Iconic Photography

History of Photography - A brief history accompanied by some of the most iconic photographs from the first photo in 1826 upto the 1970's. 5:05
Iconic Images that changed the world - Another set of iconic and important photos from the earlu 20th century upto the 1990's including photos by Eddie Adams, Malcolm Brown and Dorothea Lange. 5:33
World Press Photos ( 1955-2008) - Some of the most important and iconic photography for the last 55 years. 9:54
2012 World Press Photo Contest Winners - winners of the contest which included 5,247 photographers, 124 nationalities, and 101,254 photos. 350 photos by 57 photographers from 24 countries were awarded prizes in nine categories in this contest. 4:38
Top 10 of the most expensive photos in the world - prices ranging from $900K to $3.3 million. 3:02
The Power of Photography - more iconic photos with descriptions of how they changed perceptions and the course of government and immortalized personalities. 5:40

Art of Photography

The Decisive Moment - Henri Cartier-Bresson describes the "decisive moment", when to take photos, what makes a good photo and good photographer, and his philosopy on photography. Must watch video for all aspiring photographers. 18:29
Luck and Geometry - Henri Cartier-Bresson describes how he took the "decisive moment" photo and talks about the Golden Mean, geometry, the relationships of people and objects in his photos and light. (French with English subtitles) 4:25
The Rule of Thirds - A short and concise explanation of the "rule of thirds", a fundamental composition technique in photography and film. From photographycourses.biz. 3:00
What Makes a Great Picture - Photo editors at National Geographic describes what factors make a perfect photo using some really excellent reader-submitted photographs. 4:14

Influential Photographers

Masters of Photography - A short summary of some important masters such as Ansel Adams 4:45
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) 6:38
Annie Leibovitz - (b. 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) 5:18
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) 6:05
Anne Geddes - (b. September 13, 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) 4:32
David Burnett - born in 1946 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA). He is a magazine photojournalist. His work from the 1979 Iranian revolution was published extensively in Time (including its "Man of the Year" portrait of the Ayatollah Khomeini). He has won dozens of top awards for his work, including the 1973 Robert Capa Gold Medal for work in Chile, Magazine Photographer of the Year from the National Press Photographers Association, and the World Press Photo of the Year. (source) 4:15
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) 6:28
Eddie Adams - It was while covering the Vietnam War for the Associated Press that he took his best-known photograph – the picture of police chief General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Vietcong prisoner, Nguyen Văn Lém, on a Saigon street, on February 1, 1968, during the opening stages of the Tet Offensive. Adams won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography and a World Press Photo award for the photograph (captioned 'General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong prisoner in Saigon'). Along with the Pulitzer, Adams received over 500 awards, including the George Polk Award for News Photography in 1968, 1977 and 1978, and numerous awards from World Press Photo, NPPA, Sigma Delta Chi, Overseas Press Club, and many other organizations. Adams died in New York City from Lou Gehrig's disease in 2004. (source) 8:49
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) ** 9:41
Joe McNally -  (born 27 July 1952) is an American photographer who has been shooting for the National Geographic Society since 1987. From 1994 until 1998 Joe McNally was LIFE magazine's staff photographer, the first one in 23 years. McNally has been described by American Photo magazine as perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today and was listed as one of the hundred most important people in photography. In January 1999 Kodak and Photo District News honored McNally by inducting him into their Legends Online archive. In 2001 Nikon bestowed a similar honor when McNally was placed on NikonNet.com's list of Legends Behind the Lens. (source) 5:23
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) 9:29
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) 5:09
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) 7:36
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) 16:54
Shahidul Alam - was born in 1955 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He studied and taught chemistry in London where he obtained a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) from the University of London. He started photography in 1980 and was awarded the Harvey Harris Trophy for being judged the best photographer of the year by theLondon Arts Council in 1983. Alam was the first Asian recipient of the prestigious Mother Jones Award for Documentary Photography. His numerous other awards include the Andrea Frank Foundation Award and the Howard Chapnick Award. He has also been awarded the Honorary Fellowships of the Bangladesh Photographic Society and later, the Royal Photographic Society in 2001, for his contribution to photography. (source) 5:40
Steve McCurry - (born February 24, 1950) is an American photojournalist best known for his photograph, "Afghan Girl" that originally appeared in National Geographic magazine. The image itself was named as "the most recognized photograph" in the history of theNational Geographic magazine and her face became famous as the cover photograph on the June 1985 issue. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Magazine Photographer of the Year, awarded by the National Press Photographers Association. The same year, he won an unprecedented four first-place prizes in the World Press Photo contest. (source) 8:09
Zack Arias - Zack Arias is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Atlanta, GA. After working in the music industry for the past seven years, Zack has branched out into more editorial and advertising work. His greatest talents are his ability to work with a variety of people and getting nervous subjects to relax in front of the lens. He considers his style to be simple, straightforward, bold, classic, true, and straight from camera. (source) 11:32

Articles on Influential Photographers

1. Article: 20 Most influential Photographers
2. Article: Famous and Influential Photographers
3. Article: The 10 Most Influential Photographers of All Time
5. Article: 100 Most Influential photographers of all Time
6. Article: Top 10 Most Influential Nature Photographers of All-Time


1. Video: Insight into Photojournalism - David Dare Parker
2. Video: Power of Photojournalism 1/2
3. Video: Power of Photojournalism 2/2

Photo Essays

1. ThePhotoEssay.com. An excellent example of photo essays.
2. Photo essays from JPGMag.com. Good examples of photo essays.
3. Photo essay on the Great Depression. A fantastic example of a photo essay featuring photos by Dorothea Lange and other masters of photography on the Great Depression. **
4. Photo essay article. This article from Wikipedia gives more details on what a photo essay is.


1. Cambridge in Color - Digital Photography Tutorials
2. Digital Photography School

Taking Good Photos

1. Article: What Makes a Photo Good?
2. Article: Some of What I've Learned About & From Photography?
3. Article: The Secret: What Makes a Great Photo
4. Article: What Makes A Good Photo?
5. Article: What Makes A Good Photo? (All things photography)

Photo Composition

1. Article: 5 Elements of Composition in Photography
2. Article: 5 More Elements of Composition in Photography