Walter Astrada

Walter Astrada is a photojournalist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. His career began as a staff photographer for La Nacion newspaper of Argentina in 1996. He developed a personal project on “Faith” in 1999, traveling around Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. He joined Associated Press in Bolivia in September 1999, and later in Argentina. He has worked as a freelancer and for the Associated Press on and off his entire career.

Currently, he his living in Spain working as a freelancer and is working on a long-term project about violence against women.

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Mary Ellen Mark

Mary Ellen Mark is an American photojournalist who found an interest in photography at the age of nine with a Box Brownie camera. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and art history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1962 and a Masters Degree in Photojournalism in 1964.

She became a unit photographer on movie sets, shooting on sets of more than 100 movies.

“Her photography has addressed such social issues as homelessness, loneliness, drug addiction, and prostitution. She has described her approach to her subjects: ‘I’ve always felt that children and teenagers are not ‘children,’ they’re small people. I look at them as little people and I either like them or I don’t like them. I also have an obsession with mental illness. And strange people who are outside the borders of society.’ Mark has also said, ‘I’d rather pull up things from another culture that are universal, that we can all relate to….There are prostitutes all over the world. I try to show their way of life…'”

Robert Frank

Robert Frank was “one of the most influential photographers of the mid-20th century, noted for ironic renderings of American life.” Frank became a professional industrial photographer when he was twenty-two years old. In the 1940s he became a fashion photographer for Harper’s Bazaar magazine in Paris. Feeling limited by this type of work in 1948, he traveled to the US and then Peru to gain experience using the 35-mm camera.

  After success with his photography career and having his work published, in 1959 he turned to cinematography. His first movie, Pull My Daisy, was successful, but his later works were not as well liked.

 

Eddie Adams

Eddie Adams was an American photojournalist who’s interest in photography became obvious during his teenage years. Upon graduating from high school, Adams served in the US Marine Corps, witnessing the Korean War as a combat photography. Adams captured 13 wars on film throughout his career.

“His war photography moment of fame came during the Vietnam War, when he shot the famous Street Execution of a Viet Cong Prisoner. The picture shows General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a prisoner on the street of Saigon. It captures fear, desperation and the terror of war in a horrendous way. The photograph received a Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography in 1969. It also granted Adams several additional distinctions. Though it brought him fame, Adams often regretted the powerful impact of the photograph. He wrote the following in connection to the manner in which the image affected people: ‘The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them; but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths. … What the photograph didn’t say was, ‘What would you do if you were the general at that time and place on that hot day, and you caught the so-called bad guy after he blew away one, two or three American people?'”

In 1972, Adams began working for Time magazine. He freelanced, photographing numerous celebrities and even doing a series on Penthouse pets. Later, Adams produced various fashion and lifestyle-related photographs. He continued to work until his death, battling Lou-Gehrig’s disease.

Margaret Bourke-White

 

Margaret Bourke-White was an American photojournalist who was raised to set high standards for herself. She studied at Columbia University in New York in 1922, studying herpetology. After studying with Clarence White, she developed an interest in photography and switched colleges several times before graduating in 1927 from Cornell University. After graduation she moved to Cleveland, OH to begin her career in photography.

She took on the job of associate editor at Fortune magazine in 1929.

“She was talented, took risks and was becoming more successful than some of her male colleagues.”

She accomplished a lot of firsts in her career:

-She was the first Western photographer allowed into the Soviet Union in 1930 when she went on assignment.

-She was the first woman accredited by the U.S. Army as a war correspondent and crossed the German border with Patton’s troops.

-She was one of the first photographers to enter and document death camps.

 

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange was an American documentary photographer. She studied photography at Columbia University in New York City under Clarence H. White. She decided in 1918 to travel around the world, selling her photographs to earn money. She made it to San Francisco before her money ran out, but settled there and worked in a photography studio.

Lange photographed unemployed men wandering the streets of San Francisco during the Great Depression. These pictures greatly influenced later documentary and journalistic photography.

One of her most well known photographs is Migrant Mother.

David Seymour

David Szymin was born in 1911 in Warsaw. He studied printing in Leipzig and chemistry and physics at Sorbonne in the 30s. A family friend who owned the “pioneering” picture agency Rap, David Rappaport, lent him a camera. He started being known as ‘Chim’ and began working as a freelance photographer.

“From 1936 to 1938 Chim photographed the Spanish Civil War, and after it was over he went to Mexico on an assignment with a group of Spanish Republican émigrés. On the outbreak of the Second World War he moved to New York, where he adopted the name David Seymour.”

He founded Magnum Photos in 1947, along with Cartier-Bresson, Capa, George Rodger, and William Vandivert. UNICEF commissioned him the following year to photograph Europe’s children in need.

After Robert Capa‘s death he became the new president of Magnum, a post he held until he was killed in 1956.