I could say a lot about this article and the photographers featured in it… but I’m going to keep it short so you can start discovering some amazing artists. You nominated your favorite undiscovered photographer, then I chose my favorite photo from their work and contacted them about using it in this article. Now it’s your turn again — go check out their stuff! And by no means does the term “undiscovered” imply anything about the quality of their work or their “popularity” — nor do I want to argue about the meaning of the term… just enjoy the photos.

All copyrights of the photos displayed are property of the photographers, I’m only displaying them with written permission.

1. TODD HANZELKA

Todd Hanzelka
discovered by laanba

2. EMIN KULIYEV

Emin Kuliyev
discovered by Claus Jepsen

3. MANUEL LIBRODO

Manuel Librodo
discovered by Bobby Wong Jr.

4. MATTHEW BURRARD-LUCAS

Matthew Burrard-Lucas
discovered by John D

5. ERIK VAN HANNEN

Erik van Hannen
discovered by Matthijs

6. TED BYRNE

Ted Byrne
discovered by Andreas Manessinger

7. SHAWN DUFFY

Shawn Duffy
discovered by Gracie

8. JAN SCHOLZ

Jan Scholz
discovered by the_wolf_brigade

9. KATIA TRUDEAU

Katia Trudeau
discovered by Jason Jang

10. VALERIO BERDINI

Valerio Berdini
discovered by Loredana Spadola

11. SHIRLEY BITTNER

Shirley Bittner
discovered by David Kimmel

12. NICKI

Nicki
discovered by Mark Groves

13. JEREMY BROOKS

Jeremy Brooks
discovered by Trevor Carpenter

14. KUANYING

Kuanying
discovered by D. Travis North

15. THAMER AL-TASSAN

Thamer Al-Tassan
discovered by Sami Alharthi

16. BRUCE PERCY

Bruce Percy
discovered by jeremy

17. CHAD COOMBS

Chad Coombs
discovered by Drew

18. THOMAS JACK HILTON

Thomas Jack Hilton
discovered by Sarah

19. WYLIE MAERCKLEIN

Wylie Maercklein
discovered by Matthew

20. GAVIN HOLT

Gavin Holt
discovered by Russell Kipnis

21. JON THORPE

Jon Thorpe
discovered by Trevor Connell

22. IAN THOMAS

Ian Thomas
discovered by Gary

23. JOHN KEATLEY

John Keatley
discovered by Mike Fiechtner

24. KIRITIN BEYER

Kiritin Beyer
discovered by Matias Okawa

25. VINCENZO COSENZA

Vincenzo Cosenza
discovered by Kevin R

26. RICKY MONTALVO

Ricky Montalvo
discovered by Alexander Katzeff

27. MICHAEL KANG

Michael Kang
discovered by Bryan Villarin

28. GUIDO MUSCH

Guido Musch
discovered by Matthijs

29. YOUNES BOUNHAR

Younes Bounhar
discovered by Jack Thomas

30. HEIKE KÖLZER

Heike Kölzer
discovered by Thias

31. ERIN WILSON

Erin Wilson
discovered by Mike

32. WILLIAM GREENFIELD

William Greenfield
discovered by Linda

33. CHRISTINE MEINTJES

Christine Meintjes
discovered by Karin

34. RUADH DELONE

Ruadh DeLone
discovered by Pawn

35. JERRY GARNS

Jerry Garns
discovered by Tyler Garns

Of course, a huge “thank you” to the featured photographers for taking the time to work with me on this article and for showing support and enthusiasm for the concept. And thanks to everyone who participated in the last article by sharing your favorite undiscovered photographer with all of us.

I really would encourage you to visit each of the photographers shown above — they have a lot of great work in their portfolios and many of them can’t be properly represented by a single image. I can’t even begin to tell you how many hours I spent pouring through their work and trying to narrow my photo selection down to a single image… but I enjoyed every hour of it.

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Great list, Brian – there are some fabulous images here. Thanks, too, for making me feel a lot less out of the loop than usual by including 3 photogs I already follow :-)

September 10, 2009 7:37 am

Great post! My thanks to you and everyone who submitted their fave photographers! There’s a lot of talent up on this post!

September 10, 2009 7:41 am

Thanks a lot for your recommendation. You show a lot of great photographers here – really fine!

September 10, 2009 10:17 am

micmojo – my favorite!

September 10, 2009 11:23 am

Oh wow, I forgot about this. Congrats to ALL of the photographers that are listed here. Each one of them is fabulous in their own way, and they deserve the recognition.

