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Uh, this is what you get for not reading the post in it's entirety... scratch Karsh then. Put Chase Jarvis in his stead - the guy's not only a damn good photographer, he also invented instagram. It wasn't called instagram back then, and it's not that I like instagram, quite the opposite, mind you, but it was something geniunely new for the photography, and respectworthy just for that newness alone.

Is it wrong to pander to TOP with names like Weese, Turnley, etc.?

[I would say...yes. —Mike]

Just what does post-digital, post-Internet mean? Both digital and the Internet are still around, so there's not such 'post-anything'. Or are you trying to say (in too few words) that you want a list of photographers who have since come to notice since the beginning of the Internet and digital photography? If so, what date is the starting date?

And Vivian Maier does not, to my way of thinking, belong in the category that (I think) you're attempting to define, as all her work predates both the Internet and digital photography.

After 1995 is tough, because a lot of the photographers that I like started a little bit earlier.

Andreas Gursky is probably considered numero uno these days, based on his work from the '90s on. Alec Soth is also probably up there, and, although I don't love his work, Gregory Crewdson has become highly respected. You've also got the portrait folks like Platon, Jill Greenberg, and Martin Schoeller.

That being said, I'm a bigger fan of street photography from the likes of IN-Public, so shooters like Jesse Marlow and Nils Jorgensen would probably be high on my list. I also love Cindy Sherman, and her work is selling like crazy now, but she's probably been around too long for this list.

I said before that lists are irrelevant and I stand by it. I'm going to mention two names that I believe to be among the very best, although I know they won't be in the TOP list. They are two portuguese photojournalists with something interesting to say.
The first has to be João Silva. He's a portuguese-south african photojournalist who formed a group called 'The Bang-Bang Club' with Kevin Carter, among others, in the '90s. He was working in Afghanistan for The New York Times when he stepped on a landmine and lost both legs. I happened to see an exhibition of the pictures he took before his accident. They are superb. It's incredible how someone can take care of framing and composition in a fraction of a second and still get it perfect, as João Silva does. His photographs are of rare artistic quality, his mastery of colour being quite impressive.
The other is Daniel Rodrigues. He's still very young - he's 25 - and has already a WPP prize under his belt. Despite all his talent, he had to sell all his equipment in order to pay his bills. As all is well when it ends well, he received support from Canon Portugal and a portuguese bank, which allowed him to purchase new equipment and resume his rather promising career.
There are also lots of unsung heroes. For instance, I'm very fond of the work of french street photographer Benoît Rousseau, who is some kind of Facebook phenomenon. Like the aforementioned portuguese photojournalists, he'll never make it to TOP list. Maybe he's not good enough, but he's good enough for me.

Don't look now Mike but the golden age of photography has been over for quite a long time. It's perhaps one of the great ironies of our time that as photography has become so mainstream that your dog can do it, it has simultaneously lost nearly all of the glam and fame that it enjoyed during its more secular hobby-horse stop-bath days. Yes, there are living, practicing photographers who have gained some measures of current fame. (I disqualify Vivian Maier as she's from a much earlier era and was only unearthed through a modern form of accidental archeology.). But will they ever be celebrated for greatness? No. Will many be remembered in, say, 10 years? Certainly by their families but otherwise...not many.

Why? Photography has lost it's magic as both an informational and art medium. For the former it's not to be trusted. For the latter it's been made anemic and dull in the hands of art schools. That's why the same old mid-20th names appear in museum shows, in collection lists, in auction catalogs. Don't believe me? Take a look at look at lot lists from recent auctions at Christies, Sotheby's , Swanns, Phillips, etc. The names won't change much in 10 or 20 years.

So where is photography going? It's being aggressively merged into contemporary and conceptual art. That's where the growth and money is, or at least that's where the bets are.

So the aforementioned disclamatory preamble notwithstanding who would I nominate for a list of outstanding current day photographers who you might not know? I nominate Abelardo Morell. No, he's no spring chicken. But:

1. he's a photographer's photographer, and knows the science and art of the medium exquisitely well,

2. he's made the jump from chemical to digital photography sans the whining and wailing so common from his (often lesser) peers, and

3. he never fails to show something amazing.

