His desert photograph below shows just how fragile this balance is. His black and white photographs of Yosemite Valley CA are well spread in galleries, on posters and in books. Speaking of composition, he probably has some of the most amazing versatility I’ve seen. You can also often find a single human figure in his landscape photos as Max loves to show the scale of things to make the scenes even more visually impressive. Looks like I’m a bit late to this game, but great post and comments none the less. Really solid list, Richard. Fine wines aren’t meant to be enjoyed while skipping down the street or in a shopping mall but definitely more enjoyable when you spend some time to experience it. Galen spent several hours in harsh weather conditions, trying to catch the moment with the best lighting and capture the gracefulness of the nature in front of him. And I’d include William Neill, because his interpretive style is so different from the “typical” landscape photographer and has been so influential to so many others. I think people’s definition of photography has definitely changed over the past few years so it will take a while to figure out what stands the test of time. Google him. I see the resemblance in Clifton & Dykinga’s work but I feel that Rowell’s approach to photography was more of a street photographer / photojournalist than Muench. (in 2008) and I love his work. Good point about Jack Dykinga. Moreover, Sean can spend up to 3 months each year in search of the ideal lighting conditions while sleeping in a truck or tent, whichever makes it easier for him to take the perfect picture./p>. I fell in love with nature photography when I was a college student in the late 90s. © Copyright 2020 Fixthephoto.com | All Rights Reserved. Endless transcendence. Isabella considers a digital “negative” to be only the first step in creating a photograph. As an aside, I want to know more about digital versus photographic production…hope this becomes a line of discussion. Your choices did give me some interesting characters to google though-thank you for more insight. I also believe that he, along with David Muench created the large number of baby boomer nature photographers. I enjoy learning how they do their art production. Peter Dombrovskis a major influence in Australian (Tasmanian) history his photos were influential to stop the damming of the Gordon River in Tasmania. In fact, photography was not even recognized as an art. Jess Yarnell Nature photography, mostly in Florida. Keith Bauer. His passion was discovered when he was 32 when he quit his job to become a full-time photographer. Sebastião Salgado used to be a successful economist with a deserved place in the banking sector. They explore the beauties of nature for the astonishing visual results. That is an interesting closing thought. It’s a good list, I would create something very similar but I grew up in the in similar locations and at about the same time you did Richard. Thank you Richard for the list. Kordan’s pictures convey the beauty of nature like no others while featuring an abundance of mesmerizing golden lights. Many have never heard of Eliot Porter or Phil Hyde, which is criminal. RECENT IMAGERY « ABSTRACTION « GALLERIES « PHOENIX PHOTO IMAGERY February 5, 2013 at 2:08 pm, […] cannot talk about landscape and nature photography without bringing up the Greats in the genre: Ansel Adams’ mastery of tone and composition; Jon Shaw’s eye for color, […]. Since wind is invisible we're left with photographing the result of the wind; gnarled tree limbs in this instance. Very true, Tom. By Tata Rossi 19 days ago, Professional photography. My only comment on your selections would be that Porter has to be number two (and not the new number two) because I believe he invented color nature photography. Don’t see how Subhankar Banerjee has the body of work or influence to make the list. I bought my first camera because of him. The first is Alfred Stieglitz who was photographer but I mention him more because he had a huge influence on the careers of both Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter by giving them shows in “An American Place” and by promoting the art of photography in general. Another list worth considering in the future is a list of top environmental photographers. Linda Connor? I think your list is excellent although it’s a bit like a top 10 list of greatest rock guitarists, you can never stop at 10. Simard’s most notable partners include Sony and Gosselin Photo. Inevitably someone worthy will be left out (Jack Dykinga, Carr Clifton), but that, I think, is more a function of personal preference. When compiling this rating, I decided not to limit it to time-honored names, but also to add great landscape photographers who will define this genre going forward. You can find his works in ad campaigns produced by Apple, Gazprom, and RedBull. Much like portraiture and fashion photography, landscape photography is an almost mandatory genre for photographers during the formation of their professional careers. With nearly a million subscribers on Instagram, it’s no wonder he made it into my list of the top landscape photographers. Art Galleries Near Me | Where To Buy Fine Art Photography, Galen Rowell's Photography & Mountain Light Gallery, Best Photography Books - The Ultimate List. Carr Clifton wouldn’t be a bad choice. Thomas is a British photographer who specializes in landscape and traveling genres and is rapidly earning his place at the top. He lived a very simple life, close to nature. Franco Fontana showed the world one of the best landscape photography examples. I would put him in any list of most influential. He is definitely one of the