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Inspiration is crucial to the art of photography; it’s what drives each and every one of us to pick up that camera or whip out our smartphones to document something that truly speaks to us. A site called the Red List might just be common ground for us all when it comes to finding some inspiration to capture the world around you. Essentially, the Red List culls the world of photography to find the very best images out there. As their Manifesto states:

Designed as a trend book and a source of inspiration, the Red List offers total immersion in the whole world of visual arts so as to build bridges between historic and contemporary creativity. What would cinema be without photography? Interior design without architecture? Fashion without painting? Image researchers need to see what’s new and innovative, but they also need to train their eye by picking up on the references, echoes and allusions that have nourished (and continue to nourish) artistic creation.


Image courtesy of Jonas Bendiksen

What’s especially nice about the Red List is they choose their own photographs and feel no pressure based on a particular artist’s name and stature or from camera manufacturers. And as you’ll see upon visiting the site, they encourage all visitors to send in contributions and suggestions to help build the collection.

If you’re looking for photography tips and tricks, you won’t find that here. The site is not a source to find unique and interesting lighting set-ups, or what specific equipment and techniques captured the images you’re looking at. When you visit, you are simply treated to a photographic journey through generations of images that capture the feeling of a particular period or photographer. The closer you look, you begin to see the rules they played by, the state of mind of the photographers and the emotion they intended you to feel.

Image courtesy of Jung Lee

Image courtesy of Jung Lee

We were alerted to the site by Long Island photographer Seth Waldman who simply told us “it’s a place to go with a cup of coffee and a few minutes free to clear your mind and then refill it with great works of photography. The Red List never fails to get my creative juices flowing and evoke some raw emotions.”

If you’re passionate about the subject of photography, you’ll see more than just a collection of great photographs. Study the details and you’ll discover excellent composition, creative use of lighting and how depth of field can work magic. Most of all, you’ll see how truly powerful photography is and how, even though so much about the craft has changed, one thing has remained the same: the emotional catharsis of a breathtaking photograph.

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