Photography Masters

Biography: Fashion/Portrait photographer Richard Avedon

Biography: Fashion/Portrait photographer Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004) was an American fashion and portrait photographer. An obituary published in The New York Times said that “his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century.” Avedon dropped out of high school and joined the Merchant Marine’s photographic section. Upon his return…
Biography: City Life photographer Alice Austen

Biography: City Life photographer Alice Austen

Alice Austen (March 17, 1866 – June 9, 1952) was one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers. Alice became interested in photography when her uncle, Oswald Müller, brought home a camera around 1876. Alice’s uncle Peter Townsend Austen was a chemistry professor at Rutgers who taught her photographic processing. Peter and Oswald converted a closet on the second…
Biography: Portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh

Biography: Portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh

Yousuf Karsh (December 23, 1908 – July 13, 2002) was an Armenian-Canadian photographer, and one of the most famous and accomplished portrait photographers of all time. Karsh was born in Armenia in 1908 and grew up under the horrors of the Armenian massacres. His photographer uncle, George Nakash, brought him to Canada in 1924. After an apprenticeship in Boston with…
Biography: Architecture photographer Andreas Feininger

Biography: Architecture photographer Andreas Feininger

Andreas Feininger (born 27 December 1906 – 18 February 1999) was an American photographer best known for his dynamic black-and-white photographs of New York. The son of the painter Lyonel Feininger, he studied cabinetmaking and architecture at the Bauhaus and established a Swedish firm specializing in architectural and industrial photography. He immigrated to New York City and became a staff…
Biography: Nude photographer Jeanloup Sieff

Biography: Nude photographer Jeanloup Sieff

Jeanloup Sieff (November 30, 1933 – September 20, 2000) was a French photographer born of Polish parents in Paris, France. After graduating in Philosophy in 1945, he began many different studies, each of them for a very little time including literature, journalism and photography at Vaugirard in Paris at Vevey in Switzerland. He received his first camera, a Photax, from…
Biography: Fashion/Portrait photographer Irving Penn

Biography: Fashion/Portrait photographer Irving Penn

Irving Penn (June 16, 1917 – October 7, 2009) was an American photographer known for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lifes. His talent for picturing subjects with compositional clarity and economy earned him the widespread admiration of Vogue readers during his long association with that magazine, beginning in 1943. It also brought him recognition in the art world; his…