Meet Anthony Keiler, Freelance Photographer:
I am a freelance photographer, specialising in portraiture, event and music photography.
For more info visit www.anthonykeiler.com
1. Kevin Carter’s shot of the vulture and the child. They say that a shot should stir up some emotion within you; this photo certainly does that with its harsh depiction of reality.
2. Henri Cartier’s shot of the kids through the wall. Lovely composition, simplistic and clear.
3. Nigel Parry’s portrait of Robert De Niro. Classy and simple.
4. Stories in a line – Anthony Keiler. After all of these years it is still my favourite photo from my collection. I love photographing people and capturing stories.
5. Jeff Ascough – any; the guy is talent personified.
Meet Ian Spanier, Freelance Photographer:
There is nothing original anymore, there’s new, and different, but everything can be traced back to some influence at sometime or another. As photography has changed, mostly through technology at this point, finding your voice has become harder and harder. For me, reminding yourself of your influences is a necessity to stay focused on where you want to go. There’s a reason, at least for me, the masters are the masters. How they affect me now I feel continues to force my eye to a certain place, allow my brain to interpret things I see and create images the way I choose. Limiting this number to just five is not quite accurate, and not listing the great painters that influenced me like Sargent, Hopper, Chuck Close and Homer leaves out much of what formed my vision. Nonetheless, here’s five of my favorites:
1. My ultimate influence is Richard Avedon. Although Irving Penn was really my first influence, Avedon’s images of the American West introduced me to the beauty of loneliness and forced me to teach myself large format photography. His fashion is world-reknowned, and what I think I respond to most about it and use in my own work is that the fashion becomes just a part of the image. As I am primerily a commercial photographer, the opportunity to make artistic images in that world is limiting, it’s about the product. Avedon mastered the mixing of both selling the product and creating an image that could be in any gallery.
2. For my senior thesis in college I wanted to make a study of nighttime. I was a double major in Art and Psychology and was very interested in the mystery of night, and how the invention of the electric light opened up the world of night to humans more than fire or gaslight ever did. Low-light has become an ever-present conversation now with the advancements with camera sensors and faster lenses. Brassai had an appreciation for night, and pushed the envelope of what film could do long before the digital world was even an inkling of an idea. I had found this image on a postcard at a gallery when I was about 19 years old, and it sunk in through my senior year in college when I chose my thesis topic.
3. Along the same line as Brassai, Edward Steichen’s haunting images of New York always attracted me. Being a lover of New York City, his iconic images attracted me always, and as I learned about more of his work, what truly influenced me was the breathe of his work. Steichen, along with many of his peers, shot everything. I have always followed that path. I’ve said in the past that there was no “one” subject for me. I shoot what I see. Steichen, and even more so, Penn, did the same, and always made me know I could do the same. The tendency of putting photographers into categories never fully applied to me, and I’ve always fought it because they were able to do- so can I.
4. My first job in the magazine industry was as the photo assistant in the GQ Magazine photo department. There I met my mentor, Harry Benson. I knew Harry’s work in college, and when he walked into the magazine office for a meeting my mouth dropped open. Soon after Harry and I became friends, and I was fortunate enough to have many lunches and visits with Harry over the years. Harry has witnessed so much history, and his stories influence me always. Photography is very much a game- who is in charge, the photographer or the subject. Harry is a master at getting his subjects to do what he wants. This psychological battle is constant, and being able to witness Harry do this in person was invaluable.
5. Albert Watson is a master lighter. Before I even knew what the difference was between a studio strobe and a Hydrargyrum Medium-arc Iodide(HMI) lights. Watson’s work had an impact on me. Whatever he was doing fit my asthetic and I needed to learn how he made his subjects come alive not only in what they were doing in the image, but the story that the lighting told. I truly believe that successful images are not soley about what the subject is doing, and that the lighting- be in artificial or natural, helps to tell the story of that fraction of time when the shutter button is pressed and an image is burned onto the film or sensor. As I developed my own lighting, Watson’s influence was a constant reference point, the main reason? He understands the sun. For me, understanding the way the sun is in all the many forms we see it not just in time of day and year, but diffused, direct, indirect, broad and tight and so on. Applying that understanding when shooting with or without strobes, modifiers and any light shaping tools was and is key to how I see lighting.
Meet Minyahil K. Giorgis, Photographer and Owner at Giorgis Media:
I have always had a love for films/theatre and music from a very young age. The older I got the more passionate I became about theatre, so I started a career in theatre as an actor and it wasn’t till my second year of university that I had my very own camera to document the wonderful people I found myself surrounded by. It was this need to document my passion for theatre & design that started my love affair with photography. Photographing people made me realize just how much I enjoy meeting and working with new people so I took photography more seriously, then one thing lead to another and BOOM Giorgis Media is born.
For more information visit: http://www.giorgismedia.com/
1. My first one has to be a picture I took about 5 years ago… I knew very little about photography back then but many people around me liked the pictures I was posting on Facebook. So a former university friend of mine approached me with his girlfriend at the time and they asked me to join them for a coffee. They told me then that they were engaged and wanted to get some pictures of the wonderful city of London where they met so they can share this wonderful news with their friends and family. I of course felt the pressure as I had only 2 lenses, one of which was the kit lens that came with the camera and the second lens was a £50 old Minolta lens I bought from ebay YES you guessed its the nifty 50 (I know that title belongs to the canon but hey they can learn to share). I was excited to photograph them but the whole time I was completely nervous, but I was determined not to let on because I wanted to give them the best possible pictures I could produce so on a cold but sunny day we went out near parliament (where I believe they had their first date) and started taking pictures. It wasn’t until I a few days later that I noticed this picture, I must have just marked it as one of the good ones to send but never really looked much at it. When I realized what I was looking at I suddenly knew why this picture will be one of the most valuable pictures to me, what I realized was at that moment in this picture, these two human beings absolutely and utterly adored each other, no matter what happens in the future, they will always have this moment. The picture wasn’t posed, they were just being themselves around each other and somehow with the very little photographic knowledge I had managed to capture this beautiful moment.
