Nick’s take was created from interviews made in 2000.
Here’s a guide to some of my favorite photographers, and the roots of the kind of photojournalism I practice. Of course, you’ll also want to check out my books which are listed in the app.
As a young photographer, I was influenced a lot by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, but my interest in them passed pretty quickly. I started being interested in Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa, and the Magnum and ex-Magnum photographers that are my age, like Alex Webb, Eugene Richards, Sebastiao Salgado, James Nachtwey, Gilles Peress, and Josef Koudelka.
Magnum and ex-Magnum Photojournalists
Alex Webb has several books. His book about the Amazon was a Geographic assignment that ended up becoming a book. From the Sunshine State is a personal project that he did over the years, just going back to Florida many times. Also see Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds .
With war photographer James Nachtwey, you’ve got Deeds of War , which came from when he was a color photographer shooting mostly for Time Magazine. Later he shot for years in black and white. He published a giant book called Inferno that’s so powerful that it’s really hard to look at. It takes several sittings to absorb.
Gilles Peress has an out of print classic collector’s item book called Telex: Iran . He also has a book about the Rwandan genocide, The Silence . And if you look at that, look at the first picture in the book and the last picture in the book. It’s two pictures he took of a guy that he knew was a murderer — he built the whole form of the book around that photo.
Phillip Jones Griffiths did a book on the Vietnam War called Vietnam Incorporated long out of print Phillip’s a Welsh photographer, and he had a view of Vietnam that no American photojournalist’s had. He basically summed it up that the Vietnam war was Coca-Cola. It was a war about money.
Chris Johns and Joel Sartore are colleagues at Geographic who come from the same school I do. All three of us came from straight photojournalism and evolved into natural history. Most wildlife photographers weren’t photojournalists first, so there aren’t really a lot of people out there for us to emulate, though I will also recommend:
National Geographic Photographers
Bill Allard has a book just out called Five Decades. Bill is one of the classic color photographers. His career goes beyond any of us, but he’s still incredibly vibrant.