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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: 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: 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…
Biography: pioneer Aerial photographer Eduard Spelterini

Biography: pioneer Aerial photographer Eduard Spelterini

Eduard Spelterini (1852 – 1931) was a Swiss pioneer of ballooning and of aerial photography. Spelterini was very talented musically and had such a beautiful voice that he enrolled at the Paris Conservatorium for three years of singing tuition, where he was one of the top students. Then he fell ill with Tuberculosis and the young man was forced into…
Biography: pictorial photographer Emma Justine Farnsworth

Biography: pictorial photographer Emma Justine Farnsworth

Emma J. Farnsworth (1860-1952) was an American photographer from Albany, New York. Farnsworth had training in the arts. After receiving her first camera in 1890, her photographs were displayed at the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893). Before the end of the decade, she had been awarded almost 30 medals at various exhibitions in the world. Her work was also displayed at…
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: 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: 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…