29/06/2017

Artistic Legacy: A Personal List of Those Who Inspire Greatness

As I look back across the course of my career I give thanks for the geniuses who trod the path of the artist before me. Below is a list of the great photographers who inspired my own practice and left a great artistic legacy.

I would encourage all aspiring artists to be thankful for the greats; what they have gone through and how their resilience and committment to birthing their artistic visions inspired us through the legacy of their art.



Sedou Keita

  The Man Who Photographed His Village





Gordon Parks

The Common Search for A Better Life and a Better World

Husband and Wife, Sunday Morning, Detroit, Michigan, Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006), 1950, Photograph, gelatin silver print *Photograph by Gordon Parks. Courtesy and © The Gordon Parks Foundation, *Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

As Life Magazine staff photographer, Gordon Parks captured between 1948 – 1972 almost every story imaginable about what it was to be a human being in the USA. Know for his photo-realism, his body of work set the tone for all photo-journalists who aspired to follow in his footsteps. However, as if that single accomplishment were not enough, the great Gordon Parks also left his indelible style in the world of high fashion (where his signature style was to capture the models in motion), classical music composition, publishing, film making and fine art. He is an inspiration to me for his pursuit of excellence, prolific body of work and his dedication to what he described as ‘the common search for a better life and a better world.’

Husband and Wife, Sunday Morning, Detroit, Michigan, Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006), 1950, Photograph, gelatin silver print *Photograph by Gordon Parks. Courtesy and © The Gordon Parks Foundation, *Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston





Atul Dodiya





Man Ray




Freda Kahlo

  “My painting carries with it the message of pain”.





Jean-Michel Basquiat

Detail from “Untitled”, a 1982 painting by deceased artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, bought by Japanese collector, Yusaku Maezawa. Photograph: Sotheby’s/EPA




Diane Arbus

Patron Saint of the Marginalised





Irvin Penn

The King of Black & White

Hand – Miles Davis copyrite Irving Penn

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