The People of Yorkshire are some of the finest the isles has to offer. Join us here discovering some famous photographers that have shaped the art form from the glorious land of Yorkshire.
Francis Meadow Sutcliffe
Born in 1853 in the Leeds Suburb of Headingly. His start paved his way for greatness being the eldest of eight children born to the painter Thomas Sutcliffe. He initially made his living as a portrait photographer working in Kent but the draw of home brought him back to Yorkshire where he spent the rest of his life in Whitby. His pioneering photographic art presents an enduring lifelike historical record of Whitby through the lens of the late Victorian era, with him gaining the moniker ‘the pictorial Boswell of Whitby’. He was a prolific writer on the subject of photography, writing a regular column in the Yorkshire weekly post. His effect on the photography world didn’t end there as he is most well known for his famous photograph ‘water rats’ taken in 1886, and then became a founding member of the ‘Linked Ring Brotherhood’ an influential photography society that existed to propel photography into the realms of fine art and experimenting with the processes and applications of the work. He died in 1941 aged 87 leaving a huge impact on the art form of photography.
Richard and Cherry Kearton
Born in the village of Thwaite in North Yorkshire, the brothers Richard and Cherry Kearton were naturalists who became some of the world’s earliest nature photographers. They developed innovative methods to photograph animals in the wild and published the first natural history book to be entirely illustrated by wild photographs. These aren’t the only firsts that the brothers accomplished during their lifetime. Cherry took the first ever photograph of a bird’s nest with eggs in 1892. They also made the first ever recording of birds singing in the wild in the 1900s and the first ever photographs of London from the air and even the first footage of hostilities during the first world war.
Care Johnson was born in 1993 in Dewsbury, she initially started her photography career in 2011 at the age of 17. Initially she worked freelance mainly covering events and nature photography. She then changed to posting self portraits online and transitioned her work to doing more portrait photography. From this she started working as a press photographer. One year on from starting her photography journey she was chosen from a number of princes trust supported photographers by the famous photographer Rankin to work with him on an advertising campaign for the trust. Her work has featured prominently on the Bing homepage and has been exhibited in the houses of parliament. Johnson also appeared on Glamour magazine’s one to watch list in 2014.
Born in Bradford in 1937. David Hockney is an artist in all regards dabbling in; painting, printmaking, stage designing and photography. He was a pivotal part of the pop art movement of the 1960’s and is considered to be one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. He came into his element at the Royal College of Art in London where he said he felt at home and took pride in his work. Whilst there he featured in the exhibition Young Contemporaries that announced the arrival of British pop art. Hockney has experimented with multiple mediums and has a large interest range of subject matter. In the early 1980’s he began to produce photo collages first using polaroid prints and then 35mm pressed colour prints. He arranged these into a patchwork to make a composite image. However, overtime he discovered the limitations of photography and what he could not capture with a lens. He became frustrated with the lack of space showcased through photography and its one eyed approach and returned to predominantly painting.
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