Was recently reviewing photos from some early 20th century photographers. Saw an exhibit at MoMA of Bill Brandt and it got me thinking of two other photographers/artists from the last century. Man Ray and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Wanted to post a thread with some of my favorite "old" photos by these three artists. Some are iconic, some are lesser known. Would encourage others to post some of their favorite photos by photographers who inspired them. [Nota bene: pulled out photo books for these shots and took quick photos with my camera . Didn't scan them. Also didn't spend much time trying to optimize them. They are what they are. Much better versions can be found either online or in books if a particular image strikes your fancy.] Bill Brandt Love the composition on this. The wall draws the eye in to focus on the outline of the police officer. The actual image is more dramatic. But I think this gives a sense of the drama captured. So much "story" in this image. Very sensual but not overtly graphic. Much is hinted at, but not actually revealed. Another image where much is hinted at but not revealed. This one a little darker in tone than the previous. Blurry even in the original. The background is kind of in focus. The subject lost in shadow without any detail on the right half of his body and overexposed on the left half of his face, also losing any detail. The book he is reading blurry but has light falling on it to attract the eye. I find this a very powerful image. I love this candid. Not graphic, but *very* suggestive and sensual. Love this. Not sure my capture from a book really shows it off (and the book didn't compare to seeing it in person), but I find this an amazing photo. Another amazing street shot with a fantastic composition. A vertical landscape which is a bit unusual for landscape photography. While he has several horizontal landscapes, he shot a number vertically and made them work. An abstract landscape, though this is a bit more out of focus and abstract than the original image. I really like this photo in the original. One of a couple I've seen with the same general theme. That leading line is phenomenal. This is an amazing photo. He has another somewhat similar one with a biker on the path heading into the photo. One of his nudes. Not graphic. But just wow. This feet photo just blew my mind when I first saw it. He has a few beach photos in a similar vein, some more graphic than others. Amazing. Man Ray Viewed today his images can make him seem like a photoshop whore. He took photography in a radically new direction, doing things in "post" that were revolutionary at the time. Many of his subjects were nudes. Hard to find images that are suitable for posting in a forum. Like this one though: Henri Cartier-Bresson Iconic image that everyone has seen. One of the things I find interesting about it is that it isn't in sharp focus. The image is all about the composition and the time of capture. I like this composition. I also like this composition. He did some interesting portraits. These two are in the same style. The one on the right is Jean-Paul Sartre. He has one of Camus that I really like as well. Did several portraits in different styles of several famous people. This is actually one of my favorite Bresson photos. He was a very talented photojournalist, though many of these images don't do much for me. This candid is filled with emotion. If the girl didn't have a smile on her face I would find this very disturbing. I still actually find it disturbing. But it is very powerful. What attracts me to these "classic" photographers is the ability to create incredible compositions--an amazing talent to shoot from the "right" vantage point and include what matters and (as important) exclude what doesn't matter. Often they chose subjects that also infused their images with emotion. Many of the images they produced aren't "technically" correct in the way images are usually judged in internet forums. But they are artistically amazing. Feel free to reply and post images from photographers you find interesting/inspiring.