If you could apprentice/intern with any photographer...

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  1. If you could apprentice/intern with any photographer currently living, who would that be and why?
  2. Yousef Karsh. I would love to make B&W portraits half as good as he did. But, alas, he has passed on. So he doesn't qualify. I did take wedding classes from Monte Zucker that did me a world of good. But, alas, he has passed on and therefore doesn't qualify. Maybe Jeff Spirer because he is still alive, I like SFO and would learn something about shooting boxing and the entertainment scene. I am not sure, however, as I have never met him, whether I could stand him for any length of time. Anyway I am too damn old and set in my ways to be an apprentice as I probably wouldn't live long enough to be a journeyman. Bob Atkins could certainly teach me a lot as I respect his work. In reality I am too much of a loner and a self teacher to have the patience to hang around another photographer. Maybe I am just blissful in my ignorance. Many photographers, I think, like photography because they like to work alone.
  3. I'd settle for one that doesn't treat their interns like slaves.
  4. Ralph Gibson, absolutely.
    It seems that every time I hear or read his words I learn something new about the nature of percepetion and how to craft my perception itself into the subject of photographs. This seems to happen even if he is talking about apparently unconnected themes such as literature, typography, or guitars.
  5. John Sexton. I'd settle for the time to get to his workshops.
  6. Ira Block. I attended one of his workshops a few years back, and he's a great teacher as well as a lot of fun. He's a master photographer and is published in N. Geographic quite a lot. When I used to subscribe, he was in several issues a year, and probably still is.
  7. Jim Koepnick.
    One of the best aviation photographers in the business.
  8. Pep Bonet. http://www.pepbonet.com/ His documentation of things that should concern us all is incredibly inspiring.
  9. Sally Mann.
  10. John Shaw.
    I have read all his books and taken several of his weekend seminars. I believe his technical knowledge and skill is the best of all living nature photographers.
  11. Michael Kenna -- both as a photographer and/or as a printer. I love his work.
  12. Jim Brandemburg - to learn the subtle details not just of photography but of enjoying nature at it's best.
    David Doubilet - visiting those marvelous wonders on the other side of the surface. Learn to manage all that equipment and specially, air.
  13. Yasuhiro Ishimoto
  14. Galen Rowell (RIP). (else Marc Williams)
  15. Dewitt Jones
  16. Art Wolfe for nature.
    Steve McCurry for Photojournalism.
  17. As an avid diver, David Doubilet makes an obvious choice, however Stan Waterman is another. Stan does more videography, but the places he's been and the experiences he's had certainly make his career remarkable.
  18. Annie Liebovitz. She can capture the core of someone. Her pieces are stunning.
  19. Frank Relle. www.frankrelle.com
    Not only are the images eerie and stunning, but they also document the city of New Orleans in a completely different way than anyone else has done. He is "hoping to inspire people around the world to help rebuild the city of New Orleans with the integrity she deserves." and I think he has accomplished that. I've contacted him before about an apprenticeship actually, while being declined for the time being, he was extremely helpful and gave me lots of great advice on how to get started as an "emerging artist". Moderately successful in my endeavors, I would still love the chance to work with him and learn from him, digital is pretty new to me (I do mainly b&w 35mm, and polaroid/fuji transfers) and I think it'd be way better to learn night photography from someone rather than try and navigate that myself!
  20. Definitely Dewitt Jones. I love his love of the land and his humor.
  21. Hi, If you are into Macro and flora TONY SWEET without doubt
  22. John Claridge. His pictures come from his gut.
  23. Igor Posner. Why, because he's more than just another great photographer...he takes it to another level altogether. See for yourselves:
    He's not for everyone but for me he's the one I would like to apprentice with.​
    Wow. I'm not sure I'd want to intern with Posner, but I'm sure glad you introduced him to me, Raymond.
  24. It's hard to choose one, so I chose a few:
    Diane Arbus for her subject matter.
    Andreas Feininger for his work for Life magazine and style (and his books).
    Art Wolfe & Ian Parker for their natural landscapes.
