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Monday, 02 December 2013


As a brazilian, loved to see Sebastiao Salgado's name coming up the comments, so +1... Yesterday was the last day of Genesis' exhib here in Sao Paulo, his work is truly amazing.
I'd say JoeyL.com, the kid really stands out. La Chapelle, Chris Crisman, Joe McNally, Dave Hill, Jeremy Cowart (a plus for Help Portrait project, this guy is awesome), Randal Ford, +1 for Zack Arias... Cia de Foto, a brazilian collective...

Andreas Gursky, if only because of the insane price his Rhine photo sold for.

Eugenia Maximova
Torsten Andres Hoffman
Bernd Radtke
Bert Teunissen
Michael Wolf

i like the work of Benoit Paillé


Carolyn Guild

Just a thought..

If it were not for the internet, how many of these photographers of the current century would be known?

And also eliminate the digital photographic industry, how many of these same unknowns
would be able to practice their craft, or would then be completely unknown?

Bryce Lee

BTW The link to Lauren Simonutti's blog takes you somewhere else and not to her blog.
Try this one

David Hilliard www.davidhilliard.com
Great artist and teacher.

Alex Soth, for sure.
Michael Reichman, likewise.
Two exemplars of the digital age:
Trey Ratcliff
Ming Thein

Elina Juopperi.
Born 1975 in Oulu, Finland.
Exuberantly Nordic: a volcano under ice.
Widely — and wildly — unknown below the Arctic Circle.
As completely different from Pentti Sammallahti as a photographer can conceivably be, while sharing the same continent.
Correction: the same hemisphere.

Makes you wonder how many of those who read your blog, actually read your blog.

Ken Rosenthal

From Australia:
Trent Parkes
Narelle Autio
Petrina Hicks

All good...


Here's my top 10 nominees:

Actually, they're the top 10 choices by TOP readers in your Dare I Ask? "poll" in April. I think your main criterion then as now is the same.

Here's the spreadsheet Tally of all nominees (and nominators).

Craig Semetko for great street photography

Scott Schuman at The Sartorialist for his work merging fashion and street photography.

Chuck Kimmerle http://www.chuckkimmerle.com

Richard Prehn

I obviously misunderstood the original question. That said, I did not discover Mr. Burnett's work as such until the 2004 election season when he was working the campaign with a Speed Graphic & Aero Ektar O_o

I've learned bunches from his work so I'll still stand by recommending him as a photographer of this century.

I would say Todd Hido and Kenro Izu. Both have been around perhaps since before the cutoff, but became more famous in the past 13 years.

William Eggleston

Julie Blackmon


Camus Wyatt down under:


Vincent Munier

Poetic landscape/wildlife photography. Now that's rare.


Tough assignment Mike.

Off the top of my head:
Alec Soth
Alessandra Sanguineti
Jacob Aue Sobol
Ka-Man Tse
Alejandro Cartagena
Myoung-ho Lee
JeongMee Yoon
Kayo Ume
Rineke Dijkstra (might be too 20th century, but I'd argue she gained traction right around 2000 or so)
Alexander Gronsky (maybe not top 100 but very interesting work nonetheless)

I think my follow-up comment got lost. It looks like plenty of other advocates for Alec Soth and Zoe Strauss. (When you go to zoestrauss.com, the "10 years" link takes you to the page for her current retrospective at ICP.)

But what about Tony Mendoza (of "Ernie" fame)?

And how could I have forgotten Taryn Simon? I appreciate this post and comments just for reminding me of what happened in the last decade of photography.

I was also blown away by Stella Johnson, Estelle Hanania, and Rodney Smith.

Phrasikleia Epoiesen

Marc Adamus

OK, nobody here has heard of him, but if you find yourself in Wichita, Kansas, look for showings by Johnny Sutton. He is a remarkable photographer, who was once a fine painter. His hands were burned in a tragic accident, and he turned to photography. His recent work, mostly boats in Venice, are groundbreaking, both in composition and in his abilities using photoshop to splice smaller photos together.

Adam Pretty

It may be early yet to tell if he will ever be a "great," but he's certainly worth taking a look at: Ian Ruhter.

Alexander Gronsky
Taryn Simon
David Maisel (he's work starts earlier though)

Anyone that can open our eyes to the real catastrophes the planet is facing. Work like Lu Guang has produced on pollution in China:


Or Chris Jordan's Midway and Intolerable Beauty:


Please allow me to suggest the canadian photographer Gregory Colbert and his beautiful work "Ashes and Snow" that brought him to public eye in 2002 or so..

I see Rui Palha's photos and think, I've seen this before! I realize that I'm thinking of Rupert Vandervell. I prefer the latter's, but that's just me.


Simon Roberts
Rhodri Jones
Simon Norfolk
Steven Gill
David Chancellor
Jem Southam
Rineke Dijkstra

Where do you stop?

