My New Favorite Photographers

Nearly every time I go out to shoot I’m confronted with the cold hard fact that I don’t know a damn thing about photography. One day recently I realized the only ‘famous’ photographer whose work I could name and was more than superficially familiar with was Ansel Adams. I’ve decided this is unacceptable and that I need to plug into a few people’s work who I love and who draw me deeper into my own obsession. This is what I came up with…

David Lachapelle
James Nachway
Tim Petersen
Celesta Danger
Lorraine Daley

… I’m new to this so I reserve the right to hate them all next week, but for now these guys have opened my eyes and I’m feeling their work.

Who are your favorites? Who else should I be checking out? How do you expose yourself to new photography?

UPDATED: Ok… a couple months later I have a few more people to add to the list. Flickr people… Brian Milo and Kevin Meredith.