Photography Masters

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: 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…
Biography: Pioneer War photographer Roger Fenton

Biography: Pioneer War photographer Roger Fenton

Roger Fenton (1819–1869) is a towering figure in the history of photography, the most celebrated and influential photographer in England during the medium’s “golden age” of the 1850s. Before taking up the camera, he studied law in London and painting in Paris. He traveled to Russia in 1852 and photographed the landmarks of Kiev and Moscow; founded the Photographic Society…
Biography: Portrait photographer Helmar Lerski

Biography: Portrait photographer Helmar Lerski

Helmar Lerski (1871-1956) who was born in Strasbourg in 1871 as Israel Schmuklerski and whose hometown was Zurich, is among the international classic photographers in the history of the medium. The Schmuklerski family settled in Zurich in 1876. Helmar’s father, a small-time textile dealer, was “the first Polish Jew” to be granted the civil rights of the City of Zurich.…
Biography: 19th Century photographer of Nudes – Bruno Braquehais

Biography: 19th Century photographer of Nudes – Bruno Braquehais

Auguste Bruno Braquehais (1823-1875) was a French photographer active primarily in Paris in the mid-19th century. His photographic work documenting the 1871 Paris Commune is considered an important early example of photojournalism. While largely forgotten after his death, his work was rediscovered during preparations for the Commune’s centennial in 1971, and his photographs have since been the exhibited at numerous…
Biography: Documentary photographer Arnold Genthe

Biography: Documentary photographer Arnold Genthe

Arnold Genthe (January 8, 1869 – August 9, 1942) was a German photographer, best known for his photos of San Francisco’s Chinatown, the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and his portraits of noted people, from politicians and socialites to literary figures and entertainment celebrities.
Biography: Architecture photographer Frederick H. Evans

Biography: Architecture photographer Frederick H. Evans

Frederick H. Evans (26 June 1853, London – 24 June 1943, London) was a British photographer best known for his platinum prints of architectural interiors of English and French cathedrals. Before devoting his time solely to the art of photography, Evans owned a small bookshop in London where many artists and writers, including George Bernard Shaw and Aubrey Beardsley, came…
Biography: Documentary / People photographer John Albok

Biography: Documentary / People photographer John Albok

John Albok (1894–1982) was a Hungarian photographer who immigrated to the United States and documented street scenes in New York City during the Great Depression and later. For sixty years, using a 5 x 7 view camera and then a twin lens reflex camera, Albok took as his subject people and passersby outside his shop, and New York City life…
Biography: Photojournalist Morris Engel

Biography: Photojournalist Morris Engel

Morris Engel (April 8, 1918 – 5 March, 2005) was an American photographer. He attended Abraham Lincoln High School and joined the Photo League in 1936 where he met Aaron Siskind and Paul Strand who became major influences in his life. He worked on the paper PM, and then enlisted in the Navy, where he was a combat photographer. He…
Biography: Nude photographer Julien Vallou de Villeneuve

Biography: Nude photographer Julien Vallou de Villeneuve

Julien Vallou de Villeneuve (1795 – 1866) was a French photographer. He started his career at the Salon of 1814, exhibiting images depicting daily life, fashion, regional costumes and nude photographs. In the 1820s and 30s he developed an international following for his folio-sized lithographic erotic series Les Jeunes Femmes, depicting racy episodes in the life of young women and…
Biography: Mountain photographer Vittorio Sella

Biography: Mountain photographer Vittorio Sella

Vittorio Sella (1859 – 1943) was an Italian photographer and mountaineer, who took photographs of mountains which are regarded as some of the finest ever made. Born in Biella in the foothills of the Alps, Sella made a number of significant climbs from a young age. He was the first person to make a winter ascent opf the Matterhorn and…
Biography: Pictorial photographer Robert Demachy

Biography: Pictorial photographer Robert Demachy

Robert Demachy (1859–1936) was a French Pictorial photographer of the late 19th and early 20th century. He is best known for his intensely manipulated prints that display a distinct painterly quality. He was influenced by the Impressionist painters and spent most of his time making photographs and developing his theories on photography, both technical and aesthetic. He wrote thousands of…
Biography: Portrait photographer Philippe Halsman

Biography: Portrait photographer Philippe Halsman

Halsman (1906 – 1979) grew up in Riga, Latvia, in a family of assimilated Jews and studied engineering at a university in Dresden. Two years after his graduation, he moved to Paris, turned his photographic hobby into a profession, and opened his own portrait studio, specializing in fashion and theater portraits. A few years later, with the threat of World War…
Biography: Documentary photographer Ed van Wijk

Biography: Documentary photographer Ed van Wijk

Ed van Wijk (1917 – 1992) was a Dutch photographer. He preferred to work in black-and-white and captured the events and people of Netherlands, especially in Hague. In the years 1954 to 1963 he published a series of books about the Hague, Scheveningen, Madurodam, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leiden and Friesland.
Biography: City Life photographer Ruth Orkin

Biography: City Life photographer Ruth Orkin

Ruth Orkin (3 September 1921 – 16 January 1985) was an American photographer. Orkin moved to New York in 1943, where she worked as a nightclub photographer and shot baby pictures by day to buy her first professional camera. She worked for all the major magazines in 1940s, and also went to Tanglewood during the summers to shoot rehearsals. She…
Biography: Pictorial Portrait photographer Rudolph Eickemeyer Jr

Biography: Pictorial Portrait photographer Rudolph Eickemeyer Jr

Rudolf Eickemeyer, Jr. (August 7, 1862 – April 25, 1932) was an American pictorialist photographer, active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Rudolf Eickemeyer’s photography combined the technological calculation of his engineer father and the aestheticism of the amateur photography clubs that nurtured his art in the 1880s. Purchasing his first camera in 1884, Eickemeyer devoured the ample…
Biography: Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

Biography: Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

Iwase Yoshiyuki was born in Onjuku (1904 – 2001) a fishing village on the pacific side of the Chiba peninsula, which encloses Tokyo Bay on the east. After graduating from Meiji University Law School in 1924, he took up lifelong pursuits, heading the family sake distillery and documenting the receding traditions of coastal Japan. In the late 1920’s Yoshiyuki received…
Biography: XIX Century Portrait photographer Napoleon Sarony

Biography: XIX Century Portrait photographer Napoleon Sarony

Napoleon Sarony (1821 – 1896) was an American lithographer and photographer. Sarony was one of the first photographers to start paying well known individuals to pose for him and then having the rights to sell their photos for profit. Sarony usually wrote personal letters to the celebrities inviting them to his studio for a photo session. In 1871, Samuel Clemens,…