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  1. Adam Fuss - pinhole photography, techno-consumerist culture
  2. Albert Renger-Patzsch - German photographer associated with the New Objectivity, an artistic movement that emerged in Germany
  3. Albert Watson - a Scottish fashion, celebrity and art photographer. He has shot over 100 covers of Vogue and 40 covers of Rolling Stone magazine since the mid-1970s.
  4. Alec Soth - folkloric/storytelling style documentary of Americans and their lived spaces
  5. Alex MacLean - evolution of the land from vast agricultural patterns to city grids, recording changes brought about by human intervention and natural processes
  6. Alexey Titarenko - Soviet Union-born American photographer and artist. Significant contributions to the field of photography is his use of the technique of layering. In many of his images, he blends multiple exposures of the same scene, creating a complex and layered image.
  7. Alfredo De Stefano - metaphors for the painful desertification of the planet caused by man
  8. An-My Le – military conflicts, history, landscape, people
  9. Andre Kertesz - Hungarian-born photographer known for his groundbreaking contributions to photographic composition and the photo essay.
  10. 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
  11. Annie Leibovitz- celebrity portraiture, setup environmental portraiture
  12. Anthony Goicolea - issues of androgyny, homosexuality, and child sexuality
  13. Anthony Hernandez - space, urban landscapes, color/grayscale, poverty, photographic "language"
  14. Anton Corbijn - a Dutch photographer, film director and music video director. He is the creative director behind the visual output of Depeche Mode and U2, having handled the principal promotion and sleeve photography for both bands over three decades.
  15. Ara Guler - Turkish photographer. Istanbul is a vivid photographic record of daily life in Turkey's cultural capital from the 1940s to the 1980s
  16. Arthur (Usher) Fellig Known as Weegee - worked in Manhattan's Lower East Side as a press photographer during the 1930s and 1940s and developed his signature style by following the city's emergency services and documenting their activity
  17. Barbara Ess - "pinhole camera" photos, perspective, light/dark contrasts (B&W)
  18. Barbara Kruger - Social commentary
  19. Bas Princen - an artist who lives and works in Rotterdam. He studied Design for Public Space at the Design academy in Eindhoven, and Architecture
  20. Bayard Wootten - She named Pepsi Cola and created its logo for her neighbor Caleb Bradham, who invented the drink.
  21. Ben Huff documentation of modern landscapes and footprints
  22. Bernd and Hilla becher - German conceptual artists and photographers working as a collaborative duo. They are best known for their extensive series of photographic images, or typologies, of industrial buildings and structures, often organised in grids.
  23. Bill Brandt - British photographer and photojournalist. Born in Germany, Brandt moved to England, where he became known for his images of British society for such magazines as Lilliput and Picture Post; later he made distorted nudes, portraits of famous artists and landscapes.
  24. Brassai - Hungarian–French photographer, sculptor, medalist, writer, and filmmaker who rose to international fame in France in the 20th century.
  25. Caleb Charland – Mysterious, the human presence and artifacts, space between our perceptions
  26. Candida Hofer - a German photographer. She is a former student of Bernd and Hilla Becher. Like other Becher students, Höfer's work is known for technical perfection and a strictly conceptual approach
  27. Chris Jordan- post Hurricane Katrina, global warming, and mass consumption
  28. Chris Steele-Perkins- quirky scenes
  29. Christian Boltanski - Difficult social themes, Holocaust images
  30. Cindy Sherman - Self portraits, social commentary
  31. Daido Moriyama - a Japanese photographer best known for his black-and-white street photography and association with the avant-garde photography magazine Provoke.
  32. David Goldblatt - South African photographer noted for his portrayal of South Africa during the period of apartheid. After apartheid had ended he concentrated more on the country's landscapes.
  33. David Hockney - Large format polaroids, and collage
  34. David Levinthal- toys that focus on heroism, struggle and catastrophe
  35. David Maisel - aerial images of landscapes, environmental degradation
  36. Diane Arbus- documentary, portraiture
  37. Don McCullin - British photojournalist, particularly recognized for his war photography and images of urban strife. His career, which began in 1959, has specialized in examining the underside of society, and his photographs have depicted the unemployed, downtrodden and impoverished.
