Of Others

A collection of photography and art sites that I have found pleasing, helpful or challenging:

To Check Often …

The Online Photographer

The Online Photographer, or TOP for short, describes itself as “a daily news website for photo enthusiasts, in blog format.” And that it is but with more personality, humor, and good common sense than such a one line summary can convey. It is the one photography related site that I am almost certain to visit every day.

Open Eye Photography Blog

An eclectic role call of great contemporary photography on the web. Save yourself some trouble finding worthwhile photography and start here. I have placed this near the top of my list of links because so much of the work is current rather than 20th century.

Maybe Not Photography but …

Andrew Kantor’s Place

A little while back, when Andrew was writing for USA Today, he did a piece on knowing where you were allowed to use a camera and what you could photograph. That article helped me a lot but he has produced and an even better resource, Legal Rights of Photographers, provided as a PDF on the home page of his blog, Andrew Kantor’s Place. It’s well worth a read if you might ever encounter over-zealous security guards who find your camera to be a security threat.

Individuals …

Heather McClintock

Heather McClintock’s photographs of the effects of civil war on the people of northern Uganda are deeply disturbing and yet beautiful. They illustrate the horror while acknowledging the dignity of the individuals pictured. They are a call to action.

Lensmodern

“Conceived and created by a group of the world’s top photographers as the only market place appropriate for their photographic images and award winning work.”

The quality and quantity of stunning photographs on this site is both inspiring and depressing for other photographers.

Mitch Dobrowner

Mitch Dobrowner is a prize winning fine art photographer who creates mystical and numinous landscape images.

Ernst Haas

Ernst Haas was one of the first professional and fine art photographers to make color a major plank of their work, starting with ISO 12 Kodachrome in 1947. Even when I began using a camera 30 years later there were few models to follow; Haas was therefore one of my early heroes and so earns an early spot in this link page. His delight in motion blur, initially forced on him by slow film speeds, allowed me to experiment with deliberate camera movement.

Collections …

Magnum Photos

Founded by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour in 1947; Magnum has been the professional home of many of the greatest photographers of the last 60 years including the likes of Elliott Erwitt, Steve McCurry, Rene Burri, Thomas Hoepker and Eugene Smith to name just a few. You don’t get invited to join Magnum unless you are among the best.

Masters of Photography

An older site that could use a design brush up, it does offer access to the images of a wide range of the more significant 20th century photographers and the navigation is straight forward. Work you can find here includes that of people like Joel Meyerowitz, Harry Callahan and Robert Doisneau.

The Getty Museum

While I sometimes share the fear that organizations like Getty and Corbis might have excessive control of the commercial image universe, there is no doubting that the Getty web site allows access to some of the harder to find photography on the net. Use their Explore Art page to locate examples of the work of people like Garry Winogrand and Eugine Atget.

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

The navigation on this site is confusing but the shear size of the list of photographers to be found in their permanent collection is an indication that there are diamonds to be found here. I have found that Browse By Artist page leads to more images than any of the other search mechanisms provided.

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