The Art Institute of Chicago will host a terrific show of Abe's work this spring/summer, titled The Universe Next Door. The show will travel to the Getty and to Atlanta's High Museum, and will be accompanied by a catalog.

So Abe Morell gets my vote for your list, Mike.

Adrian Freeman

Iced drivers

Some nominations in alpha order: Susan Burnstine, Nettie Edwards, Chris Friel, Sally Mann, Alexey Titarenko, and James Wainwright.

I realize that Mann and Titarenko were known a few years earlier than 1995, but they are both very special and became really well known somewhat later than 1995.

You're right, Mike. I don't like lists. Settling for just one that I admire the most, I agree with the only name you mentioned: Vivian Maier. I'm not notably religious, but I think it is an absolute sin that she died in poverty and unknown. Maybe the Big Guy made it possible for someone to accidently discover the treasure trove of negatives, developed and undeveloped, that she left behind. I don't know. It's a facinating story.

Gregory Crewdson.

For fashion: Sebastian Kim.

Camus Wyatt: http://www.camuswyatt.com/f322384055

Kristos Kapatos: http://www.flickriver.com/photos/christos_kapatos/popular-interesting/

Without perimeters it would be very difficult due to the number of practitioners. You have those who heavily manipulate photos to Create an image that was not what the camera saw. What about HDR practitioners? Vivian's work is what the camera captured and they are celebrated for their frankness. I think that similar frankness in digital falls to the street and sports photographers, capturing that fleeting real life vividness that is not overly manipulated. No pun intended, but my lack of exposure to very many other artists works leaves me out of the list makers. But it will be interesting to see what the top ten are that show up the most from the lists.

Sandra Bartocha, Jan Tove. Their work consistently touches me on a physiological level.

While I've never been a self horn-tooter, no list would be complete without me on it. Hey, you think it's easy to screw the pooch constantly, F up the exposure, have trees growing out of people's heads, all in spite of attending a multitude of workshops, seminars, read dozens of books, practice until the CF cards are smoking, but no, rarely a good shot. Oh, I'm one of the best. all right. ;-)

Mandatory inclusion #2 has to be Google Street View.


The renowned "i-photographers" that I know of are limited to those who write for TOP or has been featured in it. And I haven't even seen prints of their photos in person (except for a few reproductions I've seen in National Geographic, Time and fewer still, books). So my vote doesn't count for much.

But this sure is one "survey" I'm looking forward to tabulating. (I hope there won't be too many complete Top Ten nominations. . . ;)

Sorry I do not wish to play

[We're relieved you let us know. Are you also the type of person who announces it every time they fart? --Mike]

I have to say that a majority of the photographers I enjoy have moved on to other realms long ago. Fox Talbot, O'Sullivan, Atget, Weston and Sudek were all artists who produced sublime images. Images which are deeply moving and you can spend time with.
However, I recently discovered someone whose work I adore and who is actually contemporary: Abelardo Morell. His Camera Obscura series is insightful (in post-modern way) to the way the camera works and, also, aesthetically stunning.

Sabastiao Salgado. His body of work speaks for itself. No one I know of shoots b&w photojournalism as well as he does. No only are the images themselves amazing, his efforts to make the world a better place through his work places him at the top of my list.


I am not sure we are yet in a "post-digital, post-Internet" era of photography. I would argue that we are certainly in the third or fourth generation of commercial digital photography; and as those that work in the industry might postulate a "web 3.0" Internet. I am also wondering how you would define "greatest"? Especially in the context of the current era you are trying to define. "Greatest" could mean "greatest" contribution to this "post-digital, post-Internet" period; contribution as in moving us inexorably into the future of post-film, post-print. Or it could mean commercial success or even something, perhaps, as banal as greatest quantity of Flickr or YouTube or other social media postings (and therefore has a great social influence). Or does greatest really mean one that provides the greatest personal pleasure of the images they create; which in the end what photography has been doing one way or another for over 200 years!


First, because I don't think the man get's enough credit for his amazing work outside of the military: MSgt JT Lock USAF ( http://www.mpjconnection.com/?p=768 ) he's won Armed Forces Photographer of year six years in a row and for my money is one of the top in the world.

