Jack Spencer (American, b.1951) is a respected photographer known for his portraits and manipulated images. Spencer was born in Kosiusko, MS, and studied at Louisiana Tech University. His early work was inspired by the southern United States. His first book, Native Soil, featured images of horses, trees, and the southern landscape. Snow Ponies is a manipulated photograph depicting two white horses on a white background. The piece is a glazed gelatin silver print and is a typical representation of his work.
“In my opinion, photography is many different things to different people and many aspects and uses. Almost unlimited in potential. It can be a means of communication, illustration, education, expression, conservation and more. It can be simple, complex, thoughtful, trite, realistic, abstract, humorous or sad”.
Very few of us are not inspired by majestic mountains, wide expanses of lush green grasses, fallen autumn leaves, sunsets or dewy glow on the land in the mornings. So, photographers thought that if human mind and heart is so pleased and attracted by these landscapes and scenes, then why not capture them and possess them. As this thought aroused interest, landscape photography emerged as a very fascinating hobby as well as career.
Online photography schools and classes are more and more popular. The Internet is now available to many people, even remote and rural areas, where it is not easy to enter the photography course. The photography is now ubiquitous and commonplace, we are taking photos everywhere – at home, on holiday, on the street, alone or with friends and family. Many people realize they have a gift and want to learn more. Unfortunately, it was not always possible, until the first photography online courses were established.
Sune Jonsson was one of Sweden’s most celebrated photographers. The snapper, who died in 2009 aged 78, spent his life combining his skills as a field ethnologist with photographic portraiture – a pairing that resulted in extraordinary documentary images of people in rural Sweden.
Kristian Schuller is a Paris-based photographer, born in Romania, Kristian emigrated with his family to Germany at the age of 8. He has been shooting professionally for 12 years but his interest in photography began much earlier. His first book, “90 Days, One Dream”, was published in 2010. Award: Silver Medal “Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2011″.
During 30 years Edward S. Curtis took over 40,000 images and made detailed records of the traditional way of life or the Native American Peoples. However, even Curtis is not without controversy as he occasionally supplied “traditional” costumes to his subjects if they did not own any traditional clothing. He also photographed reenactments of traditional and historical activities such as camp moves, battles, and ceremonies. While purists decry these reenactments, they were well received by his Native American subjects (who called him “Shadow Catcher”) and are in many cases our only record of such activities.