  38. Dorothea Lange - documented the home front, especially among ethnic groups and workers uprooted by WW2
  39. Duane Michals - visual narratives
  40. Edward Burtynsky- industrial landscapes, altered landscapes, beauty and humanity in unlikely places
  41. Edward Steichen - Luxembourgish American photographer, painter, and curator, renowned as one of the most prolific and influential figures in the history of photography.
  42. Edward Weston - landscapes, nudes, sexy green peppers
  43. Eli reed – Photojournalist became affiliated with him after the success of his work in such conflicts as the wars in Central America, the war in Lebanon
  44. Emmet Gowin -  documents the scarred land of military test sites, pivot irrigation, gold courses, etc.
  45. Ernst Haas - an Austrian-American photojournalist and color photographer. During his 40-year career, Haas bridged the gap between photojournalism and the use of photography as a medium for expression and creativity.
  46. Eugene Atget - French flâneur and a pioneer of documentary photography, noted for his determination to document all of the architecture and street scenes of Paris before their disappearance to modernization.
  47. Eugene Richards- drug epidemic, poverty, low-income lifestyles
  48. Eugene Smith - He has been described as "perhaps the single most important American photographer in the development of the editorial photo essay.
  49. Ezra Stoller - work included photographs of science and technology, factories and industrial production plus commercial and residential architecture.
  50. Fan Ho - work consists of candid photographs of the street vendors
  51. Filip Dujardin - Architectural fascination and fictional building series
  52. Francesca Woodman - self-portraits, conceptualism and often featuring recurring symbolic motifs
  53. Franco Fontana - Landscapes, figures and nudes
  54. Fred Herzog - working class scenes, urban photography, Vancouver B.C.
  55. Garry Winogrand - a street photographer, known for his portrayal of U.S. life and its social issues, in the mid-20th century.
  56. Ger van Elk- comically staged scenes
  57. Gianni Berengo Gardin - Italian photographer who has concentrated on reportage and editorial work, but whose career as a photographer has encompassed book illustration and advertising.
  58. Gordon Parks - Harlem, portraits, street photography
  59. Graciela Iturbide - black & white, portraits, surrealism
  60. Gregory Crewdson - tableaux of American homes and neighborhoods in a dramatic and cinematic style
  61. Harry Callahan - landscapes, personal portraiture of his wife
  62. Harry Gruyaert - a Belgian photographer known for his images of India, Morocco and Egypt as well as of the west of Ireland and for his use of colour.
  63. Helen Levitt - city life in E. Harlem NY during 30s and 40s
  64. Helmut Newton - German-Australian photographer. The New York Times described him as a "prolific, widely imitated fashion photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos.
  65. Henri Cartier (Bresson) - photojournalist-like photos, black & white, war photography
  66. Herb Ritts - fashion photographer and director known for his photographs of celebrities, models, and other cultural figures throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
  67. Hiroshi Sugimoto- idealized representations, time
  68. Imogen Cunningham - landscapes, nudes, sexually charged still-life of flowers
  69. irving penn - nown for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lifes. Penn's career included work at Vogue magazine, and independent advertising work for clients including Issey Miyake and Clinique.
  70. Jacques Henri-Lartigue - a French photographer, a central figure of importance in the history of photography and painter noted for the spontaneous, joyful photographs he took beginning in his boyhood and continuing throughout his life.
  71. Jeff Wall - Canadian artist best known for his large-scale back-lit Cibachrome photographs and art history writing
  72. Jerry Uelsmann- darkroom manipulation, landscape/body
  73. Jim Kazanjian - how an image can have the potential to unfold and suggest something outside of itself
  74. Joel Meyerowitz- architectural counterpoints
  75. Joel Peter Witkin- macabre
  76. Joel Sternfeld - explores the irony of human-altered landscapes in the United States
  77. John Davies - landscape
  78. John Szarkowski - Midwestern USA, rural/urban landscapes
  79. Josef koudelka - A Czech-born French itinerant photographer known for his seminal photo-books about the gypsies in Eastern Europe, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968
  80. joyce tenneson - a photographer whose images engage with ideas of femininity, identity, and spirituality.
