My Third Photographer

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My fourth photographer that I admire is the complete opposite from what my other three are. The third one is Michael Kenna; he is a landscape photographer who uses his photography for the use of publications, commercial work, and gallery representatives. He is the most acclaimed landscape photographer of his generation. Michael is in 100 museums worldwide, and his photographs have been the subject of some 50 monographs. My favorites of his are within his commercial work. Michael was born in England, he grew up as one of five children. In 1973 he went off to attend London College of Printing in London, England where he studied commercial photography; however, he soon turned to landscape. He was profoundly influenced by Bill Brant, Joesef side, …show more content…
To me, his work is mysterious, elegant and just beautiful. His photos have such simplicity and clarity. One thing I admire about Michael is that no matter the commercial client he still has the same black and white simple style photos; he doesn’t change to fit the commercial brand he sticks to his brand. Michael states that he believes, “black and white is immediately more mysterious because we see in color all the time. It is quieter than color. I am a pushover for black and white photos, and that is primarily what Michael Kenna shoots. I found it interesting that he shoots most of his photos at dawn or in the dark hours of the night with exposures up to 10 hours long, that is impressive. Michael often says” you can’t always see what’s otherwise noticeable during the day…. with long exposures you can photograph what the human eye is incapable of seeing.” Michael is always looking for interesting compositions and arrangements within the natural landscapes. He prefers different times of day and night. Michael also likes to shoot in the mist, rain and snow; clear blue sky and sunshine do not inspire him. …show more content…
He is a well-known self-taught architectural and fine art photographer. Andrew has a degree in Political Science from the University of Florida. He didn’t start photographing until he was about 21 years old when he purchased his first camera. After buying his camera, he spent two years living and traveling through Europe; this was an important period for his photography. From there Andrew returned to New York to work in advertising until 2003 when he quit enabling him to devote himself entirely to photography. I love Andrew’s work because he shoots a lot of cityscapes, which is something I am very passionate about. Cityscapes are one of my favorite things to photography. Therefore, his work is aspirational to me. Andrew’s theory is not to capture a new reality but to capture the essence of an existing one in a powerful way. He includes high amount of detail in his photos to convey the meaning of the picture. I also like Andrew because he approaches a shoot from the perspective of what will make a good series. He gives advice on why it is good to have a series of photos rather than one single image that is spectacular. This inspires me, because it encourages me that it is okay to continue to shoot the same skyline over and over from different angles and perspectives. It also helps me to know that I don’t have to get one spectacular image but multiple of great ones. Andrew varies his shots between digital and film

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