World Photography Day, observed on August 19, honours one of the greatest gifts to humanity. Photographs allow others to take a peek inside one’s mind, one frame at a time. For some who seek to revisit the past and reminisce, they provide solace.
To commemorate the day, we bring you 10 artists who have managed to leave an imprint of their minds onto ours.
1. Annie Leibovitz
Annie Leibovitz is a world-renowned American photographer, famous for portrait photography. She’s photographed many famous celebrities in her career spanning over four decades. She joined Rolling Stones as a staff photographer in 1970 and was later denominate the chief. In 1983, she left Rolling Stones as her desire was to expand her personal work.
She says photographers Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson greatly influenced her which helped her in developing her own style.
2. Steve McCurry
Steve McCurry is a photojournalist from America. He worked for Today’s Post for two years after which, he moved to India. There, he started his freelancing career. He went on to Pakistan where he covered war-torn regions and rose to worldwide fame. He photographed other wars over the following years and in 1984, he captured one of his most notable works, ‘The Afghan Girl’. The photograph has been featured in National Geographic magazine and is now arguably the most recognised photograph.
3. Jeremy Cowart
Cowart started off as a painter who later switched to graphic design. He founded his own company Pixelgrazer, where he started clicking photographs to use as templates for his digital work. He soon gained an interest in photography and in 2005, he started working as a full-time photographer.
4. Mario Testino
Mario Testino is a portrait and fashion photographer from Peru. He started his work by selling portraits for aspiring models in London. His work has been featured in several magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair, and V magazine.
5. Michael Kenna
Michael Kenna is a landscape photographer best known for his utilization of monochrome filters. His works have a diaphanous appearance that transport you into the scene. Kenna has won several awards through his career including the Golden Saffron Award, Institute for Aesthetic Development Award, Art in Public Buildings Award, and the Imogen Cunningham Award.
6. Anne Geddes
Anne Geddes is an Australian photographer currently based in America, famous for doing portraits of children in adorable setups. Geddes has also published several books including her photographs. Geddes, who started her work when she was 25, has used children as subjects because of her inclination towards them. Although most of her work includes colourful setups, she prefers her photos to be black and white as she believes that colours are distracting.
7. Sebastião Salgado
Sebastião Salgado is a photojournalist and a documentary photographer. Salgado’s works have a dark, painful undertone that tell a story of their own. His proclivity towards monochrome also moves parallel to his perspectives. Salgado’s landscape photographs especially convey a sense of solitary bliss to the beholder. His work has been featured in the 2014 documentary film ‘The Salt Of The Earth’.
8. Bruce Weber
An American fashion photographer, Bruce Weber has been in the business since the ’70s. Having shot for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Pirelli, Abercrombie & Fitch, Revlon, and Gianni Versace, his works have been featured in Elle, Life, Vanity Fair and Vogue.
9. Sapna Reddy
Sapna Reddy is a California based landscape photographer who has recently risen to fame through her amazing photographs from across the world. She mostly photographs the wilds in Northern America and manages to channel the liveliness of the scene into the colours of her photograph. She especially plays with lighting in her works which contribute to the vivacity of her photographs.
10. Salim Islam
Based in India, Salim Islam is an emerging travel photographer and travel blogger. An engineer and a lawyer by profession, Salim recounts his travels through his beautiful writings and wondrous photographs that together, enable you to feel as if you have been transported to the destination itself. As evident from his photographs, he is a mountain lover and prefers to immerse himself into the culture and the community, leaving parts of him behind, and taking some from the place for himself.