Tony’s List

I met Tony (along with a bunch of other photographers) in North Beach. He asked how long I had been shooting. I actually never know how to answer this question, but I said I’ve been taking pictures for a long time, but took a more meaningful approach only this past academic year. He asked if I had any favorite photographers. I said I didn’t know enough to answer — I’m such a noob. Then the question was turned on him and he proceeded to name a few photographers who have really inspired him. I took out my notebook and asked him to write their names down for me. He ended up giving me 12 names of photographers/influences and a book title.

Here’s his list:

  • Edward Weston
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • W. Eugene Smith
  • Josef Koudelka
  • Garry Winogrand
  • Mary Ellen Mark
  • Manuel Álvarez Bravo
  • Group f/64
  • Farm Security Administration (FSA)
  • Edward Steichen and “The Family of Man”

Some Japanese photographers:

  • Daidō Moriyama
  • Nobuyoshi Araki

Book: On Photography by Susan Sontag

I’ve got some homeworking to do.

*Note: I’m not sure why I took the picture above at 1/30 sec, which is probably why his hands are blurry. But maybe that’s not a bad thing as it captures the “writing” in action.