Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Leslie Gill

Leslie Gill among a group of photographers who elevated the editorial still life photograph to a unique American art form. Gill studied painting with Charles Hawthorne in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and graduated with honours from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1929. While working as art director of House Beautiful magazine, Gill began to make his own…

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 – 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 – 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…

Monday Photography Inspiration – Gjon Mili

Gjon Mili was an Albanian photographer from Korça born in November 28, 1904. Mili spent his childhood in Romania, attending Gheorghe Lazăr National College in Bucharest, and migrating to the United States in 1923. He studied electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upon graduation in 1927, he worked for Westinghouse as a lighting research engineer until 1938. Through experiments…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Édouard Baldus

Édouard-Denis Baldus was a French landscape, architectural and railway photographer born in 1813 in Grünebach, Prussia.  He originally trained as a painter and had also worked as a draughtsman and lithographer before switching to photography in 1849. At twenty-five-year-old Édouard Baldus arrived in Paris to study painting in 1838, shortly before Louis Daguerre first showed his magically precise photographic…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Antonio Beato

Antonio Beato was a British and Italian photographer. Antonio Beato’s origins are uncertain; he was probably born in Venetian territory sometime after 1832.  His elder brother Felice Beato, at least, was born in Venice, but the family may have moved to Corfu, which had been a Venetian possession until 1814 when it was acquired by Britain. Antonio often used…

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’s Photography Inspiration – Leigh Wiener

“Photographing people is unquestionably the most difficult form of still photography there is. It’s the only area of still photography where the photographer must be a very keen student of psychology. A portrait is not a duplication of a face. A portrait is the revelation of a person. You want to tell something about the…