I am often asked who my “favorite” photographer is. This is a rather difficult question for me, as I admittedly do not know much about photography (or art) history, as they didn’t teach me that stuff in engineering college, and I haven’t read up on stuff like that in my copious amount of free time (yes, I’m being sarcastic). Having said that, if I had to choose, then here are my Top 3 “favorite” photographers:
1. Bryan Peterson (www.BryanFPeterson.com): One of my role models as a photographer, as an artist, as an instructor, and as a future author of instructional photography books, is a world-renowned photographer / author Bryan Peterson. Anyone that has learned photography under me has certainly heard me repeat his name and recommend his “Understanding Exposure” book.
I love Bryan’s colorful and often “simple-but-not-the-obvious-shot” imagery, and I also admire what he has done as an instructor and as a writer. As I said, he is a great role model for me, as I grow as an artist, and expand my instructional activities. I also have an ambition to write a “better” book than Understanding Exposure, which is certainly a tall order!
2. Bob Krist (www.BobKrist.com): Like Bryan Peterson, Bob is a photographer, an author, and a teacher. He has one of the most admirable client lists in the travel photography world (including, of course, National Geographic), and rightfully so – his work is awe-inspiring, and captures the “spirit of place” like few others can.
I’ve also had the privilege to meet Bob a couple of times, as I once lived not far from him in the Northeast, and he would attend the odd ASMP meeting in Philadelphia. So, I can say that Bob is not only a fantastic photographer, but he’s also a down-to-earth really nice guy. When I grow up, I want to be just like him!
3. Josef Hoflehner (www.JosefHoflehner.com): There is also one other photographer that I came across a while ago, probably through a friend’s Facebook post, but I’m not 100% sure. I don’t know Josef Hoflehner, nor do I know much about him. What I do know is that his compositions are very intriguing. He has the knack for making wide, mundane scenes completely captivating.
As a “fine artist”, Josef Hoflehner really inspires me, especially as I get into more “wide angle” and “minimalist” impressions with my own work. It’s always a pleasure to see his images come up in my Facebook feed!
So, there you have it! I’m sure that there are hundreds of other top-notch photographers out there that I’ve never heard of. But, these are the three that I’ve been exposed to since turning professional in 2003, and I often check in on their websites and work to see what they’re up to.
Who knows? Maybe someday I can contribute to Bryan Peterson’s Perfect Picture School of Photography, or I can assist Bob Krist on one of his many excursions around the planet or, perhaps, get to shake the hand of Josef Hoflehner , and thank him face-to-face for the inspiration.
Now that you know who I admire, how about yourself? Who is your favorite photographer?