50 Photographers you should know

I am always intrigued by books that state that they have THE list of important information, in this case, 50 Photographers you should know. Nevertheless, I bought the book, published by Prestel and edited by Peter Sepan, a British editor.

It also made me think about past books that wanted to provide the history of photography, such as Newhall, and in retrospect, provided a very biased opinion and included their favorites and excluded those that they did not approve of. As well as, what if I had to come up with my list of important photographers, who would I select?

Anyhow, with slightly less than two columns per photographer to support his reasoning, Sepan’s list makes for a thin read. But there were some on his list, which has a heavier European influence than the USA writers, that I was not as familiar with, and some I was amazed not to recognize the names at all.

So here is a quick list of the 50 photographers whom I did not recognize or realized I only know of the name and not so much of their work: Felice Beato, Alexander Rodchenko, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Willy Ronis, Robert Hausser, Seydou Keita, Ara Guler, Rene Burri, Malick Sidibe, and Daveh Golestan.

The others were more along of the great names, including Felix Nadar, Mathew Brady, Julia Margaret Cameron, Eadweard Muybridge, Eugene Atget, Edward Curtis, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Lewis Hine, August Sander, Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Man Ray, Josef Sudek, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Andre Kertesz, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Andreas Feininger, Brassai, Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Garry Winogrand, William Klein, Bruce Davidson, Bernd Und Hilla Bechler, Lee Friedlander, Josef Koudelka, Robert Maplethorpe, Sebastiao Salgado, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Nan Godin, Marting Parr, Andreas Gursky, and Wolfgang Tillmans.

So, I guess that this might be a nice little investment ($20 US) to get my curiosity going and broaden my horizons.

Best regards, Doug

BTW how did you do with this list, were you familiar with all 50 photographers, and would you agree?

2 thoughts on “50 Photographers you should know

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  1. A very carefully chosen title, I think. Not proclaiming a definitive collection.

    Looks like a pretty good selection – covers a range of styles, processes and periods. My known/unknown list is pretty similar.

    Notable absences: Ansel (probably due to ubiquity), Frank, Shore.

    Oh, and that’s Lee Friedlander, not Less.

  2. Opps, I had mis-spelled Freidlanders first name, which is now corrected. Thanks!

    I find it interesting as well that Walker Evans and Freidlander are included, but not Robert Frank and the more contemporary Stephen Shore.

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