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Recreating the Masters of Photography

Updated on April 7, 2014

Recreation photography involves taking photographs that attemp to recreate the sames styles and perpespectives of the varous past photographic masters such as Ansel Adams, Roy Benson.

To do this one must first study and become very acquainted with the styles of each master as well as to browse through several samples of each author's work.

The idea is not to make an exact copy of the master's work but to try to recreate their styles and if possible, to photograph similar subjects.

Some of the most famous masters of the art of photography were: Ansel Adams,Richard Avedon, Frank Horvat,Ruth Bernhard, Werner Bischof, George Krause,Bill Brandt, Jacques Henri Lartique,Henri Cartier-Winston Link,Marilyn Bridges, Robert Mapplethorpe,Imoge,Cunningham, Lewis Carrol,Jay Maisel,Wlliam Christenberry, Joel Meyerowitz,Bruce Davidson,Jeanloup Sieff, Aaron Siskind,Wlliam Eggleston, Jerry Uelsmann,Ellott Erwitt, William Wegman, Cole Weston, Ernst Hass.

For a more comprehensive list of names, history,samples of their work, and links to their famous work follow this link. Although there are several sites on the net that will yield ample material from which to avail yourself of important facts and other pertinent details to aid you in conducting this project.

After you research your favorite masters or better yet several of them then start researching their topics and their subjects as well as their favorite equipment.

Keep in mind that in order to be faithful to their style you should try to use the same or a very similar medium such as taking black and whites like Ansel Adams or taking pictures of common everyday subjects but done in watercolor or another art form like the style of Andy Warhol who although not a photographer per say has had many of his work made into great photographs.

You may not take photographs as good as they did but at least you will in one way or another get to experience the art form as they did and perhaps get a better understanding of what it takes to be a master and gain a richer love and respect for the art.


Plan your shoot as carefully as possible and be as true to the style as you can and if you are able to, use the same or very similar equipment as well.

Most of your images will probably be suitable for a photographic publications and represented as an attempt at recreation of the work of these great artists.

Do not label your images as originals although stating that you took the images yourself is acceptable.

Many professional publishers and most editors will recognize the style of the masters and will frown upon your work if you fail to clearly stated that it is an attempt at recreating such works.

Something else to remember is that some masters worked with very difficult subjects and under difficult conditions.

To truly experience what they experienced, it is expected that you put yourself under the same or very similar conditions and work with the same or very similar subjects.

© 2012 Luis E Gonzalez


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      Luis E Gonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida

      torrilynn: Thank you

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hey Luis,

      really nice photos that you have included in this hub

      they are quite magnificent

      voted up and shared

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      Luis E Gonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida

      sholland10: thank you

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Beautiful! Voted and shared. :-)

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      Galaxies 5 years ago from a far far away place.......

      Amazing pictures. That's a really good idea

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      Beth Francis 5 years ago from Missouri

      love this! lots of information and ideas I didn't even think about. Thanks for sharing!

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      mymoonlog 5 years ago from Bosnia-Hercegovina

      hello....follow me..please

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I second the comments here that this is a great idea for an amateur photographer!

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      I've done this before, saw a famous picture and tried to recreate it with my own pictures. Some have turned out amazing and others, not so much. I'm still an amateur photographer, probably will always be one but it's the new techniques that make me fall in love with photography all over again :) Thanks for more information! Voted up and useful.

      Thanks for SHARING!

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      Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Luis- What a great idea for the amateur photographer.

      I doubt that I will go as far as you suggest, but I did copy your list of names, as there were several in your list that I didn't recognize. Good Hub, Voted Up and interesting.