20 Most Influential
JAY MAISEL
photographed by Geoff Green, March 2000

I think with Jay his influence is in his incredible generosity of spirit, his complete unpretentiousness and his ability to see things fresh. He's someone who could be wildly jaded: he owns a mansion, he's probably shot more pictures in a year than most photographers shoot in a lifetime, he's been a big-time advertising photographer, he's worked on huge accounts. But he will sit and talk to some kid and look at their pictures for hours. He gets excited about everything. He gets excited about a rock in the street, he gets excited about light on his windowsill. And that's a great thing. It's my belief that every guy who goes out and buys a Nikon, even without knowing it's Jay's work he has in mind, wants to go out and take Jay's photos - the light glinting off trees, the kid with the upturned face. Jay's like an elbow in your ribs saying, "Hey look at that."

- Gregory Heisler

RICHARD AVEDON
DAVID BAILEY
HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON
ROBERT FRANK
NAN GOLDIN
ANNIE LEIBOVITZ
JAY MAISEL
MARY ELLEN MARK
DUANE MICHALS
JAMES NACHTWEY
HELMUT NEWTON
ARNOLD NEWMAN
GORDON PARKS
IRVING PENN
PETE TURNER
EUGENE RICHARDS
SEBASTIÃO SALGADO
HERB RITTS
JERRY UELSMANN
ALBERT WATSON


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