Eliot Porter – A New Classic Influence


Thanks to a recent post on Jim M. Goldstein’s Blog, I think I have discovered a new artist to admire – or rather an older artist that I should have discovered a long time ago. Eliot Porter is most known for his nature photography as he was one of the photographers that helped to introduce color film to the world of nature photography from the 1940’s through the 1970s. Apparently, he became widely known in the science world as his photographs were widely recognized in the conservation movement. I’ll be honest, I have only barely scratched the surface of his life and his works, and I don’t know much about him yet. But I have to thank Mr. Goldstein for introducing me to Porter’s work. As I honestly feel that there’s a lot to be learned from past photographic works, this is one artist that I shouldn’t have overlooked in my initial photographic education.

If you are interested in reading more, Jim Goldstein wrote an interesting article, titled “The Subtlety of Greatness and Today’s Loss of Appreciation“.  His article deals mostly in how people so easily overlook the skill of the classic artists, such as Porter, who really pushed the envelope of technology at the time.   His article is definitely worth a read.  There is also a short biography over at the Getty Center’s web site.  and of course, we can’t forget Porter’s Wikipedia Entry.


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D. Travis North is a professional Landscape Architect, a Freelance Photographer and founder of Shutter Photo. Ever since he picked up his first SLR, his father's Nikon N2000, he's been hooked on photography. Travis likes to photograph urban environments, architectural details and has a new-found interest in close-up photography. His work can be found at D. Travis North Photography. Follow Travis on twitter: @dtnorth.

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