greats. LINKS – AUGUST 24, 2012 « BEAUTIFUL FLOWER PICTURES BLOG: FLORAL PHOTOGRAPHY BY PATTY HANKINS August 24, 2012 at 8:02 am, […] Infringement The Luminous Landscape has Are Museums Destroying Art? Elijah Goodwin Landscape, nature, and wildlife photograph from Falls Church, VA. Steph Sawyer Photographer and graphic designer with an … English landscape photographer using traditional large format film cameras. Thanks for your time. She began her four-year tour in 2015 to capture the beauty of the nature of the American West. If he was, probably not to the effect that the others were. I’m always interested to see what else is out there. I have to admit that I am ignorant when it comes to current work by current photographers. In 2007 Charlie launched UK Landscape Photographer of the Year competition a yearly international photography event aimed at finding the best UK nature photographers. While many of us usually see, it looks as though the Finnish photographer @eljackson was always looking, observing, transmitting and especially, moving about nature. That seems like another blog post. Hyde was young, poor, desperate and talented. When Ansel Adams started the first fine art photography program at the California School of Fine Arts, where Philip Hyde was in the second class, the art students in other departments flew into an uproar, protesting that photography did not belong and would ruin the reputation of their school. Such an occupation encouraged him to study lighting techniques, which consequently brought him to photography. Just a few thoughts: It is hard to say any new innovative work is being done today. For instance, a key theme in many of his photographs is the peaceful and sustainable coexistence of man and nature. Due to the signing of The Embargo Act of 1807 by President Thomas Jefferson, it was illegal to trade goods with Great Britain and Canada. He’s been a pro photographer for twenty or thirty years. You should do more research, as you have picked the most obvious photographers. Jennifer Adler Plus, once you get him talking about his Chicago days as a photojournalist, you’ll never want him to stop! The Westons and Minor White, it has been argued, were not strictly nature photographers. David Brookover is one of the top landscape photographers of our time with a very specific approach to landscape photography. Thanks for the suggestion, Ben. I missed the earliest “pioneering” but certainly met many of the cast of characters. Really blow your mind stuff. Hi Gary. People before them had made photographs of nature, but without these pioneers, those photographers would remain in obscurity, as perhaps would the whole genre. I took advantage of the lose interpertation of landscape and inclued all work done outdoors and without a huge array of lights, assistants, etc. Richard is absolutely correct. Color nature and landscape photographs, available as limited edition prints and for stock usage. Landscape Photography Portfolios. It could be argued that capture the light just at the right moment is pure Cartier-Bresson just as the little twinkle in a grizzly bears eye. Hi Gerry. If anything I created this list to create a discussion. Nature Photographer of the Year always presents us with some amazing images of the natural world around us. I fell in love with nature photography when I was a college student in the late 90s. GARY CRABBE / ENLIGHTENED IMAGES June 25, 2009 at 11:48 am. This is another proof that you do not have to spend a lot of money on expeditions to become a successful photographer. Richard Wong Photo Blog has Top 10 Most Influential Nature Photographers of All-Time Audubon Magazine has Phony Wildlife Photography Gives a Warped View of […]. In addition, Patricia is engaged in web design. At one point, she abandoned her career as a stylist and model in Quebec, spending the next four years traveling around the globe and sharing photos with her followers, primarily via Instagram. He developed his original style, characterized by minimalism and abstractness. Fugitives used to run from the law by climbing over Smugglers' Notch and escaping to Canada. The reason I ask is because most cite him as perhaps the best wildlife photographer but I haven’t seen much talk about him being the guy that inspired them to go out shooting, stylistically or anything like that. The contest has just announced its 2020 winners, and a mystical, fairytale-like photo of a giraffe won the first prize. Personally, Art Wolfe would have made my list instead of a few different photographers, but otherwise, can’t really fault your list. Tabacchi is the winner of several international contests namely Monochrome Awards, IPOTY, OPOTY, and numerous others, making her possibly the best landscape photographer today. His best work doesn’t really look like other people’s work at all. I do hope that our paths cross some time. Not all photographers are ready to work so hard and regularly to take good shots. Art was highly educated and talented as an artist before even entering the world of photography and his sense of design and composition is both remarkable and inspirational. Hi Ben. 2. I mean, Peter Lik managed to bring a Photography show to a major cable network during primetime. I also offer speaking engagements for various groups and online photography classes. Nowadays, Catherine made world exploration her full-time job as she keeps taking some of the best landscape photos and artworks you’ll ever see while hosting photography workshops and sharing her knowledge worldview with her fans. No doubt that the Westons and Cartier-Bresson are influential photographers in other genres no doubt but the post was about listing the top nature