Photography Masters

Biography: Nudes/Portrait photographer Robert Mapplethorpe

Biography: Nudes/Portrait photographer Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) was born in New York. He earned a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he produced artwork in a variety of media, mainly collage. The shift to photography as Mapplethorpe’s sole means of expression happened gradually during the mid-seventies. He took his first photographs of his close friend, the singer-artist-poet Patti Smith, using a Polaroid camera,…
Biography: photojournalist Marc Riboud

Biography: photojournalist Marc Riboud

Marc Riboud (1923 – 2016) was a French photographer. Riboud was born in Saint-Genis-Laval and went to the lycée in Lyon. He photographed his first picture in 1937, using his father’s Vest Pocket Kodak camera. In 1943 the 20-year-old Riboud joined the French Resistance, and was part of the Maquis forces in Vercors. After the war he studied engineering at…
Biography: Street/Portrait photographer Christer Strömholm

Biography: Street/Portrait photographer Christer Strömholm

Christer Strömholm (1918 – 2002 in Stockholm), was a Swedish photographer and educator. He is known for his intimate black and white street photography portrait series. Strömholm discovered photography via graphic art in the late 1940s. His photographs from this period are hard black-and-white compositions featuring walls, shadows and minimalist settings. During his sojourns in Paris in the 1950s and…
Biography: City Life photographer Fred Lyon

Biography: City Life photographer Fred Lyon

Fred Lyon was born in San Francisco in 1924. During WWII, Lyon served as a Navy photographer in Washington, D.C. His news and feature stories were released to wire services and national magazines. Lyon covered White House press events, and has captured five U.S. presidents during his career. After the war Lyon moved to New York. At the Philip Wilcox…
Biography: pioneer paparazzo Ron Galella

Biography: pioneer paparazzo Ron Galella

Ronald Galella (born January 10, 1931) is an American photographer, known as a pioneer paparazzo. Dubbed “Paparazzo Extraordinaire” by Newsweek and “the Godfather of the U.S. paparazzi culture” by Time magazine and Vanity Fair, he is regarded as the most controversial celebrity photographer in the world.
Biography: Pictorial photographer Harold Cazneaux

Biography: Pictorial photographer Harold Cazneaux

Harold Cazneaux (1878 – 1953) was an Australian pictorialist photographer; a pioneer whose style had an indelible impact on the development of Australian photographic history. Cazneaux moved to Sydney in 1904 and worked in Freeman & Co. Ltd’s studio, becoming manager and chief operator. On 1 September 1905 at Lewisham he married Mabel Winifred Hodge. In his leisure time he…
Biography: photographer Toni Schneiders

Biography: photographer Toni Schneiders

Toni Schneiders (1920-2006) was one of the most important photographers in postwar Germany, known primarily as a member of the group Fotoform, which he co-founded with Otto Steinert, Peter Keetman, Siegfried Lauterwasser, Wolfgang Reisewitz and Ludwig Windstosser in 1949, and which was pivotal in the renewal of German photography after Nazism. Schneiders’ photographs are distinguished by their clear compositional form…
Biography: Architecture photographer Marcel Gautherot

Biography: Architecture photographer Marcel Gautherot

Marcel Gautherot (1910 – 1996) was a French-Brazilian photographer. Initially studied architecture, subsequently dedicating himself to photography. He came to Brazil in 1940, his interest in the country awakened by reading the novel Jubiabá, by Jorge Amado (1912 – 2001). After a brief journey around the Amazon, he settled in Rio de Janeiro. He executed photographic documentation projects for the…
Biography: Nudes/Portrait photographer Andre de Dienes

Biography: Nudes/Portrait photographer Andre de Dienes

Andre de Dienes (1913 – 1985) was a Romanian American photographer, noted for his work with Marilyn Monroe and his nude photography. Born in Romania, André De Dienes arrived in Paris in 1933, making a living of selling photographs to publishing houses. He worked for The Associated Press until 1936 when the famous Parisian couturier, Edward Molyneux, encouraged De Dienes…
Biography: Documentary photographer Willem van de Poll

Biography: Documentary photographer Willem van de Poll

Willem van de Poll (1895 – 1970) was a Dutch photographer. During his long professional life, Willem van de Poll occupied himself with press, travel and advertisement photography. He was also head of the photography service of the Netherlands Armed Forces and a photographer of the Netherlands royal family. He worked for press agencies and many journals and magazines. He…
Biography: German photographer Albert Renger-Patzsch