Second, Time Hetherington, not just for his tragic death but the entire body of his life's work.

You want controversial? Thomas Hawk. I'm ducking now. :-)

Alec Soth seems like a no-brainer. He has to be one of the youngest Magnum folk, yes?

Joe McNally. Harder to choose from the ladies - Lauren Greenfield and Annie Liebovitz spring to mind.

In today's social media world, how many photographers are known because of their aptitude with social media as opposed to their photography skill? I'd love to see this question posted on a gear-oriented or how-to basics site.

And my vote would be Trent Parke.

I'm very much looking forward to this. If one person posts a top ten list, then it's something to debate (I mean, discuss). But if dozens of your readers chime in, I know I'll learn the names of some excellent photographers that I've never heard of before. My own top X list would be comprised largely of photographers that have been around a while (or have come & gone). My choices for modern photographers aren't made with a lot of confidence - basically, because I know there's so much out there I haven't seen - these are essentially the best of my bookmarks :)
Juan Buhler
Guy Tal
Vincent Munier
Julie Blackmon
Chris Jordan
Alex Maclean
and a bit of a guilty pleasure: Clark Little

- Dennis

I'm a legend in my own mind, but otherwise I have no idea... :-)

I have a list of a dozen or so amazing photographers I follow, but the most famous of them still shoots film exclusively and I don't think I'd call the others "the best", they just happen o be folks whose work I discovered and enjoy.

If Joachim Eskildsen doesn't end up on your list, I'll cry. Not too well known but I think he eats everyone for lunch.


Irving Penn. He was great with people shots as well as objects. Everything it "touched" turned beautiful!

All I know for sure is I'm not on the list, but I nominate O. Winston Link and Ansel Adams.

Todd Heisler.
Barbara Davidson.
Peter Turnley.
Ernesto Bazan.
Sebastio Salgado.
Alex Webb.
Danny Wilcox Fraser.
Ragnar Axelsson.
Vivian Maier.

My favorites Some classic, some contemporary.
Elliot Erwitt
Nick Brandt
Sally Mann
Steve McCurry
Pete Turner
Diane Arbus
Ansel Adams
Edward Weston
Marc Adamus

[You didn't actually read this post, did you? Edward Weston is not a photographer no one had heard of prior to 1995. —Mike]

My short list of top digital photographers. My choice because their work rings my bell, they are very open about their art, They are are all current, and they are wonderful people:
Joe Mcnally
David Hobby
Zack Arias (a grey beard for other reasons)
David Duchemin
Joey L (Lawrence)
Phil Borges
Kirsty Mitchell (her wonderland series is not comped in post)
Trey Ratcliff
John Keatley
Peter Turnley

Sohrab Hura--not that he is one of the greatest photographers of today, far from it, but, like Eugene Smith or Walker Evans of the past, he combines a unique vision with passion. Here is a gallery of his recent work: http://timemachinemag.com/past-issues/issue-one/sohrab-hura/#1 He seems to have no online personal gallery that he keeps up to date, but here are some old photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7889576@N05/ and yet another here: http://www.burnmagazine.org/essays/2009/06/sohrab-hura-oasis/

I want to throw out a friend of mine, Michael Jang. Not only is he a fantastic photographer, but he also uses the internet in a new and different way to promote his personal work. Everybody do yourself a favor and check out his work.


The photographer who has stirred me most deeply this century is a young artist from Finland: Elina Juopperi.

I chanced upon an installation by Elina Juopperi at an exhibition of Sami art in Helsinki: All the Ones that Speak the Language Minus 30, and was instantly smitten.

The installation consists of 245 photographic portraits where the artist has imaged almost all persons speaking Inari Sámi today. Of the 300 persons documented as speakers, some denied being photographed and some were simply not found. These portraits, furthermore, also give access to the level of proficiency in each individual as each portrait is given more or less dark shading in direct correspondence to that particular person’s present capacity in speaking: Is she/he a fluent speaker or only remembering a few words?

In addition to the photographic work, Juopperi has also pursued interviews and recordings of the language in use today in the Inari area; all of which are included as interactive sound furniture in the exhibition.

