If you're a photographer or just a fan of photography, you're probably constantly interested in learning about the top online portfolios.
However, there are so many incredible photographers that it can be challenging to know where to search, which might lead to you missing some of the ones you wish you had known about earlier.
Here is where All About Photo can be of assistance.
We compile a selection of the most amazing contemporary photographers we find each month.
Here is what we have decided upon forFebruary 2023.
We sincerely hope you discover the motivation you were seeking.
Olga Karlovac lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia. She has exhibited widely across Europe with recent solo shows in the UK and Belgium. Her photography has been featured in renowned publications including Black+White Photography and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Self-taught and inspired by abstract expressionists and poets rather than photographers, Olga Karlovac published her first photo book in 2017. Her subsequent trilogy encompassing 'before winter', 'the disarray' and 'escape' has been well received with the first edition now fully sold out.
Olga captures the drama of the everyday in her work, intuitively releasing the shutter to hold on to the comfort derived from the interplay of shadow and light. Her subjects are never staged, fleeting moments seemingly captured in slow motion. Taken exclusively in black and white, often at night, through windows or in rainy conditions, the resulting images appear both abstract and painterly.
Pieter Henket is a Dutch photographer living and working in New York City. His notable work includes shooting the cover of Lady Gaga’s debut album The Fame, and photographing National Congolese acting out their mythologies in the Congo rainforest for the book Congo Tales published by Random House / Prestel Publishing in 2018. He is known for a photographic style that takes inspiration from the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age of painting.
Henket was born in Geldrop, Netherlands. He is the son of the Dutch architect Hubert-Jan Henket and the nephew of the Dutch photographer Bertien van Manen. After high school in the Netherlands, Henket moved to the States to take a three-month film course at the New York Film Academy, followed by a documentary-film-making course at the NYU film school. Shortly after, Henket got his start by interning for director Joel Schumacher.
In 1999, he worked on the set of the film Flawless, starring Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman. He had a long-time collaboration with recording artist and producer Ryan Leslie. He has worked with celebrities such as Anjelica Huston, Mary-Kate Olsen, Sir Ben Kingsley, Kristen Stewart and Lady Gaga for whose debut album The Fame Henket shot. In 2010, the iconic image was presented at the American Woman exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
In 2015 Henket was commissioned by Tales of Us in Berlin to photograph Congolese from the Mbomo District acting out their mythologies in the Odzala Kokoua National Park for the book Congo Tales.
Anne-Claire Vimal du Monteil
Originally from France, Anne-Claire Vimal du Monteil holds a master's degree in Cinematography and a degree in Art History. She worked in culture and cinema in Paris from 1998 to 2005 and then chose to become a commercial photographer and high-end retoucher. In 2009, she moved to Montréal and in 2016, she transitioned to an artistic photography practice. Since 2021, she also works in VFX industry for cinema and TV. Anne-Claire Vimal du Monteil received prices and honorable mentions in many international photography contests. She exhibited her work in Montréal, Londres, Rome and Séoul. She is showcased by Grizzly Montreal.
Antonio Denti is an award-winning news cameraman in love with still photography. A Reuters staff video journalist for over 20 years, he covered conflict in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Gaza, Lebanon. He also covered the beginning of the Arab Spring in Tunisia and the epic human migration to Europe across the Mediterranean sea.
He often travelled with Popes during their travels, including to Iraq and recently to Canada. He also filmed the aftermath of the death of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican and of Queen Elizabeth II in London.
He loves still photography, which he tries to integrate more and more in his moving pictures work. His still pictures have won awards (Ippawards, All About Photo awards, International Photography Awards, Urban Photo Awards, ND Awards, Mifa Awards etc...) and have been published on The Eye of Photography magazine, the Social Documentary Network, LensCulture and other international online photography publications.
He strongly believes that visual story-telling can bring a precious contributions to counter the contemporary tendency towards a results-focused, speed-obsessed, screamed and over all standardized journalism and push towards a more authentic, respectful and meaningful way to tell about our world.
