Over the past couple of years, I’ve mentioned some of my personal favorite “undiscovered” photographers (part 1 and part 2). I say “undiscovered” because these folks are not your mainstream hotshots known by every other photographer on the face of the Earth — but, you never know what the future holds (plus they’re still freakin’ awesome)!

So this time around, I’d like to give all of you the opportunity to highlight an “undiscovered” photographer. Simply leave a link in the comments to the website or portfolio of your favorite non-mainstream artist (please don’t link to just an image file). Limit your choice to ONE photographer — somebody who does outstanding work. Oh, and try to refrain from promoting yourself… this article is about promoting other people (but don’t worry, you’ll get credit for pointing them out!).

When the comments die down (maybe a week or two), I’d like to get in touch with some of these photographers and exhibit their work here on the blog. I can’t say that I’ll show the work from every photographer mentioned, the exact numbers will depend on the number of entries and the quality of their work. So dig deep and find that “diamond in the rough”!

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Sanctamonious i.e. Todd on Flickr. He doesn’t have near enough attention. I think he deserves so much more. Photo after photo is art. I can’t say enough about his work. He mostly shoots film (not that I’m trying to sway the judge :-) ), but even his recent foray into digital is great. Here is his photostream. I encourage people to look through it because he doesn’t have everything in sets.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/89936228@N00/

Here is hands down one of my very favorite photos every by anybody. I don’t know why I love it so especially since I am not generally interested in people or portrait photography.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/89936228@N00/2719656108/

I always find great people in the comments of these posts Brian. Thanks for doing it.

July 27, 2009 9:33 pm

I reckon Paul Pichugin will be the next big thing as soon as he is “discovered” he does awesome landscapes as well as portraits and weddings.. very accomplished.. his 2 websites are: http://paulmp.com.au and http://paulpichugin.com

sorry.. I must sound like a fanboy.. he did our family portraits and we love them!

July 27, 2009 10:32 pm

Alessandro Villa

Killer portraits.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/unsuono/

July 28, 2009 12:22 am

Emin Kuliyev i a great wedding photographer

http://www.em34.com/

July 28, 2009 12:59 am

Lately I discovered some photos of a man named Marek Degorski. I never knew there are that talented photographers in Eastern Europe. Well, yes, I know that there are large amounts of photographers that no one heard about, but I loved this one work. He is supposed to specialize in catching human faces and bodies in original background. Here are some samples of his work:
http://www.maxmodels.pl/vukotich.html
I would recommend his work to anyone interested in photography. I think he is very talented one and soon more people will hear about him.

July 28, 2009 1:13 am

http://pbase.com/manny_librodo

Manny is simply one of the best…

July 28, 2009 2:16 am

I have been following Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas for some time now. They are brothers from the UK with a bright future. They travel to some amazing places and their photographs are incredible.
http://blog.burrard-lucas.com/

July 28, 2009 3:26 am

A favourite of mine is Erik van Hannen. You should definitely check out his flickr site here

July 28, 2009 3:38 am

Must be my old friend Ted Byrne. Among much more he has painting background – and it shows. He is a true artist in the fortunate position of not having to make art for a living – and it shows as well. He is a master and a philosopher, and all that makes him constantly experiment and stretch the definitions of Photography as Art. His blog is at http://imagefiction.blogspot.com/.

July 28, 2009 3:40 am

Shawn Duffy

He’s an up and coming photographer and my favorite. He has years of training and great shots both in the US and abroad. The way he captures certain moments in time are just impossible for me to put into words.

Not only am I a fan who appreciates his great eye, I’ve also purchased a portrait and gave it as a gift.

http://blog.sduffyphotography.com/

July 28, 2009 4:45 am

Jan Scholz continually blows me away with his consistent use of light and portraits….

http://www.flickr.com/people/57449198@N00/

July 28, 2009 5:12 am

I’ve been enjoying http://www.mannii.com for a few years now. A lot of attention to colours.

July 28, 2009 7:16 am

Valerio Berdini, outstanding concert photography (but not only) on film:
visit http://www.liveon35mm.wordpress.com for a sample.

July 28, 2009 7:30 am

I would like to submit the photography of Shirley Bittner as an undiscovered star of photography. From muted yet graphic close up work to portraiture with a remarkable emotional quality, this photographer deserves recognition for her body of work.

http://www.shirleybittnerphotography.com/

A great deal more of her work can be found on flikr where she has many regular followers (myself included) and is frequently recognized for her moving work.

