Photographer SummariesBerenice Abbott - architectural studies of New York City in the 1930s - the Atget of Manhattan
Ansel Adams - Majestic landscapes of the American West
Robert Adams - Documenting the environmental destruction of the American West in the late 20th century
Manuel Alvarez Bravo - cultural and surreal imagery from Mexico
Eugene Atget - documentary photos of Paris architecture in the early 20th century
E. J. Bellocq - prostitute portraits from the red-light district of New Orleans in 1912
Karl Blossfeldt - Early 20th century, magnified photos of plant life revealed surreal, even Art Noveau forms
Margaret Bourke-White - Photojournalist, made some of the first photodocumentation of the Nazi concentration camps.
Bill Brandt - surrealist and working class imagery, British, 1930-60
Brassai - after dark in the Paris underworld between the wars
Harry Callahan - formalistic, minimalist portraits and landscapes
Julia Margaret Cameron - Victorian portraits, soft focus, from the early days of photography
Alvin Langdon Coburn - pioneer of abstract photography with his "Vortographs"
Imogen Cunningham - American modernist, best known for closeups of flowers and plants
Roy DeCarava - documenting the African-American experience and its cultural icons
Robert Doisneau - Happy photos of Parisian life in the mid 20th century.
William Eggleston - deceptively banal color photos of contemporary American rural and suburban life
Walker Evans - imagery of American society during the Great Depression
Roger Fenton - the first war photographer: the Crimea, 1850s
Lee Friedlander - Contemporary, humorous, visually exciting...my personal favorite
Emmet Gowin - "Gowin's simple yet intensely seen daily events take on the quality of ritual" - Jonathan Green
John Gutmann - 1930s America but NOT the Great Depression, a precursor of the street photographers of the 50s
Lewis Hine - activist documentary work from early 20th century, from Ellis Island to child labor to sweatshops
Hill & Adamson - mid-19th-century calotypists, interesting collaboration between artist and technician
Yousuf Karsh - Canadian portrait master, created some of the iconic portraits of world leaders in the 40s and 50s.
Andre Kertesz - Eastern Europe to Paris to New York, ranging from surrealist imagery to street photography
William Klein - New York street photography in the mid-fifties
Josef Koudelka - Czechoslovakian, 1970s images of his Exile in Western Europe
Dorothea Lange - documented American poor during the Great Depression
Jacques-Henri Lartigue - a child photographer, with exuberance and delight, France before World War I
Clarence John Laughlin - haunting images of abandoned cotton plantations and cemeteries in New Orleans.
Helen Levitt - street photography from early 1940's New York City.
Robert Mapplethorpe - erotically charged imagery from a gay perspective
Ralph Eugene Meatyard - surrealist vision from middle America in the 1950s and 1960s
Joel Meyerowitz - moving from street photography to landscape; from black-and-white to color; and from 35mm to 8 x 10 format
Lisette Model - an important pioneer in street photography and portraits from the edge
Tina Modotti - revolutionary images from 1920s Mexico
Eadweard Muybridge - 1880s, the first to use the camera to analyze motion too fast to be seen with the naked eye.
Nadar - Paris, 1850-1870, portraits, early photographic pioneer
Arnold Newman - One of the greatest portrait-makers in the history of photography
Timothy O'Sullivan - Civil War and American West, wet plate photography
Paul Outerbridge - 1920s and 30s surrealism and fetishistic nudes; a pioneer in color photography
Gordon Parks - documented the post-WWII African-American experience, portraying the common people and icons of the civil rights era
Irving Penn - much, much more than just a fashion photographer
Jacob Riis - photos were only a tool for his crusade against poverty in early 20th century New York City slums
Alexander Rodchenko - 1920-30s in Russia, formalist, odd angles, a new way of looking
Sebastiao Salgado - documenting the human condition in late 20th century, from Ethiopian famine to Brazilian hell mines
Cindy Sherman - artist using the photographic self-portrait as a means to express narrative.
Stephen Shore - master of large format camera, working in color depictions of urban scenes and landscapes.
W. Eugene Smith - documentary photography with a moral edge, the King of the Photo Essay
Frederick Sommer - Surrealist imagery somehow from realist content
Edward Steichen - protege of Stieglitz, pioneer in pictorialism before moving on to fashion photography
Alfred Stieglitz - the Prophet of photography as an art form, his own excellent work is too often overlooked
Paul Strand - another Stieglitz protege, pioneer of Straight Photography
William Henry Fox Talbot - early photographic pioneer, developed some of the first methods of fixing shadows on paper
Jerry Uelsmann - complex multiple prints utilizing "post-visualization" to depict ambiguous and humorous imagery
Max Waldman - celebrating theatre and the dance, 1960s and 1970s.
Carleton E. Watkins - premier landscape photographer of the American West in the 1800s
Edward Weston - photographer's photographer, f64, landscapes, portraits, still lifes, all done in same realist manner
Minor White - cofounder with Ansel Adams of the Zone System, also a great educator
Garry Winogrand - compulsive street photographer, imagery is edgy, disorienting
Lothar Wolleh - a master of the portrait, featuring photographs of modern artists