Famous Photographers – Profile #1

Silvia Platchy

Sylvia Plachy (born 1943) is a Hungarian/American photographer.

Plachy was born in Budapest, Hungary. Her Hungarian Jewish mother was in hiding in fear of Nazi persecution during World War II. Her father was a Hungarian Roman Catholic of aristocratic descent and she was raised in his faith.

Plachy’s family moved to New York City due to the Hungarian Revolution. There she met the photographer Andre Kertesz. Plachy’s photo essays and portraits have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, Granta, Artforum, Fortune, and other publications. They have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Berlin, Budapest, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, Paris and Tokyo, and they are in collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Sylvia Plachy’s book, Self Portrait with Cows Going Home (2005), is a personal history of Central Europe with photographs and text, received a Golden Light Award for best book in 2004. Her first book, Sylvia Plachy’s Unguided Tour, won the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography for best publication in 1991.

Her other books are Red Light: Inside the Sex Industry with James Ridgeway (1996), Signs & Relics (2000) and Goings On About Town: Photographs for The New Yorker (2007). Plachy has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship (1977), a Lucie Award (2004), and the Dr. Erich Salomon lifetime achievement award (2009). She has taught and lectured widely.

Plachy lives in New York City with her husband and is the mother of Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody.

Albert maysles

Albert (born November 26, 1926, Boston, Massachusetts) and David Maysles (rhymes with “hazels“, born 10 January 1932, Boston, Massachusetts) were a documentary filmmaking team whose cinéma vérité works include Salesman (1968), Gimme Shelter (1970) and Grey Gardens (1976). Growing up, Albert had always held an interest in photography. Although he is best known for his work in direct cinema, Albert did not begin his career as a filmmaker; he got a Master of Arts degree from Boston University where he taught psychology for three years before making the switch to film. He took a trip to Russia to photograph a mental hospital, and returned the next year with a camera gifted to him from CBS to film his first documentary, Psychiatry in Russia. Their 1964 film on The Beatles forms the backbone of the DVD, The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit. Several Maysles films document art projects by Christo and Jeanne-Claude over a three-decade period, from 1974 when Christo’s Valley Curtain was nominated for an Academy Award to 2005 when The Gates headlined New York’s Tribeca Film Festival.

David Maysles, the younger brother, died of a stroke on January 3, 1987, in New YorkAlbert Maysles graduated in 1949 with a BA from Syracuse University and later earned a masters degree at Boston University. Albert has continued to make films on his own since his brother’s death. Jean-Luc Godard once called Albert Maysles “the best American cameraman”. In 2005 Maysles was given a lifetime achievement award at the Czech film festival AFO (Academia Film Olomouc). He is working on his own autobiographical documentary.

In 2005 he founded the Maysles Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides training and apprenticeships to underprivileged individuals. Albert is a patron of Shooting People, a filmmakers’ community.

Gregory creedson

Gregory Crewdson (born September 26, 1962) is an American photographer who is best known for elaborately staged scenes of American homes and neighborhoods.

Crewdson was born in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. He attended John Dewey High School, graduating early.

As a teenager, he was part of a punk rock group called The Speedies that hit the New York scene in selling out shows all over town. Their hit song “Let Me Take Your Photo” proved to be prophetic to what Crewdson would become later in life. In 2005, Hewlett Packard used the song in advertisements to promote its digital cameras.

In the mid 1980s, Crewdson studied photography at SUNY Purchase, near Port Chester, NY. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University. He has taught at Sarah LawrenceCooper UnionVassar College, and Yale University where he has been on the faculty since 1993. He is now a professor at the Yale University School of Art. In 2012, he was the subject of the feature documentary film Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters.

Gregory Crewdson is represented by Gagosian Gallery worldwide and by White Cube Gallery in London.


Untitled photo from Crewdson’s series Beneath the Roses (2003–2005)

Gregory Crewdson’s photographs usually take place in small town America, but are dramatic and cinematic. They feature often disturbing, surreal events. The photographs are shot using a large crew, and are elaborately staged and lit. He has cited the films VertigoThe Night of the HunterClose Encounters of the Third KindBlue Velvet, and Safe as having influenced his style, as well as the painter Edward Hopper and photographer Diane Arbus.

Photography books

  • Hover: Artspace Books, 1995, ISBN 1-891273-00-0 (first hardcover ed.)
  • Twilight: Photographs by Gregory Crewdson, with essay by Rick Moody: Harry N. Abrams, 2003, ISBN 0-8109-1003-9 (first hardcover ed.)
  • Gregory Crewdson: 1985–2005: Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2005, ISBN 3-7757-1622-X (first hardcover ed.)
  • Gregory Crewdson: Fireflies: Skarstedt Fine Art, 2007, ISBN 0-9709090-5-5 (first hardcover ed.)
  • Beneath the Roses, with Russell Banks: Abrams, 2008, ISBN 978-0-8109-9380-8
  • Sanctuary, Gregory Crewdson & Anthony O. Scott. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2010

Timothy greenflied sanders



Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (born 1952) is an American documentary filmmaker and portrait photographer, son of Miami musician and teacher Dr.Ruth W. Greenfield. The majority of his work is shot in large format.

He has photographed Orson WellesAlfred HitchcockJimmy CarterGerald FordGeorge H. W. BushGeorge W. BushBarack ObamaRuth Bader GinsburgSonia SotomayorSandra Day O’ConnorMadeleine AlbrightColin Powell, and Hillary Clinton.[3][4] Seven hundred of his art world portraits are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

His feature documentary film, Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart, about the musician Lou Reed, won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video. The film premiered in the U.S. at the Sundance Film Festival and in Europe at the Berlin Film Festival. It aired on the American Mastersseries on PBS. Greenfield-Sanders also exhibited photographs at the Mary Boone Gallery from October 30 to December 18, 2004. Starting in 2008, Greenfield-Sanders directed and produced The Black List: Volumes 1, 2 and 3. “Volume 1” premiered at The Sundance Film Festival. These documentary films aired on HBO in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Portraits taken by Greenfield-Sanders for the project were first exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2008 and then at the Brooklyn Museum. The work continued to tour and was shown at the Hartford Atheneum and the Paley Center in New York and Los Angeles. From October 27, 2011 – April 22, 2012, all fifty images from the series were shown at The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

In 2010 “The Latino List: Volume 1” aired on HBO and Greenfield-Sanders’ portraits of twenty-five leading Latinos were exhibited at The Brooklyn Museum. In 2012, he completed a new film, About Face, an examination of beauty through the eyes and lives of supermodels from the 1950s through the 1980s. This documentary premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and will air on HBO in on July 30, 2012.

Greenfield-Sanders has been on the masthead as a contributing photographer to Vanity Fair. He received a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University and a M.F.A. in film from the American Film Institute.

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