Post originally authored by Travis Dewitz – Eau Claire Portrait Photographer
This is a ridiculous top 10 list of present day documentary photographers and photojournalists. There is no way to make an accurate top 10 list of photographers in these fields. There are so many amazing photographers out there documenting everything under the skies and above. This top 10 list is composed of photographers young and old, famous and at the bottom of the ladder on their way up. These 10 photographers create images that are flat-out amazing. I have been following some of the men and women on this list others I found while researching photojournalists for this blog. As a documentary photographer (www.travisdewitz.com) myself , I spend hours admiring others work. Many of the photographers below have worked at one time or another for National Geographic, others have worked for major new agencies.
I tried to add as much variety to my top 10 list as I could. War and middle east photography dominated my Google searches as I was researching photojournalism photography so I pushed on to find other talented photographers from around the world covering other topics. Some of these photographers have a large variety of photo projects others are very dedicated to one subject like Corey Arnold. Corey’s photography is fairly dedicated to capturing fisherman at work. His Bering Sea crab series is one of my favorite sets. Mike Brodie is another photographer that fits this mold capturing transients riding the rails across the United States. On the flip side, Tomasz Gudzowaty has a collection of projects including Power Punch Girls, Pole Dancers, Mexico’s Car Frenzy, Sumo People, and Freerunning just to name a few. Lynsey Addario also has an impressive list of projects with photography that is just as impressive. People are at the center of all of her photography as she photographs some tough hitting subject matter. Edward Burtynsky and Steve McCurry are probably the two most famous on my list. Steve McCurry probably has taken one of the most recognizable and famous photographs to ever be printed by National Geographic. (National Geographic Afghan Girl Cover) Edward Burtynsky known for his large views filled with patterns, lines, and repetitiveness. A few of his works include China, Oil, Ships, and Mines. War photographer Tim Hetherington photographs bring you right into the trenches with the soldiers and he captures the fast paced feel of war. On April 20, 2011 while covering the conflict in Libya, Tim Hetherington and fellow photographer Chris Hondros were killed by Libyan forces in a mortar attack on the besieged city of Misrata. Kitra Cahana project Teens really takes me back to what it felt like to be in that part of my life. Stephanie Sinclair latest project covers the child brides of the Middle East as she tries to bring attention to this culture. My favorite John Decker projects would be his documentation of the homeless through photography and his look at carnival workers, a favorite subject of mine as well. I hope you enjoy the photography from my top 10 favorite photojournalists and documentary photographers listed below.
Through the creative lens of Travis Dewitz; he demonstrates time and time again how much splendor can be extracted from the interplay of the industrial world around us. In the most unusual and unexpected places Dewitz showcases images that embody the forgotten beauty of railways, factory floors, the rolling smoke of steel mills, and the cities that are built around them. He brings a certain magic as he invokes the very souls of these once-glorious industrial areas; his captures overflow with inspirational energy. Click here to view his personal series.
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