Photography Masters

Biography: 19th Century Berlin photographer Leopold Ahrendts

Biography: 19th Century Berlin photographer Leopold Ahrendts

Leopold Ahrendts (1825 – 1870) was a photographer in Berlin. He worked as a painter and lithographer. By the mid 1850’s, Leopold Ahrendts had already achieved a prominent reputation as an urban and architectural photographer. His work was well received by the Prussian court, as well as in the Berlin art world and the public sphere. Art magazines praised his…
Biography: 19th-century Landscape photographer Carleton E. Watkins

Biography: 19th-century Landscape photographer Carleton E. Watkins

Carleton E. Watkins (1829 – 1916) was a noted 19th-century California photographer. Carleton E. Watkins was born in New York in 1829, and moved to San Francisco around the beginning of the Gold Rush in 1851/2. From the age of twenty-five he was taken on as an apprentice in a portrait studio. He became interested in landscape photography and experimented…
Biography: pioneer Mexican photojournalist Augustín Víctor Casasola

Biography: pioneer Mexican photojournalist Augustín Víctor Casasola

Agustín Víctor Casasola (1874–1928) was a Mexican photographer and partial founder of the Mexican Association of Press Photographers. Born in Mexico City, Casasola apprenticed as a typesetter and later became a reporter for El Imparicial, which was one of the official newspapers of the Díaz government. With innovations and improvements in photography and printing presses at the end of the…
Biography: Architecture photographer Édouard Baldus

Biography: Architecture photographer Édouard Baldus

Édouard-Denis Baldus (1813 – 1889) was a French landscape, architectural and railway photographer. Twenty-five-year-old Édouard Baldus arrived in Paris to study painting in 1838, shortly before Louis Daguerre first showed his magically precise photographic images to the world. In Paris, the self-taught Baldus worked outside the École des Beaux-Arts and atelier system, but submitted work to each of the annual…
Biography: pioneer Istanbul photographer Pascal Sebah

Biography: pioneer Istanbul photographer Pascal Sebah

Pascal Sébah (1823–1886) was an pioneer photographer who worked in Istanbul. In 1857, at the age of 34, he opened a photographic studio at 10 Tom Tom Sokaği, the street where the Austrian Post Office was situated and which was the continuation of the Rue de Postes. He called his studio ‘El Chark Societé Photographic’. The main street of Péra…
Biography: photographer François Kollar

Biography: photographer François Kollar

François Kollar was born in Szenc, Hungary in 1904 (now the Slovakian town of Senec) and died in Créteil, France in 1979. He was first employed on the railways in his native country and then worked as a lathe operator at Renault’s Boulogne-Billancourt factory, before becoming a professional photographer at the age of 24 after gaining solid experience as a…
Biography: American West photographer Edward S. Curtis

Biography: American West photographer Edward S. Curtis

Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868 – 1952) was an American photographer and ethnologist whose work focused on the American West and on Native American people. Edward was born in Wisconsin to parents Ellen and Johnson Curtis. His sister, Eva, was born in 1870 and his brother, Asahel, in 1874. Edward also had an older brother, Ray, born in 1861. After Asahel’s…
Biography: Abstract photographer Brett Weston

Biography: Abstract photographer Brett Weston

Brett Weston (1911 – 1993) was an American photographer.o He was the second of the four sons of photographer Edward Weston and Flora Chandler. In 1925, Edward removed Brett from school and took him to Mexico, where the thirteen year old became his father’s apprentice. Surrounded by revolutionary artists of the day, such as Tina Modotti, Frida Kahlo and Diego…
Biography: photographer Max Dupain

Biography: photographer Max Dupain

Max Dupain (1911 – 1992) was an Australian modernist photographer. Dupain received his first camera as a gift in 1924, spurring his interest in photography. He later joined the Photographic Society of NSW, where he was taught by Justin Newlan; after completing his tertiary studies, he worked for Cecil Bostock in Sydney. By 1934 Max Dupain had struck out on…
Biography: Pioneer of Mug Shot – Alphonse Bertillon

Biography: Pioneer of Mug Shot – Alphonse Bertillon

Alphonse Bertillon (1853 – 1914) was a French police officer and biometrics researcher who applied the anthropological technique of anthropometry to law enforcement creating an identification system based on physical measurements. This system, invented in 1879, became known as the Bertillon system, or bertillonage, and quickly gained wide acceptance as a reliable, scientific method of criminal investigation. In 1884 alone,…
Biography: Fashion photographer Henry Talbot

