Before cinema, photography was the last art to consolidate. For a long time he wondered if it really should be considered as such, after all you don’t need brushes and a frame to capture an image on a canvas. Can there be art in capturing an image through a camera? Definitely yes, but that does not mean that in each and every one of the photos taken there is art.
Since it began to facilitate the use and transport of the cameras, photography has had various purposes. Among those that are to keep memories of objects or people, for advertising purposes and of course there are those that seek to deepen the interpretation of the world of someone who has much to show.
Throughout history there have been several photographers who have reinterpreted the canons of photography in different fields. Here we will mention some.
1. Mario Testino
Mario Eduardo Testino Silva was a Peruvian photographer who mainly devoted himself to fashion and portraits. His work was published in famous magazines such as Vogue, V Magazine, Vanity Fair and GQ.
He also created images for brands such as Gucci, Chanel and Estée Lauder. On the other hand, he also worked as creative director, guest editor, art collector, collaborator and entrepreneur. The magazine “The Observer” labeled him as “The most prolific fashion trade photographer in the world”
2. Gregory Crewdson
Think of the most extravagant photographs someone can recreate and surely Crewdson has already done it. That is the reason why his work became so popular. He has spent thousands and even millions of dollars to create a single photo.
This American photographer began experimenting with large-scale sets when he was in college and over time continued to make them increasingly extravagant. Use a long format camera to capture the depth in each scene and then make huge prints.
3. André Kertész
This Hungarian photographer contributed to the compositions called avant-garde that had not been seen or used before. This term comes from French and refers to the avant-garde. In other words, works that are experimental, radical or unorthodox in this case with respect to photography.
In the early years of his career, Kertész used unusual camera angles that resulted in a really powerful street photography or street photography.
Unfortunately, this photographer felt he was not given the deserved recognition. Today this has changed and many consider him the predecessor of photojournalism.
4. Andreas Gursky
He is a German photographer and professor at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Germany. He is known for its long-format architecture and landscape photographs with color, often putting a high point of view.
Before 1990 his work was not manipulated in any way by computer software. Now it is up to him to help himself create a direct, enigmatic and inexpressive style of photography.
5. Nobuyoshi Araki
Frequently called by his pseudonym Araki, this Japanese photographer has been extremely controversial as he photographed seductive nudes and explored sexuality with his camera for many decades. His photos are almost exclusively in black and white.
His work has been analyzed with the same light as that of Nan Goldin. Both capture nude images with natural light as well as powerful flash.
After seeing these amazing photos you surely have new ideas for your own portfolio. Take inspiration from your work and make it yours.