Hers are some of the most intense portraits I have ever seen. There are no books featuring her work yet, no websites that I know of, just a few links like this one . Elina's last exhibition took place in Karasjok, in northernmost Norway. From what little I'm gathering, she's steadily moving on, artistically and geographically. And no, I've never met her.

No won comply....


Since I don't sleep with any photographer (at the moment) none is personal to me. So I don't care about photographers, I care about art. Art is the expression of a photographer, that is to say, detached from the creator at the moment of the creation. So I could probably make a list of great photographs of the Internet age (that would contain about 50OO works sort of in a random order, that would change day by day). Now that would be a great work of art in itself (but that form was pionered by Jörg Sasse with his work Speicher II, 2009 2010) in which he framed 1024 (if I recall correctly) vernacular photos of the Rühr area he found and collected from junk sales of which each day 16 were exhibited in a random order. So I nominate Speicher II as my complete list.

Greets, Ed.

Pinkhassov. Apart from his flat-out genius, he has his new age chops well sorted with an Instagram feed that's worth publishing as a book on its own.

Though plenty of people would have heard of him pre-1995, I think Paul Graham should definitely be on the list (he of 'a shimmer of possibility' as well as the essay that's basically defined photography in the digital era, though it doesn't address digital specifically, The Unreasonable Apple).

Unfortunately there is no relevant photographer working digitally and Gursky is a painter.

a list like this is obviously 'just for fun'; no such thing as 'greatest anything', really, people have different taste and preferences, so this will only reflect such taste and preferences of the ones who respond.

i also find that most of today's young photographers are not that good at all, many of them however have mastered the art of online self promotion to the point that they can lead people to believe they are actually good ('well, if so many people like him/her, he must be great').

i will throw one name of a current, young photographer, who actually seems to know what he is doing: zack arias.

Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto would be my choice. When I see his work I see a man who looks in wonder to the world like I do.

His seascapes are an example of how simple beauty can be.

I think landscape/fine art photographers Michael Kenna and Charlie Waite would be in my top 10. Both have had considerable success well before the digital era, but both are still active and regularly use digital media to promote their current work.

Alex Wild (http://www.alexanderwild.com/ and http://myrmecos.net/) is one of the greatest wildlife photographers working today. He knows and loves his subjects, and I think it shows. Digital has really sparked a renaissance of macrophotography. Alex Wild is one of the best.

No idea for the other nine (haven't had my first cuppatea yet), but no doubt I'll comment throughout the day as I think of people.

I'll be interested to see how photographers of now break down between those who see the print, yes even the giant print, as the one true objective of photography and those whose end product is purely digital, lives in display(s) or projection. Will Ken Jarecke, as the Nick Ut of the first Iraq invasion, make the list?


I would have to have Avedon in my list, technical control and a wonderful imagination. I am going to have to stew on what others.

Careful Mike, Remember what Dean Raider wrote in his block about avoiding living names as the dead can't pester him on Facebook! It's all right for us, we are more or less anonymous so we need not fear that. You on the other hand.......

Great thread last time!

Ten photographers who's work I've admired recently: -

Adam Pretty
David Doubilet
Jackie Ranken
Maciej Makowski
Paul Nicklen
Pawel Uchorczak
Chris Hadfield
Carsten Egevang
Danny Green
Frans Lanting (not sure how well known he was pre 1995, but he is an all-time favourite and still producing great photos)

Whoa! - shock horror. Thanks Mike, perhaps you've just pointed out one of the failings of the "digital era" ; or maybe I just live in the past... nearly all the books on my photography shelves are of artists who produced their best work long before 1995.

Only one name that springs to mind. Lichfield began to do interesting things at the dawn of digital but then he died.


Stephen Gill of London, is one of my current favourites for his quiet, understated, urban photography and dry wit.

I think you need to put some qualifiers around the phrase "greatest photographers".

For example, are we talking about photographers who embrace digital photography or is film allowed? What about post-processing using an image editor? Can the photographer be a technique-orientated documentary photographer or the "out there" artist who happens to use a camera?

Christian Coigny would be in my list.

