Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams was born in San Francisco California on February 20, 1902. When he was younger an earthquake caused him to fall and damage his nose, leaving it permanently disfigured. He had problems fitting in at school and as a result his childhood was spent in solitude. As a result he found peace within nature, he was hiking dunes and beaches.


He received the Kodak no.1 box brownie from his parents as a gift. and soon after joined the Sierra Club, an environmental group. He spent four summers in Yosemite valley as the club’s keeper of the club’s lodge. His first published photographs appeared on the Sierra Club’s 1922 Bulletin. ansel1.jpg


(The Tetons and the Snake River 1942)

Adams Pursued “Straight Photography” or “pure photography” where the clarity of the lens is emphasized and the final appearance gave no indication of being manipulated in the darkroom. Adams became the most well known and insistent champion of “Straight Photography”. He us f/64 aperture to give himself a great depth of field.


(Mount Williamson 1944)

Ansel Adams did mostly black and white landscape images of the American West. Because of his notable work he even created a group with fellow photographers William Van Dyke and Edward Weston known as Group f/64 which focused on carefully framed images seen through a western environmentalist viewpoint.


(half dome Merced River)

Most of his pictures are from the Yosemite National Park. Adams photographs of the West became the main photographic records of what many National Parks were like before the rampant tourism that is in them today.


on April 22nd 1984, Adams died from a cardiovascular disease at 82 years old. Publishing rights for most of his photos are handled by The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. There is an Archive of Adam’s work located at the Center for Creative Photography.

Ansel was a dedicated environmental activist with an eye for photography.

You can check out his Gallery and his Biography here



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Chris Shonting

Chris Shonting is a Distinguished and rising New York city based photographer. He’s most known for shooting celebrities and fashion look books.

Chris has an idiosyncratic shooting style that has got him photoshoots with legends such as neckface, Kid Cudi and even the brand Supreme.

Pictured above is the Palace brand owner Blondey McCoy modeling for the Supreme New York Lookbook.

Pictured above is a shoot Chris did for Saks 5th Avenue, a Women’s apparel sight

Shonting has also shot short videos for Alexander Wang x H&M Collaboration

Some of the most notable brands Chris Shonting has worked with include: Supreme, Nike, Redbull, Puma, and many many others. Consider

Chris is also very known in the skater world and the celebrity world, above is some of the skaters from Supreme pictured with two Odd Future affiliates Earl Sweathshirt (a rapper) and Na’kel Smith (Rapper & Public Figure)

“I always want my photos to look like a dialogue whenever possible, that’s the main goal. It may sound corny or cliché, but I like seeing people smile. Especially people that never smile because they need to keep a serious image. That’s when I really go to work, to try and get that rare photo. I like to remind myself never to take photography too seriously. It started as a hobby to entertain myself with, [and] I need to keep a certain aspect of fun in my work — even in very serious work situations, or else it will kill me. Also I love shooting friends, that never gets old.” Shonting said to Hypebeast.

Another celebrity encounter is Chris’s project 22 hours with DMX, where Shonting captured pictures of DMX’s dog, his tattoos, and even pictures of him working in the studio.

My personal favorite projects is the one he did with Neckface wherein he got tons of photos of Neckface doing the wild things he does.  Neckface rarely shows his face and for Shontings to get him to do a photoshoot is amazing.

Chris also has a lot of prints for sale on his website for $100+ dollars.

Shonting is currently working with the young skaters of the Supreme team for many shots and even a short film to be out soon.

You can look through Chris Shonting’s work and clients at his website here:



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Jerry Aveniam, Photographer to the Celebrities

“I love actors and have such a great respect for the craft and it’s process” -Jerry Avenaim

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Chicago native photographer Jerry Avenaim is best known for portrait photography featuring celebrities. Avenaim got his start at age 19 as an assistant to photographer Patrick Demarchelier. After becoming an independent photographer in 1985, his biggest early success was photographing up and coming model Cindy Crawford for a foreign edition of Vogue. Avenaim then began photographing for Italian Vogue based out of Milan, working under the guidance of Editor in Chief Franca Sozzani.

Top Fashion Photographer Jerry Avenaim and Patrick Demarchelier

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Moving back to America, the photographer began basing himself in Los Angeles, California. Photographing celebrities and fashion editorials for magazines like Newsweek, Vogue and People, Avenaim’s celebrity portraits portfolio expanded. His high-end clientele includes Brooke Shields, Angela Basset, Jeff Bridges, Julia Roberts, Phil McGraw, Patricia Arquette, Helen Hunt and Mel Gibson.

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In January of 2003 Avenaim’s photograph of Halle Berry graced the cover of People magazine’s yearbook issue as “Picture of the Year”

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The celebrity photographer is known for his tutorial seminars/DVDS like “How to Take Great Picture” and his compilation book of portraits titled “Naked Truth.” Avenaim also does photography for advertising and book covers.

-Haley Myles

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Margaret Bourke- White, LIFE magazines first female staff photographer

116091753.jpgMargaret Bourke- White, the first female American war photojournalist, and LIFE magazines first female staff photographer. She is best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of Soviet five-year plan.

Born June 14th, 1904, Bourke- White’s passion for photography began early in life. Her father was enthusiastic about cameras, and encouraged her to pursue her hobby.In 1928, following her fathers death, she moved to Ohio from New York to open up her own commercial photography studio. She wanted to focus on architectural and industrial photography.


In 1929, she accepted a job as associate editor and staff photographer of Fortune magazine. Her photograph of the Fort Peck Dam construction appeared on the cover of Life magazines first cover on November 23, 1936.


