Today, seeing a female photographer on the street, camera in hand, is something we all take for granted. However, it wasn’t always this way. Just one hundred years ago, a female photographer in public would draw attention to herself or be looked down upon. The role of women was completely different in the more patriarchal society of the time. For this reason, we have tremendous admiration for these trail-blazing artists that were able to break through societal barriers and amaze the world with their work.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more dangerous and precarious genre of photography than war photography. The photographer often goes so far as to risk their own life for their work. You may ask yourself why these photographers go to such lengths and what good may come of it. A rather poignant response is given by one of the most compelling war photographers of all time, James Nachtwey: “I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated.” This response is simultaneously a strong appeal for humanism that can be found in the work of many photographers who work in combat zones.
The Prague Spring brought Viktor Kolář to Canada at the age of 27. He didn’t want to live under the Communist regime that would force him to lie. Though he was already a photographer at the time, as a foreigner, he needed to earn a living with the physically demanding and dangerous work in the molybdenum mines in the mountains 400 miles from Vancouver. A few years later, when he was well on his way to becoming a renowned photographer, he decided to return as an unknown emigrant to his native Ostrava. For the remainder of his life, he left his mark on Ostrava with his black and white images.
Halloween is one of those photographic opportunities that we most look forward to. It’s a creative and imaginative time full of costumes and jack-o-lanterns. That’s why this year we’ve put together for you a Halloween-inspired photoshoot with a witch, her broomstick, and pumpkins.
Annie Leibovitz is one of the world’s most famous portrait photographers. She has photographed John Lennon in Yoko Ono’s embrace just hours before his death, followed the Rolling Stones on a wild tour, and captured president Richard Nixon’s last days in office—and is the only American to have photographed Queen Elizabeth II.
Vivian Maier (1926-2009) is one of the 20th century’s strangest photographers. Her pictures inspire with the simplicity and beauty of daily life. And yet, even though today we rank her alongside Diane Arbus, Robert Doisneau and Helena Levitt, she was completely unknown until 2009. She took over 120,000 pictures and left more than 2,000 roll films behind her—and never showed them to anyone. Where can we take inspiration from her for our own street photography?
Mihaela Noroc grew up surrounded by her father’s paintings full of colors, which she successfully brings into her portraits as well. She has traveled over fifty countries of the world including Tibet, South Korea, the Amazon rainforest, and several war zones. In her first book, The Atlas of Beauty, she has let us peek into the lives of over 500 women through visually precise photographs and short narratives, and she is still continuing in her work.
From a left-wing activist to a master of humanist photography. The work of Sebastião Salgado (*1944) is amazing in both its sheer volume and the passport stamps and worn-out boots behind it. It shows us the suffering and beauty of the world, often hand in hand. Through his pictures, Salgado evokes in us a desire to understand and protect the world, or at least discuss its downfall. Additionally, he reminds us of just how enchanting black-and-white photography can be as a medium.
Take inspiration from the work of Josef Koudelka (born 1938), the only Czech photographer within the renowned photo agency Magnum Photos. His life has been shaped by a need for unlimited freedom and independence, and a need to travel alone and discover the world through photography. Tapping into a strong sense of aesthetics, Koudelka has created pictures that are doubtlessly among the best of all time. How can his life and work enrich your own work?
“The photos just don’t do it justice.” Have you ever found yourself muttering this disappointedly when trying to describe the way the colors of the sunset reflected in the mountain lakes below you? Or that special shade of blue in the water of a glacier-fed stream to your friends after your adventure? You tried to take a picture to capture the moment, but the results were somewhat unfulfilling to say the least. Is it actually possible for travelers who are not professional photographers to end up with great photos of their trip? To find out, my fellow travel enthusiasts and I at 10Adventures decided to try Zoner Photo Studio X.