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                                                 Photo I
                                         In-Class Assignment
                                    www.masters-of-photography.com
                                              Biography

For this assignment, you will research a famous photographer at masters-of-photography.com and create a
piece of work to share with the class. This could be a movie, a keynote presentation, or some other piece of
artwork that gives us some insight about this artist.

You are going to be the class expert on this photographer. Your presentation must be thorough in its
information. The photographer’s style, subject matter, and work experience should all be included
somehow in your work. However, it will be important to give us information about their background, as
well, so we understand where he/she is coming from and where he/she may have gotten his/her inspiration.

You will use the website: www.masters-of-photography.com as it includes biographical information and
visuals on more than 50 artists. If you use photographs from other sites, you have to be sure that the photo
is Creative Commons licensing and you have to be sure to site your sources in your work.

Review the Photographer Summaries below or at the website and reserve the artist you would like to
research with me. Each artist may only be selected once on a first come, first serve basis.

Photographer Summaries
Berenice Abbott - architectural studies of New York City in the 1930s - the Atget of Manhattan
Ansel Adams - Majestic landscapes of the American West
Robert Adams - Documenting the environmental destruction of the American West in the late 20th century
Manuel Alvarez Bravo - cultural and surreal imagery from Mexico
Eugene Atget - documentary photos of Paris architecture in the early 20th century
E. J. Bellocq - prostitute portraits from the red-light district of New Orleans in 1912
Karl Blossfeldt - Early 20th century, magnified photos of plant life revealed surreal, even Art Noveau
forms
Margaret Bourke-White - Photojournalist, made some of the first photo documentation of
the Nazi concentration camps.
Bill Brandt - surrealist and working class imagery, British, 1930-60
Brassai - after dark in the Paris underworld between the wars
Harry Callahan - formalistic, minimalist portraits and landscapes
Julia Margaret Cameron - Victorian portraits, soft focus, from the early days of photography
Alvin Langdon Coburn - pioneer of abstract photography with his "Vortographs"
Imogen Cunningham - American modernist, best known for closeups of flowers and plants
Roy DeCarava - documenting the African-American experience and its cultural icons
Robert Doisneau - Happy photos of Parisian life in the mid 20th century.
William Eggleston - deceptively banal color photos of contemporary American rural and suburban life
Walker Evans - imagery of American society during the Great Depression
Roger Fenton - the first war photographer: the Crimea, 1850s
Lee Friedlander - Contemporary, humorous, visually exciting...my personal favorite
Emmet Gowin - "Gowin's simple yet intensely seen daily events take on the quality of ritual" - Jonathan
Green
John Gutmann - 1930s America but NOT the Great Depression, a precursor of the street photographers of
the 50s
Lewis Hine - activist documentary work from early 20th century, from Ellis Island to
child labor to sweatshops
Hill & Adamson - mid-19th-century calotypists, interesting collaboration between artist and technician
Yousuf Karsh - Canadian portrait master, created some of the iconic portraits of world leaders in the 40s
and 50s.
Andre Kertesz - Eastern Europe to Paris to New York, ranging from surrealist imagery to street
photography
William Klein - New York street photography in the mid-fifties
Josef Koudelka - Czechoslovakian, 1970s images of his Exile in Western Europe
Dorothea Lange - documented American poor during the Great Depression
Jacques-Henri Lartigue - a child photographer, with exuberance and delight, France before World War I
Clarence John Laughlin - haunting images of abandoned cotton plantations and cemeteries in New Orleans.
Helen Levitt - street photography from early 1940's New York City.
Robert Mapplethorpe - erotically charged imagery from a gay perspective
Ralph Eugene Meatyard - surrealist vision from middle America in the 1950s and 1960s
Joel Meyerowitz - moving from street photography to landscape; from black-and-white to color; and from
35mm to 8 x 10 format
Lisette Model - an important pioneer in street photography and portraits from the edge
Tina Modotti - revolutionary images from 1920s Mexico
Eadweard Muybridge - 1880s, the first to use the camera to analyze motion too fast to be seen with the
naked eye.
Nadar - Paris, 1850-1870, portraits, early photographic pioneer
Arnold Newman - One of the greatest portrait-makers in the history of photography
Timothy O'Sullivan - Civil War and American West, wet plate photography
Paul Outerbridge - 1920s and 30s surrealism and fetishistic nudes; a pioneer in color photography
Gordon Parks - documented the post-WWII African-American experience, portraying the common people
and icons of the civil rights era
Irving Penn - much, much more than just a fashion photographer
Jacob Riis - photos were only a tool for his crusade against poverty in early 20th century New York City
slums
Alexander Rodchenko - 1920-30s in Russia, formalist, odd angles, a new way of looking
Sebastiao Salgado - documenting the human condition in late 20th century, from Ethiopian famine to
Brazilian hell mines
Cindy Sherman - artist using the photographic self-portrait as a means to express narrative.
Stephen Shore - master of large format camera, working in color depictions of urban scenes and
landscapes.
W. Eugene Smith - documentary photography with a moral edge, the King of the Photo
Essay
Frederick Sommer - Surrealist imagery somehow from realist content
Edward Steichen - protege of Stieglitz, pioneer in pictorialism before moving on to
fashion photography
Alfred Stieglitz - the Prophet of photography as an art form, his own excellent work is
too often overlooked
Paul Strand - another Stieglitz protege, pioneer of Straight Photography
William Henry Fox Talbot - early photographic pioneer, developed some of the first methods of fixing
shadows on paper
Jerry Uelsmann - complex multiple prints utilizing "post-visualization" to depict ambiguous and humorous
imagery
Max Waldman - celebrating theatre and the dance, 1960s and 1970s.
Carleton E. Watkins - premier landscape photographer of the American West in the 1800s
Edward Weston - photographer's photographer, f64, landscapes, portraits, still lifes, all
done in same realist manner
Minor White - cofounder with Ansel Adams of the Zone System, also a great educator
Garry Winogrand - compulsive street photographer, imagery is edgy, disorienting
Lothar Wolleh - a master of the portrait, featuring photographs of modern artists

				
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