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Monday, 29 April 2013


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I'd like to applaud this first small selection - it neatly separates six distinct genres / approaches in as many images, and shows that photography is still a rich source of diversity. (I'll even admit Loretta Lux, despite a longstanding doubt about the photographic relevance of her work)

May I throw in Mark Citret
Michael Kenna
Both well known, both slowly looking at newer technology.

With so many great photographers populating the internet and from all over the world, how is it possible to identify "the great photographers?" When we were young, maybe this was before your time, Time/Life Books identified the great photographers for us or maybe it was John Szarkowski at MOMA, or maybe we would see a book published by Aperture at the library... but it has all changed and for FOREVER.

There are so many brilliant photographers on Flickr alone... and many more on places like 500px, Wonderful Machine, and many others. The internet is endless. Many are accomplished artists, great commercial photographers, and others, inspired amateurs. It doesn't matter, because it is all so wonderful. Vivien Meyers is certainly a favorite, but there are many thousands of undiscovered photographers! The impact of the internet on photography is certainly greater than the impact of digital cameras on photography. It gave everyone a gallery to show their work in.

The world is just too big.

I love Tommy Oshima, but is he a digital photographer? I thought he was mainly using film, but I might be wrong...

It's not 100% clear from the theme - "Greatest photographers of the Digital / Internet age" - but I guess it doesn't mean photographers working exclusively in digital. (Christian Coigny also works predominantly with film)

Some good photographers here, a few I haven't heard of. I have been following Tommy Oshima on Flickr for quite a while and have always enjoyed his photography. I also like the interview at DigitalRev with him and his comments on boke:

"I also don't consider any kind of Bokeh photo to be equal to a good photo. I can say I even hate the "Bokeh" photo without any necessity behind it."

Simple, should be obvious, and absolutely true 'cause I agree. His comments on film vs digital pretty much nail it too, I believe.

And imagine the fact that he is on the often disparaged flicker---as are a number of excellent photographers.

Gregory Crewdson's massive, manipulated tableaux are spellbinding.

Find Loretta Lux's taxidermic, bobble-headed kids cited above to be just plain horrid.

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