Famous Celebrities Who Have a Passion for Photography

Aside from their chosen craft, these famous celebrities have a love for photography too. Their love for photography is not only a fly-by-night flirtation but a lifelong passion. Who are these celebrities? Let’s get to know them.

·         Jessica Lange – She is one of the stars of American Horror Story. Aside from being a character actress, Jessica is also an accomplished photographer. Some of his photography projects include:

o   50 Photographs – It was her first photo book published in 2008. It features 50 black and white studies of unknown people and faraway places.

o   Exhibition at George Eastman House and later on receive an award as the first George Eastman House Honors Award.

o   She released two more books in 2010 and 2013. Her work was exhibited in 2014 in Moscow’s Multimedia Art Museum.

·         Normal Reedus – He is a TV host, actor, and model, and best known for his role as Daryl in the zombie drama TV show, The Walking Dead. Don’t you know that before he even became an actor, he was passionate about photography? He took classes during his junior and high school years. His recurring theme is to make the disturbing beautiful; more like finding beauty in chaos. Some of his works were exhibited in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, and Hamburg.

·         Patti Smith – She is a famous singer and an ex-wife of Robert Mapplethorpe. She has been creating multidisciplinary art since 1960s such as installations, drawings, and photography. She works on “pure photography” a photography method of capturing still objects without using a flash.

·         Bryan Adams – He is a popular singer known for his heart-warming and tear-jerking love songs. Aside from singing, Bryan Adams also works regularly as a pro shooter for some of the highly reputable magazines and brands like Vogue, Zoo, Esquire, Fred Perru, Guess Jeans, and Converse, to name a few. One of his unforgettable experience as a photographer was when he was invited to photograph Queen Elizabeth II during her Golden Jubilee.

·         Michael Stipe – He was the singer of the band R.E.M. His love for photography started at the age of 15. He has a formal photography and painting education at the University of Georgia. In 1995, he worked as a tour photographer for Patti Smith.

·         Kenny Rogers – He is a music legend and a highly reputable landscape photographer. In fact, he was one of the judges of Photographer of the Year competition in 2011. His love for photography started as a hobby and then eventually turned into a profession. One of his works that have been successfully published was “American Beauty,” which features the diverse beauty of America. In his work, he showed the beauty of remote Alaskan landscapes, country’s national parks, and waterways, to name a few.

There are still more celebrities out there who are into arts and photography. The ones mentioned above excelled both in the entertainment and photography industry; both a form of art but with different nature.  

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Cave Painting

One of the first mediums from which the caveman communicated with us in this age and time was the “caves” with a handful of natural pigment created from minerals. Now if we want to communicate with others, we talk or write, but wait!  Wasn’t the caveman unable to read or write at that time? So, how did he leave us with so many stories of what he saw? Or what he did at that time before recorded history. The answer is simple by his “paintings” displaying his marvelous observation and drawing skills. Many of the famous caves around the world give us tons of information about how the early man felt, thought and saw and some of these caves are caves of Altamira, Lascaux and Chauvet.

CAVES OF ALTAMIRA

The caves of Altamira were discovered by a hunter in 1868 in the region of Cantabria, Spain. The caves are by far the first ones to be discovered by man and approximately 36,000 years old.

In these caves, the drawings and paintings were so detailed and skillfully made that the caves were rejected by being prehistoric due to not enough evidence and measures to prove its authenticity.

For a long time, the caves were neglected until in 1902 on the discovery of other prehistoric place scientists approved that the caves of Altamira were prehistoric.

The caves contain the paintings and drawings of animals, human hands and local fauna made from polychromatic pigments and charcoal. The pigment used were hematite, ochre, and charcoal that the artist at that time used and created the outstanding effect of Chiaroscuro.

The polychrome ceiling is the most impressive part of the caves depicting Steppe Bison that are now extinct, a horse, a doe and a wild boar.

LASCAUX CAVES

These complex caves are located in southern France near the village of Montignac. The caves date back to 17,000 years containing over 600 parietal wall paintings. The painting in the caves includes mostly the large and typical fauna that were existent at that time.

Lascaux caves were discovered in 1940 by a group of children. The cave is famous for The Great Hall of Bulls, where we can see the stags, equines, and bulls. The pigments used here were red, yellow and black made from minerals.

The cave has a total of 900 paintings out of which 605 have been identified. Apart from bulls, equines, and stags, several other animal paintings are found that are seven felines, a bird, a bear, a human, and rhinoceros.