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Select Contemporary Photographers

  1. Adam Fuss- pinhole photography, techno-consumerist culture
  2. Alec Soth-  folkloric/storytelling style documentary of Americans and their lived spaces
  3. Alex MacLean - evolution of the land from vast agricultural patterns to city grids, recording changes brought about by human intervention and natural processes
  4. Alfredo De Stefano - metaphors for the painful desertification of the planet caused by man
  5. An-My Le – military conflicts, history, landscape, people
  6. Andreas Gursky - tension between the clarity and formal nature, and the ambiguous intent and meaning they present, occasioned by their insertion into a ‘high-art’ environment
  7. Annie Leibovitz- celebrity portraiture, setup environmental portraiture
  8. Anthony Goicolea - issues of androgyny, homosexuality, and child sexuality
  9. Anthony Hernandez - space, urban landscapes, color/grayscale, poverty, photographic "language"
  10. Barbara Ess - "pinhole camera" photos, perspective, light/dark contrasts (B&W)
  11. Barbara Kruger - Social commentary
  12. Ben Huff documentation of modern landscapes and footprints
  13. Caleb Charland – Mysterious, the human presence and artifacts, space between our perceptions
  14. Chris Jordan- post Hurricane Katrina, global warming, and mass consumption
  15. Chris Steele-Perkins- quirky scenes
  16. Christian Boltanski - Difficult social themes, Holocaust images
  17. Cindy Sherman - Self portraits, social commentary
  18. David Hockney - Large format polaroids, and collage
  19. David Levinthal- toys that focus on heroism, struggle and catastrophe
  20. David Maisel - aerial images of landscapes, environmental degradation
  21. Diane Arbus- documentary, portraiture
  22. Dorothea Lange - documented the home front, especially among ethnic groups and workers uprooted by WW2
  23. Duane Michals - visual narratives
  24. Edward Burtynsky- industrial landscapes, altered landscapes, beauty and humanity in unlikely places
  25. Edward Weston - landscapes, nudes, sexy green peppers
  26. Eirik Johnsonexplores the human footprint on the environment
  27. Emmet Gowin -  documents the scarred land of military test sites, pivot irrigation, gold courses, etc.
  28. Eugene Richards- drug epidemic, poverty, low-income lifestyles
  29. Filip Dujardin - Architectural fascination and fictional building series
  30. Francesca Woodman - self-portraits, conceptualism and often featuring recurring symbolic motifs
  31. Franco Fontana - Landscapes, figures and nudes
  32. Fred Herzog - working class scenes, urban photography, Vancouver B.C.
  33. Ger van Elk- comically staged scenes
  34. Gordon Parks - Harlem, portraits, street photography
  35. Graciela Iturbide - black & white, portraits, surrealism
  36. Gregor Sailer – closed cities sealed off rom the outside world by walls or hostile landscapes
  37. Gregory Crewdson - tableaux of American homes and neighborhoods in a dramatic and cinematic style
  38. Harry Callahan - landscapes, personal portraiture of his wife
  39. Helen Levitt - city life in E. Harlem NY during 30s and 40s
  40. Henri Cartier (Bresson) - photojournalist-like photos, black & white, war photography
  41. Hiroshi Sugimoto- idealized representations, time
  42. Imogen Cunningham - landscapes, nudes, sexually charged still-life of flowers
  43. Jerry Uelsmann- darkroom manipulation, landscape/body
  44. Jim Kazanjian - how an image can have the potential to unfold and suggest something outside of itself
  45. Joel Meyerowitz- architectural counterpoints
  46. Joel Peter Witkin- macabre
  47. Joel Sternfeld - explores the irony of human-altered landscapes in the United States
  48. John Davies - landscape
  49. John Szarkowski - Midwestern USA, rural/urban landscapes
  50. Judith Joy Ross- environmental portraiture, narratives
  51. Larry Clark - drugs, guns, violence in media/culture
  52. Larry Sultan- surreal Gilles Peress- photojournalism
  53. Larry Wiese – metaphorical, imagination, characterized as dark, gothic, moody
  54. Letizia Battaglia- mafia, photojournalism
  55. Lewis Baltz- minimalist, architectural
  56. Li Wei – A mixture of performance art and photography that creates illusions of sometimes dangerous reality
  57. Loretta Lux- portraits of children that are strange, yet, simultaneously charming
  58. Lynne Cohen - functional spaces that emptied of their functionality
  59. Lynn Stern - black & white photos, natural light, still life
  60. Mark Dorf  constantly challenging the viewer to reconsider the way we consume a photograph and the way we envisage the landscape
  61. Mark Klett- documents change through a re-photographic survey of early photographs of the American West
  62. Mary Ellen Mark - Social documentation
  63. Michael Coyne - modern photojournalist 
  64. Michael Kenna - unusual landscapes with ethereal light
  65. Michael Wolf - focuses on the life in big cities and documents the architecture and vernacular culture of metropolises
  66. Nicholas Nixon- documentary portraitist
  67. Nick Knight- fashion
  68. Olivia Parker - Still life
  69. Patrick Tosani- look at the present, daily objects
  70. Paul Den Hollander- social time/expectation/recollection, still life
  71. Pedro Meyer- photographer and digital artist, Latin American social circumstances
  72. Ralph Ellison - writer / photographer, Harlem (New York), portraits
  73. Ralph Eugene Meatyard - haunting portraits of (almost) everyday life
  74. Ralph Gibson - black & white, body parts, abstract
  75. Richard Avedon- fashion/portrait, documentary/portraiture
  76. Richard Misrach- landscape, natural and human change
  77. Robert Adams- landscape, rephotographic survey, man's power for ill
  78. Robert Heineckenparaphotographer, hotographic images without a camera
  79. Robert Mapplethorpe - Flowers, portraits and nudes. Erotic imagery, controversial
  80. Robert Polidori - “After the Flood,” post- Katrina New Orleans
  81. Robert Rauschenburg - Mixed media/collage/printmaking
  82. Robert Stivers - black and white photography, still life, portraiture, abstract
  83. Sally Mann- environmental portraiture, landscape, early childhood, nudes
  84. Sandy Skoglund- staged scenes, sculptural narratives, surreal
  85. Sebastiao Salgado - documentary photography of workers in less developed nations
  86. Shelby Lee Adams- Appalachian portraiture
  87. Shomei Tomatsu - Post-war, influencing the anti-establishment, "Provoke" photography movement (Japan late 1960s)
  88. Steven L. Miller - black and white photography
  89. Taryn Simon - secrete documentary, documenting regions in turmoil
  90. Teun Hocks- staged, unfathomable stories
  91. Thomas Florschuetz- body, forensic, fragmented body
  92. Todd Hido - urban and suburban housing across the U.S
  93. Uta Barth – abstract motion, color movement, space and light qualities, memory
  94. Vivian Maier -- American street photographer, portraits from New York City
  95. Walker Evans - documentary, great depression
  96. William Eggleston- hometown, ordinary
  97. Wynn Bullock - surreal landscapes, nudes

