Donald Higgs

Donald is a professional photographer based just a short drive outside of Portland, Oregon. His unique style of composition and his keen sense of light has gained him vast notoriety, resulting in his images being published around the world for more than 20 years.

Alberto Schommer

Alberto Schommer fue en vida, un fotógrafo de reconocido prestigio al cual el gobierno español otorgó la Medalla de Oro al mérito en las Bellas Artes en 2008 y que recibió en 2013 el Premio Nacional de Fotografía, el galardón más importante para un fotógrafo en este país. En 1996 se convirtió en miembro de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando.
Su carrera como fotógrafo profesional se inició gracias a que un publicista francés vio unas fotos suyas en el escaparate de la tienda de su padre en Vitoria y le invitó a ir a París. Allí comenzó a relacionarse y desarrollar su curiosidad artística como fotógrafo y trabajó para importantes personalidades del arte y de la sociedad, como Balenciaga.
Como reconocimiento a su carrera como fotógrafo y a haberse convertido en una personalidad de prestigio en el campo fotográfico, su ciudad natal tiene una calle nombrada en su honor en el barrio de Adurza.
A lo largo de su historia realizó centenares de trabajos y viajes, habiendo editado cerca de un centenar de libros y colaborando como jurado o profesor en prestigiosos seminarios o concursos. Su obra se ha expuesto a lo ancho de todo el mundo, desde Japón a Estados Unidos (Centro para la fotografía creativa de Tucson) y ha recibido importantes y numerosos premios a su labor.
Uno de sus trabajos más conocidos son sus retratos, que llegaron al gran público por medio de su colaboración con los periódicos ABC y El País. Estos retratos, fundamentalmente sobre personalidades públicas y reconocidas de la vida española, aunque también mundiales, como Andy Warhol, han sido reconocidos como uno de sus mejores trabajos. Entre ellos es célebre su serie denominada Retratos psicológicos donde escenifica el poder, la economía y la cultura. Su peculiar forma de abordar el retrato tendrá gran repercusión durante los años setenta y ochenta, y sus fotografías se convertirán en un
a especie de crónica visual de la Transición.

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Mara Sánchez Renero

Mara Sánchez Rener studied photography in Barcelona, Spain, where she lived for 10 years. She was part of the collective boom of 2008, in Spain, where she was co-founder of the Malocchio and PHACTO collective.

In her work, she is interested in finding places where she can create a scenario to explore the instability of the human condition. In her images we can witness the dissolution of constructed identity, in isolating men and women from their everyday contexts and instead portraying them within the space of their imaginary fabrication, the space of their mythical existence and thus confront what’s uncertain about human nature.

Her work has been shown in different places in Europe, USA, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa, including international.

John Fairclough


John is a “Natural History, Wildlife and Fine Art” photographer. In 2003 John won first prize in an international wildlife photographic competition and the prize took John on an all expenses paid round trip to the Falkland Islands via Chile. John went on to use this achievement as his launch pad as a professional wildlifer.
Since this time John has travelled far and wide visiting many superb locations.

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Nick Moir

Moir’s passion is capturing the dramatic environmental phenomena of Australia, from its ragged lightning and dust storms and blackening bushfires to the devastating effects of climate change.He received a World Press Photo award for coverage of the destructive 2002-03 bushfire season and Australian Press Photographer of the Year in 2002 for a series on Sydney’s severe weather.Moir recently completed his photo essay, Last Day on Earth, a look at the massive storms of America’s Tornado Alley.In 2009 he was named International Environmental Photographer of the Year in the Changing Climates category, an annual prize of the University of Westminster, for his image Microburst and Dust Storm.Moir was winner of the South Australian Museum’s ANZANG Nature Photography competition for his evocative image of a bushfire bearing down on a town in south-east NSW which was also included in Prix Pictet’s Earth last year.Moir was recently commissioned by GEO to photograph storms in Australia’s tropical north. He lives in Sydney and works for The Sydney Morning Herald.He is a founding member of Oculi. He is currently the chief photographer of The Sydney Morning herald.

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Pedro Luis Raota

Raota retrató gauchos, niños, obreros, ancianos, campesinos y familias. Lo hizo en la Pampa, en los Andes, en los países del Este de Europa, pero también se recreó con igual soltura ante paisajes de relevante teatralidad, ante imágenes de un fotoperiodismo de gran precisión o con creaciones cuya composición desafía la imaginación del espectador
Adelantándose a las técnicas digitales, Raota plasma retazos de una realidad que parecen sacados de un escenario teatral, cuyos protagonistas tienen una desgarradora fuerza en su mirada. Sólo la elegancia de los encuadres y el tamiz de la luz parecen poder competir con el magnetismo de los ojos, reclamo del alma de los seres que pueblan sus fotografías.