[I'm going to stop when I get to fifty, but I agree that's just arbitrary. --Mike]

The millenium cutoff runs the risk of compiling a list of flash-in-the-pans and zeitgeist channelers, but at least you get some new names. I admire - and draw inspiration from - people who plough their own furrow. Those who have a large enough proportion of their work made since 2000 include:

David Maisel (www.davidmaisel.com)
Astrid Korntheuer (www.astrid-korntheuer.de)
Ralf Grossek (www.ralfgrossek.de)
Mike Chisholm (idiotic-hat.blogspot.com)


Photographers from the side of the industry that I work in are rarely considered for lists like these, so I'll submit one - Jonas Peterson


I would like to call your attention to this:


This site is curated by David Alan Harvey, and is a platform for young photographers to display their excellent work. There is really some very good photography there.

Ming Thein

His blog -- http://blog.mingthein.com/

[Keep in mind that this excellent body of photography and writing is done by one person]


I would include Mert&Marcus. They have become shooting stars of the fashion world since 2000 and have left their mark on the industry.
They were able to create a parallel world of desire.
I hope making money is not a No-No for the list.

In alphabetical order:

12 contemporary girls: Celine van Balen, Tina Barney, Diana Blok, Rineke Dijkstra, Jacqueline Hassink, Naomi Harris, Rinko Kawauchi, Dana Lixenberg, Viviane Sassen, Cindy Sherman, Alessandra Singuinetti, Taryn Simon.

12 contemporary boys: Thomas Demand, Phillipe Dudouit, Jim Goldberg, Alexander Gronsky, Andréas Gursky, Rob Hornstra, Pieter Hugo, Nadav Kander, Simon Roberts, Bryan Schutmaat, Alec Soth, Hans Wildschut.

12 active before and after 2000: David Bailey, Mitch Epstein, Larry Fink, Paul Graham, Naoya Hatakeyama, Carl de Keyzer, Sally Mann, Nicholas Nixon, Martin Parr, Stephen Shore, Albert Watson, Alex Webb.

12 more that I forgot mention above: Edward Burtynsky, Phillipe Chancel, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, William Eggleston, Nan Goldin, Axel Hütte, Hans van der Meer, Martin Roemers, Joel Sternfeld, Larry Sultan, Guy Tillim, Brian Ulrich.

If you miss somebody you might try: aperture.org, bjp-online.com, deutsche-boerse.com, fantomeditions.co, lensculture.com, magnumphotos.com, moma.org, mostfamousphotographers.com, photography-now.net, prixpictet.com, 500photographers.blogspot.nl or the history of T.O.P.

I'll throw in Nick Turpin's name. He was the founder of the in-public street photography collective and a strong promoter of the genre (and, in my opinion, at least in part responsible for its recent resurgence).

Also, assuming he qualifies, I second the Saul Leiter choice. He did most (all?) of his work in the 20th century and certainly was known before the 2000s but seems to have gained some more widespread recognition in the 21st century, including through the current documentary about him. RIP.

William Garnett: stunning aerial photographs taken while flying the plane himself.

Otherwise, most of the artists found at the Dallas gallery, "AfterImage": http://www.afterimagegallery.com



Correction to my last post: ALL photographers at After Image Gallery.

I'm particularly impressed with Owen Kanzler (again aerial photographs, and like William Garnett he has a sense of design) His self portrait over a beach is fabulous as well as the pictures of vacation bungalows near the beach. It's bizarre that such architectural atrocities can still be the home to people's greatest pleasures of summer vacation: wonderful and wondrous!



mark steinmetz
rob hornstra
lise sarfati
geert van kesteren
jason eskenzai
rinko kawauchi
guy bourdin
leigh ledare - does he count as someone you "should" know? ;)


I would second the suggestions for Evgenia Arbugaeva, absolutely stunning color work.

I'd like to second Lauren Simonutti. As soon as I read your post I thought of her, but also thought she isn't known by many. But if other people are mentioning her then I wholeheartedly agree.

The other photographer I would nominate, also shoots large format, and that would be Ian Ruther.

You simply cannot ignore Lynsey Addario. For my money she's the best photojournalist out there. Don't take my word for it, just look at her stunning portfolio.

Simon Norfolk

Susan Lipper

Roe Ethridge

Todd Hido

Trey Ratcliff has come from never touching a camera to world famous since 2000.

William Albert Allard http://www.williamalbertallard.com Met him as a boy in Minnesota, has been an inspiration for me even though I followed a different path photographically.

Jeff Jacobsen, though he may span the 20th century equally well. But how many people actually quit Magnum to do what they want to do, photographically? (Mary Ellen Mark doesn't count, she can do exactly what she wants).

I cannot let one of the featured comments go, though. No one, but no one who is involved in the 21st century street photography world thinks that Rui Palha is anything but recycled, Internet schmaltz. Feel free to delete, amend, censor or not publish this Mike, but his is the worst kind of banal junk that floods the screen. Yechhh.

I distinctly remember submitting this once, but it hasn't shown up through multiple updates and you haven't emailed about some reason it's not being approved, so more likely I just typed it and never finished the submission properly.

