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    • Chris

      My previous employer, a company I love (actually two companies now, SmugMug + Flickr), makes short films of the creative lives of fascinating photographers. It's simply for the love of photography. They will go to Russia, Africa, Iceland, Brazil—wherever the most interesting photographers are—to film them.

      The problem is finding photographers who take spectacularly creative, exciting photos. What photographer crushes do you have?

      Here's one they only discovered a few days ago. Whoa! Kristina Makeeva from Russia.

    • vegasphotog

      Awesome photo and interesting thread. With the volume of Instagram photographers out there, I would hard pressed to identify an actually photographer that creatively stirs my soul. Is it crazy to say that times are different now then when Avedon and Ansel where pumping out the comps? When I visit art museums, typically photographer's exhibits don't inspire me, only the painters.

    • Chris

      I know they're working on a film of Omar Robles at the moment and I'm crazy about his dancers-in-the-streets photography.

    • Us

      The ballerina project and others have some great dance related IG posts. Kylie Shea for example.https://www.instagram.com/kyliesheaxo/It is sad now that when I look at a great picture like the first one in this post, the first thing that pops in my head is "wonder how much photoshop went into that, how much is fake?"

    • Lauren

      So many. Without stating the obvious, the whole Vivian Maier story amazes me and makes her photography all the more intriguing.

      I had the pleasure of meeting Ulla Lohmann at the UK Photography Show this year, she was wonderful and her work has wowed me ever since. She lowers herself into active volcanoes and takes the most awe-inspiring photos: https://www.instagram.com/ullalohmann/

      I love looking at photojournalism, so most photojournalists inspire me too (namely Steve McCurry).

      As a total aside though, my recent find on Instagram is Henry the Colorado Dog... love this feed.

    • Pa

      I made it a point to attend one of the earliest of Vivian Meir's posthumous gallery displays on a cold February 18, 2011 in Chicago at the Chicago Central Library. Here is an image of one of her cameras that was on display - she was known for her medium format twin lens cameras, but she also has a 35mm Exakta - The discovery of her work is a fascinating story.

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