Mike Grandmaison

Mike Grandmaison is an acclaimed Canadian photographer and widely recognized as one of Canada’s fine nature photographers. He is passionate about creating exquisite images that reflect the beauty of his beloved country Canada. His award-winning images have been featured in some of the world’s finest publications, as well as in a wide array of books, cards, calendars and postage stamps. Passionate about photography and the natural world, Mike is known for creating unique images that reflect the natural beauty and diversity of Canada. Growing up on the vast Canadian Shield, a professional background in biology, a decades-long career in biological sciences, and a lifelong curiosity in physical geography have all contributed to the impressive, evocative body of work he has become known for. With camera in hand, Mike has explored literally the breadth of his beloved country Canada for 45 years

 

Eduard Gorobets

I sincerely believe that God created Earth to be this beautiful and magnificent specifically for photographer

Thomas Finkler


Thomas Finkler is a fine art landscape and nature photographer based in nuremberg, germany, bavaria.
Born 1965 in nuremberg. Graphic design studies at the university of applied sciences in nuremberg (1988-1993). Since then passion for landscape and nature photography. Following his studies, he worked as a graphic designer with focus on print media and digital image processing (1993-2013).
Thomas Finkler is mostly inspired by the nature and countryside near his hometown. Short distances to the favorite hot spots make it possible to watch the interplay of light and color through the seasons.
Twenty years of professional experience as a graphic designer had a big influence on his photographic view. His style can be characterized as a search for mood and minimalism with a keen eye for light, forms and details – always trying to find the balance between order and chaos.

Hiromichi Endo

The Great East Japan earthquake of 2011 had a great impact on me, leading me to create this body of work. The Fukushima nuclear tragedy shook our society, our materialistic lifestyles and values. It led me to think about the dignity of all living things, something I had forgotten for quite a long time.
My photographs encourage the viewer to reconsider the relationship between humans and nature. Seeing people helping each other physically and emotionally after the disaster, it made me reconsider the act of prayer. I realized that this act of praying, a part of Japanese society since ancient times, is the foundation of this society.
Reflecting on the traditional Japanese idea that every natural entity possesses a spiritual essence, and the prayer for those things, I started photographing torii and shimenawa, the shrine gates and the twisted ropes used for ritual purification in the Shinto religion, both of which divide sacred places from the real world. The natural landscape — mountains, rivers, grasses, and trees — became my subject.
In modern society, endless information scrolls across our devices, keeping our brains constantly occupied. By focusing on nature, I am looking to traditional ways, and reconsidering traditional Japanese values, which teaches that the invisible energy of nature and human activities are closely integrated.

Brett Weston


Brett Weston seemed destined from birth to become one of the greatest American photographic artists. Born in Los Angeles in 1911, the second son of photographer Edward Weston, he had perhaps the closest artistic relationship with his famous father of all four of the Weston sons. In 1925, Edward removed Brett from school and took him to Mexico, where the thirteen year old became his father’s apprentice. Surrounded by revolutionary artists of the day, such as Tina Modotti, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and influenced as well by the striking contrast of life in Mexico, it was there that Brett first began making photographs with a small Graflex 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ camera.
The introduction to modern art the younger Weston received, via the work of painters Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco, unquestionably influenced his sense of form and composition. A quality of design was evident in Brett’s early images of the organic and man-made. He appreciated how the camera transformed subjects close up and how the contrast of black and white further altered the recognition of an object. It is therefore not difficult to understand his tendency to abstraction, a characteristic by which he would be identified throughout his almost seventy year career.
Returning to California in 1926, Brett continued to assist his father in his Glendale portrait studio while exhibiting and selling his own photographs. At the age of seventeen, a group of his images were included in the German exhibition “Film und Foto”, considered one of the most important avant-garde exhibitions held between the two World Wars. This recognition brought the younger Weston international attention and inclusion in numerous photographic exhibitions in the following years. Although his art will forever be associated with his father’s, it is unfair to continue to suggest that Brett’s style was overly imitative of Edward’s beyond these early years given what we have discovered in an enormous body of work produced over seven decades.
In 1929, Brett and his father moved to Carmel, California where the Weston family, including Brett’s three brothers, would maintain homes for the rest of their lives. At various times, Brett Weston also lived in Los Angeles where he had his own studio and portrait business, and in New York where he was stationed in the army. He later traveled extensively on personal photographic trips to South America, Europe, Japan, Alaska, and Hawaii. Following a 1947 Guggenheim Fellowship which he used to photograph along the East Coast, he moved to Carmel to assist his ailing father, and pursue his fine art work, including wood sculpture that was influenced by his own photographs.
Throughout the decades of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, Brett Weston’s style changed sharply and was characterized by high contrast, abstract imagery. The subjects he chose were, for the most part, not unlike what interested him early in his career: plant leaves, knotted roots, and tangled kelp. He concentrated mostly on close-ups and abstracted details, but his prints reflected a preference for high contrast that reduced his subjects to pure form. In the late 1970s and into the 1980s Weston spent much of his time in Hawaii where he owned two homes. He would travel back and forth between them, shooting along the way: “l have found in this environment, everything I could want to interpret about the world photographically.” Brett Weston died in Kona, Hawaii, January 22, 1993.