  81. Judith Joy Ross- environmental portraiture, narratives
  82. Kaveh golestan - Iranian photojournalist and artist. In 1988 he took the first pictures of the aftermath of the Halabja chemical attack during the Iran–Iraq War.
  83. Larry Clark - drugs, guns, violence in media/culture
  84. Larry Sultan- surreal Gilles Peress- photojournalism
  85. Larry Wiese – metaphorical, imagination, characterized as dark, gothic, moody
  86. László Moholy-Nagy - Hungarian painter and photographer as well as a professor in the Bauhaus school. He was highly influenced by constructivism and a strong advocate of the integration of technology and industry into the arts.
  87. Letizia Battaglia- mafia, photojournalism
  88. Lewis Baltz- minimalist, architectural
  89. Li Wei – A mixture of performance art and photography that creates illusions of sometimes dangerous reality
  90. Loretta Lux- portraits of children that are strange, yet, simultaneously charming
  91. Lynne Cohen - functional spaces that emptied of their functionality
  92. Lynn Stern - black & white photos, natural light, still life
  93. Lynne Cohen - functional spaces that emptied of their functionality
  94. Man Ray - visual artist who spent most of his career in Paris. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal.
  95. Mario Giacomelli - Italian photographer and photojournalist in the genre of humanism.
  96. Mark Dorf - constantly challenging the viewer to reconsider the way we consume a photograph and the way we envisage the landscape
  97. Mark Klett- documents change through a re-photographic survey of early photographs of the American West
  98. Mary Ellen Mark - Social documentation
  99. Masha Ivashintsova - Russian photographer engaged in the movement from 1960s-80s.
  100. Mathew Brady - one of the earliest and most famous in American history. Best known for his scenes of the Civil War, he studied under inventor Samuel Morse, who pioneered the daguerreotype technique in America.
  101. Michael Coyne - modern photojournalist 
  102. Michael Kenna - unusual landscapes with ethereal light
  103. Michael Wesley - contemporary German photographer. His pioneering techniques have allowed him to capture uniquely long exposures of cities, architecture.
  104. Michael Wolf - focuses on the life in big cities and documents the architecture and vernacular culture of metropolises
  105. Minerva Del Valle
  106. Nadav Kander - a London-based photographer, artist, and director, known for his portraiture and landscapes.
  107. Nicholas Nixon- documentary portraitist
  108. Nick Knight- fashion
  109. Nobuyoshi Araki - a Japanese photographer and contemporary artist professionally known by the mononym Arākii. Known primarily for photography that blends eroticism and bondage in a fine art context.
  110. Olivia Parker - Still life
  111. Paolo pellegrin - Photojournalist who has been documenting historic events around the world.
  112. Patrick Tosani- look at the present, daily objects
  113. Paul Den Hollander- social time/expectation/recollection, still life
  114. Pedro Meyer- photographer and digital artist, Latin American social circumstances
  115. Ralph Ellison - writer / photographer, Harlem (New York), portraits
  116. Ralph Eugene Meatyard - haunting portraits of (almost) everyday life
  117. Ralph Gibson - black & white, body parts, abstract
  118. Ray Metzker - known chiefly for his bold, experimental B&W cityscapes and for his large "composites", assemblages of printed film strips and single frames.
  119. Richard Avedon- fashion/portrait, documentary/portraiture
  120. Richard Misrach- landscape, natural and human change
  121. Richard Mosse - Irish conceptual documentary photographer who worked in Iran, Pakistan, Haiti, and the former Yugoslavia.
