"Things happen in front of you. That's perhaps the most wonderful and mysterious aspect of photography."
I just finished Annie Leibovitz's At Work. I expected it to be much more of a picture book, but it delves more into her creative process in planning her portraits and other photo shoots (which is right up my alley).
But, now that I'm done with her book, she's left me a list of many other photographers to study:
- Eadweard Maybridge's motion studies
- Harold Edgerton's development of the strobe
- Weegee's pictures of crime scenes
- Cartier-Bresson's photos of Giacometti running in the rain
- Barbara Morgan's photos of Martha Graham
- Melvin Sokolsky's models in a plastic bubble
- Alfred Stieglitz's mude portraits of Georgia O'Keefe
- Edward Weston's nudes of Charis Wilson
- Robert Mapplethorpe's early studies of Patti Smith
- Imogen Cunningham's nudes of her husband on their honeymoon on Mt. Rainier
- Weston's nudes of a dancer, Bertha Wardell
- Irving Penn's photographs of artists in old age (Colette, Picasso, de Kooning)
- Alexander Liberman's photographs of artists taken while working
And she added to my Reading List Susan Sontag's Regarding the Pain of Others.