Pierre Herbert pulled an amazing amount of great shot within the simple context of his own family intimacy. His prolific Flickr account speaks for itself.
His mastery of light on B&W at first, then of color treatment, is highly inspirational to me. Subtile and sensitive, he is the photographer who shot my personal ultimate B&W portrait ever (see samples below).
What to learn from him:
- All the subjects you need are around you, just open your eyes. The most conventional scene can become the most amazing image.
- Photoshop and strobism? what is that?
- Light and exposure are the essence of photography
- Large and medium format photography rule. Period.
- He used a mamiya 645, large format gear, a Yashica 124 and a Blad 501, and for digital a Nikon D80 (yes yes, that reminds me of someone). NO YOU DON'T NEED THE LATEST FX 22MP CANON WITH A STABILIZED 1500$ LENS TO SHOOT GOOD. Damnit, he was a total master with 250$ used medium format gear. Oh and larger formats rule, sorry you spent on a SLR the price of all the equipment above mentioned :p
Condoleances to his family, chances that they read this are little but, well...a man shooting like that cannot have been a bad person. So I mean it.
Now the pictures :) I can hardly choose only few... First one is the portrait above mentioned.
A interview in French of Pierre Herbert explaining better than I can his photography.