Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Henry Taunt

Henry Taunt was a professional photographer, author, publisher and entertainer based in Oxford, England. He was born in Penson’s Gardens in the parish of St Ebbe’s, Oxford. Taunt first worked for his father, but decided he did not want to become a plumber. From the age of 11, Taunt worked first for a tailor, then for…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – James Bragge

James Bragge was a well known and respected photographer in New Zealand during the mid-to-late 19th century. He was born in South Shields, Durham, England. As a young man, he was a cabinet maker. It was only with the advancement in technology that during the early sixties he was able to engage in photography. It…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Carleton E. Watkins

Carleton Watkins is considered to be one of greatest photographers of the American West. Carleton E. Watkins was born on November 11, 1829 in  Oneonta, New York, he was a hunter and fisherman and was involved in the glee club and Presbyterian Church Choir. Lured by the opportunities of the California gold rush, he traveled…

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 – 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 – John Thomson

John Thomson was a Scottish photographer born in 1837. As well as a photographer, he was also a geographer and traveller. He was one of the pioneers of photojournalism, using his camera to record life on London’s streets in the 1870s. He was one of the first photographers to travel to the Far East, documenting…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Pascal Sebah

Pascal Sébah was an pioneer photographer born in Constantinople in 1823. He produced a prolific number of images of Egypt, Turkey and Greece to serve the tourist trade. Between about 1888-1908, he joined forces with the French photographer, Henri Bechard. After receiving medals at the International Exhibition in Paris, he decided to open his own…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Bruno Braquehais

Bruno Braquehais was a French photographer born in 1823. He was active primarily in Paris in the mid-19th century. Braquehais trained in the lithographic workshop at the state school for the deaf that he attended between the ages of nine and twelve. He showed talent and upon graduation worked as a lithographer before setting himself up as…

Monday Photography Inspiration – KEN SCHLES

“Photography is a tool to make signs of significance. It brings aspects of the world into sharper focus while it deepens their mysteries. Photography both obscures and reveals as it liberates and enslaves. ” – Ken Schles Ken Schles is a photographer and writer, the author of five monographs based in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York. He…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Félix Bonfils

Félix Bonfils was a French photographer and writer born in 1831. He was one of the first commercial photographers to produce images of the Middle East on a large scale and amongst the first to employ a new method of colour photography, developed in 1880. Félix worked as a bookbinder but in 1860 he joined…