Travel Photographers You Might Not Know

aka: How to Fuel Wanderlust. Here are some lesser known travel photographers you might also find inspiring.

(Featured image by me, taken while in Bagan, Myanmar.)

I’m perpetually enabling my own wanderlust. I admit it. One of the ways I do this is through Instagram. I discovered some brilliant travel photographers there by searching hashtags. In case you are looking for some inspiration as well, here are some of my favorites.

Mihaela Noroc: This is Humans of New York on visual steroids. I hugely admire Brandon and his work which provides a space for people to tell their own stories. Unfortunately, the photographs are often a bit weak. Mihaela’s work does a combination of telling people’s stories through third party and first person. She is not quite the storyteller that Brandon is, but she is a much better photographer. What draws me to her work even more is that she creates a definition of beauty that empowers women globally rather than restricts them. In fact, one of the things that fascinates me most about Mihaela is that her work is one answer to the question: is there anything unique that women or a specific gender can bring to the photographic art form?

Dewan Irawan: I know very little about Dewan Irawan. I came across his work when following hashtags for Indonesia and he focuses primarily in that country. This was before I had visited the country… four times. His work, along with Nur Kholis’ is part of what draws me back to Indonesia repeatedly. I still feel like there is so much more to see in that country.

Fiona Annal: Fiona is a stay at home mom living in the Orkney Islands with her picturesque family. She’s also an extremely talented photographer and has mastered the dreaded Instagram “Grid” like nobody’s business.

Tamara Merino: For fearless women artists check out the womenphotograph instagram. Tamara’s work stunned me when it came through, especially her work in India because how many people work with and photograph cannibals?? I’ve been following her ever since.

This is Tamara Merino @tamaramerino_photography happily taking over the women photograph feed this week! · The Aghor is a cult that eats human flesh for specific rituals and immerse in environments where death surrounds themselves as part of their daily routine. They live and perform their rituals in the cremation grounds, which are mainly based on chanting mantras and making offers to the sacred fire and to their god Shiva. But despite their extreme practices and lifestyle, a true Aghor will keep himself away from killing, and will never hurt or damage anybody. · · On the other side of the Ganges River in Varanasi, lies a white sand beach, where Aghors perform rituals during the new moon. Baba Ram Mahesh, on the left, and his disciple Pandi are performing the Puja, a ritual based on chanting mantras and offering alcohol and cannabis to the sacred fire, as their god, Shiva, used to do. Varanasi, India. · To see more of my work visit: · · · #India #varanasi #aghori #rituals #spiritual #spiritualpower #holy #holyman #photography #documentary #documentaryphotography #sonya7rii #35mm #sonyalpha #sony @sony @sonyalpha

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Rehahn: To be fair, Rehahn probably deserves a spot in the below “celebrity” list. He is quite famous, but I only encountered his work for the first time on my most recent trip to Vietnam. I’m incredibly impressed with his efforts to have his work benefit, document, and even protect indigenous tribes in the area. He’s also a superb portrait artist. I haven’t seen many who are so evocative and technically clear.

Nur Kholis: I found Nur Kholis when following hashtags for Indonesia and fell in love. There’s both a richness and delicacy to his work that constantly commands my curiosity. He’s recently begun to post his camera settings as well which I appreciate as I work on my own photography.

This is one of fav spot for Jakarta photographers. You can explore the beautiful sunset combine with slow speed and traditional boat. Here a shot from Tanjung Burung before the sun gone. _______________________________________ > Camera : Fuji XT 2 > Lens : Fujinon XF 10 24 f/4 R OIS > Aperture : f/10 > ISO : 200 > Mode : Manual > Exposure Time : 64 sec > Filter : Soft 0.9 GND + ND 64 > White Balance : Kelvin 8500 ________________________________________ #indonesia_photography #sunset_vision #geonusantara #igs_asia #great_shotz #indonesia_photography #igpodium #serikat_fi #special_shots #globalcapture #gottolove_this #jaw_dropping_shots #cool_capture_ #greatshotz #splendid_shotz #superhubs #marvelshots #main_vision #master_shots #ig_shotz_asia #igrefined #artobjetiva #artsyheaven #loves_world #world_bestsky #jakarta #telkomselmerahputih

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Travel Photographers Celebrity Category

When I first began engaging with the travel photography world I also came across these hyper-popular travel photographers and was totally in awe. I have never had a fangirl reaction, but I might if I met these folks. However, the more I photograph, and the more photographers I meet, the more I learn backstories to many of these photographs. And I’m not always thrilled to learn how photographers I idolize treat their models or the communities they visit, or how they pass off staged photos as “spontaneous.” Which has left me a bit less enthusiastic about their work. Of course it’s impossible for me to know just how prevalent this is, or even if all the popular photographers do it, but it was a bit of a rough fall from the pedestal.

That aside they produce stunning work and these are the travel photographers who you see the most in magazines and art galleries.

Steve McCurry

Chris Burkhard

Sebastiao Selgado

Antarctica, 2005. #sebastiaosalgado #photography

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Of course you are also welcome to follow me on Instagram @curlywandr. (Shameless plug, obviously.) Finally, I realized when I put together this list that while I adore diversity, I appear to be missing photographers based in the African continent. If you can recommend some to me – please do!


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