Julián Mauricio Fandiño


Colombian photographer who started in the photography in Bogota, Colombia, then kept studying it in Madrid, Spain.
Is a photographer who meanly works with landscape and architecture photography. Someone who always look for different points of view when taking pictures, always trying to get out of the traditional landscape photography and capturing it in a way that could evoke an abstract image, also evoking feelings with some weather conditions in their photographs that transmit how he sees, feels and connect with the landscape itself. As well, looking for those elements which can not be duplicated when photographing.

Christian Zieg

I was born on January 7th 1971 in Erbach/Germany.
In 1991 after graduating from high school I decided to become a physical therapist which is my main profession today.
I have been living and working in Koblenz/Germany since 1995.
My passion for photography started in 1993 whilst traveling through the USA. My goal was to capture the stunning and varied beauty of the landscapes. This didn’t turn out to be quite as easy as I thought. My photographic failures motivated me to start learning. I taught myself in an autodidactical way with a Canon AE-1 Program camera with manual focus.
Having to set up the camera manually taught me how to be precise when adjusting the focus, metering and chosing the appropriate apertures.
In 1998 I purchased my first autofocus camera, again I chose a Canon which is the brand I still use today.
I started to show my pictures to a wider audience in 2005 with my first exhibition where I presented my early landscapes.
The decission to set up my first website in 2006 was also the start of my second line of business, nature photography.
My photographical subjects are landscapes, macros and wildlife.
I’ve also been teaching photography since 2016. My goal is to give people the opportunity to learn how to handle and understand their cameras.
My students learn all the aspects of photography including composing images and editing them with a computer.
Being at one with nature through my camera is my passion.
I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm and love of photography with my photographs.
I feel rewarded when my pictures and teaching inspire those who follow my work.

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Website: www.christianzieg.com

 

Stephen Dalton


I have been an enthusiastic naturalist ever since I can remember, but my interest in photography did not really develop until my early twenties. Then, after studying the art and science of photography for three years in London under Prof Margaret Harker, I merged my two passions to embark on a career of nature photography.
In 1970 having spent some years exploring conventional nature photography, I set out to do something totally new – to photograph insects on the wing. Flight, after all is what has made insects the most successful group of animals on earth, yet photographs of them actually flying did not exist!
Until then, there was no technique capable of stopping an insect with absolute clarity in free flight. At this time digital photography was decades away, film speeds (for quality results) were limited to ISO 25 – 32, flash units were restricted to about 1/1000 second – far too slow for stopping insects, or birds for that matter. Perhaps the most frustrating photographic hurdle was the excruciating long waiting times to assess results on film – up to a week!
It was the solution of these problems that became my overriding obsession. Two years of experimentation resulted in perfecting techniques and specialised equipment for achieving my ambition, allowing me to capture animal movements that were far too rapid to be seen by the human eye, and ones never observed in such detail before. Since that breakthrough I have worked not only with insects but with other wildlife including birds, bats, frogs and even striking snakes.