photographers. THINGS YOU’LL FIND INTERESTING AUGUST 22, 2012 | CHUQ VON ROSPACH, PHOTOGRAPHER AND AUTHORAugust 22, 2012 at 11:30 pm, […] Top 10 Most Influential Nature Photographers of All-Time : In the Field: Photo Blog by Richard Wong […]. In no particular order, here is the list of 10 famous and aspiring wildlife photographers. Influential – a new-comer to the list: Clark Little. Rowell preferred to use reliable and compact Nikon FE and FM2 cameras instead of bulky professional equipment. I can’t argue with that list at all. These landscape photographers know how to capture nature in the best light. Vivian Maier was totally unknown until recently; many years after her death. Edward Weston was an example not just in photography but in lifestyle. Over time, traditional landscape photography became his main passion. I’m not giving you a new top 10 of my own, but the one I’m really missing indeed is Jim Brandenburg. I don’t think I need to defend myself with Weston: he was a photographer of nature. Watch him talk about his work.) Maybe it wasn’t called conservation movement at the time but the works of Ansel Adams, Philip Hyde, William Henry Jackson, many of the people on my list were used to establish many of our national parks and national monuments. That is nuts. And Christine Mittermeier, is the main person to start the conservation movement. Most of them are a part of private collections, though you can find remarkable images in some famous museums. Of course, I would want Joel Sartore and Brian Skerry in there as well from all their Nat Geo work. Yes, I acknowledge the final print through Photoshop can be considered a work of art. Ansel Adams grew up in Northern California, and spent much of his youth at Yosemite National Park, which became the spotlight of his work. That's what the Dutch photographer @claireonline transmits to us with her photographs, where everything seems to be never-ending. I haven’t heard of Jackson or Morris, met Ketchum. Lanting’s book “ Jungles ” lives in a prominent place on my bookshelf. Thanks for your thought-provoking blog. Hey Mark. A search for “Ansel Adams” on Amazon yields over 5600 results! With that said, I do have respect for Mr. Lik’s business-savvy. One day I started photographing that world around me, and I never stopped. Hope, you’ll agree with my choice. Thomas adores hiking and focuses on finding the perfect location at the most opportune moment rather than chasing after expensive camera gear. He prefers to have the image stay on a shelf for a while so that he can edit it in a calm and collected state of mind. You’ve likely seen his images whether you knew the maker or not. Ansel Adams grew up in Northern California, and spent much of his youth at Yosemite National Park, which became the spotlight of his work. He was able to drop everything and run off to unknown places at David Brower’s bidding and thus more of his images were used in the famous Exhibit Format Series than any of the others. PHILLIP ROULLARD October 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm. Andy Rouse has been taking photos of natural life for over 20 years. Understandable and no argument from me on Art Wolfe. He’s certainly set himself up with the goal of trying to educate and influence an entire planet. I’ll have to look into him a little more. He is not only a famous photographer, but also an artist and director. My own views are just my own and I did learn quite a bit from all of the comments. All material © copyright by Richard Wong. Catherine’s main drive is to encourage her followers to venture outside, witness the beauty of our world with their own eyes, and understand why we have to preserve it. You’ve likely seen his images whether you knew the maker or not. By the way, with all due respect to her accomplishments, I don’t think her “sacrifices” (quoted from your link) compare to Philip Hyde’s life choices. Carr Clifton is an interesting name that I was thinking about myself since he has been so prolific with the landscape calendars. The magazine has the latest photography news, gear, tips and technology, and features guest posts from pro photographers making it a premier magazine of outdoor photography. As a photographer, Ansel Adams is celebrated for his breathtaking nature photographs in the 1930’s and for 25 years to follow. The NYT Obituary for Philip Hyde is entitled “Philip J. Hyde, 84, Conservation Photographer” (https://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C05E3D6173FF93AA25757C0A9609C8B63). In addition to photographing, Minns organizes workshops. Unlike pictures of other great landscape photographers, only very few photos of this artist can be found on the net. Peter Lik is a well-known Australian famous nature photographer, known for his scenic and panoramic landscape shots. Photographers today think the field is tough with all of the competition, but back then there was no market. Thanks Sabyasachi. However, he decided to change the occupation, which was a good idea, since he has become one of the best landscape photographers out there. Christopher Newbert’s “Within a Rainbowed Sea” is a must have. If a photo doesn’t have colors that knock your socks off or elicit a WOW then it isn’t good these days. I hear where you are coming from Gerry. Living in California between the mountains and the sea, I felt surrounded by nature. These people used large format, have done an amazing body of work, and won many environmental battles with their images. Of course, there are plenty more fantastic photos, so read on and take a look at the selection. But, this is not really a debate about traditional photography versus digital work. Lauren Gilpin? Greg Lawson is another