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Photographers Worth Knowing About -- In No Particular Order
Lindsay Adler — fashion and beauty photographer. Teacher extraordinaire. If you’re a photog who doesn’t know who she is, you don’t read enough. She can’t give you talent, but she can help you do the most with what you have.
Sølve Sundsbø — one of the finest and most innovative fine art and fashion photographers working today. He completely broke the mold with his innovative fine art nudes. His compositing skills are sorcery.
Yousuf Karsh — set the standard for black and white portraiture in the 20th Century. That scowling portrait of Winston Churchill is his work.
Joe McNally — commercial, portrait, and fine art photographer who can do more with a bag full of speedlights that most photogs can with a truckload of Profotos.
Annie Leibovitz — I’m not a huge fan of fawning, celeb deification, but her skills and her imagination can’t seriously be questioned. Nearly every image is a learning opportunity.
Henri Cartier-Bresson — early adopter of 35mm; the father of street and candid photography; a master of simplicity.
Ansel Adams — If you don’t know this one, donate your camera to charity
Walker Evans — photojournalist whose frank but compassionate portraits of American tenant farm families in the 1930’s as part of the classic “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” remains a journalistic standard.
Gordon Parks — one of the first, if not the first, African-American photographer to cross the color barrier in America. His brilliant work encompassed stunning journalism, portraiture, and fashion. He is also known for his powerful autobiography, “A Choice of Weapons” and films, including “Shaft.”
Richard Avedon — his work for Vogue, etc., is interesting and influential. His late magnum opus, “In the American West” however, seems condescending and exploitative, the exact opposite of Walker Evans. But he’s here and you can make up your own mind about him.
Ami Vitale — brilliant photojournalist whose use of color is brilliant. Her work ranges from wildlife to war torn countries. It is invariably beautiful.
Houston Fashion Designers
Meru Merus — the design house led by Umair Khan, a Pakistani-born designer based in Houston. His styles are traditional and wearable, leaning strongly towards elegance.
Claire Drennan — the line of knitwear designed by Claire Jarvis. With offerings ranging from bespoke, fine wool sweaters, to affordable knit ties and scarves, Claire’s designs reflect elegance and whimsy and are always original and beautiful.
Chloe Dao — in the wake of winning Project Runway Season 2, Chloe enjoyed national and international prominence. She continues to sell high end ready to wear styles through retailers like Neiman Marcus, but offers an array of affordable styles by her and a curated collection of other designers through her boutique. Her designs are generally sophisticated, graceful, and wearable. She is also known for her custom wedding gowns and a line of fashion accessories.
Houston Makeup Artists
Sarah Kate Harrison — a 10-year vetaran of the Laura Mercier and Chanel counters at Neiman Marcus and dozens of high end weddings, Sarah Kate is also an experienced and highly creative photographer’s MUA. She is reachable through this site.
Freckleface Makeup — Aleya Duncan is Freckleface Makeup. A skilled and experienced makeup artist and hair stylist with many years experience working in film, photography, runway shows, and weddings, Aleya is the consummate professional.
Your Makeup Expert — Dorothy Strouhal is the founder and primary hair and makeup artist at Your Makeup Expert. She also works with a select few top artists. Her skills and experience include TV, film, beauty, and corporate work. A brilliant professional. Base in the Houston area.