September 10, 2009 12:41 pm

Jan Scholz work really is top notch.

But Jon Thorpe’s work looks interesting – of course that could have something to do with the Citroen DS in the shot!

September 10, 2009 4:34 pm

wow, awesome work. I don’t know that I would call John Keatly undiscovered though!

September 11, 2009 12:31 am


Haha… well, some of the photographers listed are less “undiscovered” than others — and John certainly has a lot of high profile clients. Even so, there are probably quite a few people who haven’t discovered his work yet. That line between discovered and undiscovered is quite broad.

September 11, 2009 8:26 am

fantastic shots 3, 14, 19 and 29 are the winners but these are all amazing! as usual great place to see inspiring photography, thanks!

September 11, 2009 5:57 pm

ZOWIE! After a half century of doing photographic visual art – DISCOVERED! There aren’t enough exclamation points in my PowerBook. What a wonder-filled field to find my work among. But then again, art without wonder is merely craft, eh? :-)Thanks Brian.

Wait… here are a few more !!!!!!!!!!!

September 13, 2009 8:49 am


hi,,, old school photog here… all the pics looked good, but I got to ask,, how many are “as taken” by the photog and not photoshopped????? and I specifically asked “photog,because the photographer takes the pic, not the camera…. no matter how good or poor the “camera” shows,,,,thhings like comp/light/contrat/etc [thought/consideration/plan of photog] will still give an idea of photogs future… sorry ,but being old shool I’m hung up on doing it right to begin with…
we had limited tools to help an enlarger….. if this gets through thanks joe

September 14, 2009 12:01 pm

Hi Brian! Thanks so much for adding me to the list! All the best with your blog!

September 14, 2009 12:03 pm

@Joe:

I really couldn’t tell you how many of the photos are not “photoshopped” — I didn’t ask, and it wasn’t even a thought in my mind as I chose the photos for the article. I would guess that most of them have benefited from some amount of post-processing, though most look very light on the editing. I certainly don’t see any of these photos being heavily modified as if they were trying to “hide” a mistake or poor execution of the capture. I see post-processing as a necessary skill to have as a photographer. The image that most cameras produce is not complete, nor is it even intended to be the final photo (ie. raw formats require post-processing). I guess you could think of the image produced by the camera as a negative — it’s an image, but it usually needs some amount of work to become a photo.

I see where you’re coming from, but even film requires work as it’s developed and printed. Which developer to use, how much agitation, chemical concentrations, time, and the actual film all play a role on the outcome of the negative. Same with printing — choice of papers, chemicals and concentrations, filters, burning, dodging, toning, etc, all play a role on the outcome of the print.

What I’m getting at is that you don’t just shoot a roll of film and have it developed and printed at Walmart or something. I mean, you could, but true enthusiasts wouldn’t. Same with digital. You don’t just shoot the image and upload it straight to the web. Again, you could, but true enthusiasts probably wouldn’t. Am I making any sense there?

September 14, 2009 2:08 pm

Great post Brian. Thanks for pulling this together!

September 15, 2009 12:57 pm


great but i don’t see my works, it’s a mystake isn’t it ?

September 16, 2009 5:54 am

I am certainly honored and humbled to be included in such a wonderful list of talented photographers. I had no idea when you contacted me, B. Zowzers, these folks are awesome!

September 17, 2009 9:24 pm





That’s a great list, will keep me busy browsing trough the portfolio’s for a while.

October 7, 2009 12:47 pm

Great list John! Although browsing the web I have seen many other togs who are yet to be discovered!

I did some research and Christine seems to be one of the top wedding togs in South Africa, her work being from the top shelf she must have definately been discovered long ago :)

http://www.larajade.co.uk
http://www.ericuys.com (incredible variety of work)
http://www.chipwillis.com

Keep up the good work!
Silvia

October 13, 2009 1:36 am

wow some of those photographers I never heard of but they have such a amazing photos, thank you for the list very inspiring, Jen

April 25, 2010 7:13 pm

EMIN KULIYEV is my favorite wedding photographer. He is the best!

June 11, 2010 12:28 am

Great list of photogs. As you note, i think some of these are better known than others. As much as anything, I like the democratic spirit behind your list.

Erick
Best of Wedding – Orange County

July 5, 2010 4:46 pm

September 6, 2010 7:27 pm

Thanks for sharing! I love discovering new list’s like this, very inspirational

April 27, 2011 1:46 pm

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