worthy of mention in this conversation. It is no secret that Galen Rowell was my biggest influence in photography but even if he weren’t, I would probably still rank him in a similar fashion. Thanks for the comments, Phillip. He has developed a new genre of surf photography. I find it fascinating that Muench has been around since the 50’s and is still active. Many people find his works quite controversial. An online presence with a portfolio that can be linked here. His amazing landscape photos impress many people because of a special attention to the details. I felt really solid about the first eight photographers but had to think much harder about the last two and after seeing all of the varied responses I would probably swap out one or two from my original list. Fontana organizes master classes at the universities of New York, Brussels, Tokyo, Rome, Paris, Toronto, and Barcelona. You can also see Shainblum’s amazing landscape photos in popular media channels like National Geographic and the Wired Magazine. I am surprised you did not include Edward Weston, Brett Weston, Minor White, John Sexton and possibly Carr Clifton and Jack Dykinga. From the immense and colourful ice to horizons which introduce us to hypnotizing … Though I found this it late, thanks for a good rundown, even though I see its hard to do a top ten unless you’re David Letterman. Thanks for the interesting comments, Hank. Justin Minns is engaged in traditional landscape photography and he collaborates with English Heritage and National Trust on a regular basis. Landscape photographers presented in this article defined the genre for what it is today. I wouldn’t critique the list as it is subjective. Stieglitz and Brower each had an indirect influence that ended up shaping the course of how things played out. He often travelled abroad on business trips and most often visited Africa. He is the one nature photographer that transcends the genre and even photography for that matter. I recall reading a magazine article listing the top 100 photographers once and I knew very few on that list. I’m not familiar with him but will check out his work. As for Banerjee, his ANWR book being passed around the Senate helped bring the topic of oil drilling on the North Slope into mainstream discussion and it has been a point of contention since. Preston Birdwell. Others might feel slighted but the genre and the modern environmental movement was pioneered in the West for the most part. Between this post and associated threads on photography forums, there are a couple of names that definitely stand out. Though, I would encourage you to re-read the post and notice the topic is about most influential nature photographers, not about who I think is the most creative or most talented though the names on this list are well-renowned in that regard as well. It’s not really my place to judge Peter Lik on this blog or other photographers for that matter, but your comments are not the first time I have heard that sentiment regarding him. I was born in 1965 when my dad (Philip Hyde) was 44. They explore the beauties of nature for the astonishing visual results. Thank for your list I think it reflects some of the best work ever done in photography. | THE TRANSPARENT ENAMELIST, http://blog.artly.me/12-stunning-wildlife-photos, https://www.mnn.com/leaderboard/stories/meet-the-woman-who-elevated-conservation-photography-to-a-whole-new-level, https://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C05E3D6173FF93AA25757C0A9609C8B63, ← Previous: Peter Lik's Photography & Fine Art Galleries, Next: Art Galleries Near Me | Where To Buy Fine Art Photography →, 10 Reasons To Buy Art Online Direct From Me, Peter Lik's Photography & Fine Art Galleries. Thanks. I agree with some of the comments and with the majority of your original list, though I just about choked on my coffee when I saw someone bring up Peter Lik. At first, Sebastião took pictures for himself. Patricia Davidson is an American landscape photographer. Lanting is a National Geographic photographer and world-renowned creative. Here is another good list I found online: http://blog.artly.me/12-stunning-wildlife-photos. Thanks for the input, Kelly. http://www.naturephotographers.net/imagecritique/bbs.cgi?a=vm&mr=44468&CGISESSID=58b05b5b55f6ff93d38cc654e56da752&u=6771. 100 best photography quotes from famous photographers 25 best movies about real photographers. Annie Brigman? Richard Wong - The youngest photographer on this list, I've been a fine art landscape and nature photographer for 20 years with many publishing credits in most major publications. Check out his inspiring and revealing TED Talk to find out more about this ideas. Lanting is a National Geographic photographer and world-renowned creative. There are many contemporary nature photographers with amazing nature photography these days so perhaps in ten years there might be some new names on this list that reflect the digital era. I’ll put in a +1 for Art Morris – he was certainly influential to my bird photography (much to my wife’s dismay!). Most of these photographers can be considered revolutionary in their own right as opposed to evolutionary which is the category in which the majority of photographers fall under. He has helped many photographers understand that studying their locality is of great importance. It takes time and effort to become proficient. Being an active adventurer herself, Nguyen wants to encourage other people to venture outside and forge their own unforgettable trips. Nick Brandt Art Wolfe would be in mine also, along with Jim Brandenburg or perhaps Thomas Mangelson. In a couple of years, he learned how to use a camera like a pro, acquired