There are a multitude of photography blogs out there. The internet is lousy with them. If you're a photography fanatic and want to check out the latest lighting techniques or camera gear, there's a blog for you. If you're a Photoshop or Lightroom geek seeking the best workflow solutions, there's a blog for you. The resources to keep up with the latest trends in digital photography are phenomenal.
What I find sorely lacking however is any kind of historical references to where we came from as visual artists. I'm always stunned when I'm on a shoot and mention to the the digital tech or photo assistant the name of some photographer or painter from the past and I get nothing but a blank stare of non-recognition.
While I'm certainly not an art historian, I can't imagine working in the visual arts without a fundamental understanding of what went before. Nothing excites me more than visiting a museum or book store and getting turned on by a new (old) artist. It's like opening a door to an alternate universe that demands exploration.
Which brings me to the point of this blog. I'm setting myself the goal of exploring the artists and art movements that have been influential to me as a fine art and commercial photographer. This list is completely idiosyncratic and certainly not exhaustive. What follows is what has and continues to inspire me. I hope it provides some open doors to you the readers as well.