This photographer is worthy of your consideration for Undiscovered Photographer.

July 28, 2009 8:27 am

I have lately been really liking the photography of Nicki a photographer out of eastern Germany. Check him out: http://mynicki.net/

July 28, 2009 9:13 am

I know this guy, his name is Brian something….oh yeah…Auer. He’s pretty good. He needs to work on his film work though. Other than that, he’s really good. Sometimes.

JK, Auer.

Actually, my pal Jeremy Brooks has been impressing the socks off me for over a year. He contributes massive quantities of work, and it’s all really great. His urban work really smokes the competition. However, when he gets out of the city, he often creates fine-print-quality work.

Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremybrooks/

Blog:
http://www.whirljack.net/jeremybrooks/

July 28, 2009 9:16 am

Marcin Stawiarz (aka: Angelreich): http://angelreich.deviantart.com/ – not only is he able to successfully mimic some classic B+W photographers, but his work is incredibly inspiring. I have been on DeviantArt many years, and he’s one of the cornerstones in my opinion. He’s one of the reasons I persist to exist there.

Kuanying Fu (aka: Eagpic, Eagle): http://www.flickr.com/photos/eagisme/ – another incredibly inspiring photographer. A lot of his power is in his unique post-production styling. His work is incredible.

(PS – Great topic/discussion…can’t wait to spend some time checking out the works of all those mentioned).

July 28, 2009 9:57 am

Brett Smith
This isn’t his portfolio obviously but a sample of his work:
http://oak.cats.ohiou.edu/~bs135004/
enjoy

July 28, 2009 10:12 am

One of my favorites is Thamer Al-Tassan. He does Travel and his latest series of Taj Mahal is extraordinary!

An interesting post, I really enjoyed looking through the galleries posted here!

July 28, 2009 4:27 pm

Not long ago I came across Bruce Percy

http://www.brucepercy.com/blog/

He is I suppose a travel photographer. He makes stunning photographs of the places he visits, but also some beautiful portraits of the people he meets. He shoots mainly on medium format film.

July 28, 2009 4:34 pm

Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I appreciate his twisted take on life. Always a great source of inspiration.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/theunsceneart/

July 28, 2009 5:52 pm


Without a moment’s hesitation, I’d name Wylie Maercklein. He’s my favorite.

July 28, 2009 6:40 pm

Please check out Gavin Holt. He is an amazing and diverse photographer who does amazing things with a camera. http://www.gavinphotography.com

Check out his blog as well. Link is on his site.

July 28, 2009 7:59 pm

Richard Keech is a favourite Photographer of mine
From Australia he mainly shoots nature-type shots with a focus at the moment on wildlife

Checkout his site here:
http://www.redbubble.com/people/RichardKeech

July 29, 2009 3:03 am

I really love the work Jon from Union Photo is doing. It’s classy, elegant, and timeless. Can’t say that about everyone in the wedding industry these days.

Click here to see his work.

July 29, 2009 10:52 am

I took a look through my flickr contacts for someone whose work I really enjoy, and yet isn’t ‘known’. It’s hard to choose, because I really like the work of people I call my contacts…

But in the end, I chose. Ian Thomas of Guelph, Ontario, Canada has been doing some amazing work lately, and I look forward to each new photo. I’ve never met him, but he seems like a pretty decent guy too.

Check out his latest of course.. but his flickr set called “My Best” is very enjoyable.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7308152@N07/

July 29, 2009 7:03 pm

http://www.myspace.com/171438
This guy covers architecture, band photos, fantastic and imaginative portraits and stunning landscapes. I started following him on myspace about a year ago when I ran across his page, the stuff just keeps getting better!

July 29, 2009 7:43 pm

I think i saw him mentioned before but Richard Keech is a photog I’ve been keeping an eye on.
He does varied work but I love it all

http://www.redbubble.com/people/RichardKeech

July 30, 2009 6:05 am

I love John Keatley’s work! http://www.keatleyphoto.com He does advertising and editorial portrait photography in the Seattle area. He recently got a chance to photograph his favorite portrait photographer, Annie Leibovitz. His shot of her is amazing! He does great work. He also does wedding photography http://www.keatleyweddings.com

July 30, 2009 9:26 pm

You should see Kiritin Beyer’s Paysas d’eres Pyrenees essay. Amazing diptychs.

http://www.kiritinbeyer.com/

July 31, 2009 10:27 am

One of my favourite photographers is Bogna Patrycja Altman, also known as Quizz… on Flickr. Her photos are beautiful, evocative, and whimsical. She’s a true artist.