Bourke-White was the first female war correspondent and the first woman to be allowed to work in combat zones during World War II, and the only foreign photographer in Moscow during the German invasion, often coming under fire. She wanted to capture how Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia were faring under Nazism. In 1945, she traveled to Buchenwald, a notorious concentration camp. She said that her camera was a comfort to her as she witnessed the monstrosities of the camp. It was her shield between herself and the world around her.

Bourke- White set the bar high, achieving many firsts for female photographers for the generations to come. Her fearlessness and motivation made it possible to stay brave and capture important historical moments even in the face of danger. She is inspiring to me as a heroic woman. Today, her photographs are in the Brooklyn Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York as well as in the collection of the Library of Congress.

For more information on Margaret Bourke- White’s life and her inspiring feats, visit:


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The First Digital Camera

The worlds first digital camera was invented in December of 1975 by an engineer who was employed by Eastman Kodak, named Steven Sasson. At the time, Sasson was only 24 years old. He was originally employed to determine whether or not there was any practical use for a device invented a few years prior called a charged coupled device, or C.C.D. After researching the device, which consisted of a sensor that took an incoming two dimensional light pattern and converted it into an electrical signal, he decided that he wanted to try to capture an image using this device. However, the device was unable to hold an image because the electric pulses that it generated dissipated too quickly. What started as a hobby soon became a full time project for him. He discovered that he could use the process of digitalization to convert the electronic pulses from the C.C.D. into numbers. His device was able to create an image that did not require film or any other material. The camera was able to record a 0.01 megapixel black and white photo onto a cassette tape. The photo could be displayed on a television set.  However it was large and bulky and took 23 seconds to develop an image.


Sasson was a pioneer in his time, developing a device that many believed would remain inadequate. At the time, film had been around for over a hundred years, were inexpensive and nobody seemed to have an issue with them, however Sasson saw the potential of what digital photography could be. In 1989, Sasson invented the first digital single lense reflex camera, or SLR, similar to what is used today. We’ve come a long way since then, and digital photography continues to grow as well the platforms in which it is used in our everyday lives. Imagine a world without Instagram, or without the ability to take photos on your phone. The world would be a much different place!

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Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt was a an early photojournalist in Europe and America. He was born in 1898 in what is now Poland and served in the German army World War I, where he was injured in both legs. In 1929, Eisenstaedt turned his passion for photography into a professional career and contributed to numerous European magazines (The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). 
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During the growth of Nazism in the 1930s, he photographed German officials, including Joseph Goebbels. He was Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda and this photo was taken while he was attending a League of Nations conference in 1933 (Cosgrove, 2014).  
Source: The LIFE Picture Collection

Two years later, Eisenstaedt immigrated to the United States where he continued his career in photojournalism. He was hired by Life magazine as a photographer, where he later became the leading photographer and contributed until 1972.

Eisenstaedt travel the globe, capturing events, places, and people. His favorite camera was the 35mm Leica camera (Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica). He photographed numerous celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, and Albert Einstein.


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However, he is most famous for the picture he took on August 14th, 1945: the V-J Day kiss in Times Square. Even though the moment captured by Eisenstaedt is generally admired and considered expression of celebration, some people find the photo controversial and believe it an example of sexual assault (Gajanan, 2016). Yet, the photo has continued to pop up everywhere. From colorized versions of the photo, to featured in a movie, to printed on t-shirts, this iconic WWII photo will continue to be loved for generations.


Source: The LIFE Picture Collection

Alfred Eisenstaedt died in 1995 and left behind his legacy in thousands of photographs.

– Diana Powell

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Art & Pop

For Lady Gaga’s fourth album, Artpop, the pop icon teamed up with art provocateur Jeff Koons to collaborate on striking visuals and sculptures to encapsulate the album’s transcendence, metamorphic vibes.


Utilizing Koons’s signature “Blue Gazing Ball” sculpture, Gaga sits spread eagle with her secret garden obstructed by a reflective blue orb. “One second I’m a Koons, then suddenly the Koons is me,” she sings in 2013’s “Applause.”


Koons rose to prominence in the mid-80s as an art world troll who explored the meaning of creation amidst a saturated market of hoitey toitey commercialism. The pair met in 2010 at a fashion ball at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as Koons recounts, “Gaga did a fantastic performance. Afterwards I was introduced to her and it was amazing. She grabbed ahold of me and gave me a big hug around my wasit and said, ‘You know Jeff, I’ve been such a fan of yours, and when I was a kid just hanging out in Central Park I would talk to my friends about your work.’ I was thrilled. It was very meaningful.”


Explaining the significance of the orb, Koons noted, “What was beautiful was the accessibility of the ball – that reflective ball that many people have in their yards as a symbol of generosity to your neighbors. But when you’d look at it you’d feel this transcendence where the ball would become everything and it would be about a mass dialogue about what possibilities are for humans.”


“With the cover, I wanted to have Gaga there as a sculpture, a three-dimensional type of form with the gazing ball. [Seeing] this aspect of reflection, when you come across it, it affirms your existence. And then from that affirmation, you start to want more. There’s a transcendence that takes place and eventually it leads you to everything.”

This isn’t the first time pop and art have coincided harmoniously, take Andy Warhol’s work with the Velvet Underground, Grace Jones with Jean-Paul Goude, and Björk with Nick Knight. Hopefully in the future we can see more art takeovers with music as a driving force. Gaga herself is a work of art, god bless.

– Logan Benedict, someone who lives for the applause

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