I don’t know if you feel the same way but I realized that I often keep focusing on photography and on photographic inspirations in the western world only. I spend a lot of time in social networks and mainly browsing photo journals to find exceptional photographers, trends or news. Recently I’ve come to the conclusion that I keep mainly focusing on inspirations from the US, from Europe and sometimes from South America, but I rarely write about the world of photography in Asia or Africa. That’s why I’ve decided to expand my horizon. And I’ll start today by introducing you to China’s most feted photographer: Lu Guang.
after my stay in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi I took the train to the north of the country. After a 10-hour train ride and after crossing a distance of 380 km, though I have to admit that Vietnamese trains aren’t the fastest, and another 2 hours on the bus I reached my next destination. Sapa!
Sa Pa is located in the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains at an altitude of about 1,600 meters above sea level and surrounded by a national park. It is totally different from the capital. It’s surrounded by nature and numerous steep rice fields. Simply idyllic and stunning.
His pictures are often disturbing and hard to look at, they put emphasis on topics that are often willingly overlooked or even ignored, but this is exactly why they are so important and fascinating.
Brent Stirton – is definitely a Name to remember! The South African multiple World Press Photo Award winner and National Geographics photographer aims to put peoples focus on things that matter. Starting from Global Health, diminishing cultures, sustainability to environmental issues in general, he uses his photos to highlight these issues. His work is broadly acknowledged, he is frequently published in big scale magazines like the TIME, National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Human Rights Watch and many more. Over the years, he received countless Awards, among them also 7 World Press Photo and 7 Picture of the Year Awards, an Emmy and a Bafta Award and he also received two awards form the United Nations, for his work in the field of HIV/AIDS and environmental issues.
Many colors, impressive portraits, photos showing real life, authentic images from war areas… These are the trademarks of Steve McCurry, the renowned and admired NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC photographer.
Steve McCurry was born in Philadelphia in 1950 and graduated in 1974 in film studies and history at the Pennsylvania State University. Then he started to work at Today’s Post before becoming a freelancer for diverse international magazines in India.
For me and some of my friends the breathtakingly beautiful pictures of National Geographic were always a big source of inspiration. I am not exaggerating if I say that the magazine with the yellow border induced me to pay much more attention to photography. Even now that I am living in Serbia and find reading longer texts in Serbian difficult, I still buy an issue from time to time. Fortunately, gazing at beautiful pictures does not require any knowledge of a foreign language that does not know any articles, but instead has seven grammatical cases. 😉
If you are fans of the National Geographic Magazine like I am, and have always asked yourself what it is like to be a NatGeo photographer, then you are certainly going to enjoy the following video. It was taken by the photographer David Guttenfelder over a period of three months while he was documenting the influence of dams along the Mekong river for the National Geographic Society.
Have you ever wondered how National Geographic photographers always manage to capture such unbelievable photos? As a so called “gearhead” I can tell you this, it is surely not due to photo equipment, but talent, many years of experience and a healthy portion of ambition. But even so, when you make a point of pushing boundaries and taking photos, which have never been taken before, you are bound to run into a challenge sooner or later, which may seem unsolvable at first glance. Every time when a NatGeo photographer reaches a dead end and cannot bring a photo project to fruition with off-the-shelf photo equipment, NatGeo’s master photographic engineer, Mr. Kanji Yamaguchi, has a solution on hand. The following video is about this humble man, without whose contribution many breathtaking photos would have never been made in the first place.