10 Iconic Photographers of the Last Century

10 Iconic Photographers of the Last Century

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.

 

Ansel Adams

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

Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare by Henri Cartier-Bresson

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".

Dorothea Lange

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".

Robert Capa

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".

Diane Arbus

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".

Walker Evans

A documentary and street photographer, Evans is famous for his images of the Great Depression and American culture. He is known for his ability to capture the everyday life of ordinary Americans in his photographs. Some of his most recognisable images include "Alabama Tenant Farmer Wife" and "Subway Passengers, New York City".

Robert Frank

A documentary and street photographer, Frank is famous for his images of American culture and society. He is known for his ability to capture the mood and atmosphere of a scene in his photographs. Some of his most recognisable images include "Trolley - New Orleans" and "Parade - Hoboken, New Jersey".

Richard Avedon

A portrait photographer, Avedon is famous for his images of celebrities and cultural figures. He is known for his ability to capture the personalities of his subjects in his photographs. Some of his most recognisable images include "Dovima with Elephants" and "Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley".

John Lennon and Yoko Ono a few hours before Lennon's murder

John Lennon and Yoko Ono by Annie Leibovitz, taken a few hours before Lennon's murder

Irving Penn

A portrait and still-life photographer, Penn is famous for his images of celebrities and cultural figures. He is known for his ability to create elegant and timeless images in his photographs. Some of his most recognisable images include "Cigarettes" and "Marlene Dietrich, New York City".

Annie Leibovitz

A portrait photographer, Leibovitz is famous for her images of celebrities and cultural figures. She is known for her ability to create iconic and memorable images in her photographs. Some of her most recognisable images include "John Lennon and Yoko Ono" and "Demi Moore Pregnant"

 

In conclusion, the last century has seen an abundance of iconic photographers whose work has pushed the boundaries of the medium and continues to inspire and influence photographers of today. These photographers, through their unique visions, styles, and techniques, have left an indelible mark on the history of photography. They have shown us that with hard work, dedication, and a willingness to experiment, anything is possible. Their legacy serves as a reminder that there is no limit to what we can achieve with our cameras and the power of the image. We should be encouraged to take inspiration from these masters of the art and strive to create meaningful and powerful photographs that will stand the test of time. Photography is a constantly evolving medium, and it's up to the photographers of today to keep pushing the boundaries and making their mark on the world. Keep shooting, keep experimenting and most importantly, keep creating.

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