Basically, who inspires you? One answer per post please. A link to some images would be cool too...
I like street photography a lot and therefore Henri Cartier-Bresson is my hero: http://www.photoquotes.com/showphotographs.aspx?id=98&name=Cartier-Bresson,Henri
Joe McNally (http://www.joemcnally.com/)
His down-to-earth and goofiness and personable-ness won me over. Of course also the masterful use of light and making simple poses to be a masterful creation.
Terje Hellesø, some of his pictures change how you think of photography. For example his picture of a rabbit that is just a silhouette.
I've been following Scott Bourne's tweets recently and like his commentary.
Trey Ratcliff (http://www.stuckincustoms.com/)
I do a lot of HDR shooting myself, and I pretty much use Trey's tutorial as the basis for a lot of my work. Additionally, I am a fan of the "surrealistic" style of HDR and that is right in Trey's wheelhouse. I know that not everyone likes surrealistic HDR looking images, so my guess is not everyone will like his stuff.
Aside from Ansel Adams, I really don't have favorite photographers that are well known.
My favorite wedding photographer is Stacy Reeves in Dallas, TX. Her photos often rise above the rest. If it wasn't for her, I probably wouldn't have even considered buying Canon's 50 f/1.2 (which I love!).
Clearly not one single photographer, but has been the home of some of the world's preeminent photographers since it was founded.
He's made underwater photography my favourite type. I especially love the fact he built a special camera with two lenses for under/above water photos.
Portrait photographer for the Observer (UK Sunday newspaper) for the last 60 years. It's an amazing career, defined by a simple, untechnical approach but a real instinct for the moment and skilful use of natural light.
(Not for his dubious photo-journalism (compositing shots), his treatment of the natives of Papua and the Torres Strait or his abandonment of his family. To modern eyes, these were disappointing.)
More for the conditions under which he took many of his photos.
Particularly, his remarkable photographs taken while marooned in the Antarctic on Shackleton's disastrous voyage (6 months living under a long-boat during the Antarctic winter, if I recall correctly), including dramatic images of their ship being crushed by ice.
When I first got into photography, it was partly because of Ansel Adams work. I think it was less his photography and more his work ethic. As I have begun to learn more about photography and explore more and more, I've encountered many other photographers work.
This question is difficult to answer as there are a variety of major kinds of photography. You have nature photography, portraits, architectural, abstract, and possibly a few other kinds. I have not really formulated a particular favorite artist for all of these. However, given that Nature photography is my own past time, I have encountered some phenomenal artists who's work and style I absolutely love:
- Andy Mumford
- A very talented photographer, his work is particularly inspiring. He has an understanding of nature and landscape composition that has taught me a lot.
- John Parminter
- Phenomenal skill for finding amazing, intriguing light. His work is amazingly crisp and clear, and always of something stunning.
I'll probably update this answer with more photographers in other areas, as I am continually finding new people with such phenomenal talent.
Not one specific person (if I had to name only one, it'd likely be George Lepp), but I just did an extended piece on the photographers that have and continue to influence my photography:
I like the fact that his photographs tell a story.. and most of the time he'll blog about what goes into taking a particular picture. Very informative and inspiring.