the necessary business and creative skills, and became a full-fledged landscape photographer. Women photographers whose primary focus is landscape and nature photography, Photographers who are advanced hobbyists or working professionals, demonstrating excellence, depth, and consistency in their portfolio, and. Hillary isn’t just one of the great landscape photographers of her generation, but she also manages to find time to work as a community nurse. You can find Isabella’s works both on the web and in notable print media such as National Geographic, Daily Mail, and N-Photo. Candy satisfies a quick urge but it’s not something you really savor unlike a fine wine. Charlie Waite is a true legend of the landscape photography art. Harley Goldman. Much like portraiture and fashion photography, landscape photography is an almost mandatory genre for photographers during the formation of their professional careers. Lik made a name for himself in the photography industry with beautiful panoramic landscape photography images, earning one of the biggest international reputations. Eliot Furness Porter was an American photographer famous for his colourful nature photos. Interesting list, and interesting discussion that followed the publication of it. It has too…that’s why it’s an “influence”. In addition to photography, this American artist takes parts in campaigns for the Earth protection. He was also chosen by Jane Goodall’s Heroes of the Animal Planet and … Given that nearly ten years has passed since I originally wrote this and all the comments received, I would probably re-evaluate this list if I were to update it. I don’t know of any other nature photographers that can say they have won a Pulitzer Prize (it was a long time ago for different subject matter). In regards to photo contests, I think sometimes the results are watered down and safe because if there are multiple judges then it’s usually a compromise to pick a winner. Members provide kind, but honest image critiques, articles, etc I have heard of Clark Little and like his work. Cordran won numerous photography prizes and his works were published in Digital SLR and Discovery among many other magazines. His black and white photographs of Yosemite Valley CA are well spread in galleries, on posters and in books. Eva McDermott. Although having explored even that part of his works, you will be amazed, how beautifully and this artist conveyed the majesty of the nature. taht’s an important skill for photographers). (that should not be intended as a slight at Art Wolfe, by the way. To be considered for this list of the top 10 most influential nature photographers of all-time, these famous nature photographers had to have left a lasting impact either on society or on future photographers. Adams is also known for introducing the “zones system” – the technique, which is used to measure the best range of tones and highest photo quality. His photographs show perfect light usage and will amaze you with their beauty. Hi Henkjan. He began his activity in 1972. He has great work. Richard Wong’s blogs were recommended by Outdoor Photographer Magazine. Porter got a Leica in 1930. Frye published numerous books and his articles are featured in the best landscape photography magazines. Having been recently “stung” after entering a nature photography contest that I thought I could at least place, I am surprised by some of the images that did place. He adores sharing his experience and wants to help his colleagues improve their photography skills. The forests and beaches of the Pacific Northwest are her favorite locations. HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BIRD BEFORE? Many of her photographs show the negative effects of human intervention in the nature world. Good to know Gerry. Since Vermont was adjacent to Canada many people continued to smuggle goods and livestock over the present-day Smuggler's Notch. One of my personal favorites, Clyde Butcher. He likes experimenting with vintage photography techniques. BENJAMIN CHASE August 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm. George Lepp has done some really amazing nature work over the years. I’ll give one nod to James Balog as far as influential with what he’s currently doing with his Extreme Ice Survey. Photographers today do not share their knowledge that freely. Top 100 would be quite something for sure, and I think you would have a great shot at making that list. This blog also links to Richard Wong’s articles on social media published on sites all over the internet. Nadav Kander lives and works in London. Welcome to the photography of Ryan Tischer featuring exceptional images of Minnesota's north shore of Lake Superior and the surrounding region. As a photographer, Ansel Adams is celebrated for his breathtaking nature photographs in the 1930’s and for 25 years to follow. To fully appreciate his work, get a copy of the book. how about John Paul Caponigro? Living in California between the mountains and the sea, I felt surrounded by nature. The photographer conveys his vision of the world in this way. NPN Editors/Moderators. All rights reserved. Amazing work with the turtles. His strict black and white photographs are characterized by a very unusual look. However, the photographer tried to prove that photo art has no limits and restrictions. Other then the ansel Adams I hadn’t heard of a single person on the list. Later, she tried shooting landscapes. I will look into Brandenburg, Tal, Neill. Mike Finnegan. As for myself? (Frans Lanting has been hailed as one of the great nature photographers of our time. How many of these guys (and why are they all guys?) 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