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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.

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


Ansel Adams - Dedication and Lucky Timing

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

The Storytellers

    Paul Strand - Portrait of a Place
    Wright Morris - Photography and the Fictional Story
    Morrie Camhi - Human Compassion as the Basis for Art
    FSA Photographers - The Myth of Photographic Objectivity
    Roy DeCarava - Life in the Shadows
    August Sander - A Grand Scheme
    W. Eugene Smith - Content, Content, and Content
    Linda Butler - Fine Art Storytelling
    Pedro Meyer - Image and Photograph
    Duane Michals  
    David Plowden  
    Josef Koudelka  
    Jay Dusard  

The Visionaries

    Wynn Bullock  
    Alfred Stieglitz  
    Brett Weston  
    Minor White  
    OIiver Gagliani  
    Aaron Siskind  
    Huntington Witherill  
    Bruce Barnbaum  
    Michael Kenna  
    Dominic Rouse  
    Carl Chiarenza  
    Brigitte Carnochan  

The Producers

    Andre Kertesz  
    Ruth Bernhard  
    Todd Walker  
    Morley Baer  
    Fred Picker  
    Eliot Porter  
    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