Influences

Ten Photographers

Direct Influences On My Photographic Approach

As an exercise to clariy in my mind the photographers I most admire and want to emulate, I make a ranked list of my favorite photographers. To my surprise, from a list of 67 names, the top 10 are fashion shooters, ranking above the likes of Pete Turner, Ansel Adams Jeanloup Sieff!


Irving Penn

Irving Penn

 


"I myself have always stood in the awe of the camera. I recognize it for the instrument it is, part Stradivarius, part scalpel." - Irving Penn - September/October 2001, American Photo

"A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective." - Irving Penn

"Even photographing a cake can be art." - Irving Penn

"Liberman said to me, 'I must cut back on the work you do for Vogue. The editors don't like it. They say the photographs burn on the page.' After some years, I began to understand that what they wanted of me was simply a nice, sweet, clean-looking image of a lovely young woman." - Irving Penn


Helmut Newton

Irving Hewton

 


"The first 10,000 shots are the worst!" - Helmut Newton

"I always kept my equipment down to a minimum: two cameras, each with three lenses, a flash that would clip onto the camera body, and one assistant. I did not want to spend time thinking about hardware; I wanted that time to concentrate on the girl and the world around her." - Helmut Newton - On Equipment, American Photo

"Some people's photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already." - Helmut Newton



Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon

 


"A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion .... All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." - Richard Avedon

"Photography has always reminded me of the second child, trying to prove itself. The fact that it wasn’t really considered an art, that it was considered a craft, has trapped almost every serious photographer." - Richard Avedon

"And if a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it's as though I've neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible." - Richard Avedon



Edward Steichen

Edward Steichen

 


"Photography is a medium of formidable contradictions. It is both ridiculously easy and almost impossibly difficult." - Edward Steichen

Steichen took over 1,000 exposures of a single white teacup and saucer against a graduated scale of tones from pure white to black velvet. While this redundancy may seem obscure, in A Life in Photography, Steichen stated that, "The experiment was to a photographer what finger exercises are to a pianist."  - Edward Steichen





Man Ray

Man Ray

 


"Nature does not create works of art. It is we, and the faculty of interpretation peculiar to the human mind, that see art." - Man Ray

"In the same spirit, when the automobile arrived, there were those that declared the horse to be the most perfect form of locomotion." - Man Ray

"Some of the most complete and satisfying works of art have been produced when their authors had no idea of creating a work of art, but were concerned with the expression of an idea." - Man Ray




Horst P. Horst

Horst P. Horst

 


"I don’t think photography has anything remotely to do with the brain. It has to do with eye appeal." - Horst P. Horst



George Hoyningen-Huene

George Hoyningen-Huene

 


"Somehow the photographers had as yet not captured the attitudes and gestures that women assumed, they seemed to freeze in front of the lens, as if posing for their portraits, whereas the top fashion illustrators would render them as they actually saw them in real life. Was there no way of achieving the same results with photography?" - George Hoyningen-Huene



Chris Von Waggenheim

Chris Von Waggenheim

 


“A good fashion photograph makes a promise it can never keep.” - Chris Von Wangenheim

"I realized that getting my picture was more important to me than the disconfort of someone not understanding or someone's opposition to my goals." - Chris Von Wangenheim



Sarah Moon

Sarah Moon

 


"I never photograph reality." - Sarah Moon

"Very often I say to myself: I would like to make a photo where nothing happens. But in order to eliminate, there has to be something to begin with. For nothing to happen, something has to happen first." - Sarah Moon



Sheila Metzner

Sheila Metzner

 


"Photographers are often transformed by their own work. They should look at themselves every now and again to make sure they haven't become some kind of beast. If they have, they should understand they still have to look at that beast in the mirror every day." - Sheila Metzner