Contemporary Masters

Biography: Nude Advertising photographer Szymon Brodziak

Biography: Nude Advertising photographer Szymon Brodziak

Szymon Brodziak, born 1979 in Poland. Specializes in unconventional black and white advertising campaigns with personal approach. Brodziak is an economy graduate taken over by passion for photography. After quitting family business, he worked in various advertising agenies, assisting in fashion and advertising shootings, which today are his main fields of professional activity. Since 2006, Szymon Brodziak has obtained many…
Biography: Fine Art Nude photographer Thomas Bak

Biography: Fine Art Nude photographer Thomas Bak

Thomas Bak was born in 1978 in Szczecin, Poland. He attended Bremen University for the Arts of Book and Graphic Design and Photography, and received his degree from Professor Fritz Haase. In 2004 Bak won Germany’s most important awards for up-and-coming photographers, the BFF and Reinhard-Wolff-Preis. His works have been exhibited in countries around the globe.
Biography: Conceptual photographer Gilbert Garcin

Biography: Conceptual photographer Gilbert Garcin

Gilbert Garcin (born 1929) was originally the owner of a lamp manufacturing company in Marseille, France. Following a workshop during the Rencontres Internationales in Arles, under the direction of Pascal Dolemieux, Garcin, at the age of 65, gave up his business and began his photographic career. His work has been exhibited and collected around the globe, which satisfies his goal…
Biography: Landscape photographer Robert Adams

Biography: Landscape photographer Robert Adams

Robert Adams (born May 8, 1937) is an American photographer who has focused on the changing landscape of the American West. His work first came to prominence in the mid-1970s through the book The New West (1974) and the exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape(1975). He was a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in photography in 1973…
Biography: Cityscape/Street photographer Ray Metzker

Biography: Cityscape/Street photographer Ray Metzker

Ray K. Metzker (born 1931) is a major American photographer known for both his work in cityscape and landscape photography. Metzer is acknowledged as one of photography’s true innovators since the early 1960’s. He is dedicated to exploring the formal potentials of black and white photography over the course of more than a dozen distinct bodies of work. Through cropping,…
Biography: Documentary photographer Lee Friedlander

Biography: Documentary photographer Lee Friedlander

Lee Friedlander (born July 14, 1934) is an American photographer. In the 1960s and 70s, working primarily with 35mm cameras and black and white film, Friedlander evolved an influential and often imitated visual language of urban “social landscape,” with many of his photographs including fragments of store-front reflections, structures framed by fences, posters and street signs. In 1963 he got…
Biography: Landscape photographer David Fokos

Biography: Landscape photographer David Fokos

David Fokos was born in 1960 in Baltimore, MD and currently lives in San Diego, CA. Using an 85-year old 8×10 view camera, world-renowned artist David Fokos has been photographing the landscape for over 30 years. Often working 100 hours or more to craft a single image, his elegant black and white images have been lauded as masterpieces of minimalism.…
Biography: Nude photographer Nobuyoshi Araki

Biography: Nude photographer Nobuyoshi Araki

Nobuyoshi Araki (born May 25, 1940) is a Japanese photographer and contemporary artist. Documenting Tokyo he captures its obscene energy and inhuman emptiness in the sex clubs and entertainment district, crowded streets, buildings and skies. His work is infused with an intense sexuality. He has been widely accused by feminist groups of being a misogynist because of the content of…
Biography: War photographer Nick Ut

Biography: War photographer Nick Ut

Nick Ut (born March 29, 1951), is a photographer for the Associated Press (AP) who works out of Los Angeles. His best known photo is the Pulitzer Prize-winning picture of Phan Thị Kim Phúc, who was photographed as a naked 9-year-old girl running toward the camera to flee a South Vietnamese napalm attack on invading North Vietnamese at the Trảng…
Biography: Documentary/Street photographer Daido Moriyama

Biography: Documentary/Street photographer Daido Moriyama

Daido Moriyama (born October 10, 1938) is a Japanese photographer noted for his images depicting the breakdown of traditional values in post-war Japan. Moriyama’s work is saturated with the melancholic beauty of life at its most ordinary. His photographs epitomize wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic of finding beauty in imperfection. Daido Moriyama was born in 1938 along with a twin brother,…
Biography: Panoramic photographer Pentti Sammallahti

