Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre

Lovers of photographic prints owe a debt of gratitude to Daguerre. Although he was a Romantic painter, printmaker, and inventor of the Diorama, Daguerre’s most monumental contribution to society is the daguerreotype, the world’s first reliable process of creating a permanent photo. Using light and chemistry, Daguerre created photographic images on silver-plated sheets of copper that are the ancestors of today’s photographs.

(taken from http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/top-10-photographers-every-student-should-study/)

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Henri Matisse

A really influential French artist known for his use of colour within his works. Colour can be a very powerful tool when used correctly and I think Matisse’s work is a very good example of this.