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Those Who Inspire Me (and Why)

From the Author's Preface:

I started writing this book about 7 years ago. After considerable thought, instead of publishing this content as traditional book, Those Who Inspire Me (and Why) will be published here, as a series of downloadable audios. Consider it a small token of my immense gratitude to all those who have pioneered this way of life that I love, and a passing-on of the invaluable contributions they've made to our creative lives. — Brooks Jensen

Each week Brooks records another commentary. We'll post a new audio every Thursday. For those who prefer to read rather than listen, there is also a link to a text page for each group.

Hint: Right-click on the title to download the MP3 to your computer for transfer to your portable player; click on the play control to just play it here in your browser.


 

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The Explorers

Past

Ansel Adams - Dedication and Lucky Timing (text version)

Eugene Atgét - Distribution and Luck (text version)
Frederick Evans - Art Beyond the Image (text version)
Josef Sudek - The True Subject (text version)
André Kertész - Exploring the Self (text version)
Edward Weston - Looking Within, Keep Working (text version)
Contemporary
John Sexton - Opinions Are Just Opinions (text version)
Don Kirby - Knowing Before Photographing (text version)
Phil Borges - Breaking Tradition Within Tradition (text version)
Christopher Burkett - Technology and Our Own Aging Process (text version)
Keith Carter - The Structure of a Project (text version)
George Tice - Teaching Us How to See (text version)

The Storytellers

Past
    Paul Strand - Portrait of a Place (text version)
    Wright Morris - Photography and the Fictional Story (text version)
    Morrie Camhi - Human Compassion as the Basis for Art (text version)
    FSA Photographers - The Myth of Photographic Objectivity (text version)
    Roy DeCarava - Life in the Shadows (text version)
    August Sander - A Grand Scheme (text version)
    W. Eugene Smith - Content, Content, and Content (text version)
Contemporary
    Linda Butler - Fine Art Storytelling (text version)
    Pedro Meyer - Image and Photograph (text version)
    Duane Michals - Image, Ideas, and Words (text version)
    David Plowden - A Singular, Dedicated Vision (text version)
    Josef Koudelka - The Precious Print (text version)
    Jay Dusard - Photographing With Permission (text version)

The Visionaries

Past
    Wynn Bullock - A Way of Life (text version)
    Alfred Stieglitz - Photography as an Art Medium (text version)
    Brett Weston - Avoiding Distractions (text version)
    Minor White - Photographs, Not Photography (text version)
    OIiver Gagliani - The Photographic Life (text version)
    Aaron Siskind - Beyond One's Own Preoccupations (text version)
Contemporary
    Huntington Witherill  
    Bruce Barnbaum  
    Michael Kenna  
    Dominic Rouse  
    Carl Chiarenza  
    Brigitte Carnochan  

The Producers

Past
    Andre Kertesz  
    Ruth Bernhard  
    Todd Walker  
    Morley Baer  
    Fred Picker  
    Eliot Porter  
Contemporary
    Michael Reichmann  
    Howard Schatz  
    Aline Smithson  
    Josef Hohflehner  
    Cole Thompson  
    Jerry Uelsmann  

Non-Photographers Who Inspire (well, some of them are photographers, but there is another reason they've inspired me)

    Robert Henri  
    David Bayles & Ted Orland  
    Nathon Lyons  
    Ian Anderson  
    Charles Dickens (notes)  
    Charles Dickens and Conan Doyle (serials)  
    Hiroshige (and the Japanese ukiyo-e artists)  
    Joni Mitchell and Miles Davis  
    Richard Benson  
    Alvin Toffler