Capturing Different Suns and Moons: Top 10 Travel Photographers
Anton Chekhov once said, “Don’t tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass”. A photograph is not just a digital image or a piece of colorful paper; it is an expression which the viewer grasps instantly beneath him/her. Profession of photography is not that beautiful as it looks, it takes hours and sometimes days to capture a picture. It’s the game of moments to be precise. Here we present a list of 10 Travel Photographers who did a remarkable job and are famed worldwide.
Philip Lee Harvey
Crowned as Photographer of the Year 2014, Philip has worked in over 100 countries. His journeys ranges from Sahara to Antarctica gave him a lot more to explore. He finds that a destination is not destination; it’s just a new beginning. His work has been appeared in a variety of publications including BBC Lonely Planet Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, The Independent, Condé Nast Traveler, the Saturday Telegraph, Tatler, Vanity Fair and Volvo magazine, and so on. He also worked for brands like Ford, the Irish and British Tourist Boards, Bentley, Ericsson Communications, British Airways, Sony, Volkswagen, Sea France, UBS Banks, ITV, MasterCard and Kodak.
Well known as the Panoramic Photographer, Will Pearson loves interaction with tall buildings and cranes for the sake of his passion cum profession. He is well versed with panoramic photography, Interactive 360s, 360 VR etc. He has efficiently worked with and for some of the renowned names like BBC, Apple Inc., M&S, Siemens, Virgin, Sony, Mercedes, and Jaguar. He is also the founder of a bi-monthly magazine: Mental Floss. Will is known as a fun loving and hard-working person who sometimes misses the breakfast with family as he is always busy with his equipment.
Being an extremist by nature, intense views have a special place in Maria Stenzel’s heart. Worked as a contributor for National Geographic for 16 years, Maria assumes herself more of a wanderer than a photographer. Qualified as a bachelor’s in American Studies from the University of Virginia, she personified herself as a typical liberal arts student—interested in everything and qualified in nothing. Maria Stenzel has captured a broad array of coursework, from covering indigenous groups from the rain forest to the Arctic, clicking Inca mummies high in the Andes and dinosaur digs in Madagascar, she did it all and that too much efficiently.
Highly optimistic Steve Davey always thinks that the best is presently in front of him. With over 300,000 copies of his bestseller book ‘Unforgettable Places to See before You Die’, Steve emerged as a Traveler, Photographer and Writer. Steve catches 99 flights and takes just 7 rounds of the world per year. Unusual perspectives are his specialty – like his shot of side-winding Egyptian sand dunes with shadow. He calls himself an experimental photographer who has no definite style. He is king of different styles. One can enroll themselves in any of the photography tours under his sharp guidance.
Capturing stunning landscapes, this Australian landscape photographer has showcased his work in various world class galleries. This adventurous shutterbug has been termed as a visionary in landscape photography as his documented snapshots emits plenty of emotions. There in a X Factor in his photographs, secret of which is limited to himself only.
Nobody is unaware with the name of this Brazilian photographer, Sebastiao Salgado. He has travelled in almost 120 countries and is still a traveler continuing his photography journey. Besides, after appearing in various press publications, his work have also been presented in books such as Other Americas (1986), Sahel: el fin del Camino (1988), Sahel: l’homme en détresse (1986), Workers (1993), Migrations and Portraits (2000), Terra (1997) and Africa (2007). He has been crowned with numerous major photographic awards for his accomplishments. Sebastiao Salgado is a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF and an honorary associate of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in the United States of America.
The one who gave face to the ‘Afghan Girl’ is none other than Steve McCurry. He is an iconic contemporary photographer for more than 30 years. He founded ImagineAsia in 2004, a non-profit organization works in partnership with the locals and regional NGOs to provide better educational opportunities to young and adults.
Diane Cook and Len Jenshel
Exploring beauties, boundaries and the beast, these tow photographers from New York nailed the game. The duo met in 1979, married in 1983 and started collaborating in 1991. They always keep on experimenting with black & White and Color photography and ultimately deliver their unique point of view. They are always on roads searching and exploring their talent. Apart from this, Cook and Jenshel also works for the key magazines, both domestic and international including Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic, House & Garden, National Geographic Traveler, The New Yorker, Washington Post Magazine, Men’s Journal, Fortune, Audubon, Civilization, Departures, Travel & Leisure, Life, GEO,T&L Golf, Budget Travel, Organic Style, Nest, Town & Country, Outside and many others.
Pete Seaward is a specialist of freeze-framing the hi-fi life of European urbans. His Head-turners include close shots of Italian churches and panoramas of Montmartre in Paris. Even the British Press Awards gave Seaward the thumbs-up, rewarding him Travel Photographer of the Year in 2011. With more than 30 years of expertise, Peter just needs the location and the he can give birth to something unique by any means.
Any photographer who shows us polar bears in widescreen gets our stamp of approval. But Michael Poliza is also an expert when it comes to bird’s eye views. He is a famous travel and wildlife photographer who believes in living on the lap of nature . . . far away from any sign of civilization. New York Times reviewed his first book quoting that the perspective of photography might get changed with the book. He was previously an actor acted in more than 100 Television and Theatre productions. He is famous for his 8 week Helicopter journey from Hamburg to Cape Town. He is the winner of numerous internationally acclaimed photography awards including Pure Life Experiences, 2013, Nature´s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Award, 2011, Ernennung zum Botschafter des WWF, 2009, and Preis der internationaler Kalenderschau, 2008.