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Masters Search by Michael Tucker

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  1. 1. Master of Photography: Ansel Adams Born: February 20, 1902 Died: April 22, 1084 Famous For: Developed the Zone System Type of Photography: Landscape B&W or Color: Black and White Sample Image Biographical Information: Ansel Adams was born in San Francisco, California. In 1919 he contracted the Spanish Flu and became very sick but recovered after several months to resume his outdoor life. His first photographs were published in 1921. In September 1983, Adams was confined to his bed for four weeks after leg surgery to remove a tumor. Adams died on April 22, 1984. Sample Image Description of Work: In 1927 Adams produced his first portfolio named Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras. In 1930 Taos Pueblo, Adams's first book, was published with text by writer Mary Hunter Austin. In 1952 Adams was one of the founders of the magazine Aperture, which was photography showcasing its best practitioners and newest innovations. Sample Image
  2. 2. Master of Photography: Born: Mathew Brady Died: 1822 Famous For: photojournalism Type of Photography: B&W or Color: Sample Image January 15, 1896 photojournalism Black and White Biographical Information: Brady was born in Warren County, New York. The youngest of three children of Irish immigrant parents. At age 16 he moved to Saratoga, New York, where he met, portrait painter William Page. Brady became Page's student. In 1844 Brady opened his own photography studio in New York. Sample Image Description of Work: Brady photographed 18 of the 19 American Presidents from John Quincy Adams to William McKinley but the exception was the 9th President, William Henry Harrison. Brady photographed many senior Union officers in the war, including Ulysses S. Grant. Brady can be considered a pioneer in the orchestration of a "corporate credit line." Sample Image
  3. 3. Master of Photography: Born: Julia Margaret Cameron Died: June 11 , 1815 Famous For: fancy portraits Type of Photography: B&W or Color: Sample Image January 26, 1879 portraits sepia Biographical Information: Julia Margaret Cameron was born in Calcutta, India, to Adeline de l'Etang and James Pattle, a British official of the East India Company. Julia was from a family of celebrated. She was considered an ugly duckling among her sisters. Julia Cameron married Charles Hay Cameron in 1838. Sample Image Description of Work: In 1863, Cameron daughter gave her a camera as a present for her 48 birthday. Cameron became a member of the Photographic Societies of London and Scotland within the same year. During her career, Cameron registered each of her photographs with the copyright office. Her shrewd business sense is one reason that so many of her works survive today. Sample Image
  4. 4. Master of Photography: Born: Alfred Stieglitz Famous For: B&W or Color: July 13, 1946 Avant-garde Type of Photography: Sample Image Died: January 1, 1864 Avant-garde B&W, Sepia, Color Biographical Information: Stieglitz was born in Hoboken, New Jersey the first son of German-Jewish immigrants Edward Stieglitz and Hedwig Ann Werner. Stieglitz was sent to the Charlier Institute in 1871, at that time was the best private school in New York. When he bought his first camera he traveled through the European countryside, taking many photographs of landscapes and peasants in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. Sample Image Description of Work: In 1890s Stieglitz already considered himself an artist with a camera, and he refused to sell his photographs or seek employment doing anything else. However During that time, Stieglitz had befriended the editor of The American Amateur Photographer magazine, and soon he was writing regularly for that journal. In the late spring of 1907 Stieglitz took the unusual step of collaborating on a series of photographic experiments with his friend Clarence H. White. In 1925 Stieglitz was invited by the Anderson Galleries to put together one of the largest exhibitions of American art that had ever been organized, and he responded with great happiness. Sample Image
  5. 5. Master of Photography: Born: W. Eugene Smith Famous For: B&W or Color: October 15, 1978 humanistic photography Type of Photography: Sample Image Died: December 30, 1918 Portraits Black and White Biographical Information: William Eugene Smith was born December 30, 1918 in Wichita, Kansas. Smith graduated from Wichita North High School in1936 and began his career. On October 15, 1978 William Eugene Smith died for long-term use of drugs. Sample Image Description of Work: He began his career by taking pictures for two local newspapers, The Wichita Eagle and the Beacon. In 1945 he was wounded while photographing battle conditions in the Pacific theater of World War II. In 1950, he was sent to the United Kingdom to cover the General Election. In January 1972, Smith was attacked by Chisso employees near Tokyo. Today, Smith's legacy lives on through the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. Sample Image
  6. 6. Master of Photography: Born: Dorothea Lange Died: May 26, 1895 Famous For: Documentary Photography Type of Photography: B&W or Color: Sample Image October 11, 1965 Portraits Black and White Biographical Information: Dorothea Margaretta Lange was born a second generation German immigrants on May 26, 1895 in Hoboken, New Jersey. She dropped her middle name and assumed her mother's name after her father abandoned the family when she was 12 years old. At age 7 Dorothea had polio that weaken her right leg and gave her a permanent limp. Lange died of esophageal cancer on October 11, 1965, age 70. Sample Image Description of Work: Lange was educated in photography at Columbia University. From 1935 to 1939, Dorothea Lange's work for the RA and FSA that brought the plight of the poor and forgotten. In 1941, Lange was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for excellence in photography. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, she gave up the prestigious award to record the forced evacuation of Japanese Americans to relocation camps. In 2006, a school was named in Nipomo, California, near the site where she photographed "Migrant Mother". Sample Image
