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Home > Top 5 – Playing in the rain

Going out in the rain to photograph never sounds appealing to the majority but we want to inspire you by showing some fantastic photographers who have done just that!

Here is our choice of Top 5:

1. Alex Webb
“Above all, what drives me is simple curiosity; to see what different worlds look and feel like. The only way I can get a sense of a place is to wander its streets.”

Alex Webb is an American photographer who uses colour to the maximum in his images. His photos are saturated and he chooses complementary colours to have a cinematographic feel. This image was taken in Pennsylvania and has all the elements that make up an Alex Webb picture. Look at how he brings you through the image, telling you a complex story in one photograph. He does this by understanding and capturing the light, by choosing the lens, angle and colour.

2. Elliot Erwitt
Elliot Erwitt is known for his documentary and photojournalistic images. Almost in his 90’s now, this Magnum photographer has shot iconic images that are simply wonderful. They include humour and charm that will last forever. He loved taking images of dogs. He has photographed for Life Magazine and captured portraits of Marilyn Monroe and the likes. It is quite hard to believe and it’s really amazing that his images are not set up. He regularly got these ‘once in a lifetime’ shots.

For his personal work, Erwitt photographed in black and white, helped by having his own darkroom and he could supervise the end product. He usually used a Leica because of ease of portability.

3. Josef Sudek
Originally a book-binder, Sudek lost an arm during World War I. This did not stop him creating. He chose photography. He used large format cameras and photographed his beloved Prague with intimacy and affection. He also photographed haunting images (as below) in his studio. He is well known for the series titled “The windows of my studio.”
He used photography to explore the world around him and to capture its poetic beauty.


4. Steve McCurry
Steve McCurry’s image here is taken in Bangladesh. This image shows many characteristics of the decisive moment the term coined by the famous Henri Cartier Bresson.

McCurry has composed this image in an interesting way. He has kept the child’s right arm on the very right in and this leads us back into the photograph. McCurry has become heavily scrutinized in the last few years for his (or his studio assistant) use of Photoshop.

Have a look here:

The boy in the back has been removed. The problem is that for many, he has become known as a photojournalist (McCurry claims to be a visual storyteller now) and with that title, there are ethical issues of not moving or taking anything out of the image that might sway against the truth. Photographing in Raw you must enhance your image by colour manipulation and sharpness but that is it.

5. Martin Munkácsi
Munkácsi, is the photographer who stopped Henri Cartier Bresson in his tracks. That is to say to stop Cartier Bresson from painting and to turn his eye to photography.
Munkácsi was Hungarian and he played an important role in changing fashion photography. It was not usual to capture models showing their personalities at that time. He never posed his subjects but let them move around naturally and he captured the essence of who they were. Harper’s Bazaar was the first to show his work in their magazine.

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