L. An Le

An Le is a SCAD grad who hit the jackpot when he shot for Vogue.

It’s super inspiring to see a SCAD grad shooting major celebrities.

What defines his photography is contact and saturation.

Photo of Le.

Photo of Le.

Some of my favorite photos of his include harsh lighting, especially a photo he took of a model in the pool with her arms up pulling back. The cast of the shadows on her face along with the deep blue water is very aesthetically pleasing.

He does a great job at accurately displaying blacks and keeping the highlights accurate.

XLIX. Thomas Brown

Thomas Brown photographs locations.

He photographs lighting conditions.

He photographs atmospheric perspective.

His images look like they come right out of scary movies.

XLVIII. Ry Shorosky

Ry Shorosky photographs lighting conditions and portraits.

When I say lighting conditions I mean a lot of still lives and sunsets with them. Now that sounds very basic, but his editing a composition definitely make up for it.

To me, his images explore desertion. A lot of images feature one time in the middle of the landscape and you try to connect the dots between the two.

My favorite series he’s working on is on an Indian reservation photographing families and taking portraits of their leaders.

XLVII. Johannes Hähle

Johannes Hähle was a german photographer during WW2.

I chose to put him in the list because I find it interesting that there are photographers on all sides and we tend to only look at photographs from our winning side. I can see why we do because Nazis suck, but it’s interesting to see there side.

His images show no sympathy for the Jews which we knew to expect.

Professor Norman told me this and it stay with me whenever I do documentary projects.. always looking up at a subject so it doesn’t make them look down in the dumps. She didn’t say it exactly like that but you get the point.

When you look down at someone it makes them look bad, but looking up makes them look like they’re overcoming a situation.

To them they probably thought they were documenting a victory, but now looking back we are seeing people who were blinded by the Nazis.

XLVI. Eleanor Hardwick

Eleanor Hardwick is a photographer who takes Avant-garde literally. Her photos are unexpected when you compare them to other photographs working with fashion right now.

I love to see different kinds of photographer’s styles that are in the same “genre” that is fashion or documentary.

Photo of Hardwick.

Photo of Hardwick.

Her photos are low contrast and spontaneous. I love how she can take an environment and subject and make the dots connect.

In her music section on her website she places people in a field ontop of a hood of a car and immediately its like how come I didn’t do that? Now its definitely been done before, but the content it’s used for and how it was made could be very different.

XLV. Chris Burkard

Chris Burkard is a outdoor lifestyle/landscape photographer. His images showcase the beauty of the outdoors and why we should go out into the wilderness. You could almost write about how all of his photos are a grand thesis for the importance of nature and why we should become one with it.

He travels consistently for clients and works with major brands like North Face.

Photo of Burkard.

Photo of Burkard.

In a time where it has become so easy to travel, there is so many people photographing themselves traveling and what they see. It’s hard for me to discern who’s actually there to embrace the Earth or just to show that they’re doing cool stuff.

There was a video online about how outdoor photographers take, “blue ass water” photos. Every photos on some people’s website or instagram will only be blue water on a beach.. is it just to make people jealous?

I don’t think Burkard’s is meant to do that. When you seem him on social media you see him really enjoying the outdoors.. like this is where he was meant to be.

XLIV. Maxim Vakhovskiy

Maxim Vakhovskiy is a photographer based in Charlotte, NC.

Vakhovskiy’s images are so gorgeous. The quality of light in his studio photographs just blown my mind. It has a very Annie Leibovitz feel to the lighting.

Photo of Vakhovskiy.

Photo of Vakhovskiy.

I don’t have much to say just because I find his work beautiful to look at. Not quite sure how to describe it without being cliche and repetitive.

XLIII. Giles Clement

Giles Clement works on ambrotype photographs which is a positive photograph on glass made by variant of wet plate colloidal process. Clement creates beautiful portraits of people and celebrities.

The really cool thing about tis process is how everything looks very old and seems to transport the subject back in time.

Photo of Clement.

Photo of Clement.

Part of why I find photography so interesting is how you can freeze a moment forever and with these photographs you can actually go back in time. Even if the subject is wearing Yeezys or Nikes, just the quality of light and the bokeh gives it that effect.

Some musicians have been photographed by Clement including Questlove, Leon Bridges and a shit ton more.

He does advertising work along with commercial, but I think his ambrotype work is his best. He captures atmosphere so well that it casts a shadow on his other work and sadly they don’t live up to the rest.

His photo of Leon Bridges is haunting.

XLIII. Nicholas Maggio

Nicholas Maggio’s Instagram bio says, “Professional button pusher", and I don’t like that.

Maggio’s work is nostalgic like previous artists. There is a trend right now to edit with yellowish tan in the highlights of your images. I personally like it, thats up to you.

Most of the features I’ve done so far about people and Maggio shoots that but ironically his photographs of cars are some of my favorite.

Photo of Maggio.

Photo of Maggio.

His images of cars look fast, like really fast. Also I’m really curious to know If he photographs on film or digital. It looks like film.

What makes his work so unique to me is the saturated warm colors. Whenever I think of saturated warm colors, it a gross orange color. Maggio steers away from that and creates beautiful work that seems to defy time.

I’m talking mostly about his car photos, which I think this is the only thing this applies to. His editorial work is great but I don’t get that same feeling. It’s a more outdoor adventure feeling which I guess could be considered a same feeling.

XLII. James LaCroix

James LaCroix is another fashion/editorial photographer.

As I’m making this list I am realizing how repetitive everything thing sounds and how many of the same photographers there are. We really have to make ourselves unique and stand out because we don’t want another college student writing for a 50 artists project realizing the same thing.

Photo of LaCroix.

Photo of LaCroix.

LaCroix creates very unique images with saturated colors and lens effects.

I love how he can emphasize a part of the image he wants by using a prism or a gel to give a gradient look within the image.

Other than a couple images, honestly everything looks very similar to artists I’ve seen before. I guess this is just really a challenge for me now to create something unique.