Masters who capture moments

The first photograph that caught my young attention was by Irving Penn. It originally served as the cover for Vogue Magazine in 1950. I saw it much later, while in my teens… and for me, it was a turning point in “seeing”. Since then, I have studied and collected books on various Photographers who captured an image that left me with a lasting memory. Below are just a few of the greatest legends…

W. EUGENE SMITH (1918-1978)
Tomoko in her bath, 1967

DOROTHEA LANGE (1895-1965)
At the Cotton Wagon, Migrant Agricultural Worker, Eloy, Arizona, 1940

RICHARD AVEDON (1923-2004)
Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent, June 14, 1981

DIANE ARBUS (1923-1971)
Child with Toy Hand Grenade, Central Park, N.Y.C., 1962

HARRY CALLAHAN (1912-1999)
Eleanor, 1947

EDWARD S. CURTIS (1868-1952)

The Vanishing Race, 1904

HORST P. HORST (1906-1999)

Mainbocher Corset, Paris, 1939

Black and White Vogue Cover, 1950

ALMA LAVENSON (1897-1989)
Eucalyptus Leaves, 1933

ALFRED EISENSTAEDT (1898-1995) 37,000
V.J. Day, Times Square, 1945

TINA MODOTTI (1896-1942)
Mexico, c. 1926

EDWARD WESTON (1886-1958)
Fiftieth Anniversary Porfolio, 1902-1952

Study of a Magdalen, July 1874

Siphnos, 1961

The Steerage, 1907

ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)
Vernal Fall, Yosemite Valley, 1948

LISETTE MODEL (1899-1983)
Reflections, NYC, Rockefeller Center, 1939-45

Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971)
Fort Peck Dam, Montana 1936

Paul Strand (1890 – 1976)
Blind woman, New York, 1917

Imogen Cunningham (1883 – 1976)

Marsh, 1901

Fan Ho (B. 1932)

Approaching Shadow 1952

13 Responses to “Masters who capture moments”

  1. missyogini Says:

    Wow! This is a great compilation. Thanks for sharing 🙂 I love black and white photography (and sepia too!).

  2. Glad you enjoyed M.Y. 😉

  3. Favorite is Henri Cartier-Bresson…Siphnos

  4. The Irving Penn photo stands out because it looks like an illustration.

    These are all wonderful. I love them all, and if I could take one home, I’d pick ALMA LAVENSON’s Eucalyptus Leaves, or the one by Alfred Stieglitz. They’re very different from one another yet they both appeal to me for different reasons.

  5. yb, I’m with you on Alma’s shot. I absolutely love it!

  6. Hubs of Masters who capture moments…

    hubs about to Since then, I have studied and collected books on various Photographers who captured an image that left me with a lasting memory. Below are just a few of the greatest living legends… W. EUGENE SMITH (1918-197 Spanish Spinner, 1951 ……

  7. You certainly have captured some of the great ones. I take issue with the inclusion of Avedon’s Kinksi image, and I think Imogen Cunningham’s best work was as a member of the f.64 group, but I’m quibbling. I’m about to start teaching a class called the Art of Seeing and the trio of Steiglitz, Weston and Minor White loom large. The latter as much for his teaching as for his body of work.

    • I am sure that you will have plenty to teach just going about the works and thoughts of that trio that you’ve chosen. In the art of Seeing I will definitely add a Maestro of Seeing and thinking photography like Paul Strand whose vision, in my personal opinion based on feel from their respective photographs is far more developped than Edward Weston’s, more acute.

  8. A class I would surely love myself Barry. A wonderful grouping…and how lucky those students are.

    And I do agree with you on the Avedon selected. I actually like his flowing portrait of Cyd Charisse much better…but the Natasha one is a favorite of someone dear to me so I tossed it in at the last 😉

    As far as Imogen, I chose a lesser known work. Most Photographers (as I’m guessing you are) are more familiar with her work during f.64 so I thought to use something a bit different.

    You should check out the work of Fan Ho. His black and whites of China are magnificent if you’re not familiar. I believe…Even Mr Stieglitz would approve!

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  11. Cait O'Murchu Says:

    It stirs within me hope that I can have just a touch of the talent these great photographers, artists had/have. They make me look at the world differently, with what my Mother aways called ‘the artist’s eye’. Thank you for bringing this all together for us all.

    • A wise woman, your Mother, Cait. Artists definitely see through different eyes. Thank goodness for it or the world would be so ordinary! I’m so glad you find inspiration here. Makes me think I should do a collection of some of the greats out there now. Many are not as well known as these but no less talented. Thanks for stopping by. Your name is unique and wonderful!

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