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Photography: Los Angeles and Southern California

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Robert Gore
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Preface

The following are some artists, educators, and commercial photographers based in Los Angeles and Southern California (with a few exceptions of photographers who have worked in the area on a more limited basis). UCLA Library has books on most of them.

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Photography Genres and Photographers (a selected list)

Architectural  

  • Julius Shulman (October 10, 1910–July 15, 2009) 

Commercial  

  • Ernest Mitchell Pratt (1876–1945) 
  • Adelbert Bartlett (1887–1966) 
  • Willard D. Morgan (May 30, 1900–September 18, 1967) 
  • Robert C. Cleveland (April 4, 1918–December 12, 1991) 
  • "Dick" Whittington 
  • Otto Rothschild (1930–1981) 

Documentary  

  • William Reagh (1911–1992) 
  • Max Yavno (1911–1985) 
  • Dennis Hopper (1936–2010) 
  • Gusmano Cesaretti (July 24, 1944–) 
  • Oscar Castillo (1945–) 
  • Joseph Rodríguez (1951–) 
  • Lauren Greenfield (1966–) 

Fashion  

  • Herbert "Herb" Ritts Jr. (August 13, 1952–December 26, 2002) 

Fine Art  

  • Barbara Brooks Morgan (July 8, 1900–August 17, 1992) 
  • Barbara Kasten (1936–) 
  • Ed Ruscha (December 16, 1937–) 
  • Leland Rice (April 9, 1940–) 
  • Judy Dater (1941–) 
  • Ron Cooper (July 24, 1943–) 
  • Patrick Nagatani (1945–2017) 
  • Larry Sultan (July 13, 1946–December 13, 2009) 
  • Anthony Hernandez (July 7, 1947–) 
  • Jerry Burchfield (1947–2009) 
  • Jay Mark Johnson (1955–) 
  • Alex Praeger (1979–) 
  • Robert Cumming 
  • Freyda Miller 
  • Jeff Burton 

Glamour  

  • Peter Gowland (April 3, 1916–March 17, 2010) 

Hollywood

  • Edwin Bower Hesser (1893–1962) 
  • Clarence Sinclair Bull (1896–1979) 
  • George Hurrell (1904–1992) 
  • Nick Smirnoff (1944–) 

Landscape 

  • Joseph Maurice "Joe" Deal (August 12, 1947–June 18, 2010) 
  • Robert Adams (May 8, 1937–) 

Photojournalism 

  • Ernest E. Reshovsky (1921–1975) 
  • Walter E. Bennett (August 16, 1921–April 29, 1995) 

Pictorialists 

  • William Mortensen (January 27, 1897–August 12, 1965) Opened the William Mortensen School of Photography in Laguna Beach.
  • Louis Fleckenstein (1866–1943). Founded the Camera Pictorialists of Los Angeles in 1914.

Portrait  

  • Stathis Orphanos (1940–) 

Professors 
Photographers (generally fine art and commercial) who have taught at various institutions of higher learning in Southern California.

UCLA

  • Catherine Opie (1961–) Professor of photography since 2001.
  • James Welling (1951–) Emeritus professor of photography. Taught in the art department from 1995-2016.
  • Robert Fichter (1939–) Began teaching in 1968 or '69.
  • Robert Heinecken (1931–2006) Founded the photography program in 1963. Among his students were the following artists who also became professors: Jo Ann Callis, Eileen Cowin, Darryl Curran, Uta Barth, John Divola, and Patrick Nagatani.
  • Todd Walker (1917–1998) Taught at UCLA Extension, Art Center, and Cal State Northridge.

Art Center College of Design

  • Paul Jasmin (1935–) Long-time photography professor at Art Center.
  • George Hoyningen-Huene (1900–1968) Began teaching at Art Center in 1945.
  • Will Connell (1898–1961) Taught here from 1931 to 1961.

Brooks Institute

  • Ernst H. Brooks Sr. Co-founded the Brooks Institute.
  • Ernst H. Brooks Jr. Succeeded his father in 1970.

California Institute of the Arts

  • Jo Ann Callis (1940–) A former student of Robert Heinecken, Callis began teaching here in 1975.
  • Sharon Lockhart (1964–) A professor at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts until 2015, Lockhart now teaches at CalArts.

UC Riverside

  • John Divola (1949–) Has been a professor in the Department of Art since 1988.
  • Uta Barth (1958–) Currently professor emeritus, Barth taught from 1990 to 2008.

Pomona College

  • Sheila Pinkel (1941–) Curated the exhibition Multicultural Focus. Began teaching at Pomona in 1986.

Cal State LA

  • Jack Butler (April 16, 1947–) Has taught in the Department of Art since 1988.

CSU Fullerton

  • Eileen Cowin (1947–) Was a professor here for many years until her retirement in 2008.
  • Darryl J. Curran (1935–) Another former student of Robert Heinecken, Curran became a professor of art in 1967.

Punk Rock  

  • Ann Summa 
  • Gary Leonard (1951–) 

Street Photography  

  • Deanna Templeton (1969–) 
  • Douglas McCulloh (1959–) 
  • Bruce Davidson (September 5, 1933–) 

Urban Landscape  

  • John Humble (1944–) 
  • Robert Landau 
  • Lloyd Ziff (1947–) 
  • Bruce Davidson (September 5, 1933–)