Biography: German photographer Albert Renger-Patzsch

Albert Renger-Patzsch (1897 – 1966) was a German photographer associated with the New Objectivity. Renger-Patzsch experimented with photography as a teenager. After serving in World War I, he studied chemistry at Dresden Technical College. In 1920 he became director of the picture archive at the Folkwang publishing house in Hagen. In 1925 Renger-Patzsch began to pursue photography as a full-time…
Biography: Architecture photographer Drahomir Josef Ruzicka

Biography: Architecture photographer Drahomir Josef Ruzicka

Drahomír Joseph Ruzicka (1870 – 1960) was born in Bohemia. At age six he moved with his family to a farm near Wahoo, Nebraska, a state that drew many Czech immigrants. In 1882, the young Ruzicka went to New York to finish high school, then to Vienna for college, and graduated from New York University with a medical degree in…
Biography: photographer of Nudes – Bob Carlos Clarke

Biography: photographer of Nudes – Bob Carlos Clarke

Bob Carlos Clarke (born 24 June 1950 in Cork, Ireland – died 25 March 2006) was a prolific photographer, described as “Britain’s answer to Helmut Newton”. In his short life he had a strong impact upon and influenced the development of photography from the late 20th Century through to the present day.
Biography: photojournalist George Rodger

Biography: photojournalist George Rodger

George Rodger (19 March 1908 – 24 July 1995) was a British photojournalist noted for his work in Africa and for taking photographs of the death camps at Bergen-Belsen at the end of the Second World War. His pictures of the London blitz brought him to the attention of Life magazine, and he became a war correspondent. He won eighteen…
Biography: Pictorial Portrait photographer William Mortensen

Biography: Pictorial Portrait photographer William Mortensen

William Mortensen (1897-1965) was an American art photographer, primarily known for his Hollywood portraits in the 1920s-1940s in the pictorialist style. Mortensen began his photographic career taking portraits of Hollywood actors and film stills. In 1931 he moved to the artist community of Laguna Beach, California, where he opened a studio and the William Mortensen School of Photography. He preferred…
Biography: photojournalist Robert Lebeck

Biography: photojournalist Robert Lebeck

Robert Lebeck, born in 1929 in Berlin, has studied ethnology first. Thereafter he decided to change into the field of photography. First he worked as a photographer for a newspaper in Heidelberg. In 1955 he was engaged as a photographer for the German Magazine Revue and later for Kristall. The weekly periodical STERN began to take notice of his photography…
Biography: photographer of nudes – Pierre Molinier

Biography: photographer of nudes – Pierre Molinier

Pierre Molinier (1900 – 1976) was a French painter, photographer and “maker of objects”. One-time member of the surrealists cast out by Andre Breton for being beyond the pale. A photographer who pioneered the exploration of sexuality outside the norm through mock-victorian staged photos and photo montages made in the 60s and 70s. His photos of himself and others cross-dressing…
Biography: Pictorial photographer Jozef Emiel Borrenbergen

Biography: Pictorial photographer Jozef Emiel Borrenbergen

Jozef Emiel Borrenbergen (Antwerp, 1884-1965), was one of the leading early amateur photographers in Belgium. He saw all important periods in photography since the turn of the century and marvelously adapted to new styles and techniques. He was the editor of the magazine “Fotokunst” (1924-1939) and presided the Photographic Cercle “Iris” in Antwerp for many years. His work was found…
Biography: Fashion photographer Georges Dambier

Biography: Fashion photographer Georges Dambier

Georges Dambier (born 1925) first went to work for painter Paul Colin, where he learnt drawing and graphic design. Then he landed a job as assistant to Willy Rizzo, a famous portraitist photographer (Harcourt’s Studio, Paris Match). There, he discovered photography and was taught the fundamentals of this art, especially lighting. Georges Dambier was 20 when the Second World War…
Biography: Documentary photographer Ernö Vadas

Biography: Documentary photographer Ernö Vadas

Ernö Vadas (Nagykanizsa, 17 December 1899 – Budapest, 30 May 1962) studied photography with Rudolf Balogh. He became one of the most successful photographers of the interbellum. His photos are characterized by the bold use of light and shadow. In 1934, readers of the magazine Die Galerie awarded Vadas first prize, and the Royal Photographic Society awarded him its Emerson…