Photographers I Love: Nick Knight

Photographers I Love: Nick Knight

Nick Knight may well be the most creative fashion image-maker there is. There’s something very British about his work – it mixes both punk and old-world elegance. He’s the Alexander McQueen of photography (or maybe Alexander McQueen was the Nick Knight of fashion?).

Photographers I Love: Nadav Kander

Photographers I Love: Nadav Kander

I remember vividly when I first saw his work: I was an young art buyer at BBDO New York and Bill Stockland, his agent in the US, came to show us his books. Bill was a great agent, but Kander’s images didn’t need any selling.

Photographers I Love: Nan Goldin

Photographers I Love: Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin’s photographs are not always easy to face. They show hardship, violence and pain. But they also, and more importantly, show life – the good, the bad, and the ugly of it.

Photographers I Love: Tyler Mitchell

Photographers I Love: Tyler Mitchell

Tyler Mitchell’s subjects, be they models or everyday people, are effortlessly cool, like only cool 19-year-olds know how to be. They play with gender roles and pay no mind to what people may think of their clothes or skin color. Mitchell shows us moments when being young and alive is all that matters.

Photographers I Love: Gordon Parks

Photographers I Love: Gordon Parks

Throughout his life and career, Gordon Parks held an unflinching mirror to America and fought for civil rights and social justice. Photographer, filmmaker, writer, musician… he was a true Renaissance man and led an extraordinary life!

Photographers I Love: Tim Walker

Photographers I Love: Tim Walker

You immediately know you’re looking at a Walker’s image when you see it. I find his work also eminently British, referencing old world grandeur and fairytales. I think the world can use more of those, don’t you?

Photographers I Love: Sally Mann

Photographers I Love: Sally Mann

Sally Mann started documenting her family in the 1980s, using a century-old 8×10 film camera. The resulting images are beautiful and timeless. They also raise uncomfortable questions.
Your reaction to them will depend on your degree of comfort with the uncomfortable.