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I have recently purchased books by the following truly inspirational Black and White photographers. Please add your favourites to this thread


Wynn Bullock


Barry Thornton


Ruth Bernhard


Edward Weston


Pat Booth


Jean Loup Sieff



In all cases copies of these books are available at incredibly reasonable prices through Amazon by typing in the photographers name

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The film 'Finding Vivian Maier' is well worth seeing in its entirety. I was also at an exhibition of photos by Maier at last year's London Photo Festival in Somerset House which included works not seen in the film. Her work was even more impressive 'in the flesh'. Apparently a lot more of her work has yet to be seen. Her life's work shows that you don't have to be a hippy street photographer or a loudmouth pushy studio type to be a great photographer. There is a lesson in there for all photograp

Not sure if it is well known in the forum but I was saddened to recently read that Andy (MPerson), active in this thread and the forum for many years, died earlier this year. I for one enjoyed his many contributions here and his work from "Metroland" and, latterly, Dungeness.

I am very sorry to hear that news.   An extremely good photographer and thoroughly decent bloke.

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Christer Strömholm, Anders Petersen (swedish photographers)


Lee Friedlander, Walker Evans, Francesca Woodman, Koudelka, Robert Frank, Andre Kertesz, Brassai, Stieglitz, Noholy-Nagy, Rodchenko..



I admire Lee Friedlander mostly. But other are pretty good.

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Willy Ronis, Eduard Boubat & Robert Doisneau


Certainly they're three of my favourites. I love the French humanist style. People focus too much on Doisneau's 'Kiss', he's got a huge body of excellent photography behind him. Boubat I came across by accident while speaking to another French photographer whose name I forget,


Also add Don McCullin, HCB, Salgado,

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A few of my favorites:

Ralph Gibson - YouTube - LM 100 presents

The Inge Morath Foundation (1923 – 2002)

Jeanloup Sieff - Site officiel (1933 – 2000)

Barbara Klemm: Die Fotografin Barbara Klemm: "Schwarzweiß ist Farbe genug" | Kultur | hr

via http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-forum/leica-kundenforum/87709-meine-homage-barbara-klemm.html#post918591


- Dutch photographers:

Maarten Corbijn photos and films by corb!no

Ed van der Elsken (1925 – 1990)

Eva Besnyö (1910 – 2003)

Philip Mechanicus (1936 - 2005)

Cas Oorthuys (1908 - 1975)

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Marc Riboud; Renee Burri (especially his book, THE ITALIANS -- wonderful); Herbert List; Ferdinando Scianna (even his 'fashion reportage'!); early Constantine Manos (THE BOSTONIANS; GREEK PORTFOLIO); Nikos Economopulous (especially IN THE BALKANS); David Douglas Duncan (any and all of his Picasso pictures)... And the list goes on, as another has said...

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