An amazing photographer who inspires me is Eve Arnold. I was always captivated by a certain photo she took of Marilyn Monroe, and when I started researching her I was amazed by the portrait work she has done. Her portraits of Marilyn are breathtaking and capture her in a way different than any other photographs she took, which is difficult to do with someone who was photographed as often as Ms. Monroe.
There is no denying the power of eyes in Steve McCurry’s portraits. I have never seen work where the eyes are so piercing in so many photos. His work is striking and motivational to capture so much emotion and feeling in just the eyes.
MARY ELLEN MARK
An artist who isn’t afraid to take risks is Mary Ellen Mark. So many of her works carry the “who gives a damn” attitude but each evoke a completely different emotion. She pushes the envelope and creates amazing photos that are so unique and odd they could never be recreated.
Most everyone in Irving Penn’s portraits look slightly mad. I love it. There is a hint of insanity in a lot of his subject’s eyes. It takes a skillful person to bring out the madness of people on camera, and I am always extremely impressed when I see his work that he can bring out and capture the crazy and sometimes slightly creepy side of people.