Famous Photographers – Presentation

Pick a famous photographer whose photos you like and think you could try to emulate. Then do a bit of research about them which you will present to the class (2 minutes max). Finally create some images that are shot in the same style as your pick and show them to the class as part of your presentation. The number of photos should depend on the style and complexity of the photos taken. But is should involve planning, time and effort on your part!
You CAN work with a partner, but each person must hand in their own photos, and both the research and actual photos should reflect an effort by each partner.


1. Check out some Photographers and find one whom you want to use as inspiration
2. Download a few images you want to use as inspiration, then have your choice approved: _______
3. Research a bit about the Photographer and answer these questions:
– Name
– Active when?
– Active where?
– What kind of Photography are they mostly known for?
– Is there a particular photo /event / client that ‘made’ their career?
– What do you like about their photographs?
– What do you think defines their style?
4. What will you try to do, in order to emulate their style?
– Equipment
– Location
– Time of Day
– Subject
– Make a quick pencil sketch of how you plan to stage your photo
5. Show steps 3 & 4 to your teacher and get approval BEFORE you take your photos
6. Take a selection of photos that emulate (look a lot like) those of your photographer
– Photos should show effort and engagement
– This could be in the setup of studio, number of extras, travel to locations, etc.
– There should be AT LEAST 2 photos in the style you are emulating.
7. Please explain in a short write up
– What did you have to do to get your shot
– What was the most difficult part of getting the shot?
– What would you do different next time?
– What new skill did you learn?
– Would you choose the same photographer again, now that you have completed the assignment?
8. Assemble for presentation:
– PowerPoint, Prezi or such. If you are shy about presenting, you can record it as a video, or voice over for your Powerpoint – up to you.
– Include your images and the photographers
– If you include your text, follow the 3×5 rule (3 bullets with no more than 5 words each)
– Include a bibliography or sources. (You can use bibme if you like)
9. Present – Time will be set and posted on the White Board.

Some Famous Photographers

You can choose from either list, or find another photographer to emulate. You DO have to sign up, so we don’t duplicate presentations!

1. Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexico)
2. Brassai (Paris, night shots, night life)
3. Henri Cartier-Bresson (French, the Decisive Moment)
4. Harry Callahan (Chicago, Cityscapes, portraits)
5. Robert Capa (War photographer)
6. Yann Arthus-Bertrand (French, Earth From Above)
7. Philip-Lorca diCorcia (Street people, street life)
8. James Nachtwey (War Photographer)
9. Chris Johns (National Geographic)
10. Gregory Crewdson (eerie shots of Suburbia, American loneliness)
11. Man Ray (experimental darkroom, surrealist)
12. Bruce Weber (fashion, celebrity)
13. Imogen Cunningham (portraits, nature)
14. Garry Winogrand (street photographer)
15. Antoine Verglas (contemporary fashion)
16. Lauren Greenfield (photojournalist, girl issues, sects of society)
17. Tyler Shields (portraits in context)
18. Mary Ellen Mark (unusual people portraits)
19. Minor White (nature, close-ups)
20. Alfred Stieglitz (many genres)
21. Paul Strand (many genres)
22. Doris Ulmann (portrait)
23. Donald McPherson (contemporary portrait)
24. Edward Weston (landscapes, still lifes, landscapes)
25. Edward Steichen (fashion – mid-20th Century)
26. Robert Polidori (decaying and abandoned buildings)
27. Julia Margaret Cameron (first well-known female photographer: portraits)
28. Gilles Peress (conflict photography)
29. W. Eugene Smith (photojournalist)
30. Mark Seliger (celebrity photography – unconventional)

Gallery of Samples