  25. Absolutely nobody, except for the friendships. There comes a time when you get, Key lights and practicals, highlights and shadow details, specular vs diffused highlights, specular and diffused lighting, specular and diffused surfaces, and you would just like to travel the world, explore and shoot.
    I do have weak spots in electronic flash operation with TTL, never have worked with it. Worked with multiple manual flash light a little, mostly with Film and video production lighting. Need mostly financial freedom, time and good company. I wouldn't mind sitting in on a seance to listen to an Ansel Adams lecture (can they do that?), seems like a cheerful fellow with a strong point of view.
    Best wishes to all
  26. No question on that topic...but it would definitely be two photographers.. My interest is in travel and nature photography. For travel photography my choice would be Bob Krist. I have atttended one of his seminars, have his DVDs on lighting and I am addicted to his Blog. Bob is the consumate prepared travel photographer. He always photographs with a plan and a mission.
    For nature photography I would love to intern with Colorado photographer Russ Burden. I attended a seminar in which Russ was one of the leaders. He showed me and others ideas for macro photography that I never would have thought of. Russ is really patient with his students, but his adrenalin level is high at the same time.
  27. Chase Jarvis. His creativity and passion for his craft is so inspiring. That's the kind of photographer I'd like to be and being around it would certainly be a life changing experience. Guaranteed.
  28. I'd actually rather work with one of the no name darkroom techs like the ones who print for James Natchwey. I've spent several years in the chemicals and rarely get anything close to the print quality found in "Inferno".
  29. Bob Krist, travel photographer. See his book, "Spirit of Place."
  30. Toughie. I have two distinctly different goals.
    The adventurer and people photographer in me would go for Steve McCurry, Jodi Cobb or any of the great National Geographic photographers working in the documentary/people genre. I love intimate documentary photography, but I feel that I've never quite gotten past this plateau I've been stuck on for almost 20 years, not really improving my "eye". It would help to observe someone like them to study how they see things, interact with people and choose situations.
    And the fine art b&w junkie in me would like to tag along after Michael Kenna or Rolfe Horn. I like both styles equally (they're similar, like haiku, but each with a different voice). Their styles are so different from mine - I tend to be cluttered - it would help push me to see composition and printing differently. Of the two, I get a sense from Horn's clear illustrated tutorials on his website that one could learn a lot from watching and assisting him. I've referred others to his site many times for that very reason.
  31. Eugene Richards
  32. Tim Rudman http://www.timrudman.com/
  33. Now that's a tough one. I could go for any of three options:
    Colin Prior for panoramic landscapes and making a commercial success out of great photographs,
    Alex Mustard for underwater,
    or best of all, a couple of decades at the BBC Natural History unit.
  34. Me, myself...and I, somewhere in the future in another decade or so, to see how we're doing and if we can learn from each other. But if I'm not available, an apprentice/intern with image-maker David Lynch would be nice.
  35. Bryan F. Peterson - I have read at least one of his books and taken a look at his website. I would love to develop a creative eye similar to his.
  36. Sebastiao Salgado with out even thinking about it. Check out some of his books at your local library or buy some and you will see what I mean.
  37. Seal.
  38. For me I would love to spend time out on a shoot with Craig Potton. One of, if not New Zealands best landscape photographer. www.craigpotton.co.nz
    Not so much to be his apprentice or intern but to just be with him and experience the places he sees.
  39. I'll second a response for Michael Kenna. One of my favs.
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  41. david_henderson

    david_henderson www.photography001.com

    I'd want to maximise the learning experience and so pick a type of photography a long way from what I do, but which I'd also find absorbing. So I'd pick Edmund Leveckis, who I think I could learn from in terms of both imagination and technique.
  42. I would agree with Tim earlier and say Sebastiao. i get really inspired with his work although the original inspiration for me getting into photography was the fact that my parents barely took any pictures of our family when I was growing up leaving us with barely any memories of the past except what's burnt into our brain cells.
    I hate seeing how most interns are treated as slaves though which has always discouraged me from interning with anyone. I'm not good since I just taught myself with everything on photography. I'd have to say most of the things i know were picked up from photo.net haha...
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    Natacha Merritt.
