Olaf Otto Becker
Eileen Cooper RA
José Gabriel Fernández
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 twentieth 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.
Sandra Blow RA (1925-2006) pioneered British abstraction in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries through her ongoing investigations of scale, colour and composition, and use of diverse materials. Following international success in the mid-century exhibiting with Gimpel Fils and the New Art Centre, Blow’s ambition of scale led to monumental, tactile works emphasising plastic space and surface tensions.
One of the most influential American photographers of the second half of the twentieth century, Harry Callahan (1912-1999) is noted as much for his work in colour as for his impressive body of work in black and white. His subjects include nature and light studies, and the streets, scenes, people and architecture of the cities where he lived. His prime subject, however, for fifteen years, was his wife, Eleanor.
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.
Throughout her career, Eileen Cooper (born 1953) has made figurative paintings that encompass themes of fertility, sexuality, motherhood, life and death. A Keeper of the Royal Academy for almost a decade, Cooper’s work offers up a prescient and insightful magical realism evoked through bright colours and graphic outlines.
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 during the 1960s as part of a post-war cultural renaissance in Britain. 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.
Working both in the round and in relief, Venezuelan-born sculptor José Gabriel Fernández (born 1957) utilises diverse materials including plywood, resin, fibreglass-reinforced gypsum and MDF to produce abstract sculptures inspired by the history of Modernism in Latin America and Europe.
Gregory Halpern (born 1977) is an acclaimed American photographer who has focussed his career on an exploration of the elusive, nascent notion of Americanness. He is celebrated for his pioneering photobooks, his most recent publications ZZYZX and Omaha Sketchbook are lyrical and poetic explorations of place.
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 (born 1980) 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 (born 1953) 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.
Throughout her career, Jocelyn Lee (born 1962) 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 ageing.
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, shooting 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. Her archive is represented in the United Kingdom by Huxley-Parlour Gallery.
Steve McCurry (born 1950) is best known for his evocative colour photographs that document both human struggles and joy. 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.
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. Martin Parr is represented by 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 (born 1944) 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.
Jem Southam (born 1950) is one of the most critically respected British landscape photographers working today. Celebrated for his important contribution to colour photography in Britain, Southam documents subtle changes in the landscape in relation to the passage of time.
Joel Sternfeld (born 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.
Donald Sultan (born 1951) is an acclaimed American painter known for his large-scale paintings produced using a range of industrial and non-art materials, including tar, latex and rubber, and for his graphic and restrained investigations of form. Since his first solo exhibition in 1977, Sultan has exhibited his works internationally and they are now held in the permanent collections of over fifty major international museums.
Ruud van Empel (b. 1958) is one of the most innovative 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.
William Wegman (born 1943) is an internationally renowned artist and photographer, whose photographs, videos and paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the world. He is best known for his on-going artistic collaborations with his Weimaraners, his lifelong muses.