Our ever-growing love of photography in this regular series now brings you themed installments of Urchin Exposures. In this installment, we’ll go with an essential part of photography. Enjoy!
An important part of French photographer Guy Le Querrec’s body of work involves jazz. He took his first professional photographs of jazz musicians performing in nightclubs and lounges in the late fifties. Eventually he took photographs of now legendary jazz musicians like Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, Sun Ra, and Charles Mingus. This shot, of Henri Texier, was shot in Chad in 1990, while the musician was performing with his trio.
Almost no other photographer in history better understood and utilised the interplay of light and shadows in depicting the grandeur of the natural world. Born in San Francisco, Adams devoted much of his life to capturing the awesome beauty of the American West. This photograph in particular demonstrates Adams’ unique compositional abilities, its shadows simultaneously drawing attention to the Teton’s craggy peaks and the Snake River’s splendour. Adams’ photograph proves that while there is a lot of darkness in the world, it only serves to draw attention to the light.