To make it simple if you are making a list, a few current photographers off the top of my head.
Terry Richardson
Gregory Crewdson
Andreas Gursky
Alex Prager
Pieter Hugo
Roger Ballen
Ryan McGinley
Rinko Kawauchi
Aei Weiwei

I'm sure folks younger than me have numerous candidates for this list, but for me, the past decade or so hasn't been all that interesting. Yes, the new tools are great, but maybe that's a problem?

That being said, I'd have to mention Angela Bacon-Kidwell even though she's guilty of placing angel wings on a human, which was a ubiquitous trangression in the early days of digital and one that I thought I could never forgive. Digital photography seems a natural vehicle for Bacon-Kidwell's vision in a way that I rarely see for others.

I don't agree with your list (just on principal and even though it hasn't even been made yet). I do look forward to it, however, as I expect I will be unfamiliar with most entries and I would like to be know more about them (again, just on principal).

In the true spirit of today's photography...

I AM the world's greatest photographer, and I'll spew my immense output all over the entire web.

Ray McSavaney, Ernst Haas and Paul Caponigro should be on the list along with a father/son duo of Edward and Brett Weston. Cartier-Bresson and Sally Mann as well.

I never even owned a camera until 1999 so I should really walk this, but the only books I own from photographers that meet your criteria are by Alec Soth & Mark Steinmetz.

Nothing by Christopher Anderson. No work by Amy Stein. My collection of photography books don't really reflect the time I am living in, so any top ten I'd give you now would not reflect whats on my bookshelf, so I feel unable to.

Maybe I should forgo the new Harry Callahan

on of my favorites is Hedi Slimane. his fashion diary is pretty good.


I'm game for a lil' gauntlet chucking; I nominate John Lok of the Seattle Times. Best all-around photographer of the digital age.

Photography has a real problem with this sort of list, since the standards for and ideas of what constitutes "good" are so broad and fluid. It's a bit like asking for the 10 greatest musicians, I think.

It's still probably fun to take a crack at it!

I have five I would suggest. I have others I personally also really like, but I don't think they are good enough for a list of the greatest.

So in no particular order here are my five.

Polly Chandler

Joey Lawrence

Ian Ruhter

Lauren Simonutti

Dave Hill

Tim Hetherington. A little obvious and sentimental maybe but I do like his work. shrug..

Well I don't know who is the "greatest" photographer. But I know a large reason for why i began photographing was seeing some of Kirsten Kleins photos in more or less randomly in a museum.

My list avoids North American photographers, not because they aren't worth mentioning, but because others will and I would like to bring a little "outlying edge" to the lists.

In no particular order, and on a different day I could have made a different list, but at least six would have stayed. It also represents what I see on gallery walls, and is China and Australasia centric as they are where I spend most of my time.

Rong Rong and Inri
Leung Chi Wo
Ben Cauchi
Fiona Pardington
Tracey Moffatt
Yang Yongliang
Wang Qingsong
Liu Zheng
Hamish Tocher
Andrew Ross

Larry Burrows, because even in the middle of war he could make a tableau like a Renaissance painting.

Don McCullin, because he makes everything seem immediate and real

Henri Cartier-Bresson, because he translates 3D to 3D more intuitively than anyone else I can think of.

Robert Maplethorpe, because of crystal-clear definition

Chris Killip, because I can feel the life he describes

Sebastiao Salgado because, because

Werner Bischof, always top of my list because he sees the positive and the poetry in everything.

If that's not 10, I must have forgotten some.

[None of those folks qualify here. You must read the post a bit more carefully...or just read it.... —Mike]

At the expense of repeating my comment about poets, it's a bit like picking the 10 best pebbles off the beach. "Greatest" can only ever be an opinion, even if it's a majority opinion. "Most popular", "Most well-known" might be better categories

"You didn't actually read this post, did you?"

Not well enough. Was hoping you wouldn't publish my comment after reading OP again. Anyway Folks should check out Marc Adamus. His landscapes are about as good as it gets.

[No offense meant Mike! You are a good friend of TOP and one of our best commenters. And I remain grateful for those kitchen plans, even though I have done nothing about them. —Mike]

I'm just waiting for Sarge to sort through all this and put some graphs up.