Over the past 25 years, Frieke Janssens has acquired a reputation as a photographer of surreal staged tableaux and group portraits, often originating in a specific concept, and almost always stemming from an inexhaustible interest in human diversity.
Her series often stand out because of their confrontational nature. Notable series include, among others, Smoking Kids, Your last shot, Diana's, Animalcoholics, and recently Lightness. In the same way that an oil painter builds up a work layer by layer, she too meticulously creates each image, down to the smallest detail. In every picture we can recognise the same artistic touch, the same technical perfection, combined with a playful duality between reality and fiction. At first glance, her images attract the viewer because of their pared-down beauty. Yet once one really starts to look in earnest, one realises that there are always multiple layers of meaning. It seems as if the people portrayed are trying to tell us something. However, they are silent, and consequently have to rely on the viewers to create the story for themselves. Frieke does not adopt any particular position, but aims to convey the feeling that one is not only looking at a photograph, but at a mirror as well. As such, she leaves the viewers free in their interpretation, yet never leaves them indifferent.
She sometimes lends her pared-down style to clients with whom she has a good connection, like a cultural centre, or a campaign, or a newspaper or magazine. In recent years, Frieke Janssens has exhibited in New York, Chicago, London, Hull, Bilbao and obviously also in her own country, including in Antwerp and Knokke-Heist. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, Knack, De Morgen, De Tijd and NRC, among others. Her book The Sweetest Taboo won gold at the 2019 Henry Van De Velde awards. In 2022, her third book Lightness was published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition in Foto Knokke-Heist.
Cori is a lens-based storyteller. With a B.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Photography she combines the two specializations to create visual narratives. Fact, fiction and poetry intermix to address the evolving nature of self and family. Dreams and nightmares coexist. As the participant observer she balances on the tightrope between seeing and being.
Living and working in Savannah, Georgia, she is the mother of fraternal twin daughters and a Professor of Photography at The Savannah College of Art and Design.
Cori teaches Lightroom, Darkroom, Portfolio Building and Book Making. She is included in Who's Who Among American Teachers and quoted in ''Teaching Photography: Tools for the Imaging Educator''. Selected publications include ''The View Project'', F-Stop magazine, Art Ascent, Art Square New York, and ''Eye Mama: Poetic Truths of Home and Motherhood''.
Frédéric Lipzyc was born in Paris in 1954, he has been a professional photographer for fifteen years. His passion is Street Photo, he never goes out without his little Lumix GX8 which allows him to photograph in a humble and discreet way.
According to his encounters in Paris or elsewhere, with easy contact and full of humanity, he wanders the streets with no specific project other than to catch what moves him. He prefers to move than to surprise.
He allows us to see the most different aspects, the human being is at the center of his compositions. Social photographer, street photographer, he captures what we do not always see, anonymous people whom we wonder who they truly are, what are their joys and sufferings.
The face, the body, the urban life in all its forms are captured by his curious and pure eye.
Frédéric is a photographer of emotion and modesty, expressionist, he conveys emotion through the posture of his characters.
In most of his photos, the urban is there as a character in its own right.
He is the photographer of the human and the emotion in the city.
I am a documentary photographer and storyteller who has recorded areas of society that no one has recorded before. The first; a series of NY children from different soceio-economic backgrounds, the second; forty-seven key women from the second wave of the women's movement. Later, for almost a decade I photographed the interiors of Turkey's traditional houses. Recently, I spent a couple years photographing one of the great private gardens of the world.
I've had numerous exhibitions, won awards and my photographs have appeared in every type of media. My portraits are in the National Portrait Gallery, the New York Historical Society, and Richard and Ellen Sandors Family collection, one of the finest private photography collections in the world.
My 1976 portrait of Louise Nevelson is the current face of the Pace Gallery's exhibition at the 2022 Venice Biennale of Nevelson's work. According to Art News, with posters of the portrait all over the city it became the symbol of the whole Biennale.