  122. Rineke Dijkstra - Dutch photographer known for her large-scale color photographs and videos, which focus mainly on young, typically adolescent subjects, show subtle, minimal contextual details and encourage.
  123. Robert Adams- landscape, rephotographic survey, man's power for ill
  124. Robert Capa - Hungarian–American war photographer and photojournalist. He is considered by some to be the greatest combat and adventure photographer in history.
  125. Robert Hausser - German photographer. Häusser's career as a photographer began in post-war Germany during his time working on a farm. Consequentially many of his first studies included farm landscapes and workers.
  126. Robert Heineckenparaphotographer, hotographic images without a camera
  127. Robert Mapplethorpe - Flowers, portraits and nudes. Erotic imagery, controversial
  128. Robert Polidori - “After the Flood,” post- Katrina New Orleans
  129. Robert Rauschenburg - Mixed media/collage/printmaking
  130. Robert Stivers - black and white photography, still life, portraiture, abstract
  131. Rodney Smith - was a prominent photographer whose whimsical work invited comparison to that of surrealist painter Rene Magritte.
  132. Roger Ballen - American artist living in Johannesburg, South Africa, and working in its surrounds since the 1970s.
  133. Roger Deakins - cinematographer, best known for his collaborations with directors the Coen brothers, Sam Mendes, and Denis Villeneuve.
  134. Rong Rong (China) and inri (Japan) - works reflect the intimate world that they have created together and push the boundaries of traditional black-and-white darkroom techniques.
  135. Sally Mann- environmental portraiture, landscape, early childhood, nudes
  136. Sandy Skoglund- staged scenes, sculptural narratives, surreal
  137. Sebastiao Salgado - documentary photography of workers in less developed nations
  138. Shelby Lee Adams- Appalachian portraiture
  139. Shirin Neshat - an Iranian visual artist who lives in New York City, known primarily for her work in film, video and photography.
  140. Shomei Tomatsu - Post-war, influencing the anti-establishment, "Provoke" photography movement (Japan late 1960s)
  141. Sophie Calle - French writer, photographer, installation artist, and conceptual artist. Calle's work is distinguished by its use of arbitrary sets of constraints, and evokes the French literary movement known as Oulipo
  142. Steve Mccurry - an American photographer, freelancer, and photojournalist. His photo Afghan Girl, of a girl with piercing green eyes
  143. Steven L. Miller - black and white photography
  144. Susan Meiselas - documentary photographer, best known for her 1970s photographs of war-torn Nicaragua and American carnival strippers.
  145. Taryn Simon - secrete documentary, documenting regions in turmoil
  146. Teun Hocks- staged, unfathomable stories
  147. Thomas Florschuetz- body, forensic, fragmented body
  148. Thomas Ruff - a German photographer, described as a master of edited and reimagined images.
  149. Thomas Struth - German photographer who is best known for his Museum Photographs series, black and white photographs of the streets of Düsseldorf and New York taken in the 1970s, and his family photographs series.
  150. Todd Hido - urban and suburban housing across the U.S
  151. Uta Barth – abstract motion, color movement, space and light qualities, memory
  152. Vincent Peter - born in Bremen in 1969, is one of the world's busiest fashion photographers. At the age of 20, he went to New York to work as a photo assistant.
  153. Vivian Maier -- American street photographer, portraits from New York City
  154. Walker Evans - documentary, great depression
  155. Wes Anderson - a visual adventure, proportions, featuring real-life places that seem plucked from his imagined world.
  156. William Eggleston- hometown, ordinary
  157. William Klein - American-born French photographer and filmmaker noted for his ironic approach to both media and his extensive use of unusual photographic techniques in the context of photojournalism and fashion photography.
  158. Wolfgang Tillmans - German photographer. Diverse body of work is distinguished by observation of his surroundings and an ongoing investigation of the photographic medium’s foundations.
  159. Wynn Bullock - surreal landscapes, nudes
  160. Zanele Muholi - a South African artist and visual activist working in photography, video, and installation

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William Eggleston, Huntsville, Alabama. 

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

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