Film photography has a rich history, with some of the most influential photographers of the past century having shot on film. From classical to contemporary photographers, film photography has played a major role in shaping the art form. In this blog post, we'll be showcasing 10 famous photographers from the past 100 years who have used film to create some of their most iconic images.
This list is not exhaustive, but it serves as a starting point for those looking to explore the world of film photography and the photographers that have influenced it. These photographers have each pushed the boundaries of film photography in their own way and continue to inspire photographers around the world.
Known for his black and white landscape photography, Adams is considered one of the most important figures in American photography. He is famous for his photographs of the American West, particularly Yosemite National Park. Some of his most recognisable images include "Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico" and "Clearing Winter Storm".
Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare by Henri Cartier-Bresson
Considered the father of modern photojournalism, Cartier-Bresson is famous for his candid and spontaneous street photographs. He is known for his ability to capture "the decisive moment" in his images. Some of his most recognisable images include "Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare" and "The Children of the Damned".
A documentary photographer and photojournalist, Lange is famous for her images of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. She is known for her ability to capture the human condition in her photographs. Some of her most recognisable images include "Migrant Mother" and "White Angel Breadline".
A war photographer and photojournalist, Capa is famous for his images of World War II and the Spanish Civil War. He is known for his ability to capture the human side of war in his photographs. Some of his most recognisable images include "The Falling Soldier" and "Death of a Loyalist Militiaman".
A portrait and street photographer, Arbus is famous for her images of marginalised and outsider communities. She is known for her ability to capture the humanity in her subjects, even when they are considered "ugly" or "weird". Some of her most recognisable images include "Identical Twins" and "A Young Brooklyn Family, Sunday Morning".