Top 3 - Famous Photographers

        Photography is often the art of the anonymous as we rarely know who was on the other side of the camera. We can all name a few bits of famous photographs, such as that one Time Square picture or the one of the iron workers sitting above a city, but for the most part we don't spend much time focusing on the history of the medium as an art form. By understanding influential artists, it can have a big impact on how we see photography and inspire new ideas, so here are three photographers who's influence is recognized worldwide.

    Henri Cartier-Bresson

Though the name may not be as familiar, Cartier-Bresson was a giant in the development of modern photography. He is considered to be one of the forefathers of photojournalism and spent most of his adult life on assignment magazines like Life. Daring and fearless, Henri Cartier-Bresson captured images from some of the most volatile environments in history like the liberation of Paris in WWII, the Spanish Civil War and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

Famous Photography by Henri Cartier Bresson: The Decisive Moment

    Alfred Stieglitz

If you've ever taken a photography class, the chances are good that you recognize this name. Stieglitz was married to Georgia O'Keeffe, a legend in her own right, and many of his most iconic images center around her. He was responsible for forcing photography into the public view as a valid art form, which he accomplished through innovative exhibits organized around the country. Stieglitz was known as the father of pictorialism. Pictorialism is where the significance of the picture is more about the way in which the photographer manipulated the image than about the importance of the subject.

Famous Photography by Alfred Stieglitz- The Terminal

    Larry Burrows

Larry Burrows is a legend among photojournalists. He was often referred to as the man who went off to war with "film in his socks," Burrows is best known for his photo coverage of the Vietnam war for Life magazine. His pictures were some of the most iconic and emotionally charged images to come out of the region and gave the public a view into the conflict. Sadly, Burrows was killed in the conflict when his helicopter was shot down but his images have lived on as well as his tales of heroic actions like carrying soldiers to safety and rescuing civilians.

Famous Photography by Larry Burrows - One Ride with Yankee Papa 13

Whenever we work in an art medium, it is important to remember the people who came before us and the contributions they made. These 3 photographers have had an enormous impact on the validity and importance of photography as an art form. You should check out biographies or photo collections by each of these artists as viewing amazing and famous photography can often lead to great new paths.

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        There is great debate over who the most influential photographers in history are. Although in terms of art, photography is still a relatively new art form, there have already been enough photographic masters to fill volumes in the last two centuries. That being said, there are a few photographers who stand out as the most influential. Here is a list of some of the most influential photographers in history:

William Henry Fox Talbot: Mr. Talbot was one of the first masters in the field, having published his first account of photography in 1839. Talbot greatly influenced those who came after him with his book, The Pencil of Nature.

Matthew B. Brady: Born in 1822, Brady was a pioneer of photography who recorded many of the most well known images of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.

Alfred Stieglitz: In the 1890s Stieglitz became active in the camera club movement and edited Camera Notes and later Camera Work, publishing photo-gravure plates. His greatest achievements were promoting photography so it was recognized as a fine art.

Ansel Adams: This famous photographer is best known for his black and white pictures of the great outdoors in the western United States in the 1930s and 1940s, particularly of Yosemite National Park and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Margaret Bourke-White: She never let danger get in the way of her art. Bourke-White's most influential photos include scenes of breadlines during the Great Depression, concentration camp survivors of World War II, Gandhi just a few hours before he was assassinated and many more.

Diane Arbus: This famous female photographer of the 1960s and 1970s was passionate about revealing the darker sides of society through her work. Her subjects included midgets, tattooed men, circus freaks and other individuals considered out of the mainstream.

Annie Leibovitz: An American photographer known for her work in the entertainment industry, Ms. Leibovitz has been producing provocative and well-known photographs in magazines such as Rolling Stone, Time and Vanity Fair for decades.

John Shaw: He's shot photos all over the world for Audubon, National Geographic, National Wildlife, Nature's Best, Outdoor Photographer and many other publications from the late 20th century until the present.