Sir Cecil Beaton
Olaf Otto Becker
Ruud Van Empel
Across a career spanning the best part of the twentieth century, Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) produced one of the most significant and varied bodies of photography ever made. She is widely regarded as one of the most important American documentary photographers.
Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) had a brilliant aesthetic eye, which combined with his theatrical persona, ruthless ambition and addiction to social advancement kept him in work for over six decades. From young socialites to Andy Warhol and the Rolling Stones, from 1920s flappers to Twiggy, Beaton straddled the 20th century, recording its heroes and starlets, fashions and tastes.
Olaf Otto Becker (born 1959) follows in the tradition of Herbert Ponting and William Bradford, early photographers who travelled to the Polar Regions to photograph these dramatic and unexplored landscapes. Like his predecessors, Becker aims to find a balance between both the artistic and the scientific in his photography.
Internationally renowned and critically respected, Valérie Belin (born 1964) is perhaps the most celebrated French photographer working today. Her monumental works explore issues of surface, identity and artificiality. In her photographs Belin utilises the human form as a powerful vessel to project or subvert meaning, with the questioning of reality a central thread that weaves throughout her oeuvre.
Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), arguably the most significant photographer of the twentieth-century, was one of the co-founders of Magnum Photos in 1947 and champion of the “decisive moment”. He brought a new aesthetic and practice to photography, initiated modern photojournalism, and influenced countless followers.
Bruce Davidson (born 1933) remains one of the world’s great photographers. A member of the prestigious Magnum Photos agency since 1958, he took inspiration from his friend and mentor, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and went on to redefine the genre of photojournalism with his singular style and methods. He is perhaps best known for his photo-essays documenting subversive and counter culture groups.
Terence Donovan (1936-1996) came to prominence in London in the 1960s as part of a post-war renaissance in art, fashion, graphic design and photography. The energy of his fashion photographs and portraits, and the force of his personality, have assumed in the intervening years an almost folkloric significance. With David Bailey and Brian Duffy, photographers of a similar background and outlook, Donovan was perceived as a new force in British fashion photography.
Known for his satirical humour and sharp wit, Elliott Erwitt (born 1928) rose to fame after he was invited to join Magnum photos by founding member Robert Capa in the 1950s. He has since become one of the world’s most successful and influential photographers, having produced over twenty retrospective photography books and been honoured by numerous solo shows at establishments such as the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. He is represented in the United Kingdom by Huxley-Parlour Gallery.
Cig Harvey (born 1973) is a photographer whose practice seeks to find the magical in everyday life. Rich in implied narrative, Harvey’s work is deeply rooted in the natural environment, and offers explorations of belonging and familial relationships. She is represented in the United Kingdom by Huxley-Parlour gallery.
Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002) was one of the most significant portrait photographers of the twentieth century. His portraits are easily recognisable for their bold use of studio lighting and closely cropped composition. Karsh’s photographs of the best-known politicians and cultural figures of the day have become their most enduring portraits.
Zhang Kechun is best known for his large format photographs of post-industrial Chinese landscapes. He produces epic vistas that dwell on the significance of the landscape in modern Chinese national identity. He is represented in the United Kingdom by Huxley-Parlour gallery.
Michael Kenna is one of the most acclaimed landscape photographers of his generation. His photographs have been the subject of some 50 monographs and are held in the collections of over 100 museums worldwide. He is represented in the United Kingdom by Huxley-Parlour gallery.
Breathing life into objects overlooked by others, Paul Kenny creates expansive, cosmic images from minute, fragile ephemera. Unceasingly innovative, he is at the forefront of developments in contemporary abstract photography.
Nico Krijno (born 1981) is part of an international wave of contemporary artists working to establish a new visual language for the still life in the information age. His photographs show a playful concern with the deconstruction of the still life genre. His ongoing exploration of form and material reveal his deeper interest in photographic truthfulness.
Throughout her career, Lee’s photographic practice has utilised portraiture as a tool to explore the tactile qualities of the living world. Her richly descriptive colour works emphasise the tonal and textural richness of foliage, fabrics and flesh. Lee is driven by existential themes, including those of sexuality, family, death and aging.
Vivian Maier (1926-2009) was a professional nanny who, unbeknownst to those that knew her, used her spare time to scour the streets of Chicago and New York, using her trusty Rolleiflex, to shoot up to a whole roll of film each day. Unknown in her lifetime, she left an outstanding body of work composed of more than 100,000 negatives and undeveloped roll films. Her archive is represented in the United Kingdom by Huxley-Parlour gallery.
Steve McCurry (born 1950) is best known for his evocative colour photography, he captures human struggle and joy in the finest documentary tradition. Having travelled the globe for over thirty years, McCurry has photographed warzones, burning oil fields, refugee camps, ship breaking yards and monsoons all over the world. A member of Magnum Photos since 1986, many of his images have become modern icons.
The subject of 350 exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide and two-time Guggenheim Fellow, Joel Meyerowitz (born 1938) is one of the most highly regarded photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. Alongside William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, he drove the repositioning of colour photography from the margins to the mainstream.
Renowned for his appropriation of defunct photographic processes, Abelardo Morell (born 1948) is one of the most innovative photographers working today. Producing images that connect the antique beginnings of photography to the modern environment, Morell uses a variety of unusual methods such as tintypes, glass negatives, wet plate collodian, cyanotypes, cliché verre and, most famously, the camera obscura.
Arnold Newman (1918-2006) is remembered as one of the most accomplished portrait photographers of the twentieth century. His ‘environmental portraits’ paved the way for modern portrait photography.
Martin Parr (born 1952) is widely acknowledged for his photographic projects that highlight, and gently satirise people and their cultures. His wry observational photography is characterised by the use of vivid colour. In association with Rocket Gallery.
Wang Qingsong (born 1966) is one of China’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. Born at the start of the Cultural Revolution, Qingsong’s works comment on the overwhelming social and visual changes that have taken place in his native country over the last four and a half decades. He is represented in the United Kingdom by Huxley-Parlour gallery.
Undertaking projects of vast temporal and geographic scope, Sebastião Salgado is one of the most celebrated photojournalists working today. Whilst inescapably memorable for their beauty, Salgado’s photographs are laden with political purpose exposing the social and environmental problems facing our planet.
Alec Soth (born 1969) is a leading contemporary American photographer, working in the documentary tradition. Soth is celebrated for his series Sleeping by the Mississippi, Niagara and Broken Manual, which merge a documentary style with a poetic sensibility.
Joel Sternfeld (b. 1944) is a photographer whose work sits within the American documentary tradition of Walker Evans and Robert Frank. He is celebrated for his pioneering colour photographs that explore societal issues, and are often characterised by subtle irony and humour. His series American Prospects is regarded as one of the most influential bodies of photographic work from the late twentieth century.
Ruud van Empel (born 1958) is one of the most innovative and influential contemporary photographers working today. Van Empel’s pioneering techniques have completely changed the face of digital photography. Using a vast library of digital body parts, fabrics and foliage, van Empel creates dream-like photographic utopias, where nothing is exactly as it seems. Ruud van Empel is represented in the United Kingdom by Huxley-Parlour gallery.