Since the first photo nearly 200 years ago, photography has developed at an incredible pace. Today, we can take pictures using our smartphones in a few moments using new technologies.
Throughout history, thanks to photography countless incredible moments were captured by incredibly talented creatives. These are photographers who have overcome many challenges and created some of the most recognizable images we see everywhere.
For this reason, we have selected five shots by famous photographers who, for creativity and storytelling inspire us Blowhammers.
The creativity of Halsman and Dalì
In 1948 Philipe Halsman took the famous photo “Dalì Atomicus”, a surrealist portrayal that became iconic.
Both Halsman and Dalì had an unusual sense of style and creativity, the photographer used a new method called "jumpology".
“Through a leap, the subject, in a sudden burst of energy, wins over gravity. He cannot control his expressions, facial muscles and limbs simultaneously. The mask falls off. The true self becomes visible… ”wrote Philippe Halsman. The result of any of his photographic projects are the creative products of a free thinker.
The research behind the relationship within representation and identity by Diane Arbus
Because of her photography improvement, Diane Arbus has made history with her daring vision and making unusual what we believe to be familiar.
Arbus was well known for his portrayal of New Yorkers in the 1950s and 1960s. His shots often show subjects looking directly at the camera, with sharp focus, drawing viewers' attention recognizing them.
While his work pushed the boundaries of what people perceive as conventional, his photos highlighted the essence of equality and representation of marginalized people, in a time only few used to give them visibility.
The colour Revolution of Franco Fontana
Among the great masters of colour photography, Franco Fontana succeeds in capturing the world through bold geometric compositions, sparkling colours and a minimalist language. Avant-garde since the late 1960s, his style is distinct, able to give a new perception of landscapes as never before. Both abstract and realistic, a perfect blend of sensual lines and colours.
Fontana rose to fame during a trip to the United States in 1979.
The American city, the chaotic architecture of the urban environment are extraordinary visual inspiration. Colour is capable of moving emotions.
Franco Fontana, Los Angeles, 2001 © Franco Fontana
Henri Cartier-Bresson and the “decisive moment”
Henri Cartier-Bresson is considered one of the pioneers of photojournalism and street photography. Bresson defined his style of photography as a representation of both intuition and spontaneity. The "decisive moment" is a topic leading to the debate in modern photography, it means taking a picture of a moment where there is the true essence of a situation.
Recognized for the accuracy and design of his compositions, Bresson was also one of the first photographers to use 35mm film.
Cindy Sherman's groundbreaking images capturing the Hollywood society of the 1950s and 1960s
Cindy Sherman's artistic vision is unique: shooting herself in unreal situations, using imaginary characters in a likely world. No other artist examines the world or questions its authenticity so sharply. His work explores contemporary life, investigating the elusive connection between appearance and essence.
Untitled Film Stills is a photographic series of 69 shots evoking the cinematic imagery of the 1960s. The photographer narrows down how a story could be conveyed by a single image and the viewers fill in the blanks with their references.