Biography: Panoramic photographer Pentti Sammallahti

Pentti Sammallahti (born 1950 in Helsinki) is a Finnish photographer. Sammallahti has travelled widely as a photographer, from his native Scandinavia, across the Soviet Republics through Siberia, to Japan, India, Nepal, Morocco, Turkey, across Europe and Great Britain, and even to South Africa. Sammallahti’s travels and interest in fine printing and lithography has led him to publish numerous portfolios of…
Biography: Wildlife/Portrait photographer Gregory Colbert

Biography: Wildlife/Portrait photographer Gregory Colbert

Gregory Colbert (born 1960 in Toronto) is a Canadian film-maker and photographer. Colbert’s first exhibition, Timewaves, opened in 1992 at the Museum of Elysée in Switzerland to wide critical acclaim. For the next ten years, Colbert did not publicly exhibit his art or show any films. Instead, he traveled to such places as India, Burma, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Dominica, Ethiopia,…
Biography: Portrait/Nude photographer Sally Mann

Biography: Portrait/Nude photographer Sally Mann

Sally Mann is an American photographer. She has photographed in the American South since the 1970s, producing series on portraiture, architecture, landscape and still life. She is perhaps best known for her intimate portraits of her family, her young children and her husband, and for her evocative and resonant landscape work in the American South. Her work has attracted controversy…
Biography: Fashion photographer Mario Testino

Biography: Fashion photographer Mario Testino

Mario Testino (was born on October 30, 1954) is a Peruvian fashion photographer. His work has been featured in magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair. He came to London in 1976, took a flat in an abandoned hospital near Trafalgar Square, and began selling portfolios (for £25, including hair and make-up) to wannabe models. Today he is best known…
Biography: Abbas Attar

Biography: Abbas Attar

Abbas Attar (born in 1944) is an Iranian photographer known for his photojournalism in Biafra, Vietnam and South Africa in the 1970s, and for his extensive essays on religions in later years. During the 1970s he also made a number of trips back to Iran, taking pictures of the extraordinary impact that the western petro-dollars had made on the country’s…
Biography: Sebastiao Salgado

Biography: Sebastiao Salgado

Sebastiao Salgado (born February 8, 1944) is a Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist. Educated as an economist, Salgado egan his photography career in 1973. His first book, Other Americas, about the poor in Latin America, was published in 1986. This was followed by Sahel: Man in Distress (also published in 1986), the result of a 15 month long collaboration…
Biography: Nude photographer Joyce Tenneson

Biography: Nude photographer Joyce Tenneson

Joyce Tenneson (born in Weston, Massachusetts on May 29, 1945) is an American fine art photographer known for her distinctive style of photography, which often involves nude or semi-nude women. Tenneson shoots primarily with the Polaroid 20×24 camera.  
Biography: Cityscape photographer Alexey Titarenko

Biography: Cityscape photographer Alexey Titarenko

Alexey Titarenko (born 1962 in Leningrad, USSR, now Saint Petersburg, Russia) is a Russian photographer and artist. Titarenko’s photographic series from the 1990s won him worldwide recognition. His major photo series include “City of Shadows” (1992-1994), “Black and White Magic of St. Petersburg” (1995-1997), and “Time Standing Still” (1998-1999). In 2002 the International Photography Festival at Arles, France, presented all…
Biography: Fashion/Nude photographer Patrick Demarchelier

Biography: Fashion/Nude photographer Patrick Demarchelier

Patrick Demarchelier (born 1943) is a French fashion photographer. Patrick Demarchelier got started with photography, when his stepfather offered him his first Kodak camera for his 17th birthday. While looking through a fashion magazine he discovered his passion for the fashion world. In the early 1960s Patrick Demarchelier moved to Paris where he worked as an assistant in several photo…
Biography: Portrait photographer Malick Sidibe

Biography: Portrait photographer Malick Sidibe

Malick Sidibé (born in 1935) is a Malian photographer noted for his black-and-white studies of popular culture in the 1960s in Bamako. He graduates in Jewellery and Design but starts his career in a totally different field: the decoration the Photo Service boutique, where he will become the pupil of owner Gérard Guillat. Three years later, he opens his own…