Not even heard of before 1995? How do you tell?

Some of these arguably don't meet the criteria for the list, but oh well.

Alec Soth
Vivian Maier
Mark Steinmetz
Jason Eskenazi
Rinko Kawauchi
Taryn Simon
Geert van Kesteren
Lise Sarfati
Rineke Dijkstra
Juergen Teller

More iffy for whatever reason, but still worth mentioning:

Edward Burtynsky
Saul Leiter
Ryan McGinley
David Bellemere
Richard Billingham
Andreas Gursky
Uta Barth

If you rule out (as is fair for this exercise) those who have had multiple third-party-published books, those who've had museum shows, and those who were familiar before 1995 . . . I'll bet most of your readers won't recognize more than 3 or 4 names on any "10" list that gets compiled. Quite a difference from a "Greatest Of All Time" list!

For me instant disqualifiers would be a high profile in self-driven "social media" and personal websites that are written in the third person and/or make claims about being one of the world's foremost photographers (those latter two often go together, the photographer presumably being too modest to make such claims himself).

If your photos aren't persuasive, no words or "buzz" will compensate for it.

Michael Ackerman
Susan S Bank
Martin Bogren
Jason Eskenazi
Joakim Eskildsen
Claire Martin
Mark Steinmetz
Kim Thue
Oleg Videnin
Vanessa Winship

"[None of those folks qualify here. You must read the post a bit more carefully...or just read it.... —Mike]"


An obvious but boring choice is Alec Soth. Others on my list include Jonas Bendiksen, Simon Roberts and Zoe Strauss.

... forgot Rob Hornstra.

I think Jeff Wall is the most interesting photographer working today.

here is a compilation of "30 under 30" female photographers:



(None Of The Above -- Should be an option on every ballot for elected officials.

I have no idea.

Post 1995, what photographers impress me? I mean, enough to make me try and do what they do.

I started photographing because of moonlight, not because I saw somebody's print or thought that cameras were a neat thing. Yes, I've bought one of the Vivian Maier books and saw an exhibition of her photographs when it came through town, and I regard it as something like, "Oh, someone who compulsively did what I compulsively do."

I don't think that putting Maier on your list is cheating. Anybody like that would only come to light when they die. Otherwise, you are not simply looking for good photography, you are looking for someone who is already in the commercial or art/museum/gallery world. An "ahrteest."

Gursky? No.
Crewdson? No.
Sloth? No.
Nobody who uses simple resolution to impress the viewer.

Here's a good question: has anybody mastered photography?

I'm glad Greg Roberts nominated Lauren Simonutti; She was the first one who came to my mind.


Though she was an exclusively large-format film photographer, she was definitely "post-internet". Because of her specific circumstances, most of her interactions with fans and customers was through the web. I have two of her books; they're remarkable.

I'd also put forward Scott Schuman ("The Sartorialist") as a candidate


I'm not much of a street fan, but Brad Evans has been doing very interesting work documenting the streets of San Francisco for quite a while now.


And I'm a big fan of David Burnett, who makes all kinds of media work for him in all kinds of contexts.


Oh, oh, oh... I almost forgot!

Tommy Oshima!


Maybe not the greatest, nor an entire list, but these are a few British (I'm parochial...) photographers who keep me looking at their work:





I'd also suggest Rhodri Jones whose website my anti-virus stuff keeps flagging up as dodgy.


Impossible to get this right... too many fine photographers to choose from. And there are many that are 'tweeners'... they span the pre- and post-digital advent. But here are some of my favorites; I suspect most of these would remain on my 10-best list even if I gave the task more thought.

Alex Majoli
Susan Meiselas
Daido Moriyama
Sally Mann
Annie Liebovitz
Michael Kenna
Andreas Gursky
William Clift
Keith Carter
Mark Klett

Loretta Lux

My Fav. are:

Rinko Kawauchi
Liu Zheng
Vanessa Winship
viviane sassen
Doug Rickard
rafal milach
micheal wolf
cuny jassen
malick sidibe
roger ballen

Looking through the first 70 comments there are three I know, Camus Wyatt, Michael Kenna and Alex Wild.

