30 celebrity photographers who are actual celebrities: 11-15
11. Kenny Rogers
Camera: Large-format cameras
Style: Landscape and portraiture
Most famous for: Knowing when to hold ‘em, when to fold ‘em, when to walk away and when to run
Rogers might be better known for his country music, but he is also an accomplished landscape photographer. Going further than simply picking up a digital camera and shooting, Rogers began his photographic hobby by developing his own film in his home-based darkroom when shooting photographs for his wife’s and wife’s friends modelling portfolios.
He then went to study with photographer John Sexton, who was once assistant to none other than the great Ansel Adams. But our favourite fact about Kenny Rogers is that he was a judge for Digital Camera magazine’s Photographer of the Year 2011!
12. Gina Lollobrigida
Most famous for: Being an iconic sex symbol of the 1950s
As well as being an internationally renowned actress, Lollobrigida became a respected photojournalist by the end of the 1970s.
Salvador Dali, Henry Kissinger, David Cassidy, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn are but a few names she was able to add to her enviable photography portfolio.
On the subject of photography, she has said, “Photography means discovering the world and oneself, filtering reality through your own feelings with creativity and a touch of imagination.”
13. Helena Christensen
Style: Photojournalism and portraiture
Most famous for: Being one of the world’s first supermodels
Known worldwide as a supermodel, Christensen proves she is not just a pretty face by making a name for herself as a photographer.
Her first solo exhibition, People and Portraits, was held at London’s Proud Central Gallery in 2003.
Since she made the transition from model to photographer, Christensen has taken commissioned portraits of Bono, Marianne Faithful, and Michael Stipe to name a few.
But apart from commissioned portraits of celebrities, Christensen has demonstrated an entirely different style of photography by way of photojournalistic shots depicting the impact of climate change in Peru; a far cry from the glamour of celebrity lifestyles. This series of photographs were exhibited in collaboration with humanitarian charity Oxfam.
14. Michael Stipe
Style: Black and white documentary style
Most famous for: Losing his religion (er, and lead vocalist for rock band REM)
Stipe began taking pictures aged 15 before graduating high school and studying photography along with painting at the University of Georgia.
Although Stipe might be losing his religion, he certainly isn’t losing his passion for photography and continues to take pictures and frequently posts them to his Tumblr blog, Confessions of a Michael Stipe.
In addition to this, Stipe also release a photography book entitled ‘Two Times Intro: On the Road with Patti Smith’, which is the result of his experience as a tour photographer for Smith in 1995. The black and white series of polaroids featured in the book represent an honest portrayal of Smith through Stipe’s eyes.
Modestly, Stipe says of his photography, “Photography for me is like breathing. It’s really, really natural, and really simple. I take really great photographs without putting that much effort into it.”
15. Dennis Hopper
Style: Black and white documentary style
Most famous for: His role in Rebel Without a Cause and directing and starring in Easy Rider
Hopper first became interested in photography thanks to his friend James Dean, who was said to have encouraged him to pick up a camera. After Dean’s death, Hopper was infamously refused by Hollywood studios and so turned to photography.
Hopper’s emotive photography portrayed scenes of a decadent society and he was soon acknowledged as an up-and-coming photographer. However his photographic career came to an abrupt end when in 1967 he turned his attention to directing movies.
Hopper’s photographic book, Out of the Sixties – published in 1986 – featured his collection of work from between 1960 to 1967. In it he states, “I never made a cent from these photos. They cost me money but kept me alive … They were the only creative outlet I had for these years until Easy Rider. I never carried a camera again.”
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