For the right to publish the work of some photographers, such as Annie Leibovitz or James Nachtwey, the most famous publications — from National Geographic to the New York Times — are fighting. But there are also much less promoted masters of photography. Each of them has its own special character and its own style, and what unites them is that most of us have not yet heard of them. Today we take a look at 10 international photographers that everyone who loves photography should follow.
Photographer whose career takes him traveling between Beijing and New York. In addition to photography, he also makes films. Conceptual, almost artistic photographs predominate among his works.
Quentin Shea shoots both portraits and stylish landscapes in the spirit of the American painter Edward Hopper. This photographer works best with bright colors and composition in space.
From Quentin Shea you can learn: use color to create atmosphere.
This photographer lives and works in Milan: he shoots events, reports and projects. One of the last episodes of Martinelli is dedicated to life in a pandemic. He compares the lockdown to living in an abandoned amusement park. Martinelli’s photographs do not embellish reality, but show its beauty with all its flaws.
You can learn from Marco Martinelli: talk through pictures on current topics.
Almost fabulous pictures of this photographer have one thing in common — the mood. Even his Instagram username speaks volumes. On the frames of Kronholm, an atmosphere of mysticism, fog and light mystery always reigns. Whether it’s winding branches of trees in the forest, early morning in the city or a railroad in the field — all photos of this author are always memorable and a little sad.
You can learn from Kenny Kronholm: shoot illustrations.
On daily walks, hikes and travels, Varner takes pictures, looking for corners that distract from the everyday world and remind us that we, too, are part of nature’s never-ending cycle.
Diane Varner has won numerous plant photography competitions and has a photography blog. Varner shoots with Canon and iPhone cameras.
You can learn from Diane Varner: capture incredible landscapes and living creatures as if they are posing for you.
This photographer has only a few series, but they all focus on American life, and, according to Halpern himself, this topic is both difficult to convey and understand. The author himself does not simplify the task for the viewer: the pictures are incredibly different and at first it is not always noticeable what unites them into a single whole. But this is where the mystery lies, because the lives of the characters and the corners of the continent are different.
From Gregory Halpern you can learn: tell a story with pictures without a plot, but with meaning.
Liz Johnson Arthur
There are photographers who, in every genre, are equally accurate in capturing the right motif. Liz Johnson Arthur, a photographer based in London, captures people’s lives in one moment. Liz travels and photographs different characters in their world — among the surrounding objects and people. She shoots both black and white and color. Most often, her medium is film, but even in digital shots there is still a slight retro-frame feel.
You can learn from Liz Johnson Arthur: shoot ordinary people as if they were celebrities.
A Texas-based and award-winning photographer, Schutmaat captures a wide variety of genre and style shots. Among them there are portraits for publications, and series for their exhibitions.
On the Shutmaat website, photos are interspersed with poems by different poets, which together create a coherent narrative. Some shots make you feel uncomfortable, step out of your comfort zone, and look at problems that you would otherwise bypass. Others seem to show an alternative world, which for the majority is irretrievably lost.
You can learn from Brian Schutmaat: ask questions in photos.
In addition to commercial photography, Holly Andres makes beautiful series based on real or fictional stories. One of these episodes is devoted to memories from childhood about how Holly and her sister disturbed the hornet’s nest and how it ended. The other is inspired by the Nancy Drew books. Most of the shots are taken in a retro style, but with rich colors and confident use of lighting.
A series of photographs by Holly Andres have catchy titles such as Wasp Summer or Sparrow Alley.
From Holly Andres you can learn: take staged shots as if you were filming a movie.
Not so often we see photos of interiors in the collections of artistic shots. Someone considers such shooting a boring activity, and someone considers it too artificial. But there are those among us who are fascinated by pictures of skillfully arranged furniture in a well-lit room. Moreover, this is not an easy job. Nicole Franzen knows how to show the whole interior through one well-chosen fragment. Her frame is almost always vertical and captures particles of literally everything that best conveys the character of the owner.
From Nicole Franzen you can learn: work with the decor in the frame.
If there are pictures that can be compared to painting, then you will find them in the Baker collection. The main theme of his photographs is nature in its constant contradiction. The shots are so vivid that when you look at the picture of the forest, you can almost feel its damp air, saturated with fog. A wave beating against the rocks, as if pouring cold spray on you. All this is the merit of not only technique, but also the emotion that is invested in each frame. Baker’s photographs are both dreamlike and realistic.
You can learn from David Baker: see nature as it is.
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