Monday, May 4, 2009

Quiz #13: Popularity Contest

Fifty years ago this month the May 1959 issue of Popular Photography published a list of the ten greatest working photographers. The list was arrived at by polling 243 "eminent critics, teachers, editors, art directors, consultants and working photographers". As unscientific as this method may have been, I think it produced an accurate reflection of general U.S.-centric taste half a century ago. This was the short era sandwiched between Family of Man and Szarkowski and firmly occupied by the uber-reality hit series Leave It To Beaver.

Who was popular in 1959? You tell me. The person who first correctly identifies the most names on the list wins the quiz and a free print. Please do not submit more than 10 names. Good luck.

9 comments:

Kenneth Jarecke said...

Ansel Adams
Gene Smith
Edward Weston
Richard Avedon
Henri Cartier Bresson
Elliot Erwitt
Eve Arnold
Ernst Haas
Alfred Eisenstadt
Minor White


Too early for Robert Frank I think.
Too late for Bourke-White, and Walker Evans (maybe).

OK, I'll go with those ten.


Ken

wolf said...

how about ansel adams, minor white, eugene smith, richard avedon, HCB, irving penn, dorothea lange, yusuf karsh, eisenstadt, ernst haas?

were they all alive still? I feel young all of a sudden.

Michael Clayton said...

Ansel Adams
Edward Weston
Dorothea lange
Alfred Stieglitz
W Eugene Smith
Henri Cartier-Bresson
May Ray
Alfred Eisenstadt
Joe Rosenthal
Walker Evans

J. Karanka said...

Hum, I wonder about a list of who they definitively are not... Ed Ruscha, Weegee, Kertesz, Robert Frank, Lisette Model...

Blake Andrews said...

Excellent guesses everyone. One person has 8 out of 10 right. I'm going to leave the contest open until Thurs at which point I'll reveal answers and name a winner.

Lester said...
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Lester said...

My turn, how about:

Alfred Eisenstadt
Ansel Adams
Ernst Haas
Eugene smith
Henri Cartier Bresson
Richard Avedon
Irving Penn
Philippe Halsman
Yousuf Karsh
Gjon Mili

Fingers crossed :)

Blake Andrews said...

Congrats to Lester who got 10 out of 10. I thought Gjon Mili would trip people up since he's fallen off the radar.

I think J. Karanka's list is even more interesting than the original list. Perhaps there's the root of another quiz there.

Lester, please email me your address and I'll get your print out.

Les said...

thanks Blake, I received the print in Singapore this morning. wonderful!