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Charlie Waite


Charlie Waite is now firmly established as one of the world’s leading Landscape photographers.
He was born in 1949 and worked in British Theatre and Television for the first ten years of his professional life. Throughout this period he became fascinated by theatrical lighting and design. Gradually the landscape and the way it can be revealed to us through light and shade stole him away from the acting profession.
His style is unique in that his photographs convey a spiritual quality of serenity and calm. He has established a worldwide reputation for his particular approach to his work. His photographs are held in private and corporate collections throughout the world.
Over the last twenty-five years, he has lectured throughout the UK, Europe and the US. He has held numerous one-man exhibitions all over the world, including London, Tokyo, Sydney, Brisbane, Melborne, Bielsko-Biała, New York and California. Waite has given and continues to give tuition to amateur, professional and aspiring photographers of all ages from the UK, Australia, Europe and the US which he hugely enjoys.
In 2016 Waite received an invitation by the Royal Academy of Arts to exhibit in their Summer Exhibition.
In 2014, Waite was awarded a Direct Fellowship by The Royal Photographic Society. The Millennium year saw Charlie Waite being awarded the prestigious honorary fellowship to the British Institute of Professional Photographers and in early 2007 he was presented with Amateur Photography’s Power of Photography award, which is given to a photographer whose work is deemed to effectively demonstrate the powerful and memorable images of which photography is capable.
He is frequently to be seen on British television discussing the finer aspects of Landscape Photography. In September 2005, Waite completed filming for a six part Television series on Landscape Photography. He has worked with numerous distinguished authors including Adam Nicolson, Jan Morris, John Julius Norwich and A.N.Wilson.
He is the owner and founder of Light and Land, Europe’s leading photographic workshop and tour company. Light & Land has been running photographic tours, courses and workshops worldwide for over 25 years that are dedicated to inspiring photographers and improving their photography. This is achieved with the help of a select team of specialist photographic leaders, all at the very top in their field. http://www.lightandland.co.uk.
In 2007 Charlie launched UK Landscape Photographer of the Year (Take A View) an annual international photography competition (now in it’s twelth year) to find the UK’s ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’, which ties in perfectly with his desire to share his passion and appreciation of the beauty of our surroundings through photography.

Carr Clifton


World renowned and award-winning photographer Carr Clifton has spent over thirty-five years exploring the endangered, wild landscapes most people will never know. An accomplished wilderness guide and traveler, Carr is widely recognized for his distinctive and artistic landscapes of remote regions. He has dedicated himself to his art which he says “isn’t only framing the image in the camera, but getting myself to the wildest places where I do my best work.” Carr’s wilderness skills have allowed him entrance into the solitude of some of the world’s most remote and least populated regions.
A native Californian living in the northern Sierra Nevada near Taylorsville, California, Carr began photographing in 1977 after seeking advice and inspiration from his mentor and neighbor, master landscape photographer Philip Hyde. After graduating from Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Colorado with a degree in Commerical Photography, Carr began his freelance career with a 4×5 view camera, shooting film long before the personal computer, internet, websites or digital technology. His travels and adventures have taken him worldwide capturing the light on landscapes from Arctic Alaska to the Amazon Basin; from the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia to the hardwood forests of New England; from the fjords of Norway to the peaks and rivers of Patagonia.
A professional advisor for Outdoor Photographer, Carr is best known for his numerous exhibit format books showcasing his work. His portfolio is comprised of thousands of editorial, corporate and advertising credits, including hundreds of covers and the award winning documentary, Three Women, Three Hundred Miles. Exhibitions including Carr’s photography have been displayed at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, The Nikon House, San Diego Museum of Natural History, Mountain Light Gallery and The California Academy of Science. Recent awards include the Detroit Creative Director’s Silver Caddy Award for outstanding landscape photography in advertising, the International Color Awards for outstanding portfolio and the Theodore Roosevelt Founders Medal for outstanding expeditionary achievement. Carr’s fine art prints have been purchased by environmental, corporate and private collections worldwide.

David Fokos


David Fokos was born in 1960 in Baltimore, MD and currently lives in San Diego, CA.
Using an 85-year old 8×10 view camera, world-renowned artist David Fokos has been photographing the landscape for over 30 years. Often working 100 hours or more to craft a single image, his elegant black and white images have been lauded as masterpieces of minimalism. Represented by 14 galleries on three continents, Fokos’ work can be found in many museum, corporate, and private collections.
Of his work, Fokos says: “The images I make today are the result of decades of exploration and discovery in my quest to understand how we experience the world around us. My goal is to express the essence of my experience – evoking within the viewer the same emotions I felt when making the images. With my work, I’m not trying to show the viewer what these places look like, but rather what they feel like

Wang Wusheng


Wang Wusheng was born in 1945 in the city of Wuhu in China’s Anhui Province and was graduated from Anhui University’s School of Physics. Currently he works as a photographic artist based in Shanghai and Tokyo. His photographs are represented in numerous public and private collections, including those of the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection in Berlin and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna etc.