  44. I also would agree about Sebastiao Salgado, but would have to go with James Nachtwey. Truly compelling photojournalism, presented in an absolutely unique "eyewitness" style.
  45. Steve McCurry for his photojournalistic instinct.
    Sasha Dean Biyan for uber fashion/editorial work.
  46. Alec Soth www.alecsoth.com. I would learn a lot about how to interact with human subjects. He's written about the phenomenon of shooting 8x10 and the freedom of staying under the hood, staring at people for twenty minutes or more. I would love to watch this happen. His results are stunning, I can't get over it. I would actually probably have to be a fly on the wall rather than an intern, because he doesn't use assistants and must have some special interpersonal alchemy going on.
  47. Diane Arbus or Sally Mann
  48. If I could pick only one, it would be Sebastiao Salgado. I'm fascinated and inspired by his approach to documenting the world.
  49. I did this 30 years ago with a photographer that inspired me and so happy I did. I think the old fashioned way like an apprentice is the best way to go.
    Funny, some young person called me two weeks ago and said he saw my work on-line and was wondering if I would teach, mentor him. I would love to help someone that has this passion as my mentor did for me. At the end of the conversation he asked how much I was going to pay him per hour. I thought that was pretty rude of him to ask and I cut him short after that.
  50. Two totally different styles but, either Leonard L. Rue or Jim Brandenburg. Heaven either way.
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    Elliot Erwit, Sebastiao Salgado, Steve McCurry, James Nachtwey are all covering my interest of photography in a magnificent way albeit I can't see myself as an apprentice to any of them. I am older than some of them, have done photography for more than 40 years and am still learning. But inspiration is one thing, practice, practice, practice is the other as well as subjectively have an eye for what you find good and interesting in the hope that others share the same feelings or vice versa. No one becomes a world champion in photography and frankly; I find that even the " big " names get away with mediocre photographs at times.
  52. George DeWolfe, I took a workshop with him at The Maine Media College. He was a very generous with his time and knowledge. The b&w prints he produced were perfect. To apprentice with a Masterprinter would be an answer from the God's of Photography for me!
  53. Harry Gruyaert or Alex Webb
  54. 1] Nigel Barker for fashion; he is really creative and I could then be on ANTM 2] Bryan Peterson for landscapes, closeups, industrial and all else. He knows how to use shades of color to really make a photo strong and bold, plus his ability to "see" something out of nothing is short of amazing.
  55. Annie Leibovitz but, if she's busy, I'd gladly carry the tripod for Dyonis Moser or Marc Adamus, not only to learn their skills but also to see the amazing places they shoot.
  56. Carol Guzy, for composition and her ability to convey the emotions of her subjects and the scene. She allowed me to do a short phone interview with her for a community college photo course in the mid 90's during which I asked her how she copes with what she sees. She then told me she did work with animal shelters when she can. I hope she is still finding balance in work and community service.
  57. Elsa Dorfman. She does portraits with the Polaroid 20x24 camera... I'd love to work with such an amazing format. I love her work because it's so simple and you can see right into people's personalities and family dynamics in her photos. She also seems like a really fun person.
  58. Wall for one.
  59. Don McCullin - possibly the greatest living photographer of human suffering. He documents without sentiment or hyperbole and our ability to inflict suffering on each other and on our planet with a lucid, unflinching eye at personal risk. He makes my cry!
    Tony Hutchinson
  60. John Peri , will definitely be my choice, his ability to capture this much abundance of art work as I describe his photographs always seem to leave me astonished, from the theme to the models themselves.
    There is not anything pornographic with his work I can truly and simply experience beautiful art with his photos.
  61. Sebastiao Salgado.
  62. David Clapp,
    When I look into his landscapes I am there, looking in awe :)
  63. One of the great regrets of my life was that Richard Avedon died before I was famous enough to have him take a picture of me. The second was that he died before I got to apprentice with him.
    In backup, Annie Lieb. or Elsa Dorfman. I think Elsa would probably be more fun, and I love that she photographs the little people like me.
  64. So many choices in so many areas!
    However, my passion lies in macro nature photography and it would be great to be a field assistant for Mark Moffet .
  65. Oh come on, Ken Rockwell obviously

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