20 Most Influential Asian Photographers 2012

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An updated list of some of the most influential photographers in Asia that we published last year. The 20 names here-in are contributed by the IPA community via an informal poll and post, and serve as?a online reference to prominent names in Asian photography. By no means is this list complete and exhaustive as it currently is. We hope to add more names as we progress ? as a celebration of photography in our part of the great big world.
Which other Asian photographers do you think has been influential, perhaps even in your country or local community? Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments below.

1. Daido Moriyama, Japan

Probably the most referenced name from Asia when it comes to contemporary street photography all over the world.

2. Nobuyoshi Araki, Japan

Master of Eroticism and?considered one of the most prolific artists alive or dead in Japan.

3. Raghu Rai, India

Prot?g? of Henri Cartier-Bresson and one of the very few Asian names on the Magnum Photo Agency roster.

4. Chien-Chi Chang, Taiwan

Another of the very few Asian names on the Magnum Photo Agency roster, best known for?The Chain, his portrait work of inmates at the Long Fa Tang in Taiwan.

5. Eikoh Hosoe, Japan

Best known for his psychologically charged images exploring death, erotic obsession, and irrationality during?of post-World War II Japan. During his early days in photography,?Daido Moriyama assisted Eikoh.

6. Raghubir Singh, India

India?s pioneer and master of color photography and best known for his vivid, complexly layered photographs of his home country.

7. Lu Nan, China

A former member of Magnum Photos Agency, Lu Nan is acclaimed for his?documentary on?patients at mental hospitals, Chinese Catholicism, and peasant life in Tibet.

8. Nick Ut, Vietnam

Born in Long An, Viet Nam, Nick Ut photographed what most would argue the single, most iconic image of the tragedies suffered during the Vietnam War.

9. Rinko Kawauchi, Japan

Best known for serene and poetic photographs depicting the ordinary moments in life, Rinko is one of very few celebrated female photographers in Asia.

10. Dayanita Singh, India

Best known for her portraits of India?s urban middle and upper-class families, Dayanita describes herself as a ?bookmaker working with Photography?.

11. Lu Guang, China

One of China?s most regarded documentary photographers today, Lu Guang focuses on contemporary?social and economic issues in China, notably the country?s industrialization and pollution.

12. Tay Kay Chin, Singapore

Singapore?s most respected practitioner, educator and mentor in photojournalism and documentary photography. Kay Chin befriended Chien-Chi Chang while doing his photojournalism degree at?University of Missouri-Columbia.

13. Oscar Motuloh, Indonesia

One of Indonesia?s most renowned photojournalists and founder of?Antara Gallery for Photojournalism (Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara), an organisation involved with curation, education and exhibition.

14. Shomei Tomatsu, Japan

Regarded by some as the man who changed Japanese photography forever, Shomei is part of the Post-War Japan generation of photographers alongside Eikoh Hosoe, photographing iconic images of change and flux in their country.

15. Fan Ho, Hong Kong

Probably Hong Kong?s most awarded photographer, with a masterful body of work in the classical street photography tradition.

16. Takuma Nakahira, Japan

Friends with Shomei Tomatsu and Daido Moriyama, his photobook?For a Language to Come?(Kitarubeki kotoba no tame ni) has been described as ?a masterpiece of reductionism.?

17.?Shahidul Alam, Bangladesh

Godfather of photography in Bangladesh, Shahidul founded the highly regarded Drik Picture Agency and?Chobi Mela, one of Asia?s premier photography festivals. He also founded?Majority World, an initiative formed to provide a platform for indigenous photographers.

18. Erik Prasetya, Indonesia

Regarded as a peer to Oscar Motuloh,?Erik Prasetya is best known for his improvisational street photography and?documentary journal of?Jakarta amassed over 15 years.

19. Chang Tsai, Taiwan

Chang Tsai is known as one of the ?3 Swordsmen? of Taiwanese Photography during the 1930s to 1950s. Tsai?s most famous quote:??I am not highly educated. I just use my camera to observe people and things. It doesn?t have to appear artistic.?

20. Alex Baluyut, Philippines

One of Philippines? preeminent names in photojournalism, Alex is also a founding faculty member of the Diploma in Photojournalism programme at Ateneo de Manila University.

Author: Shahidul Alam

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018. A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before switching to photography. His seminal work “The Struggle for Democracy” contributed to the removal of General Ershad. Former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the Drik agency, Chobi Mela festival and Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Shown in MOMA New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern, Alam has been guest curator of Whitechapel Gallery, Winterthur Gallery and Musee de Quai Branly. His awards include Mother Jones, Shilpakala Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dali International Festival of Photography. Speaker at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities, TEDx, POPTech and National Geographic, Alam chaired the international jury of the prestigious World Press Photo contest. Honorary Fellow of Royal Photographic Society, Alam is visiting professor of Sunderland University in UK and advisory board member of National Geographic Society. John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine describes his book “My journey as a witness”, (listed in “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo), as “The most important book ever written by a photographer.”

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