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Steve McCurry | official site
Steve McCurry, recognized universally as one of today's finest image makers, has won many of photography's top awards. Best known for his evocative color photography, McCurry, in the finest documentary tradition, captures the essence of human struggle and joy. Member of Magnum Photos since 1986, McCurry has searched and found the unforgettable; many of his images have become modern icons.Born in Philadelphia, McCurry graduated cum laude from the College of Arts and Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University. After working at a newspaper for two years, he left for India to freelance. It was in India that McCurry learned to watch and wait on life. "If you wait," he realized, "people would forget your camera and the soul would drift up into view."
His career was launched when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border
into rebel-controlled Afghanistan just before the Russian invasion. When he emerged, he had rolls of film sewn into his clothes, images which would be published around the world as among the first to show the conflict there. His coverage won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, an award dedicated to photographers exhibiting exceptional courage and enterprise. He is the recipient of numerous awards which include Magazine Photographer of the Year, awarded by the National Press Photographers Association. This was the same year in which he won an unprecedented four first prizes in the World Press Photo Contest. He has won the Olivier Rebbot Memorial Award twice.
Frans Lanting | official site
FRANS LANTING has been hailed as one of the great nature photographers of our time. His influential work appears in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world. For more than two decades he has documented wildlife and our relationship with nature in environments from the Amazon to Antarctica. He portrays wild creatures as ambassadors for the preservation of complete ecosystems, and his many publications have increased worldwide awareness of endangered ecological treasures in far corners of the earth.
Lanting’s work has been commissioned frequently by National Geographic, where he is a Photographer-in-Residence. His assignments have ranged from a search for the fabled bonobos of central Africa to a unique circumnavigation by sailboat of South Georgia Island in the subantarctic. Images from his year-long odyssey to assess global biodiversity at the turn of the millennium filled the February 1999 issue of National Geographic. Lanting’s recent work includes profiles of global ecological hot spots and a series on American landscapes. His cover story on Hawaii’s volcanoes appears in the October 2004 issue of the magazine.
Lanting’s books have received awards and acclaim: “No one turns animals into art more completely than Frans Lanting,” writes The New Yorker. His books include Jungles (2000), Penguin (1999), Living Planet (1999), Eye to Eye (1997), Bonobo, The Forgotten Ape (1997), Okavango: Africa's Last Eden (1993), Forgotten Edens (1993), and Madagascar, A World Out of Time (1990). For the past several years Lanting has been working on locations around the world, with scientists ranging from paleobiologists to astrophysicists, to produce work for a new book about the evolution of life on earth, a personal photographic interpretation of life and its origins.
James Nachtwey | official site
James Nachtwey grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Dartmouth College, where he studied Art History and Political Science (1966-70). Images from the Vietnam War and the American Civil Rights movement had a powerful effect on him and were instrumental in his decision to become a photographer. He has worked aboard ships in the Merchant Marine, and while teaching himself photography, he was an apprentice news film editor and a truck driver.
In 1976 he started work as a newspaper photographer in New Mexico, and in 1980, he moved to New York to begin a career as a freelance magazine photographer. His first foreign assignment was to cover civil strife in Northern Ireland in 1981 during the IRA hunger strike. Since then, Nachtwey has devoted himself to documenting wars, conflicts and critical social issues. He has worked on extensive photographic essays in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza, Israel, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the Philippines, South Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Rwanda, South Africa, Russia, Bosnia, Chechnya, Kosovo, Romania, Brazil and the United States.
Nachtwey has been a contract photographer with Time Magazine since 1984. He was associated with Black Star from 1980 - 1985 and was a member of Magnum from 1986 until 2001. In 2001, he became one of the founding members of the photo agency, VII. He has had solo exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York, the Bibliotheque nationale de France in Paris, the Palazzo Esposizione in Rome, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, Culturgest in Lisbon, El Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles, the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, the Canon Gallery and the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, the Carolinum in Prague,and the Hasselblad Center in Sweden, among others.
He has received numerous honours such as the Common Wealth Award, Martin Luther King Award, Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award, Henry Luce Award, Robert Capa Gold Medal (five times), the World Press Photo Award (twice), Magazine Photographer of the Year (seven times), the International Center of Photography Infinity Award (three times), the Leica Award (twice), the Bayeaux Award for War Correspondents (twice), the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, the Canon Photo essayist Award and the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Grant in Humanistic Photography. He is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and has an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Arts.
