Italian photographer Valerio Bispuri spent ten years in South America photographing 74 different prisons. His astonishingly ambitious project combines photography, anthropology, and journalism to try to understand the continent through its prisons, which he feels represent the brutal and hidden reality of a country.
Her use of bold colors, intriguing light, and unique poses is what ultimately helped her work gain exposure.
Her portrait photography is consistent with this as she primarily photographed marginal people such as dwarfs, giants, nudists, performers, and other deviants.
Hajime Inomata, Ways of Seeing: On the Streets or from Your Kitchen Window
Using a digital black-and-white film filter on her smartphone—and photographing in a country on the cusp of a great transition—this photographer attempts to blur the distinction between past and future.
Here are 16 projects published by LensCulture that were among the most popular with our readers worldwide this year. Enjoy!
22 new images from this French master of intimate family photography — celebrating the joys and freedom and playfulness of carefree childhood “at the edge of the world.”
A personal journey of return to a homeland that has become symbolic of a turning point (both good and bad) for African migrants seeking a better life in Italy and Europe.
Steve McCurry is an American Photojournalist who has done work for National Geographic and has won countless awards for his photojournalism and coverage of various wars throughout history.
A portrait photographer from South Wales, Angus McBean is remembered for his portrait photography of celebrities in the early 1900s.
This series of self portraits were made in a psychiatric hospital after a suicide attempt. They offer an artful and emotional window into the gaping maw of depression, anxiety, confusion, fear and loneliness.
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Experimental double exposures and layered photographs create imagined landscapes where objects and situations appear in apparent disorder and create spaces “where beliefs of any kind can be real.”
One of the most famous portraits of all time comes from Steve McCurry. Known as “Afghan Girl“, it is commonly compared to the Mona Lisa and other famous works of art.
Moments of adolescent metamorphosis that rise above cliché. These photos capture the awkward unease of teenagers on the cusp of innocence, awareness and becoming something different, not yet adults, but no longer care-free children.
Known for her black and white portrait photography of seemingly ugly or surreal people, Diane Arbus is one of the more unique portrait photographers out there.
Herb Ritts was an American Fashion and Portrait photographer who took most of his photos in black and white, with a unique touch. He positioned his models in the style of classical Greek sculpture.
Chang Chao-Tang, Looking Back at a Giant of Taiwanese Photography
“I feel like a mermaid. My body tells me that I am a man but my soul tells me that I am a woman…” A penetrating, multi-year report on a unique group of people—who fall outside of Western notions of gender—trying to carve out a…
An influential documentary photographer and American photojournalist, Dorothea Lange was fundamental in documenting the Depression Era.
Antonin Kratochvil is a photojournalist and portrait photographer from Czechoslovakia. His work unique in that he has photographed everything from celebrities to war victims.
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Deep inside long-forgotten underground cities, photographer/explorer Jeff Gusky has discovered incredibly preserved remains from the First World War that bring this 100-year-old conflict back to life.
Yousuf Karsh was an Armenian-Canadian portrait photographer most widely recognized for his clientele. When it came to portrait photography, he photographed all the top people in the world.
Night falls, and the sea comes alive. Using pencil-thin light beams, the North Sea becomes a canvas for the waves to draw, track, and map themselves. Launched into the sea, the light combines with the natural power of the tides to begin the process of creating unique drawings. More than simple seascapes, these black-and-white images reveal the Earth’s natural creativity.
Even in today’s super-saturated world of rich, bright and dazzling colors, black-and-white photography continues to offer an unmistakable aesthetic power. A passing instant rendered timeless; a landscape’s form brought into sharp relief—in its simplicity lies its power.
“The silence of the impressive landscape and the miles of solitude consistently brought me back to my own self. The experiences I had there were essential in my search for a silence that I had somehow lost along the way.”
Agoston’s macro close-ups of living plants reveal an intricate world the human eye is only privy to with a lens. She brings us the beauty of the natural world with stunning detail.
