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Things for which I am grateful #325-352: Photography.


My goodness, where to begin?

There are so many brilliant photographers that I could probably fill all 365 things to be grateful for with them alone.

I’ve had the privilege of working with some outstanding photographers during my 30 long years in the ad industry. Most of whom were artists in their own right. I’m not going to feature them here just in case I forget someone and invoke their ire.

Instead, I’m going to show some of the photographers whose work has inspired me over the years. Certainly not an exhaustive list. Hope you like them. Feel free to make your own suggestion.

We could argue the toss as to what makes a great photograph – composition, light, concept. But what I feel a great photo should do is tell a story or ask questions of the viewer.

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams

Eve Arnold

Eve Arnold

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus

Cecile Beaton

Cecil Beaton

Brassai

Brassai

Henry Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Desiree Dolron

Desiree Dolron

Robert Doisneau

Robert Doisneau

Fan Ho

Fan Ho

Horst P. Horst

Horst P. Horst

Tom Hoops

Tom Hoops

Nadav Kander

Nadav Kander

Joey Lawrence

Joey Lawrence

Saul Leiter

Saul Leiter

Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz

Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe

Helmut Newton

Helmut Newton

Norman Parkinson

Norman Parkinson

Herb Ritts

Herb Ritts

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

Edward Steichen

Edward Steichen

Harry Thuillier

Harry Thuillier

There are always more photographers who spring to mind as soon as one clicks the ‘publish’ button. Here are a couple who slipped through the net…

Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier

Sebastiao Salgado

Sebastiao Salgado

Don McCullin

Don McCullin

Bill Brandt

Bill Brandt

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Robert Doisneau – In Memoriam


The great French photographer, Robert Doisneau, was born one hundred years ago on this day, 14th April 1912.

As I was pondering his genius, I recalled a poem I wrote about 20 years ago while I was living in a flat in Edinburgh’s westend.

It’s not actually about Doisneau, but it features one of his most beautiful and enduring shots, Kiss (pictured above), which adorned my wall.

The poem tries to capture the slow passage of time.

SUNDAY.

© David Milligan-Croft

Woodchip wallpaper
And a calor gas stove.

Beige and cream
And white and wood.

Doisneau couples
Kiss on the wall.

A spider labours
Around a craftsman’s cornice.

A Sistine ceiling
Bare-bulb bright.

Drapes held together
By nicotine and dead skin.

A Shackleton seat
As hard as the times.

The hum of the fridge
Against a linoleum floor.

Oranges rot on the sideboard
As the clock tick-tocks.

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