August 1, 2009 8:06 am

Check out those hardcore concert photos at http://allxages.com/ by a friend of mine.

August 1, 2009 8:21 am

great Italian style here http://www.vincos.it/images

August 2, 2009 9:04 am

I stumbled upon this set on Flickr by Ricky Montalvo. One set in particular is “Urban Delineation”, a series of B&W images of shadows of objects, mostly street signs and lightpoles against the very urban background they live in.
“Urban Delineation”:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rickymontalvo/sets/72157611960529308/

There is also series of work that at first I wasn’t a fan of, but then grew to like them as a series rather than the individual, as if he is constantly stitching together a photographic quilt:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rickymontalvo/sets/72157621797371320/

August 2, 2009 9:23 am

I believe that this young lady is really underrated as not just a photographer (which is always great) but also as an artist. Her composition, lighting, action etc etc etc is something to see. Here is her website:

http://www.tiltphotography.com

Enjoy

August 3, 2009 9:23 am

Michael Kang is a awesome friend that helps me stay grounded and focused. His photos aren’t too shabby, either. ;-)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kangster/

http://www.staticagephoto.com/

August 3, 2009 4:41 pm

Another Awesome photographer is Guido Musch. His photo’s are amazing, for me really jumping out of the crowd because of the colors he shows..

August 4, 2009 12:19 am

I second the motion for Bruce Percy http://www.brucepercy.com/blog/
And would also like to mention another landscape photographer: Younes Bounhar @ http://younesbounhar.com

August 4, 2009 7:53 am

Kenzi Kay’s fine art is kinda buried on her portrait site, but it’s worth the find. I have several of her prints in my office, mostly the farm stuff. But I also think her faith work is pure genius, the backlighting on Jesus captures my soul everytime I see it. She’s on of my faves.

Most of the other ones I love are pretty notable, so I guess I’ll just put that one for now, but if I think of another, I’ll post it.

August 5, 2009 4:46 pm

Depends what you call undiscovered. If you define it as: No books published, no own website, less then 5 comments on flickr per photo, no high end fancy gear but nevertheless stunning photos, then my choice is:

Heike Kölzer: http://www.flickr.com/photos/believe-in-fairies/

I think these photos are especially worth mentioning:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/believe-in-fairies/2693882972/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/believe-in-fairies/3607303227/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/believe-in-fairies/3053510267/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/believe-in-fairies/2990320786/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/believe-in-fairies/2965741944/

August 12, 2009 3:18 pm

My Fav is Leap Year Photography http://leapyearphoto.com

August 17, 2009 5:40 pm

Check out Bill Greenfield’s work at http://www.99steps.net. He uses cheap cameras and 110 film but then creates these intense images from the negatives. Really makes you look twice at those “everyday” objects you seldom give a glance to. It’s soooo time he was “discovered”.

August 18, 2009 11:58 am

I follow a variety of blogs and websites of photographers, but this is the one that I check out on a daily basis. She blows my mind away! Based in Cape Town, South Africa, I consider her to the best photographer in South Africa. She mostly does weddings, but you will find some portaits and baby shoots as well. http://www.christinemeintjes.co.za/ I also find it so awesome how she often posts tips for photographers on her blog, sharing whatever she thinks will be useful.

August 21, 2009 12:28 pm

Here’s the photo page of one of my former coworkers: http://laurentiuvasian.ro/
I hope you enjoy it!

August 22, 2009 3:32 am

A photographer that paints with his camera like an artist is the dutchman Ruadh DeLone. Realy great! You can see some of his work on his blog

http://delone.aminus3.com

August 29, 2009 1:54 am

OK… this is the cut-off line. We have a HUGE number of great photographers suggested and I’m having a hard time getting through all of their work. I’m just about done, but I’ve spent about 1 hour on each person just looking through their photos.

I’m hoping to post the results within a week or so… we’ll see.

September 2, 2009 9:41 pm

@Kevin many thanks :)

September 3, 2009 1:27 pm

Jerry Garns – http://www.jerrygarns.comCommercial photography, but amazing fine art and photojournalism as well.

September 4, 2009 4:14 pm


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