Monday’s Photography Inspiration – John Albok

John Albok was a Hungarian photographer who documented street scenes in New York City during the Great Depression and later. John Albok was born in Munkacs, Hungary, in what is now the Ukraine. From the ages of 13 to 17, he trained was a tailor’s apprentice and was later drafted into the Hungarian army. He began…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Ernö Vadas

Ernö Vadas one of the most successful photographers of the interbellum. He studied photography with Rudolf Balogh. His photos are characterised by the bold use of light and shadow. In 1934, readers of the magazine Die Galerie awarded Vadas first prize, and the Royal Photographic Society awarded him its Emerson Medal. In 1938, the American…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Kassian Cephas

Kassian Cephas was a Javanese photographer of the court of the Yogyakarta Sultanate. He was the first indigenous person from Indonesia to become a professional photographer and was trained at the request of Sultan Hamengkubuwana VI (r. 1855–1877). As a youth, Cephas became a pupil of Protestant Christian missionary Christina Petronella Philips-Steven and followed her to nearby Bagelen, Purworejo….

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Alexander Gardner

Alexander Gardner was a Scottish photographer was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 17 October 1821. He became an apprentice jeweler at the age of 14, lasting seven years. Gardner was raised in the Church of Scotland and influenced by the work of Robert Owen, Welsh socialist and father of the cooperative movement. By adulthood he desired to create a cooperative community…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Thomas Andrew

Thomas Andrew was a New Zealand photographer who was born in Takapuna in 1855, a suburb in Auckland on the North Island of New Zealand. He worked as a photographer in Napier. He later opened a studio in Auckland which was destroyed by fire. In 1891, he went to Samoa where he worked with two other New Zealand photographers, Alfred John…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Fred Bremner

Fred Bremner was a Scottish photographer. He was born in 1863 in Aberchirder (also known as Foggylone) in Scotland and was one of several sons of a photographer in Banff. He left school at the age of thirteen to join his father’s studio and worked there for six years.  In 1882, Bremner accepted an offer of work from his brother-in-law G….

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Joseph Byron

Joseph Byron was an English photographer who founded the Byron Company in Manhattan. He was born in January 1847 in England. He was born into a family of photographers. He began his career as an event and documentary photographer in the glass negative era. Joseph Byron made the stage picture a fixture in the lobbies…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Ivan Standl

Ivan Standl was one of the first professional photographers in Zagreb, present-day Croatia. He is known mostly for his award-winning documentary work and the author of the first Croatian photobook, published in 1870. Ivan Standl was of Czech descent and was born in Prague in 1832. It is not known for certain when he moved…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Herman Salzwedel

Herman Salzwedel was a photographer in Java, Dutch East Indies during the late 19th century. Salzwedel arrived in Batavia in May 1877, Dutch East Indies via Singapore. He founded the firm Salzwedel and from March 1878 worked for a year with the more experienced Van Kinsbergen in the photographic studio Kinsbergen & Salzwedel in Batavia….

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Geraldine Moodie

Geraldine Moodie was a Canadian photographer who pioneered in capturing photos of early Canadian history. She was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1854. She married John Douglas Moodie in England in 1878 and the couple first moved to western Canada, and they briefly farmed in Manitoba, then moved to Ottawa in 1885. Living in rural Canada at…