Being a landscape photographer I have been drawn to other Famous landscape photographers and have been inspired by their work. Join me in reviewing a little bit about each of these inspirational landscape photographers, their lives, their work, and how they've shaped the modern world of landscape and nature photography.
Ansel Easton Adams (1902-1984)
Known as the Supreme Master of Landscape Photography, Ansel Adams is by far the most important name among famous landscape photographers. He is known for his black and white landscapes images which have also inspired myself in my photography career. With his classic images of the Grand Tetons National Park, Yosemite National Park are just some of areas he has iconic body of photography work. The American southwest landscapes photographs have been captured like no one else has done.
Adams's first photographs were published in 1921, and Best's Studio began selling his Yosemite prints the following year. His early photos already showed careful composition and sensitivity to tonal balance.
Ansel Adams helped found Group f/64, an association of photographers advocating "pure" photography which favored sharp focus and the use of the full tonal range of a photograph.
Charlie Waite (1949 – )
Charlie Waite is an English landscape photographer noted for his "painterly" approach in using light and shade. Charlie was born in England and worked in theatre and television before moving to photography. He is known and noted for his square format images using a 6x6 Hasselblad camera.
Charlie style has a unique approach in that his photographs convey a spiritual quality of serenity and calm. Charlie has established a worldwide reputation for his work. His photographs are held in private and corporate collections throughout the world.
"I often think of that rare fulfilling joy when I am in the presence of some wonderful alignment of events. Where the light, the color, the shapes and the balance all interlock so beautifully that I feel overwhelmed by the wonder of it." Charlie Waite
Galen Rowell (1940-2002)
Galen Rowell is a landscape photography legend along being a world-renowned climber, adventurer and prolific photographer who came of age during the 1960's. The first half of Rowell's career was primarily focused on rock climbing and Himalayan adventure while the latter half of his career saw him become an influential nature photographer for many people.
Galen became a full-time photographer starting in 1972 when he landed an assignment for National Geographic. He became a cover story for them which sparked his career. He had numerous photographic assignments for Life magazine and additional work with National Geographic. Galen also did work for Outdoor Photographer and various other publications.
Art Wolfe (1951 – )
Art Wolfe is an American photographer and conservationist He is best known for his color images of landscapes, wildlife, and native cultures. Art has traveled and has photographs documented from every continent and hundreds of locations. His work has been noted by environmental advocacy groups for their "stunning" visual impact. Art’s wildlife has been noted to be some of the most stunning images captured. Art has published more than 60 books including Vanishing Act, The High Himalaya, Water: Worlds between Heaven & Earth, Tribes, Rainforests of the World, and The Art of Photographing Nature. Art has a documentary television series called Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe. As a public speaker Art has traveled the world sharing his passion is art photography.
Franco Fontana (1933 - )
Franco is an Italian photographer. He is best known for his abstract color landscapes. Franco is known for his interested in the interconnect play of colors. In his early innovations in color photography was in the 1960s. According to art critics Franco destroyed all the structures, practices, and technical choices of Italian photography traditions. Franco uses 35mm cameras with distant viewpoints with telephoto lenses to flatten contours in a landscape of crops and fields into bands of intense, saturated color. This is Franco style of art thru the lens of his camera.
Franco shoots his objects in a loose three-dimensionality and realism to become part of an abstract drawing.
Peter Lik (1959 - )
Peter Lik is an Australian born photographer in 1959 in Melbourne. Peter Lik is best known for his panoramic and nature landscapes images. He hosted From the Edge with Peter Lik, which aired for one season on The Weather Channel.
Peter Lik gained his fame and shattered world records by selling the most expensive photograph in history. His image called “Phantom” was shot at Antelope Canyon depicting a ghostlike image thru beams of light coming from the canyon.
Peter Lik’s main styles in taking photographs is either horizontal or vertical panoramic views. Peter Lik has his own distinct “Peter Lik Style™´ He prints most of his photos on FujiFlex silver-halide paper, which increases the light sensitivity and glow, and helps accentuate the vibrant colors in the print. Premium quality style prints is part trademark to his work. With 11 gallery locations showcasing his work it’s a must to stop in and look at his work.