|© Irving Penn, Miyake Sunglasses, February 10, 1995|
However, I quickly realized that I had many, many more influences I had imagined possible. In many cases, the photographers I admire most, not surprisingly, mastered multiple fields to the point that they have more than one iconic photo. The search for images online was very interesting and rewarding. For instance, I'd never seen this arresting Irving Penn shot of Miyake sun glasses.
Researching the quotes was also interesting. I remembered very well most of the quotes from the photography press super stars, but stumbled upon some new precious nuggets. For instance, I'd never read this one:
"I myself have always stood in the awe of the camera. I recognize it for the instrument it is, part Stradivarius, part scalpel." - Irving Penn
For some reason, I lost track of my early heroes, like Bert Stern and Hiro. It was great to catch up! I missed it that Stern reprized his famous "Last Monroe" session 46 years later with a Marilyn-wig-topped Lindsay Lohan. Hiro's style changed from ultra-wide angle, ultra sharp, ultra saturated color still life work to moody monochrome portraits and cocks fighting in a dizzy blur.
I'd love to hear from everyone about who their favorite photographers are. If you like to see the rest of my top 38 favorite photographers, see my Influences - Photographers page and let me know what you think!