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Old 02-21-2008   #41
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OK, today the list is:

Garry Winogrand
Andre Kertesz
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Lee Miller
Robert Frank
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Old 02-21-2008   #42
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Don Dudenbostel
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Old 02-21-2008   #43
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Martin Parr
Alec Soth
Andreas Gursky
Rineke Dijkstra
Ed van der Elsken and many many more... actually

Can we make this a Top 20?
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Old 02-21-2008   #44
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At this moment (in no particular order)

Diane Arbus
Jeff Wall
Garry Winogrand
Elliott Erwitt
Robert Capa
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Mine change very regularly but...

Elliot Erwitt is always at or near the top of my list. Anyone with that sense of fun and charm in their photographs will always win me over...also his ability to completely split his 'day job' from his 'hobby' images despite the hobby providing, in his hopes and words, a longer lasting body of work.

Trent Park is someone I've recently come to like but there's just so many!!

...oh, and that French chap who liked to paint - he was pretty good too.


Jon - I'm genuinely shocked and blushing but very pleased that you like some of my photos, thank you.
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Araki, Gibson, HCB, Jonvelle, Newton. In alphabetical order.
I find it interesting to read other people's faves. I have to ask you, thougg, why Jonvelle? As a teenager I tried to like his work but I always found it too simple and easily copied. Of course, I am curious and I respect your choices as Jonvelle was renowned.
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Old 02-21-2008   #48
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At this moment (in no particular order)

Diane Arbus
Jeff Wall
Garry Winogrand
Elliott Erwitt
Robert Capa
Only one mention of Arbus in 47 posts. Do you like her because she was a rebel, oddball or photographer.

I'll go with Weston but really have no preference.
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Only one mention of Arbus in 47 posts. Do you like her because she was a rebel, oddball or photographer.

I'll go with Weston but really have no preference.
Hi Ducky -
I think the answer to that has to be - all three!
I mean, what's a photographer without the background and personality?

I just got her "Revelations" and it gives you some fantastic insight into her life. And then you're able to look at her pictures differently.

She's tops right now.
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Old 02-21-2008   #50
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Mine in order:

1) Josef Koudelka
2) Edouard Boubat
3) Willy Ronis
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No order.

-Elliott Erwitt
-Margaret Bourke-White
-Gary Winogrand
-Trent Parke
-Anton Corbijn
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I can't believe I didn't have Arbus on my list!
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Some others I find top too, concerning quality on par with these top five. They don't touch my soul in the same way tho, which is best described with that "knowledge without experience" thing, as if I had known them personally in a former life.

I would not ever have the idea to rate myself for this shortlist 'cause I still gotta learn some things.. :-D
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Minor White, Fakir Musafar, myself, Edward Weston, Carl Chiarenza.
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Old 02-21-2008   #55
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There are many but to name a few in no order of preference:

Wim Wenders, Eugene Richards, Alec Soth, James Whitlow Delano, David Dare Parker, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Duane Michels, Alexandra Boulat, Balazs Gardi and Donald Weber.
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heh, I saw that Simon Larbalestier was the last post here and thought I'd post now because I'm going to include him on my list (for a particular body of work that influenced me greatly at one point in my life, albeit in conjunction with some very influential graphic design). So... not necessarily "top" 5, but at least 5 that come to mind:

Ralph Gibson, Nick Knight, Jeanloup Sieff, Simon Larbalestier, Andreas Bitesnich

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Gibson, Erwitt, Bojic, Mann and Salgado
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Old 02-21-2008   #58
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It's hard to limit it to 5, but here would be my current list:

Andre Kertesz (first because he was my original inspiration into photography)
Robert Doisneau
Harry Callahan
Sebastiao Salgado
Hiroshi Sugimoto
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No kidding, Chris! I know you really liked my Girl on the Bicycle shot... but that much?
As usual, you're being too nice, and as usual, I don't deserve it. I thoroughly enjoy your photography too and I'm always on the lookout. You should post more and you know it!
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Give us blokes a chance to make a list eh?

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Give us blokes a chance to make a list eh?

LMAO
...and then argue over the finer detail. The only thing missing from this place is a beer pump!

It's going to take me an age to Google all these new names that have been mentioned and will no doubt end in me spending a small fortune on more books!
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Old 02-22-2008   #62
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heh, I saw that Simon Larbalestier was the last post here and thought I'd post now because I'm going to include him on my list (for a particular body of work that influenced me greatly at one point in my life, albeit in conjunction with some very influential graphic design). So... not necessarily "top" 5, but at least 5 that come to mind:

Ralph Gibson, Nick Knight, Jeanloup Sieff, Simon Larbalestier, Andreas Bitesnich

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Jonas that's kind of you to say. Thanks! Now that you mention v23 (Vaughan Oliver and Chris Bigg) i'm adding Nigel Grierson to my list as well.
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We should start another thread about favourite books - maybe we can help Steven Gandy to win Amazon as a new sponsor of rff.

Anyway: my fav´s are Avedon, Lindbergh, Nachtwey, Cartier-Bresson and Struth - my favourite photographer of the "Becher-Schüler" like Gursky, Hütte and Höfer, I really like the work of Thomas Struth best.

I have to admit that it took a while before I found the fascination in the work of Cartier-Bresson or the war-photographer Nachtwey. Portraiture and fashion is easier and more impressive for a teenager who starts with photography ...

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P.S.: I meant to say I was about 14-15 years old when I started. During the last decades my interest changed at least a little.

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Henri Cartier-Bresson
Sebastiao Salgado
David Alan Harvey
Abbas
James Nachtwey

I love their work!
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I find it interesting to read other people's faves. I have to ask you, thougg, why Jonvelle? As a teenager I tried to like his work but I always found it too simple and easily copied. Of course, I am curious and I respect your choices as Jonvelle was renowned.
I like Jonvelle's work for the tenderness towards women he shows. Of course choices are just a matter of taste. There are so many more photographers I didn't mention on my short list.
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Lisette Model
Tina Modotti
Mary Ellen Mark
Lee Friedlander
William Christenberry
Eggleston
Saul Leiter
BUT, my very favorite is Koudelka

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can't settle on the same answer forever!

walker evans
robert frank
william eggleston
chris killip
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walker evans
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1. Harry Callahan
2. Ralph Gibson
3. Lise Sarfati
4. Mark Steinmetz
5. Ralph Eugene Meatyard

And a honorary mention for Andre Kertesz, who looks a bit dated these days but started it all for me!
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In no particular order:

Jeanloup Sieff
Paul Strand
Josef Koudelka
Bill Brandt
Michael Kenna

too many to choose from.

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