Kyle Cassidy, who has produced the books War Paint and Armed America and collaborated with others to produce Who Killed Amanda Palmer.

Alec Soth
Noah Addis
Michael Wolf
Ivan Pinkava
Nadav Kander

Keith Carter: wonderful environmental portraits made in the southern parts of the US. http://www.keithcarterphotographs.com

A third vote for David Hobby if only for his role as the foremost teacher of off camera lighting techniques. His influence on many of today's photographers is immense.

Great list of suggestions. Whoever mentioned Oleg Videnin, thank you. I'd never heard of him before and really like his work. So... another vote for Oleg Videnin.

One great new resource for finding contemporary photographers is the Art Photo Index, http://www.artphotoindex.com/api/.




Great photography by Lee Jeffries, this subject matter is so difficult to shoot, yet his results are so compelling.


Trent Parke.

Another vote for Gregory Crewdson, a storyteller.

And I recently took a trip to Brussels to visit Nick Brandt's exhibition. Was worth it and more. He's on my list as well.

Scott Schuman. It may not be groundbreaking work (Bill Cunningham comes to mind) but his Satorialist blog is popular enough that others in the same genre come off as imitators.

I'm sure the original question was more to do with who is becoming influential in the 21st century, whereas now it is more "what photogrsphers do other photographers like?"

I've only clicked on links provided but the majority of styles seem to be firmly in the 20th century - with plenty of the usual grittiness and sad-eyed waifs and strays, rather than any 21st century styles or new ways of looking at things.

best wishes phil

I nominated Rinko Kawauchi in April.
This time around these photogs:

Viviane Sassen,NL,
Gerry Johansson,SE,
Pieter Hugo, ZA,
Stephen Gill, UK,
Jem Southam, UK,
Asger Carlsen, DK,

I spend a lot of time during the week looking at photography sites, and what amazes me is that 99% of the people mentioned on here I've never even heard of. 50 Photographers You Should Know since 2000, I get it, you SHOULD know them, but hey, are they going to be future photographic geniuses and recognized by the market and general public like an Avedon or Ansel...me thinks not...

Adhering to the post-2000 criteria, I'd nominate, as a B&W street photographer in the tradition, Paul Swee.


Marc Adamus

Kah Kit Yoong

Phrasikleia Epoiesen

Alex Majoli

keith carter and definitely hiroshi sugimoto

I shoot landscapes so my radar is set to pick up on those who occupy that niche. I figure if they're better known/recognized than I am, they'll have something I can consider or be inspired by. At the same time, the growing list of nominees by your readers this week will become my homework assignment for the next month. I'll look them all up and, regardless of their specializations, see what it is they do and what I can learn from their work. The goal: more general photography literacy.

Susan Burnstine has already been mentioned but I'm seconding her.

There's a guy name Emil Schildt I admire.


Not sure he's 1) important enough for this list or 2) makes the 2000 cutoff. But check him out.

Nick Brandt

Richard Mosse? Nominated for the 2014 Deutsche Börse. His Infra series is pretty startling.

Non.....you should never do anything anyone tells or know anyone that someone tells you (remember what Brian said when he adressed the people of the holy land). I would say you could know...but if you don't you are never the worse of. And a photographer you could know is Paul d'Haese. Now you probably don't, right, and that is not a problem but do check him out please.


Greets, Ed.

I am stunned A. Aubrey Bodine hasn't been nominated.

Why has no one mentioned Inta Ruka? She's like the modern day Sune Jonsson for christ sake!

Sorry if I was rude. I just get worked up about Inta :D
A photographer friend aiming to make a living on taking pictures is about to visit her soon.

Here's a short snippet on youtube; Inta Ruka: Amalias Street 5a

Mike - I am guessing that you picked "after 2000" to mark the digital age. In which case would you eliminate all candidates prior to 2000? and I agree that although Vivian Maier's story is compelling and her work impressive, a photographer should not be closeted.

My thoughts and list:

I've just worked my way through nearly every name suggested here that I wasn't already aware off (which is a sizable majority of those listed).

Two things struck me. First, the TOP readership has a remarkably broad range of tastes. I found a handful of photographers whose work I would buy if a where a book is available (always a good test), most were pleasant, without being outstanding, and there were not a few that left me wondering what I was missing. No doubt many of your readers had the same range of reactions to different groups of photographers.

Second, for people who are concerned with the visual and the graphical I'm amazed at the number of photographers with shockingly poor websites. This is not only an aesthetic judgement but also a technical one. When Flash finally goes to its well deserved grave a lot of photographers are going to find that their web presence has been substantially diminished.

Go luck trying to come up with some coherent order out of our diverse suggestions.

Apologies for my reprehensibly poor spelling and grammar in my previous post. In mitigation I should note that I was typing it while watching England's pitiful disintegration against Mitchell Johnston and the rest of the Australian team in the second Ashes test and my despair at their capitulation was affecting my linguistic capabilities.

Paul Strand. Imogen Cunningham. Chuck Close.

Helen Levitt.

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