Ralph Gibson. Thursday, Apr 16 2009 

In doing research for my presentation on Annie Leibovitz, I discovered that she studied under Ralph Gibson. I had never heard of this photographer but looked up his photos to see where Annie got her inspiration from in the early years of her career. His work shows the same simplicity and formĀ  than Annie’s photos do, but Gibson’s have a much more surreal look to them. Its high contrasts and makes dramatic understatements with his photos by focusing on some small detail, like the curve of a leg or the corner of a shelf. What I like is that his portraits aren’t what you’d expect. Where you would normally expect a face, Gibson may only give you a shadow. Take a look.

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Keith Major. Thursday, Apr 2 2009 

Wednesday nights = America’s Next Top Model. This week’s photographer was Keith Major and I just loved how his pictures turned out. He did an amazing shoot where the models had their faces sprayed with a color which they had to evoke through emotion in their photos. I tried to find some of these to post with my blog but those photos haven’t appeared available online yet. Instead, I googled Keith Major and found his portfolio. His work consists mainly of beauty, fashion, music, and celebrity photography. He uses a lot of artificial light in his portraits which also are frequently shot close up. I’ve included some of my Major favorites below.

Tyra Banks.

Tyra Banks.

Eva Pigford - Top Model Winner

Eva Pigford - Top Model Winner

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Kim Cattrall

Kim Cattrall

Ludacris

Ludacris

Jill Scott

Jill Scott