Your work, more than any photographer I can think of, seems to bridge the gap between night photography and “daylight” (for want of a better term) photography. You move freely between situations, time and light constraints, yet you still seem to incorporate the nocturne and its sense of mystery into much of your work. Because of this, you’ve not been pigeonholed as a Night Photographer, your audience has grown and I believe you have advanced night photography, it’s aesthetic qualities and concerns by a wide margin. Are you still a night photographer at heart?
[Laughs] Night and day are one and the same, they are parts of the whole. I can happily photograph during the day or night or dawn or dusk. I like to photograph at any time and there are qualities about every time of the day and night which should be appreciated, so I try to move in and out at will. There was a period when I was starting out, when I could have been called a Dawn photographer. Then I became a Day photographer, next I became a Night photographer, and now I suppose I am an Anytime, All time, Every time photographer [laughs.] I found that working at night I learned much that I could then bring into the day. Working again during the day I discovered elements that I could then take back into the night. Confining myself to one particular area or one particular time period is, I think, self limiting. In general, I look for “timeless” imagery, which could be taken at night, during the day, at dusk, or dawn.
Photographer Joe McNally
Joe McNally has been photographing for the National Geographic Society since 1987. Some of his most recent National Geographic magazine assignments are “The Future of Flying,” “Power of Light,” and “What It Takes to Build the Unbeatable Body: Pushing the Limit.”
In addition to his work for National Geographic, McNally shoots for other magazines, advertising agencies, and graphic design firms. His clients include Sports Illustrated, ESPN magazine, Life, Time, Fortune, New York magazine, Geo, the New York Stock Exchange, Target stores, Sony, GE, Nikon, Lehman Brothers, and PNC Bank. He has also worked on numerous Day in the Life photographic book projects.
McNally has received the Alfred Eisenstadt Award for magazine photography and has been honored by Pictures of the Year International, World Press Photo, and the Art Directors Club. He has also been recognized by the magazines Photo District News, American Photo, Applied Arts magazine, Communication Arts, and Graphis.
Yousuf Karsh / Photographer / the work / portraits
“… More and more often now, I am asked whether I think there are as many great men and women to photograph today as in the past — whether the strengths of a Churchill or an Einstein can be found today in this era of antiheroes. When my portrait of Churchill in 1941 opened the door to the world for me and started me on my search for greatness, I had a legacy of half a century to draw upon. During the war, in one brief period in England alone, I photo-graphed forty-two leaders of international stature; and later in Washington, a similar number. After the war, there were still many personalities whose reputations extended back for decades. A Sibelius, a Helen Keller, a Schweitzer, a Casals are of enduring stature. But I believe the past has no claim on greatness, for such arresting personalities are always among us. Nor can we yet judge what lessons remain to be learned from the young. I know only that my quest continues.
The endless fascination of these people for me lies in what I call their inward power. It is part of the elusive secret that hides in everyone, and it has been my life’s work to try to capture it on film. The mask we present to others and, too often, to ourselves may lift for only a second—to reveal that power in an unconscious gesture, a raised brow, a surprised response, a moment of repose. This is the moment to record.
To my deep satisfaction, through my photographs many people have been introduced to some of the outstanding personalities of our time and, I hope, have been given a more intimate glimpse of and greater insight into them.
My own quest now has stretched for over half a lifetime. The search for greatness of spirit has compelled me to work harder — to strive for perfection, knowing it to be unattainable. My quest has brought me great joy when something close to my ideal has been attained. It has kept me young in heart, adventurous, forever seeking, and always aware that the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera. “ ~ Yousuf Karsh
Richard Avedon’s portraits have filled the pages of the country’s finest magazines. His stark imagery and brilliant insight into his subjects’ characters has made him one of the premier American portrait photographers. Born in New York in 1923, Richard Avedon dropped out of high school and joined the Merchant Marine’s photographic section. Upon his return in 1944, he found a job as a photographer in a department store. Within two years he had been “found” by an art director at Harper’s Bazaar and was producing work for them as well as Vogue, Look, and a number of other magazines. During the early years, Avedon made his living primarily through work in advertising. His real passion, however, was the portrait and its ability to express the essence of its subject …. Avedon died on October 1st, 2004.
Howard Schatz – Portfolio
The photographs of Howard Schatz are exhibited in museums and photography galleries internationally and are included in innumerable private collections. He has received international acclaim for his work.
H2O, Schatz’s seventeenth book of photographs, is the third in his series of explorations of imagery made on, over and underwater. Published in the fall of 2007, it is a breathtaking feat of underwater photography and a visionary celebration of movement and form. Working with uncommonly graceful and aquatically gifted dancers, models, and performers, photographer Howard Schatz has found joyous inspiration underwater. The images in H2O take advantage of water’s unique properties- light, clarity, buoyancy, and reflectivity-to create a delightfully serene and otherworldly aesthetic. At once uncanny, lithe, athletic, and mysterious, the figures in Schatz’s photographs transform the pool into studio and stage. Howard Schatz first established a following in the 1990s with two collections of underwater photography, Water Dance and Pool Light. With H2O, Schatz takes the magic of weightlessness and the beauty of dance to new heights. Whether in single portraits or as part of a larger, spectacular ballet, his dancers are as utterly elegant as they are phantasmagorical. They appear before the camera as though borrowed from a dream ….
Jay Maisel Photography
Jay Maisel’s name has become synonymous with light, gesture, and color. He started his professional career in 1954. His images have been used for advertising, editorial and corporate communications worldwide. In 1996 he stopped doing commercial jobs in order to concentrate on his personal work. He has exhibited widely and his prints are in private, corporate and museum collections.
Pete Turner Photography
Pete Turner is best described in the words of A.D. Coleman: “A dramatist’s sense of event, intense and saturated coloration, and a distinct if indescribable otherness are omnipresent in Turner’s images: they have been presented in magazines and books, on record jackets, billboards and posters, and as original, signed prints.” Pete Turner was born in Albany, New York. An early interest in chemistry led him to a lifetime fascination for photography and a great affinity to color. He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology. In 1967, The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibited Turner’s most controversial image of the time, “The Giraffe”. The red giraffe illustrated his growing interest in treating color as a graphic element. Since then, Turner has relentlessly pursued his uncompromising thirst for bold color and composition to achieve his extraordinary vision. His work is exhibited worldwide. His photographs are in the permanent collections of major museums, including the MEP in Paris, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and ICP in New York. George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester is the depository of Turner’s life’s work and where he was most recently honored with a one-man show, “Pete Turner: Empowered by Color”. The exhibit is scheduled to travel through 2010.
Turner’s passion for photography has brought him innumerable awards from various design groups and photography associations including “The Outstanding Achievement in Photography” award from the ASMP. In 1986, Harry Abrams published his first monograph “Pete Turner Photographs”. His second monograph, “Pete Turner African Journey” (Graphis, 2001), is the visual diary of Turner’s adventure in Africa which began with his first journey in 1959 from Cape Town to Cairo. His latest book, “The Color of Jazz”, is a comprehensive collection of his memorable and provocative jazz album covers that have become legendary, (Rizzoli, 2006)