A photographer of the American West and Native American peoples, Edward S. Curtis was one of the earliest portrait photographers, being born in 1868.
He was very famous in the era of vintage film and the rise of the cinema. His most famous subjects included Audrey Hepburn, Vivien Leigh, and the Beatles.
Transcendence amidst the commonplace, intimacy amidst alienation, humor amidst the absurd—over five decades, Chang Chao-Tang has helped shape the photographic culture of his homeland.
Her philosophy involved taking real photos. Photos that involved flaws and shortcomings, not beautified perfection.
Portrait photography is a constant challenge and requires the photographers creativity in order to really achieve beautiful portraits.
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Black and white photography holds a graphic emotional power unlike any other form of the medium. Here are several of the most popular and inspiring series from this year.
A new, expanded reprint of this classic photobook still has the power to make the viewer feel disturbed, uneasy, and not quite sure what to make of these staged scenes of marginalized people in South Africa.
He took stunning portraits for various Native American’s and each photo tells a story. Effectively he is prominent in visualizing American history, and that is why he is one of the best portrait photographers.
In this Ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem, the inhabitants have chosen to reject modern, secular culture and embrace traditional religious life. An outsider has expertly used the language of street photography to explore this 21st century society.
Our editors have put together a curated list of worthwhile (and imminent) deadlines for photographers, as well as some upcoming festivals around the world—have a look and best of luck!
She is known for her work photographing victims of the Great Depression and was very important in the development of documentary photography.
She truly can be considered one of the best portrait photographers of all time as her work during the Depression showed the faces and emotions of so many affected.
From celebrities to politicians to world leaders and thought provokers, Yousuf Karsh photographed the best of the best.
One of the more common types of photography, especially in the digital age of the “selfie“, is portrait photography. Also known as portraiture, portrait photography is the art of taking a photo of a single person or group of people, capturing their most real mood and emotion.
Arguably one of the most famous American portrait photographers, Annie Leibovitz is known for her exceptional work photographing the portraits of celebrities. She has worked for Rolling Stone Magazine, Vanity Fair, and a few other fashion and pop-culture publications.
Bringing together themes of adolescence, death, and motherhood, an expansive exhibition of Sally Mann’s work—featuring more than 100 images—traces the photographer’s experience growing up and raising children in the American South.
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Calogero Cammalleri, Lampedusa: Immigration, Tragedy, Reflection
He photographed many famous icons in American pop-culture and beyond and was very good at switching up the usual style of fashion and portrait photography with his unique photos. Find a more complete bio of him on Artsy.
Gritty black-and-white photography from Japan — celebrating beauty in the ordinary and mundane of everyday life.
Hist work was intriguing and prominent in the fields of fashion and style.
Best of August 2018: Deadlines for Competitions, Grants, Festivals and More
His best work includes portraits of Marlon Brando, Salvador Dali, Marilyn Monroe, and more.
Cinematic and darkly captured: a European-wide art project that celebrate the idea of the flâneur within the contemporary urban fabric of the continent.
Known for pushing the bar and heavily influencing American style, Richard Avedon is one of the most prominent fashion and portrait photographers of all time.
Philippe is the photographer responsible for some of the 20th century’s most recognizable portraits. He was an American portrait photographer who had some eccentric photography.
He has a unique style and leans toward black and white for most of hist work.
Some of Yousuf’s subjects included Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Helen Keller, Grace Kelly, and so many others.
While working as a valet at a Veterans Affairs Hospital, M L Casteel created a series that uses photographs of car interiors to illustrate the psychological repercussions of war.
An updated view of street photography from photographers in 24 countries on five continents.
Announcing the Winners & Finalists – 2018 Street Photography Awards!
Some of the best portraits involve the most authentic capture of human emotion and expression. Learn more about photography from the best portrait photographers below.
An exhibition at London’s Barbican Centre spotlights the work of Vanessa Winship, a photographer with a knack for capturing life on the margins in the Balkans, North America, and beyond.