galen Rowell
Paul Rezendes

Susan Carroll-Seger said...

I was influenced by Harry Callahan, mentored by Alan Lowey & C J Elfont, and I continue to be inspired by Jay Maisel....Happy Birthday Jay!!

Omar said...

Martin Bailey and Tamara Lackey are my current heroes. Martin's podcast has really brought me to the next level in my photography. Tamara has the job I want. :)

Lynn R. said...

My older brother. His photos are awe inspiring. He has the eye of an artist.

Ron Martinsen said...

I already have an article for this, so it's easy - http://ronmartblog.com/2009/01/my-favorite-photographers.html

Tom said...

Don Mc Cullin
Tim Page
Larry Burrows
Robert Capa

Photographers who showed us the brutality of the human condition.

Alex Morley said...

Bill Eppridge. (famous for Robert Kennedy assassination photo and many others). I met Bill in Jackson Hole two years ago at "Photography at the Summit" and just by chance stayed in the same B & B with him. We had breakfast together all week! He was recovering from cancer at the time. He was the most wonderful, kind, gentle person I have ever met. His career was so amazing as well as his incredible images. A true artist and nice man.

Unknown said...

Eliot Porter
George Tice
Freeman Patterson

Ross Eagles said...

Hi all:

There's the daring that a new photographer presents into the larger context of photographers - what he or she adds to the world and history of images.

One photographer from Northern Canada I'd add as a photographer hero is Dave Brosha - http://blog.davebrosha.com/2011/12/23/my-100-best-images-of-2011/

Toni said...

My photographic heroes are in no particular order:
Ansel Adams, David duChemin, Joe McNally, Jay Maisel, Rick Sammon and many others....

LesPhoto said...

David Hume Kennerly
Eugene Smith
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Chase Jarvis