Still life photography is constantly evolving. Artists are continually re-shaping the way we engage with the world around us, creating compelling shots that hang in galleries across the planet. Here is a snapshot of five of the photographic artists profiled on this blog whose work you may want to explore going forward…
UK-based Matthew Greenburgh creates large “still life shots” which possess robust aesthetic and symbolic elements. Greenburgh’s work has been displayed at the Atlas Gallery in London, as well as sold to private collectors, both in the UK and globally. Matthew Greenburgh, who cites the Dutch 17th Century still life movement as his primary influence, is especially known for his “greatly enlarged autumn leaves” collection, which serves as a fascinating exploration of beauty and death.
Swiss-born Irene Kung started out as a painter, only becoming a photographer in later life. Incredibly talented, Kung has since established herself as a celebrated still life photographer, capturing a wide range of subjects from mountains and trees to animals and exotic plants on camera. According to Kung her work possesses a “dreamlike” quality, allowing her produce richly subtle prints which have been displayed in major cities across the world, from Beijing to New York.
Bas Meeuws, a Dutch self-taught still life photographer, specialises in floral shots. Inspired by his heritage, Bas Meeuws painstakingly arranges the flowers featured in his works, allowing him to depict real timeless beauty. Meeuws uses a digital camera for his craft, but still manages to develop shots which evoke the resplendent glory of the Dutch Golden Age. Meeuws’ flower-based shots hang in galleries across the Netherlands, allowing him to develop a worldwide following.
British photographer Eleanor McNair is a genius with play-doh. She uses this incredibly versatile children’s toy to recreate various still life works, which are then posted to her wildly popular blog. By adopting this method, McNair develops compelling bizarre pictures which possess a fun sense of frivolity. McNair’s shots been featured in a range of artistic spaces, such as the Atlas Gallery and have appeared in celebrated publications such as the Huffington Post, the Telegraph and the Guardian.
After working in the commercial field, Lee Crum transitioned into fine art and still life photography, establishing a reputation for creating really unique pieces. He is known for constantly experimenting, utilising a range of techniques from 19th Century development processes to digital photography. This allows Crum to shed new light on a wide range of subjects, from relics and unusual objects to flora and fauna, developing really raw shots which have been displayed across the Southern United States.
Discover more photographers
This Photographic Art Profiles project is designed to shed light on some of the most exciting, innovative still life photographers in the world today. If you are looking to discover new photographers, the five incredibly talented creatives featured in this blog post are just the start. Check back here to learn more about the innovative still life photographers who are transforming modern art.