New Options (Fall 2019 & Winter 2020)

  • Barbra Ess
  • Josef Koudelka
  • Daido Moriyama
  • Nobuyoshi Araki
  • Sarah Moon
  • Eli Reed – Photojournalist
  • Jeff Wall
  • Susan Meiselas
  • Roger Ballen
  • Steve Mccurry
  • Sophie Calle
  • Thomas Struth
  • Anton Corbijn
  • Rineke Dijkstra
  • Paolo Pellegrin
  • Wolfgang Tillmans
  • Richard Mosse
  • Mathew Brady
  • Eugene Atget
  • Man Ray
  • Andre Kertesz
  • Albert Renger-Patzsch
  • Brassai
  • Robert Capa
  • Helmut Newton
  • Robert Hausser
  • Ara Guler
  • William Klein
  • David Goldblatt
  • Bernd and Hilla Becher
  • Ralph Gibson

Photojournalism Sites

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, 2012 Presidential Primaries Debate

Presidential Debate - President Barak Obama and Republican Candidate Mitt Romney (4 Oct. 2012). Wikimedia Foundation. Denver, CO. Retrieved from

Browse Photographers in Biography in Context

You can browse a list of over 1000 photographers in the Biography database Biography in Context. Not all photographers have works exhibited, but it is a good way to get a sense of who you might find interesting.

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Google Image Search



Google Images is a great tool to see the work of many photographers. For your presentations, however, the images may not be high enough resolution to project well. It's possible to find useful images with introductory information, and sometimes theycome with little or no use restrictions, so give it a try!

Metropolitan Museum of Art


William Eggleston, Huntsville, Alabama. 

Fig.2. William Eggleston. Huntsville, Alabama. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1970. Web. 11 April, 2012.

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