Two that I like are Joel Tjintjelaar for B&W architecture;

and Rosie Hardy;
for people/fashion. A little heavy maybe on photoshop for some tastes but it's been interesting following her the last few years.

It will be interesting to look up some of the other people mentioned, especially through our own national filters (ie. American migrant photos don't resonate with me the same way British agriculture photos do).


In that case, Mike

Tristan Campbell


Peter Kool


He’s not been on any list yet, bit someone who’s had an enormous impact on (commercial and fashion) photography is Helmut Newton. We were recently in Berlin for a (chilly) week’s cultural and culinary battery charging (most successful) and spent most of an afternoon in the Helmut Newton museum. Some of it is so so, but a few of his images are burned into the bit of the head behind my retina... His reputation is mixed, a lot of his work is ‘strictly commercial’, but there are images that are simply mind b*ggering, especially seen 10 feet tall. And despite brilliant technique, he didn't apparently give a crap about cameras -- whatever got the job done, judging from the pile of stuff he left behind (including paired Canon EOS 100's, one labelled CNEG with masking tape, the other B&W.
What made him so heart-warmingly human and so endearing to me was the scrawled letter to Schröder, the then German Chancellor, apologising for having turned up a day too late for his dinner in his own honour with the same due to “an error in his diary”. He quoted the guard at the chancellery turning him away and refusing to let him park with the remark “that was yesterday evening, sir”. Priceless!

David Boyce's post had a bad link for Wang Qingsong. I saw Wang's work at the International Center of Photography last year in New York City. Very interesting, high concept art stuff.

The prints were 6 foot tall and 20 foot wide and tacked to the wall with push pins. I assume those prints went in the garbage after the show was over....

Mike, this is tough because there are so many names that can be added to this list. My choices, and there are only 6 were as follows:
Ragnar Axelsson- Nordic photographer his books is called "Faces of the North" a masterpiece. Anyone traveling to Iceland will know his work.
Sebastio Salgado
Tim Heatherington-
Peter Turnley-
Danny Wilcox Fraser-Rural migration Very important work about the state of Rural America.
Sam Abell- A great teacher and very inspiring

A similar story to Vivian Maier, but he is still alive and I think he has started using digital. Fred Herzog of Vancouver has been documenting life in that city since he moved there in the 50s. However, his work was only discovered in recent years. His Kodakchrome street photos will keep most people captivated for hours on end.

Where to start indeed. In the spirit of the call for photographers of the Internet Age, I'll suggest some great photobloggers:

Joseph O. Holmes of Joe's NYC, a wonderful street photographer and great all rounder too.

Kip Praslowicz, a young but thoroughly old-school photographer who adapts all kinds of equipment (press camera, infrared flash) to his purposes.

Sharon Wish, who blurs street photography and fine art photography to capture something more than just her beloved, rainy city (Vancouver).

Heather Champ, the grande dame of photoblogging. Also a lo-fi / film junkie. Not sure where to find her work these days; she recently removed her stuff from Flickr.

There are so many great photographers out there now thanks to the digital/Internet revolution. As much as I love lists, I think the 'Net has made a Top 10 list meaningless. Perhaps the 'Top 10 Photo Sharing Communities' is more germane.

Mike, this post turned out to be wonderful. I have hours of inspirational web surfing ahead of me because of all the wonderful work people shared in the comments.

The bad news is that the post is also already costing me money, but hopefully making you a few bucks. I promise I'll go through your site for all the book orders.

Mitch Dobrowner
Beth Moon

Hiroshi Sugimoto

So that's odd. My first comment got eaten by the system but my second got through. My first one said YES! to Greg Roberts' nomination of Lauren Simonutti, and added (among others, but I forgot who) Scott Schuman, also known as The Sartorialist:


I wish to thank all those who contributed for the interesting list. I will do my best to work my way through it all...

In the meantime I have the most profound admiration for the following gentleman:


So far, nothing I have come across has had the same impact on me... but this is all very subjective, right?

In no particular order:

Alec Soth
Taryn Simon
Kayo Ume
shinya arimoto

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