My friend Aaron Nace at Phlearn is putting together a tightly curated list of the “Most Inspirational Photographers” out there. I’ve seen a LOT of these types of lists over the years but I’m not sure I’ve ever agreed with one as much as I do this one. Aaron is right on track so far with the greatest in the game.
And by the way, I only made the list cause I’m a friend of Aarons. He’s just being nice. Thanks Aaron.
One more thing. Aaron himself belongs on this list. He is an incredibly talented photographer. Seriously.
Anyway, the point of this blog post is who is he missing on his list so far?
Heehee, this question always stirs up debate. But I’m curious to hear!
It was interesting to see how many of the people listed use extensive photoshoping/compositing. Even among portrait photographers. A couple of people have said chase jarvis. That guy has changed the way people learn photography. like Jeremy said about being an "idea guy." Chase is an idea guy.
For me definitly Zack Arias was the most inspiring for the last years... His attitude, skills and honesty inspires me over and over again
Photographer, or photoshop compositor? Or Mixed media artists? Most famous photographer personality this year? You have to make some very clear guidelines when you make any of these lists -- most of which are pretty useless as categorical lists. FUn eye candy though...
This is a pretty solid list!! I'm really surprised that Bruce Weber isn't in the list. Also, I could see Peter Lik and/or Marsel Van Oosten added for nature/landscape section.
for lifestyle photography that looks like a gorgeous piece of art - joy harmon prouty of wildflowers photography is amazing. she brings forth beauty and emotion in a powerful way. www.wildflowersphotos.com
I think you should definitely consider categorizing street photographers. And I felt a few people missing from the list like Chase Jarvis, Joe Mcnally and Vivian Maier...
This is a great list for sure.... great work, Jeremy.... its a hard job, picking only a few from a huge list.... I think different genre of photography needs to be addressed as well if we talk about photography in general.... others have already mentioned some missing names who at least deserve a place in the inspiration list... someone doesn't have to be the best photographer to be the most inspirational... inspiring others is a quality that doesn't belong to everyone.... Ansel Adams, HCB, Raghu Rai, Steve McCurry, Philippe Halsman, Arnold Newman, Galen Rowell - these names inspired a whole generation of photographers.... while others like McNally, David Hobby and others inspired a whole generation of off-camera-flash photogs!.... don't forget the best exponents of the social media who inspired others, though I know you won't include your name in it.... :)
Definitely missing Carlos Serrao, as well as Joe McNally. Frank Ockenfels, not to mention Strobist...
Anke Luckmann, Carlos Serrao , tim macpherson and sasha goldberger are the best for me and me obiusly :p
i can't wait to see the official list :) one day, when i find a niche, i hope to be considered one of these amazing photographers!
I agree Jeremy. Aaron should be on that list. his work is amazing. Am I right in saying there is no Chase Jarvis or joe mcnally on the list?
Great suggestions everyone. We intend this to be just the beginning, and will be adding many more photographers. we have a review board of 10+ professional photographers to approve each entry to maintain quality.
How can you miss the likes of Stephen DuPont and Todd heisler for doco? I think there might be some slight confusion between "greatest" and "most well known".
I'm gonna go ahead and say something that probably will sound stupid. First of all, it's true to say that a lot of people are missing from this list. Some of them are well known photographers, such as yourself, steve mccurry, chase jarvis, elliott erwitt and many many more. And second, i'm gonna say that i'm missing from that list. but it's more than fair, since i'm not yet a great photographer. But i'm on my way, doing what i love the most and having the best teachers in the world : you guys! This comment is both a way to forever push myself to actually become the great photographer i know i have the possibility to became and a way to thank you guys that share knowledge, experience, art with all of us learning around the world, giving us the chance of getting inspired and getting pushed on a daily basis. Truly yours, nicola.
Thanks so much Jeremy. You belong on the list, not only because of your amazing work, but because you are inspiring as a person. I am happy to add people to the list, please keep the suggestions coming.
well, like all lists it´s all based on the personal taste of the creator. Maybe one or two, but the rest lack of the so-called "soul impact". Someone told recently that there was 3 or 4 really good photographers, and all of the are dead.