When I asked UGallery photographers for their favorite photographers, I got a unanimous answer; “AHH! That’s too hard!” But some artists were good sports and picked just one to highlight.
Valerie Chiang’s favorite is Gordon Parks.
Gordon Parks was an American photographer and film director who documented the Jim Crow era. If there were an official “History of Photography” timeline, Gordon’s photographic essays for Life magazine would be on it. Although many of his photographs were political in subject matter, he was also a fashion photographer for Vogue. His complete portfolio documents the 50s and 60s in America.
Hal Robert Myers picked Henri-Cartier Bresson.
Henri-Carter Bresson holds up the French portion of this post. Many consider him to be the father of modern photojournalism. His Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare photograph above is the perfect example of his spontaneous and candid street photography style.
Gregor Hochmuth is a Richard Avedon fan.
Another American photographer who took fashion and portraiture to another level is Richard Avedon. He began in the fashion world and slowly transitioned into more political work. His studio portraits of civil rights workers are stark reminder of our country’s dissidents. James Story pictured above was a coal miner from Colorado.
Want more than just three photographers to swoon over? Some people who were in the running were Joel Sternfeld and Bernd & Hilla Becher. Is there someone that should have made the top three? Who are your favorite photographers?