The Best of the Best

While searching for inspiration for my final photo series, I decided to look at some of the work from the best photographers in history. As I looked through hundreds of photos from hundreds of photographers, I chose three photographers that really impacted my way of approaching my photography. They did not inspire the way I am going to take my photographs, but inspired me to keep on pushing, as the semester is almost at its end. The three photographers that had a great impact on me were Steve McCurry, Art Wolfe, and David LaChapelle.

Steve McCurry

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This photograph was taken in Rajasthan, India. It immediately stood out to me because of the beautiful contrasting colors and the symmetry of the man’s face. The gray background and the man’s dark skin contrasts with his bright orange and white hair. His orange hair and beard help to frame his face, which immediately brought my focus to his eyes. The photo is also very balanced, as his face is nearly symmetrical because of the way that his beard is split in half.

Art Wolfe

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This photograph is of Cow-nosed Eagle Rays taken in Islas Bocas del Toro, Panama. The bright colors are what initially drew me to this photo. I think it is very powerful how the clear, blue water contrasts with the orange-dish brown color of the sting rays; the sting rays almost look like they are flying through the air. The photo is so simple, and the bird’s eye view brings a different perspective than one I have experienced in times that I have swam with sting rays in the Florida Keys. 

David LaChapelle

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This photograph was part of LaChapelle’s exhibit, “Inscape of Beauty” held in Seoul, South Korea. This photograph really stuck out to me because I think it is so thought-provoking. It really makes you wonder all of the ways that it may be interpreted. I am fascinated by the effects and editing that went into this photo. He took an otherwise dull setting with muted-color homes and brought in this bright hot pink fabric and draped it on the two models, while also mimicking the same texture and color on one of the homes in the back.

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