Monday’s Photography Inspiration – John Carbutt

John Carbutt as a photographic pioneer, stereo card publisher, and photographic entrepreneur. He was the first person to use celluloid for photographic film and to market dry-plate glass negative. He was born in Sheffield, England on 2 December 1832 and moved to Chicago in 1853. Carbutt founded the Keystone Dry Plate Works in 1879 and was the first to develop…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Roger Fenton

Roger Fenton was a British photographer born in August 1819, noted as one of the first war photographers. He was born in Crimble Hall, Heywood, Lancashire into a wealthy family. He was the fourth of seven children. Roger Fenton is a towering figure in the history of photography, the most celebrated and influential photographer in England during the…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Bruce Davidson

“If I am looking for a story at all, it is in my relationship to the subject – the story that tells me, rather than that I tell” – Bruce Davidson Bruce Landon Davidson is an American photographer born in 1933 in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago . He is known for photographing communities usually hostile…

Monday Photography Inspiration – Lászlo Moholy-Nagy

“The enemy of photography is the convention, the fixed rules of ‘how to do’. The salvation of photography comes from the experiment.” – Lászlo Moholy – Nagy László Moholy-Nagy was a Hungarian painter and photographer born in July 2, 1895. László attended a gymnasium school in the city of Szeged, which was the second-largest city in the country….

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Roy DeCarava

“I happen to believe that photography is not about black and white; it’s about grays.” – Roy DeCarava Born in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood in 1919, Roy DeCarava came of age during the Harlem Renaissance, when artistic activity and achievement among African Americans flourished across the literary, musical, dramatic, and visual arts. After graduating…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Howard Bingham

Howard Leonid Bingham was the biographer of Muhammad Ali and a professional photographer born in Jackson Mississipi 1939. One of eight children of Willie Emmaline and Willie E Bingham Jr. He was the son of a minister and Pullman porter. The family moved to Los Angeles when Howard was four. After an initial interest in music, Howard studied photography at Compton Community College,…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Rodney Smith

“Photography, with all it’s myriad of critics, curators, pundits, have simply followed the leader. Everyone is chasing each other’s tail, desperate for anything that strikes them as different.” – Rodney Smith Rodney Lewis Smith was a portrait photographer born in New York City in 1947. After he studied English Literature and Religious Studies at University…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron née Pattle was a British photographer born in 1815 who is considered one of the most important portraitists of the 19th century. She was the fourth of ten children and one of seven to survive to adulthood. Her father was a British official from England in India while working for the East India Company….

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Rudolf Koppitz

Rudolf Koppitz was born on the 4 January 1884 into a rural Protestant family in Schreiberseifen, a village close to the town of Freudenthal, in the Duchy of Upper and Lower Silesia (what is today Skrbovice near Bruntál in the Czech Republic). He was a Photo-Secessionist whose work includes straight photography and modernist images. He was one of the leading representatives of art photography in Vienna between the world wars. He is best…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Dennis Stock

“The goal for the photographer is to be visually articulate.” – Dennis Stock Dennis Stock was born in 1928 in New York City. His father was Swiss and his mother was English. At the age of 17, he left home to join the United States Navy. Following his discharge, he won first prize and became…