Before Christmas there was a post on Facebook about Alec Soth and Aron Morel posted that Soth is like the Coldplay of photography which is a bit cruel but not too cruel. To be fair, someone else said he was the Leonard Cohen of photography which is so, so, so much nicer.
So it got me thinking who are the musical equivalents of photographers. It was said that you can't really compare the two, but that didn't stop people when I put up a post wondering at who would be who in musical terms. These are the answers below - and feel free to add more diverse photographers and music as we go.
Somebody asked if there was a prize. There isn't but if there was, it would go to Markus Schaden for his suggested match up of Cindy and Bert (no, me neither, but I do now) to Andreas Gursky. This is Cindy and Bert's version of Paranoia by Black Sabbath, given a Holmesian twist.
If you watch only one thing today, watch this...
And enjoy the rest of the answers, some fit perfectly some don't. And nobody was too cruel, for the most part...
Alec Soth = coldplay!
Alec Soth = Leonard Cohen
Roger Ballen is Die Antwoord, but everyone knows that :-)
or Throbbing Gristle
Moriyama / Tom Waits
yes both are equally irritating and forced.
Rinko Kawauchi is Ryuichi Sakamoto
I was going to say Rinko - Bjork
Rankin are Boyzone
Nah, Rankin is the Spice Girls (not in a bad way).
the spice girls weren't that bad... its a bit cruel to call them Rankin...
Stephen Shore is Dylan.
Rankin is definitely Nickelback.
Diane Arbus - Patti Smith
Diane Arbus is Janis Joplin
Malick Sidibé / Fela Kuti
Chris Killip is Richard Thompson
Ivars Gravlejs is Stump
Niall McDairmid is Blur.
Niall McDiarmid is more Proclaimers than Blur....
Mark Cohen is Talking Heads
Bjork is more Maisie Cousins
I dunno, bjork is too ethereal...
Eugene smith - Bob Dylan
Tillmans - Brian Eno
Gareth Mcconnell - Cocó Rosie
Anna Fox = some punk maybe The Slits? or Blondie?
Zahele Muholi = M.I.A ?
Ernest Cole / Public Enemy
...Or Gordon Parks
Blumenfeld is Bowie.
Pinkhassov Cocteau Twins
No - he's a Cocteau Twins Album cover
Irving Penn is Cole Porter
Who's Miles Davis?
Miles Davis - Atget
I suggest Thomas Ruff.
Larry Clarke - think about it without prejudice.
I think Paul Graham is Miles Davis. Both aloof and both continually re-inventing themselves.
hmmm - how much does PG actually re-invent... Miles really did go from Kind of Blue to On The Corner past In A Silent Way... MD broke every rule - every sound - every genre...
Cindy Sherman is Blondie
Vivian Maier is Lesley Gore
Dayanita Singh = Nina Simone
Philip Glass is the Becher’s
Bernd and Hilla Becher - Cindy & Bert (see top)
Friedlander is Thelonious Monk
Dare I say Nan Golding / Dolly Parton....
Nan Goldin is Björk
this is an interesting one...
I would have went more punk... maybe Sonic Youth
Nan Goldin is Nico
Eggleston / Creedence
Eggleston is Elvis
Juergen Teller / Boney M
Keep 'em coming. I'm having my consciousness raised. Feel free to ask questions - like Who's Robertino, or who's Billy Holiday?
Billy Holiday is Karsh
Ralph Eugene Meatyard
Is there a prize? Ralph Eugene Meatyard is Nick Cave.
I’d say Ralph Eugene Meatyard is Hasil Adkins.
Arthur Tress? Arthur Brown
Lewis Baltz.......Philip Glass (early).
lot of competition for Glass. Uta Barth?
Gursky is Glass
Gursky / barbie girl by aqua (I think it was played on art zoo while his work was shown and I can't disasociate the two)
Jeff Wall is Radiohead
I was thinking Trent Parke
John Myers is Jarvis Cocker
Christopher Anderson has to be David Bowie - nearly every project is different from the last!
Don McCullin - The Beatles.
Elliott Erwitt- Madness
Matt Black - Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Who is Milli Vanilli
Who’s Tom Wood?
My music knowledge just wouldn’t do him justice.
Like it. I was thinking more 70s but yes that’s good, like it.
Bryan Adams is...Bryan Adams! (Do with this what you wish)
Antoine d'Agata is Trent Reznor
not a chance. More like baby metal.
Bruce Davidson / Bob Dylan
Philip Jones Griffiths
Philip Jones Griffiths- The Doors
David Hurn - Manic Street Preachers
Laurie Simmons is Talking Heads not Cindy Sherman lol
Vanessa Winship - Janis Joplin?
Peter Hujar - Lou Reed
Sally Mann - Joni Mitchell
I was thinking patti smith also
David LaChapelle is Prince, channelling Grace Jones and Boy George.
Stephen Shore / Jack Kerouac. Ok, ok, I know he's a writer, but it feels so right and I always wonder when I read Kerouac, if Shore was inspired by him at all, for his road trips.
Anton Corbin/joy division
Krass Clement is Joy Division
Walker Evans is? Tempted to say Mozart?
Who is Kraftwerk?
Thomas Demand is Paperlace
Martin Parr is The Beatles
You mean the Beatles spng hopladee hoplada on repeat?
I mean they started off good but then as time goes on you realise how “establishment” they are.
Martin Parr - David Byrne
Martin Parr - U2
Martin Parr as the Elton John of the photoworld is for me the most obvious one.
Elton John? No mate just no! An insult to Elton
Elton is certainly as bitchy in private as Martin Parr’s photographs.
You're all wrong. He's somewhere between Ivor Cutler and the Wurzels....