the canon

Art, Photography

I close my eyes and I think of the canon. The canon are the photographers I draw on in times of doubt. They give me comfort, solace and inspiration. They include Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Bruce Weber, Lee Friedlander, Sally Mann, Corrine Day, Glen Luchford, Erwin Blumenfeld, Harry Callahan and, in this case, Irving Penn. I close my eyes and I go through the rolodex in my head thinking of them all until I find the one that instinctively feels like the inspirational match for the task at hand. That’s not to say I set about slavishly ripping them off. I use them as my starting point, my jumping off point. They are my photographic moral compass. -Chris Floyd from Cleaning Living Under Difficult Circumstances

This excerpt really got me thinking about my rolodex of inspiration which lead me to today’s post..

Robert Frank, U.S. 285, New Mexico 1956

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #48 1979 seework.

Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Untitled 1960 seemorework.

Robert Frank, Bar, New York City 1956

Diane Arbus, Child with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park 1962 (and negatives)

Garry Winogrand, Untitled [3 figures], 1960 readmore.

Rene Burri, Shadow of a Tree, 1963 readmore.

Harry Callahan, Eleanor and Barbara, Chicago 1953

Joel Sternfeld, Washington D.C., August 1974 seemorework.

Stephen Shore, Ginger Show, Tampa 1977

Tina Barney, Mr. and Mrs. Castelli 1988 readmore. 

Larry Sultan, Dad on Bed 1985

William Eggleston, Memphis (Tricycle) 1969 Artistwebsite.

whats in ya’lls rolodex of inspiration?

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