When composing and snapping photos, I’m drawn to shapes, patterns, and reflections in landscapes and streetscapes alike. The following are photographers and artists that influence and inspire what I see.
“Witness is borne and puzzles come together at the photographic moment which is very simple and complete. The mind-finger presses the release on the silly machine and it stops time and holds what its jaws can encompass and what the light will stain.”— Lee Friedlander
“…to make a contemporaneous authentic document, the visual impact should be so easy to avoid any explanation.”— Robert Frank
“It’s just seeing—at least the photography I care about. You either see or you don’t see. The rest is academic. Anyone can learn how to develop. It’s how you organize what you see into a picture.”— Elliott Erwitt
“It’s about time we started to take photography seriously and treat it as a hobby. “— Elliott Erwitt
She’s an incredible street photographer with even a more incredible story. She was a Nanny, who secretly had a love for photography. Her storage locker full of photos was only recently discovered in 2007 by John Maloof. Her discovery and interest is entirely posthumous. Her photos are from 1950s into the 1990s mostly in Chicago and New York.
“We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel- you get on, you go to the end, and someone else has the same opportunity to go to the end, and so on, and somebody else takes their place.”— Vivian Maier
Hopper isn’t known for his photography, but it seems 8 of 10 photographers past and present are influenced by Hopper and I’m in the 80%. It was seeing his show at the MFA that got me excited about capturing city life– the alone togetherness, the excitement and isolation that cities have to offer.
- ‘My Life in the City’ Photo Exhibit
- Recommended Book: Edward Hopper & Company: Hopper’s Influence on Photography
“If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”— Edward Hopper
“In general it can be said that a nation’s art is greatest when it most reflects the character of its people.”— Edward Hopper