Landscape photography is about much more than just capturing the surrounding environment. Its most powerful role is to help us re-discover ourselves and our love for the natural world. As such, we have chosen five impressive contemporary landscape photographers. Their skill in the photographic arts is matched only by how perfectly they convey spiritual meaning to their photos. Not just at any famous landscape photographers, but at those who profoundly move us through sheer photographic talent. This talent is revealed through exposing the incredible beauty and philosophical ambivalence of the surrounding world.
7. Kilian Schoenberger
Kilian Schoenberger has a fine sense of color and proportion to match the excellent location choices. His work impresses through the primal Northern landscapes and wild forests, captured in immaculate quality from excellent angles. The Norwegian landscapes are haunting as they are beautiful and reveal a beautiful but untamed land, in which survival without modern technology would be extremely hard.
Very well planned and timed, Kilian Schoenberger’s photos make number five on our list. The main reason is how he gives the harshness of nature a romantic touch. Check out more work from this great artist on the official website of Kilian Schoenberger.
6. Darren White
Darren White is a master of blending colors and exposing stark natural contrasts. He takes his place amongst famous landscape photographers due to his innate talent at combining natural and man-made elements into a harmonious whole. For instance, a key theme in many of his photographs is the peaceful and sustainable coexistence of man and nature. His desert photograph below shows just how fragile this balance is. With photographs filled with emotion and hidden meaning, Darren White earns his place among our top five famous landscape photographers. Check out more from this great landscape photographer on his official website.
5. Andreas Gursky
If you appreciate detailed, bold, and colorful landscapes and don’t mind a small amount of digital manipulation in photographic art, then Andreas Gursky’s work will impress you. Ever since 1988, Gursky has used digital technology to create works of art of up to 15 feet tall. His work was influenced by Bernd and Hilla Becher. Ever since, he traveled all throughout Asia to capture its architectural and natural beauty. His work has been exhibited in museums all around Europe and the rest of the world. You can see many more works by this artist in the most real sense on the Andreas Gursky official website.
4. Peter Lik
One of the most famous landscape photographers out there, Peter Lik has extensive experience with professional photography. One of his pictures (Ghost) holds the record for the most expensive photograph ever sold. In the photo, the sun’s rays gleaming through a canyon take the shape of a person due to the dust in the air. The picture takes uniqueness to a whole new level, as it would not have been possible to take it except at that precise fraction of a second before the human-like shape was lost to the wind.
The Australian photographer’s success is more than matched by his skill at capturing landscape images in a wide variety of environments, urban, natural or with mixed elements. Check out more work from Peter Lik on his website.
3. David Keochkerian
The photographs and landscapes captured by David Keochkerian are deeply moving, not just due to his incredible photographic skill and wonderful blend of colors employed, but also due to the deep emotion which these pictures convey. Furthermore, stunning landscapes are combined with a human element to give a strong feeling of peaceful nostalgia. His other pictures also combine the beautiful and the stunning with deep melancholy, making the viewer experience powerful ambivalent feelings. David Keochkerian consequently earns a firm number two spot in our famous landscape photographers list. Check out more stunningly beautiful pictures from this artist on the David Keochkerian official website.
Note: if you are interested in starting off with landscape photography and want to know the basics, we recommend reading our collection of tips for landscape photography!
2. Hiroshi Sugimoto
Sugimoto’s work combines extended exposure with painting, installation, and architecture elements to create bold, deep, and magical pieces of art. His seascapes are, in our opinion, something out of this world, and this is due mainly to his technique of capturing the nature of reality, which blends in natural elements with optical illusions created by his large-format camera and lens. Check out the official website of Hiroshi Sugimoto to see more of his creations.
1. Max Rive
Breathtaking and awe-inspiring, Max Rive’s work inspires us through beauty, emotion, and powerful philosophical themes. First of all, the complexity and quality of the colors are simply stunning. Secondly, the landscapes are superb, showing Earth’s marvelous shapes at their very best. Finally, the human element in the pictures speaks volumes about man’s eternal fascination with the unknown and will move even the most indifferent person to secretly long for a life of exploration, travel, and discovery.
The picture below is one of the most representative examples in this regard. The end of the ascent subtly hints at the inherent limitations imposed on human knowledge and achievement by the universe. However, despite being aware of this, the climber cannot help wishing for more. Thus, his desire for more is represented by pointing towards the setting sun. The combination of photographic mastery and deep philosophical connotations should definitely make Max Rive one of the most famous landscape photographers of our time. heck out a whole series of breathtaking images from Max Rive official website.
Being a famous landscape photographer implies technical mastery of the photographic arts. However, it also requires feelings, philosophy, and a creative, unrestricted mind. As such, only the very best photographers can combine all the necessary skills and mindsets into an eclectic approach which will truly move viewers to discover their hidden longings and emotions.
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