Inspired by…Photographers

I thought I’d share with you some photographers whom I admire.  I’m linking related websites to their names below so that you may investigate their work when you have time.

Eudora Welty:  “Life doesn’t stand still.”   Eudora Welty is best known as a Pulitzer-prize winning author who wrote about the American South.  Before focusing her career on writing, Welty was a photographer for the Works Progress Administration and documented life in the South during the Depression.  Her self-described “snapshots” capture the entire range of human emotions with an empathetic eye.  “Making pictures of people in all sorts of situations, I learned that every feeling waits upon its gesture, and I had to be prepared to recognize this moment when I saw it,” she wrote in her memoir “One Writer’s Beginnings.”

James Nachtwey:  “I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony.  The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated.”  Mr. Nachtwey is an American photojournalist and war photographer whose images are striking, haunting and beautiful.   To me, a beautiful photograph does not always mean a perfect pose with perfect smiles, but can also show the tears and pain of living.  Mr. Nachtwey’s photographs remind me of the larger world in which I live and of the many stories that photographs can convey.

Ansel Adams:  “Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.”  Perhaps an obvious source of inspiration, but I look to Ansel Adams not just for his amazing images, but for the technical skills he employed to produce them.  When looking at Mr. Adams’ work, I’m reminded to remember the tools and techniques of film and darkroom work.  I love digital photography, but it is a different feeling when you develop your own film and photographs.

Lauren Greenfield:  “Photography is an ideal medium with which to explore the role of image in our culture.”  Ms. Greenfield is a cultural documentary photographer who has received critical acclaim for her project, Girl Culture, which examines the difficult aspects of growing up female in today’s contemporary culture.  (Note:  Girl Culture was published in 2002.)  Ms. Greenfield’s photos are stunning, provocative and challenging.


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