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Below are biographies and analysis of the work of artists central to Modern And Contemporary Photography.

Modern Photography: 27 of 287 Total Artists
Arbus, Diane Biography, Art & Analysis

Arbus, Diane

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Arbus, Diane Famous Art

Diane Arbus is recognized for her insightful street-based compositions and black-and-white portraits of marginalized individuals on the fringes of mainstream society, including images of nudists, transvestites, and mentally and physically handicapped people.

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Atget, Eugène Biography, Art & Analysis

Atget, Eugène

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Atget, Eugène Famous Art

Eugène Atget was a French photographer who in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century carefully and comprehensively documented the street scenes, architecture and artists of Paris. Atget, whose work was characterized by long exposure, famously sold his photographs to a great number of Parisian artists, including Man Ray, which were used as visual aids for painting.

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Avedon, Richard Biography, Art & Analysis

Avedon, Richard

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Avedon, Richard Famous Art

Richard Avedon revolutionized fashion photography by enlivening his models, by showing them in movement. He also excelled in black-and-white portraiture - celebraties and common folk were exhibited in psychologoically revealing ways. His large and powerful body of work makes Avedon one of the most famous photographers of all time.

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Bellmer, Hans Biography, Art & Analysis

Bellmer, Hans

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Bellmer, Hans Famous Art

Hans Bellmer was a twentieth-century German avant-garde photographer and draughtsman, commonly associated with the Surrealism movement. Bellmer is best known for creating a series of pubescent female dolls in the 1930s, which were designed as a direct criticism of Nazi-controlled Germany and its idealization of the perfect human form. Bellmer eventually fled Germany for Paris and was embraced by Breton and the French Surrealists.

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Cartier-Bresson, Henri Biography, Art & Analysis

Cartier-Bresson, Henri

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Cartier-Bresson, Henri Famous Art

The French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson defined the field of photojournalism and created some of the most memorable photos of the greatest world events of his era. He also brilliantly captured "the decisive moment", the split second when an intersting and powerful composition is best photographed.

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Evans, Walker Biography, Art & Analysis

Evans, Walker

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Evans, Walker Famous Art

The photographs of Walker Evans told the story of American working-class life with an exacting frankness that was truly revolutionary for its time. He is best well-known for his documentation of the effects of the Great Depression, especially for the iconic portrait of Southern Farmer's wife.

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Feininger, Lyonel Biography, Art & Analysis

Feininger, Lyonel

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Feininger, Lyonel Famous Art

Lyonel Feininger was a German-American painter and caricaturist associated with the Die Brucke and Der Blaue Rider groups. He painted in an original style reminiscent of Cubism and Futurism, but he is most famous for helping Walter Gropius build the Bauhaus school where Feininger taught until the school was closed down by the Nazis.

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Lange, Dorothea Biography, Art & Analysis

Lange, Dorothea

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Lange, Dorothea Famous Art

Dorothea Lange's images of Depression America made her one of the most acclaimed documentary photographers of the twentieth century. She went on to become a leading photo-journalist working for magazines such as Fortune and Life.

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Leibovitz, Annie Biography, Art & Analysis

Leibovitz, Annie

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Leibovitz, Annie Famous Art

Annie Leibovitz started her career as staff photographer, working for the just launched Rolling Stone magazine. She went on to become a comercial photographer for Vogue magazine, the most though-out image maker in the industry - and ones included many of her professional (celebrity) photographs as well as numerous personal photographs often attained the status of fine art.

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Sherrie Levine Biography, Art & Analysis

Sherrie Levine

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Sherrie Levine Famous Art

Levine is an American photographer, appropriation artist, and seminal figure of The Pictures Generation group. The subject of much controversy in the 1980s, Levine is best known for her rephotographs of work by Edward Weston, Vincent van Gogh, and Marcel Duchamp.

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Levitt, Helen Biography, Art & Analysis

Levitt, Helen

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Levitt, Helen Famous Art

Helen Levitt photographed the streets of New York, first focusing on children's street culture then expanding to the whole of New York urban life. She also worked in film, receiving an Oscar nomination for The Quiet One.

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Mapplethorpe, Robert Biography, Art & Analysis

Mapplethorpe, Robert

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Mapplethorpe, Robert Famous Art

Robert Mapplethorpe was an American photographer known for his large-scale, highly stylized black and white portraits, photos of flowers and nude men. The frank, homosexual eroticism of some his work triggered a more general controversy about the public funding of artworks and censorship.

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Mendieta, Ana Biography, Art & Analysis

Mendieta, Ana

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Mendieta, Ana Famous Art

Ana Mendieta was a Cuban-American performance artist who created work in the late twentieth century focusing on violence against the female body, as well as pieces involving a close connection with nature and the landscape.

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Moholy-Nagy, Laszlo Biography, Art & Analysis

Moholy-Nagy, Laszlo

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Moholy-Nagy, Laszlo Famous Art

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy was a Hungarian painter, photographer and teacher at the Bauhaus School. Moholy-Nagy was influential in promoting the Bauhaus's multi- and mixed-media approaches to art, advocating for the integration of technological and industrial design elements.

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Penn, Irving Biography, Art & Analysis

Penn, Irving

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Penn, Irving Famous Art

Irving Penn was a fashion photographer and worked for many years for Vogue magazine, founding his own studio in 1953. Influenced by European Modernism - and in particular Surealism - he became one of the most famous photographers of all time erasing the lines between fashion photography, fine art photography, and "high art".

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Prince, Richard Biography, Art & Analysis

Prince, Richard

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Prince, Richard Famous Art

Richard Prince created collages containing photographs, such as his series of Cowboys that question advertising, and series of Nurses that show off popular stereotypes.

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Ray, Man Biography, Art & Analysis

Ray, Man

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Ray, Man Famous Art

Man Ray was an American artist in Paris whose photograms, objects, drawings, and other works played an important role in Dada, Surrealism, modern photography, and avant-garde art at large.

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Rodchenko, Alexander Biography, Art & Analysis

Rodchenko, Alexander

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Rodchenko, Alexander Famous Art

Alexander Rodchenko was one of the influential founders of the Constructivist movement, a leading member of the Productivist movement, and a revolutionary modern photographer.

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Rosler, Martha Biography, Art & Analysis

Rosler, Martha

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Rosler, Martha Famous Art

Rosler's work with performance, video, and photography has garnered wide attention in the postmodern era for its feminist connotations, addressing body image issues and domesticity. Rosler's work has also explored the imagery of war, from Vietnam to Iraq.

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Segal, George Biography, Art & Analysis

Segal, George

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Segal, George Famous Art

American sculptor and painter George Segal is best known for his life-size plaster cast figures, often in monochromatic white. He also worked with artists such as John Cage and Allan Kaprow at Rutgers University in the 1950s and 60s; Kaprow's famous "happenings" performances first took place on Segal's farm in New Jersey.

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Modern Photography: 27 of 287 Total Artists



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