2. The next picture is by one of my favorite photographers Joe McNally. To me he is one of the greatest photographers out there. The work he has done for National Geographic over many, many years is simply beautiful. There is one image of his that I still adore to this day and that is of this gorgeous and soulful woman playing the saxophone while standing at the shore of beach during a very dramatic sunset. What I love about this image is that there is no Photoshop involved, this is Joe McNally’s experience and skill speaking for itself. The first time I saw it, I couldn’t figure out what the hell was going on, HOW, HOW is he exposing both for her in the foreground and that wonderful warm and glorious sunset. It wasn’t until two or three years later when I started learning about off camera flash that I really, really understood what exposure meant and I truly appreciated this image.
3. Now this image is by one of my absolute favorite photographers, Patrick Demarchelier. I just love love love love the images this man has created. There is something about his subjects, he makes them appear almost immortal. You see them and you almost don’t want to turn the page.
4. I first met Uzo when I was working at Jessops in New Oxford street. He came in with the interest of having a look at the newly released (at the time) 5D mk 2. He wasn’t sure whether or not it would be worth it for him but we managed to make a deal that if he bought the 5d mk2 I would then buy the 5D mk 1 he has, as I had been looking forward to taking my first step in to the world of Full Frame cameras, and have had my eye on getting a 5D since 2006. When I went to his studio to pick up the 5D and give him the money I was very surprised to see how down to earth and cool he was. We got on very well and the more I started looking at his work the more I realized how much I liked it. The people he photographs are beautiful polished and presented and the elegance of the images and the simplicity and classiness of his studio made me realize he respected and admired elegance. Whenever I look for inspiration, I always go to his website and have a look at his Beauty and fashion pages.
5.I hope you like the people and images I have shared with you, if I had to pick one last one to join the list it would undoubtably have to be Annie Leibovitz – for those who don’t know her work it is simply MAGICAL I will leave it at that.
Meet Joe Carwile, Freelance Photographer:
I am a 1993 graduate from Western Kentucky University Photojournalism program. I’ve interned at the Troy Daily News, Troy Ohio, South Bend Tribune, South Bend, IN, Flint Journal, Flint, MI. I’ve freelanced after graduating at the Danbury News-Times, and the Hartford Courant. Both are in Connecticut. I’ve been an imaging technician for the South Bend Tribune, South Bend, IN and the Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington, KY before starting Joe Carwile Photo Services.
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1. John F. Kennedy Jr, playing under the desk in the oval office.
2. A little boy holding a Coca-Cola trapped inside a phone booth shot by Dave LaBelle.
3. A photo of a woman who fell asleep while getting her hair blow dried at a beauty salon. I shot this at the Mountain People’s Workshop, held in Lafayette, Tennessee. I shot this as her head was under the dome blowing warm air.
4. Portrait of the Afghan girl that was on the cover of National Geographic. This image shows the blank stare of the hooded girl looking into the photographer’s soul.
5. Pretty much any Ansel Adams image. He can show the beauty of nature, the stillness, the sweetness of any given moment when light illuminates an object. I realize he was also a chemist, helping to produce effects in prints, but the eye had to capture it in order to help bring it out. I can only wish to become half the nature photographer he was.
All of these images are simplistic, every day happenings. These could have been taken anywhere, at any time, except for the Oval Office image.
Meet Lisa Fernandez, Multimedia Journalist:
I am an American multimedia journalist originally from Chicago and recently returned from living abroad, where I was receiving my Master’s Degree in International Journalism at City University in London.
Prior to my time in London, I’ve worked as a photojournalist for a variety of newspapers across the United States including, The Des Moines Register, The Reading Eagle, The Daily Herald, The South Bend Tribune and a few Spanish language weeklies.I’ve had the opportunity to produce many photo/video projects thus far and will continue to tell the important stories. Lisa is currently living in NYC with her husband Arturo their dog WeeGee and cat ManRay.
My website: http://lisafernandez.carbonmade.com
My blog: http://keepinflight.wordpress.com
1. Robert Frank’s photo from “The Americans” series of two people looking out their window with the American flag waving above them. I think his photos were the beginning of street photography and the way he captured moments with his camera was unlike anyone.
2. James Nachtwey’s book “Deeds of War” was my first introduction to photojournalism and one look at his photos made me want to be a war photographer. I believe the way he captures his moments humanized the wars he covers. Puts a face to what is actually happening in these places.
3. Bruce Davidson’s series “Central Park” is a simple one. To photograph Central Park and its going on’s but he takes an artistic and intuitive approach to all of his subjects whether it is landscapes, wild life, or people.
4. A Pulitzer prize-winning photo by John H. White is another source of inspiration for me and has had a great impact on my life and my photography. I’ve been privileged to have John as my tutor at Columbia College Chicago. Not only does his photography inspire you but his passion for photojournalism is contagious. I always thought to myself “I want to be John H. White when I grow up.”
5. My last impactful image is actually not a photo but a painting by Frida Kahlo called “Two Fridas.” This images is so striking that you can feel her emotions through the paint and canvas. I think I also feel a connection to her because she is also a fellow creative Latina.