  7. 7. Master of Photography: Born: Alexander Rodchenko Famous For: B&W or Color: December 3,1956 Photomontage Type of Photography: Sample Image Died: December 5, 1891 Portraits Black and White Biographical Information: Aleksander Mikhailovich Rodchenko was born December 4 1891 in St.Petersburg to a working-class family. His family moved to Kazan after the death of his father, in 1909. In 1910, he began to study under Nicolai Fechin and Georgii Medvedev at the Kazan Art School, where he met his wife Varvara Stepanova. Alexander Rodchenko dies December 3, 1956 in Moscow. Sample Image Description of Work: In his early years of his career, he began creating his first abstract drawings, influenced by the Suprematism of Kazimir Malevich, in 1915. Rodchenko was appointed Director of the Museum Bureau and Purchasing Fund by the Bolshevik Government in 1920 and taught from 1920 to 1930 at the Higher Technical-Artistic Studios. Rodchenko joined the October circle of artists in 1928 but was expelled three years. He returned to painting in the late 1930s, stopped photographing in 1942. Sample Image
  8. 8. Master of Photography: Born: Robert Frank Famous For: B&W or Color: N/A Photography collection The Americans Type of Photography: Sample Image Died: November 9, 1924 photographs and photomontage Black and White Biographical Information: Frank was born to a wealthy Jewish family in Switzerland on November 9, 1924. Though Frank and his family remained safe in Switzerland during World War II, the threat of Nazism affected his understanding of oppression. He turned to photography, in part as a means to escape the confines of his business-oriented family and home. Frank moved to the United States in 1947, and secured a job in New York City as a fashion photographer for Harper's Bazaar. Over the years Robert got into films and even written a the book “The Americans. Sample Image Description of Work: With the help of his artistic influence, the photographer Walker Evans, Frank secured a grant from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1955 to travel across the United States and photograph all strata of its society. He took his family along with him for part of his series of road trips over the next two years, during which time he took 28,000 shots. Only 83 of those were finally selected by him for publication in the book The Americans. By the time The Americans was published in the United States, Frank had moved away from photography to concentrate on filmmaking. Sample Image
  9. 9. Master of Photography: Born: Lennart Nilsson Famous For: B&W or Color: N/A Macro Photography Type of Photography: Sample Image Died: August 24, 1922 Science B&W and Color Biographical Information: Lennart Nilsson was born August 24, 1922 in Strängnäs, Sweden. His father gave him his first camera at age twelve. In his late teens and twenties, he began taking a series of environmental portraits with his Icoflex Zeiss camera. He started his professional career in the mid-1940s as a freelance photographer, working frequently for the publisher Åhlen & Åkerlund of Stockholm. Sample Image Description of Work: After starting his professional career in mid-1940s is first assignments was covering the liberation of Norway in 1945 during World War II. In the mid1950s he began experimenting with new photographic techniques to make extreme close-up photographs. In the 1960s he made groundbreaking photographs of living human blood vessels and body cavities. In 1969 he began using a scanning electron microscope on a life assignment to depict the body’s functions. Then in 2003, he took the first image of the SARS virus. Sample Image
  10. 10. Master of Photography: Born: Annie Leibovitz Famous For: B&W or Color: N/A New way to take pictures of celebrities Type of Photography: Sample Image Died: October 2, 1949 photographer Color Biographical Information: Annie Leibovitz was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, on October 2, 1949. She the third of six children and is a third-generation American whose greatgrandparents were Jewish immigrants from Europe. At Roosevelt high school, she became interested in various artistic endeavors, and began to write and play music then later attended San Francisco Art Institute. In 1970, she started her career as staff photographer. Sample Image Description of Work: Annie Leibovitz she started her career as staff photographer for the Rolling Stone magazine. In 1973, publisher Jann Wenner named Leibovitz chief photographer of Rolling Stone, she had the job for 10 years. She was awarded The Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship in 2009. Sample Image
  11. 11. Master of Photography: Born: Richard Avedon Died: May 15, 1923 Famous For: Minimalist portrait Type of Photography: B&W or Color: Sample Image October 1, 2004 portrait photographer Black and White Biographical Information: Avedon was born in New York City, to a Jewish family on May 15, 1923. At the age of 12, Richard Avedon’s interests started in the photography world when he joined the Young Men’s Hebrew Association Camera Club. Richard Avedon attended DeWitt Clinton High School, where he worked on the school paper The Magpie with James Baldwin from 1937 until 1940. From 1944 to 1950, he studied photography with Alexey Brodovitch at his Design Laboratory at the New School for Social Research. Sample Image Description of Work: In 1944, Avedon began working as an photographer for a department store. His work was quickly endorsed by Alexey Brodovitch, the art director for the fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar. In 1946, Avedon had set up his own studio and began providing images for magazines. In 1952 Avedon became Staff Editor and photographer for Theatre Arts Magazine. In his later years, he continued to contribute to Egoïste, where his photographs appeared from 1984 through 2000. Sample Image
  12. 12. Master of Photography: Born: Jerry Ueslmann Died: June 11, 1934 Famous For: Forerunner of photomontage Type of Photography: B&W or Color: Sample Image N/A Photomontage Black and White Biographical Information: Uelsmann was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 11, 1934. At the age fourteen he became an interest in photography. He believed that through photography he could exist outside of himself. Decides poor grades, he managed to get a few jobs, primarily photographs of models. Sample Image Description of Work: Uelsmann went on to earn a BA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and M.S. and M.F.A. degrees from Indiana University ,later gets a job teaching photography at the University of Florida in 1960. Today Uelsmann considered to have almost "magical skill" with his completely analog tools. His photos were still widely regarded as unfalsifiable documentary evidence of events. However, Uelsmann, along with Lucas Samaras, was considered an avant garde shatterer of this popular mindset and help to expand the artistic boundaries of photography. Sample Image