Great Photographers - Legends on Line

  • Great Modern Photographers Photography is an important artistic medium of the 20th century. The Kodak Company's "Legends on Line" has web galleries of twenty-five of the major photographers of the past 50 years. Each has a unique and different vision of their art.

  • The links below take you directly to the individual photojournalist's online exhibits at Legends on Line:

    1. Gordon Parks (born 1912) "I picked up a camera because it was my choice of weapons against what I hated most about the universe: racism, intolerance, poverty. I could have just as easily picked up a knife or a gun, like many of my childhood friends did... most of whom were murdered or put in prison... but I chose not to go that way. I felt that I could somehow subdue these evils by doing something beautiful that people recognize me by, and thus make a whole different life for myself, which has proved to be so."

    2. Arnold Newman (born 1918) is still going strong as the leading portrait photographer of artists and world leaders. "We don't take pictures with our cameras but with our hears and minds." There are three galleries of his work.

    3. Pete Turner (born 1934) is one of the masters of color photography. In his 40-year career, Turner has traveled the world shooting ad campaigns, photo essays and personal projects, and has recently completed a book, "Pete Turner African Journey."

    4. Howard Bingham (born 1938) often refers to himself as the "Forest Gump" of photojournalism because he just keeps "popping up as history is being made." His most cherished accomplishment: being the photo-biographer of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

    5. Sebastiao Salgado (born 1944) rose to international fame with his stark and moving photographs of famine in the Sahel (1984-85). Then he made an indelible impression on the international mind with Workers (1986-92), a documentation of manual labor in its most dramatically primitive forms around the world. And he continues to expand his vision and his scope even further today, with the massive project partly shown here, Migrations: Humanity in Transiton (1993-1999).

    6. Steve McCurry (born 1950) roams the world looking for what he calls the "unexpected, the moment of serendipity." In 1984 he won the National Press Photographers Association's magazine Photographer fo the Year Award. "The thing I want people to take away from my work . . . is this human connection between all of us."

    7. Joe McNally began his career in 1976 as a copyboy for the New York Daily News. American Photo describes him as "perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today," and listed in the magazine's 1993 edition of the 100 most important people in photography. He is known within the industry for his ability to produce technically and logistically complex assignments with expert use of color and light.

    8. Heinz Kluetmeier has been with Sports Illustrated for 30 years and is widely regarded as one of the world's great sports shooters and photojournalists. His images have redefined what a great sports photograph is all about. Frequently placing cameras where none have gone before, his images often surprise, always inspire.

    9. Christopher Morris (born 1958) belongs to what is surely one of the most exclusive clubs in all of photojournalism: he is a "war" photographer. He works in the footsteps laid down by the likes of Mathew Brady, Robert Capa and W. Eugene Smith.


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