Biography: Fashion photographer Henry Talbot

Henry Talbot, born Heinz Tichauer (1920 – 1999) was a German-Australian fashion photographer noted for his long association with the Australian fashion industry. Born in Germany to Jewish parents, he studied graphic design at the Reimann School in Berlin. Henry first travelled to London, England under pressure from rising tensions. There he worked as a window-dresser at a department store.…
Biography: 19th Century photographer Francis Bedford

Biography: 19th Century photographer Francis Bedford

Francis Bedford (1815 in London – 15 May 1894) was an English photographer. Francis Bedford was the son of the successful church architect Francis Octavius Bedford. He was christened at St Giles in Camberwell on 11 September 1815. He began his career as an architectural draughtsman and lithographer, before taking up photography in the early 1850s. He helped to found…
Biography: Fashion, Portrait and War photographer Cecil Beaton

Biography: Fashion, Portrait and War photographer Cecil Beaton

Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton (1904 – 1980) was an English fashion, portrait and war photographer. Beaton’s interest in photography began when, as a young boy, he admired portraits of society women and actresses circulated on picture postcards and in Sunday supplements of newspapers. When he got his first camera at age 11, his nurse taught him how to use…
Biography: Fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld

Biography: Fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld

Erwin Blumenfeld (1897–1969) was a photographer and artist born in Germany. Blumenfeld got his first camera in 1908, and with it he began photographing and developing. Although he had no formal education in this field, but he still thought of himself as a photographer. In 1913, he started off his career by doing an apprenticeship with Sclochauer and Moses. During…
Biography: Pioneer 19th Century photographer Carleton Watkins

Biography: Pioneer 19th Century photographer Carleton Watkins

Carleton Watkins (1829–1916) was an American photographer of the 19th century. Carleton Watkins was born in Oneonta, New York on November 11, 1829, the eldest of eight children. Lured by the opportunities of the California gold rush, he traveled to California with fellow Oneontan Collis Huntington (later to become one of the “Big Four” owners of the Central Pacific Railroad).…
Biography: Architecture photographer Charles Marville

Biography: Architecture photographer Charles Marville

Charles Marville (1813 – 1879), was a French photographer, who mainly photographed architecture, landscapes and the urban environment. Sometime in the1850s Charles Marville was asked to document the old quarters of the French capital by the government’s Commission for Monumental Historical Monuments. Marville purposely took the photographs of Paris’s architecture and streets scenes when it was raining, so that the…
Biography: Architecture photographer Gabriele Basilico

Biography: Architecture photographer Gabriele Basilico

Gabriele Basilico (1944 – 2013) was an Italian photographer. Born in Milan, Basilico trained as an architect and graduated from Milan Polytechnic in 1973. Architecture informed his work throughout his life but with the recent exception of a book on (and sponsored by) Scavolini kitchens, the interior world did not feature any more than the residents of the apartment blocks…
Biography: Documentary photographer José Medeiros

Biography: Documentary photographer José Medeiros

José Medeiros was born in 1921 in Teresina (Nordeste). His father taught him photograph techniques when he was only 12. At the age of 18, he moved to Rio to study architecture but followed his passion and began working with reviews, taking photos of celebrities. After the war, the French photographer Jean Manzon invited him to join the new review…
Biography: French pioneer photographer Charles Nègre

Biography: French pioneer photographer Charles Nègre

Charles Nègre (1820–1880) was a pioneering photographer born in Grasse, France. He studied painting under Ingres and Delaroche, another of whose pupils, Gustave Le Gray, introduced him to photography. After a short period of making daguerreotypes, he embraced the calotype process, becoming adept at retouching negatives and printing. He used his pictures as aids to painting and developed his skills…
Biography: pioneer Antarctic photographer Herbert G. Ponting

Biography: pioneer Antarctic photographer Herbert G. Ponting

Herbert George Ponting (1870 – 1935) was a Brisitsh photographer. He is best known as the expedition photographer and cinematographer for Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition to the Ross Sea and South Pole (1910–1913). In this role, he captured some of the most enduring images of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. After winning several photographic contests he was…