Learning From the Most Famous Photographers of All Time

By: Mary Cranston

Since the first camera was created in 1826, almost every being on this earth has captured a moment. Photography has grown to a significant percentage of people establishing the art as a hobby or profession.

But if you want to take a truly memorable photograph, you can learn something by studying pictures taken by famous photographers. Some of the most beloved artists are deceased, but some are still delighting us with their photographs. 

Dorothea Lange took photographs during the Great Depression. She took the famous photo of a migrant mother, which is said to be one of the best-known photographs in history. In the 1940s, she also photographed the Japanese internment camps, and these photographs show sad moments in American history.

Robert Capa has taken many famous war-time photographs. He felt that if you were not close enough to the subject, a good photography would not be captured. He was often in the trenches with soldiers when he was in his element, while most other war photographers took photos from a safe distance.

Yousuf Karsh has taken photographs that tell a story, and that are more easily understood than many others. Each of his portraits tells you all about the subject. He felt as though there was a secret hidden behind each woman and man. 

Three decades ago, Steve McCurry took arguably the most iconic pictures of all time. 

Even after all this time, the pre-eminent photographer brims with enthusiasm when he talks about the “Afghan Girl.”

"I knew she had an incredible look, a penetrating gaze," he told CNN.  

It also led the National Geographic to set up the Afghan Children's Fund -- and meant that to this day, McCurry is never charged a fare by appreciative Afghan taxi drivers.

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