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Inspiring Photographers

Steve McCurry

“The photograph is an undeniably powerful medium. Free from the constraints of language, and harnessing the unique qualities of a single moment frozen in time.”

I am confident to say that Steve is my favourite photographer overall. He loves using colour and natural lighting. And his travel photographs are breath taking. You will know him mostly for the “Afghan Girl” in National Geographic magazine.

Jay Maisel

“If you can capture the element of surprise, you’re way ahead of the game.”

Jay is arguably one of the best street photographers on the planet. I really like how disciplined he is in the “one body and one lens” mantra. Basically, he just wanders the streets of New York with a Nikon D3 and a 28-300mm. Easy, simple with stunning results.

Sebastiao Salgado

“What I want is the world to remember the problems and the people I photograph. What I want is to create a discussion about what is happening around the world and to provoke some debate with these pictures. Nothing more than this.”

Sebastiao is actually one of my new favourite photographers. Even though he is well known and a Magnum photographer, I just recently discovered his beautiful pieces at the Royal Ontario Museum downtown Toronto. He makes fantastic use of black and white imagery and has been to all 7 continents too.

Doug Menuez


Mr. Menuez is famous for being Steve Jobs’ photo photodocumenter during the few years of NeXT’s existence.

Mattias Klum

“Art is a tool that isn’t used enough to effect change.”

One of my more contemporary wild life inspirations, Mattias is a highly regarded National Geographic photographers. He is also one of the most enthusiastic presenters and conservationists.