Moose Peterson | official site
A Nikon Legend Behind the Lens , Lexar Elite Photographer , recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program, published in over 130 magazines worldwide, author of 23 books and lecturing across the country to thousands upon thousands of photographers barely covers the work and goals of wildlife photographer Moose Peterson. One of the original Nikon shooters to receive the D1 in 1999, Moose embraced this new technology becoming the only wildlife photographer in the world to shoot strictly digital in the early years. A beta site for all the major hardware and software manufacturers, Moose continues his main goal of photographing the life history of North America 's endangered wildlife and wildplaces using the latest tools. A creative innovator of new techniques both behind the camera and the computer is the driving force behind his photography and goals.
Roderick Field | official site
In portraiture and visual storytelling, a continuing theme of relationship runs through my work. In my intimate portraits I am seeking to bring my relationship with the subject home to the viewer. I prefer the quality of natural light and the fluidity of smaller formats, valuing spontaneity and contact over formality. The narrative photographic style that has developed, reflects an overriding curiosity in what it is to be human, from childhood to old age, across the gamut of emotion and stance. Many of my images offer a cinematic freeze-frame in the ongoing story of people in flow. An expression or a gesture becomes the unique narrative. Communication is a priority in all areas of my professional life. In tandem with photography, I am also a practicing counselling and trauma therapist and fiction writer. In my quest for understanding, I am ever exploring ways in which these strands may be woven. I work with major literary publishers worldwide and recent clients include The Royal Shakespeare Company. I have several images in the permanent collection of the British National Portrait Gallery.
David LaChapelle | official site
David LaChapelle was born in Connecticut in 1969. He trained as a fine artist at North Carolina School of the Arts before moving to New York. Upon his arrival LaChapelle enrolled in both the Arts Student League and the School of Visual Arts. Andy Warhol offered him his first professional job shooting for Interview magazine. Recently ranked among the top ten Most Important People in Photography in the world by American Photo, he has continued to garner numerous awards. David LaChapelle’s unfettered images, both bizarre and gorgeous, have appeared on and in between the covers of Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, i-D, Vibe, Interview, The Face, British GQ, etc.. He is currently under contract with Vanity Fair. His uncompromising dedication to originality is legend in the worlds of fashion, film, and advertising. LaChapelle has done advertising campaigns for a variety of clients including L’Oreal, Iceberg, MTV, Ecko, Diesel Jeans, Sirius, Ford, Sky Vodka and the Got Milk campaign. David has photographed numerous album covers and packages for such artists as Macy Gray, Moby, No Doubt, Whitney Houston, Lil’ Kim, Elton John, and Madonna.
Jeff Ascough | official site
With his photographic roots set firmly in fine art and photojournalism, Jeff Ascough has developed a style of picture taking that has been admired and copied throughout the world. His compelling documentary wedding images have received international acclaim. Most noticeably Frank Van Riper in America's Washington Post described Jeff as, "A Master at shooting by available light" and went on to describe his images as "Simply gorgeous work... among the best I have ever seen - an absolute pleasure to see." Jeff began shooting weddings in 1989. A few years into his career he become disillusioned with the traditional, posed approach to the wedding photographs. He felt wedding photography had become intrusive, predictable, and over staged. The wedding had become the photographer's playground rather than the client's special day. Jeff went back to his roots and took inspiration from the documentary work of Cartier-Bresson, Erwitt, Winogrand, Smith, Salgado, and Frank. Instead of controlling the wedding day, he became an observer, quietly photographing the day as it unfolded before him. Very quickly he became known for his pictures that captured the very essence of the wedding day. Over the years his photography has matured into the style that you can see today. Throughout his career Jeff has won over 170 awards for his wedding photography much of which had been featured in the major UK bridal magazines. His wedding clients include Premiership footballers, TV celebrities, famous rock musicians, TV and film producers, international sportsmen and women, professional photographers, and leaders of industry and finance. In 2004, the BBC set out to find the best five wedding photographers in the world for the TV documentary "Masters of Wedding Photography." Along with two Americans and two Australians, Jeff was one of the five photographers featured in the documentary.
Jeff is available to shoot weddings all over the UK.
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