In this project, you will learn all about famous photographers who have influenced the development of photography. You will learn about the photographer's life, photographic technique - focus, depth of field, color, manipulation, subjects - and why this photographer is an influential force in the field of photography.


1. Learn about famous photographers who have influenced the development of photography. learn about the photographer's life, photographic technique - focus, depth of field, color, manipulation, subjects - and why this photographer is an influential force in the field of photography.
2. Understand how to "see" photographs (visual literacy).
3. Understand what factors make photographs really good


1. This is a group project.
2. In groups of 2-3, you will give a 15 minute (minimum) presentation on an influential photographer that has made their mark on the field of photography. Note - 15 minutes is the minimum time. However, presentations cannot be longer than 25 minutes so please plan your time accordingly. (*)
3. Your presentation MUST include both facts and images of the photographer’s work.
4. All students in the groups must speak for an equal amount time. If not, students who speak longer will get a higher grade than their team members who speak less. (*)

Time Frame

Please check the calendar for the due date for this project.


1. Powerpoint file sent to me before the first presentation. I will send you the upload link
2. Presentation to the class (at least 15 minutes)

Influential Photographers

Here are some of the most influential photographers. Please take a look at some of these videos to get an idea of the photographer and their work.

Alfred Stieglitz (*) Alfred Stieglitz (January 1, 1864 – July 13, 1946) was an American photographer and modern art promoter who was instrumental over his fifty-year career in making photography an accepted art form. In addition to his photography, Stieglitz is known for the New York art galleries that he ran in the early part of the 20th century, where he introduced many avant-garde European artists to the U.S. He was married to painter Georgia O'Keeffe. (source)
Annie Leibovitz Photographer Annie Leibovitz was born October 2, 1949, in Waterbury, Connecticut. In 1970 she took a job at Rolling Stone magazine. In 1983 she began working for the entertainment magazine Vanity Fair. During the late 1980s, Leibovitz started to work on a number of high-profile advertising campaigns. From the 1990s to the present, she has been publishing and exhibiting her work. (source)
Ansel Adams (*) Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was an American photographer and environmentalist best known for his black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park. (source)
Anne Geddes Anne Geddes, (b. 13 September 1956) is an Australian-born photographer, clothing designer and businesswoman who now lives and works in New Zealand. She is known for her stylized depictions of babies and motherhood. Typical images show babies or young children dressed as fairies and fairytale creatures, flowers, or small animals. (source)
Henri Cartier-Bresson (**) Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) was a French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. He was an early adopter of 35 mm format, and the master of candid photography. He helped develop the "street photography" or "life reportage" style that has influenced generations of photographers who followed. (source)
Margaret Bourke-White Margaret Bourke-White - (June 14, 1904 – August 27, 1971) was an American photographer and documentary photographer. She is best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of Soviet industry, the first female war correspondent (and the first female permitted to work in combat zones) and the first female photographer for Henry Luce's Life magazine, where her photograph appeared on the first cover. (source)
Richard Avedon (*) Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004) was an American fashion and portrait photographer. An obituary published in The New York Times said that "his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century." (source)
Sebastião Salgado (*) Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado is one of the most respected photojournalists working today. Appointed a UNICEF Special Representative on 3 April 2001, he has dedicated himself to chronicling the lives of the world's dispossessed, a work that has filled ten books and many exhibitions and for which he has won numerous awards in Europe and in the Americas. (source)
Diane Arbus Diane Arbus  March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971) was an American photographer and writer noted for black-and-white square photographs of "deviant and marginal people (dwarfs, giants, transgender people, nudists, circus performers) or of people whose normality seems ugly or surreal."Arbus believed that a camera could be “a little bit cold, a little bit harsh” but its scrutiny revealed the truth; the difference between what people wanted others to see and what they really did see – the flaws. (source)
Robert Capa (*) Robert Capa was a Jewish-Hungarian combat photographer and photojournalist who covered five different wars: the Spanish Civil War, the Second Sino-Japanese War, World War II across Europe, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and the First Indochina War. (source)

There are many other influential photographers, quite a few of them recent such as Steve McCurry, David Burnett, Joe McNally, David Nightingale and many, many others (see Resources below). Please discuss the choices with your instructor.


1. Photography Videos and links
2. 100 Most influential photographers of all time


This project will be worth 20% of the total course grades for LSFA-N254.

The presentation will be marked on how much of the below criteria is met as well as performance of each student in the group. Each students grade will have 50% group component and 50% individual.

Presentation Grading Criteria (Group)
Overview of photographer’s life: Most important facts are those related to their work. 15%
Aesthetic Qualities of Work: How would you describe his/her photographs in terms of aesthetics—focus, depth of field, color, manipulation, subjects. Did these aesthetics change or were they constant throughout their career? If they changed, what influenced these changes?  Showing and discussing photos is an essential component of this portion! 55%
Influence:  Why is this photographer an influential force in the field of photography? Was she/he part of any photography movement? Did he/she influence any other photographers in general?  What/who influenced their work? 30%