Who Are Your Photographer Heroes?

I first published this post in January 2011. As the new year begins, I thought it would be a good idea to repost it - and ask you: Who are your photographer heroes?

Back in 1979, when I was the editor of Studio Photography magazine, one of my heroes was Alfred Eisenstaedt. The man was amazing, as a photographer and as a human being. His work still inspires me today.

I had the opportunity to attend and photograph Eisie's 80th birthday party. I also had the wonderful opportunity to interview the master. I still have the issue in which my interview ran.

Back in the late '70s, I also had the wonderful opportunity to interview many of the other photographer greats of the time, including Arthur Rothstein, one of the most well-known and respected FSA photographers.

Rick and Rothstein,1979.
Look up FSA if you are too young to know what FSA means. 

Another favorite was Andreas Feininger.

I also interviewed now fellow Canon Explorers of Light Harry Benson and Robert Farber. (Yes! We have been around and have known each other for more than 30 years!)

Man o man. Do you know what an honor it is to have known and know these pros?

I still enjoy - very much so - interviewing pros for the DEP podcast that I do with Juan Pons.

I think we all need heroes in our lives - photographer heroes who inspire and motive us.

Who are your heroes? Post your heroes in the Comments section here on my blog, rather than on twitter and facebook. Easier for others to see all in once place.

Back in 1979, I used my Canon Vt to photograph Eisie's B-Day party. I still have it, but now use my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D.

Explore the light,
P.S. I am now planning Sammon at 70. Ten years away, but I do like to plan ahead.