American Photographer - Irving Penn
I'd like to say that over the years that I've been influenced by certain photographers but that really isn't true. It's only in the last few years with my initiation to Youtube that I really started finding out about many of the great photographers.
In early days I read many many books on photography but more of the "how-to" variety and many of the photographs that I saw while flipping pages, embedded themselves in memory. This is one of those photographs.
It is estimated that over 2 billion pictures are taken everyday but of those 2 billion, just how many of them etch themselves into your soul and move you? To me, that's the difference between a picture and a photograph.
This is one of my all-time favourite photographs.