Two great and very different photographers

Two Great and Completely Different Photographers

Photography can be directed at many subjects; family, friends, events, travel, outdoors, and much more. Here we’ll take a look at two widely different views of photography. Our first photographer, Gordon Parks, was orphaned at 14 and after many difficult directions began his career as a photographer dedicated to portraying people. His 1943 photographic study of the lives of the people of Harlem, New York began his photography career. Mr. Parks later went on to work of Life magazine and the film industry. One of the movies he created was “Shaft” in 1971.

To give you a feel for his work here are two of Mr. Parks early Harlem photos.

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See more about Gordon Parks here: http://firsttoknow.com/1943-harlem-photographer-gordon-parks/

Our second photographer has often concentrated in an entirely different realm of photography, the photography of large places and their historical context. His name is Thomas Struth and he is from Germany. Mr. Struth started out as a painter which may account for an interest he has in large museum spaces and family portraits, while his interest in grand places and spaces has caught the attention of photography enthusiasts the world over.

Here are a few of Mr. Struth’s photos. As you can see they concentrate on entirely different subjects and point out our human experiences in an entirely different way than Mr. Parks.

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You can view more of Thomas Struth’s works and career in these articles:

https://theculturetrip.com/europe/germany/articles/thomas-struth-10-things-you-should-know/ and

http://www.npr.org/2016/10/31/499443750/photography-writ-large-the-monumental-art-of-thomas-struth

As you see above two people have taken entirely different approaches to photography that stem from their early lives and interests. If we stop to think about it we could also have our own unique life view that we could display with our photography.

Let us know what you think.

Walter Krieg
wkrieg@dotphoto.com
http://www.dotphoto.com

Author: dotphoto

Glenn Paul is President and Co-Founder of dotPhoto, which began life in 2000 as a photo printing service and now also distributes user-generated media in Flash, video and on cell phones.

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