For a long time I have entertained the idea of composing a list of noted photographers who have used a Rolleiflex TLR at one time in their careers. For a number of reasons the project did not take off. I feared I might end up with lots of work maintaining the links. Another reason was that I did not want the list to be limited to well-known photographers.
Recently I found some web-sites of talented photographers who have expressed that they used or still use a Rolleiflex. That persuaded me to go ahead.
Photographers of the Classic Rolleiflex era
Eve Arnold’s iconic images document the second half of the twentieth century with compassion for the subject and a strong sense of social justice.
The Richard Avedon Foundation.
Theatre photography. Maria Austria Instituut, Amsterdam, Dutch language only.
At the Vogue site.
At Visual Artists.
At the Vogue site.
Architecture and documentary photography. Maria Austria Instituut, Amsterdam, Dutch language only.
at Magnum Photos.
Edouard Boubat (France, 1923 - 1999), was a French Post-War photographer known for his poetic images of nature, animals, and portraits. Instead of espousing a political agenda, his photographs prioritized the vitality of life without being sentimental. His first camera was a Rolleicord.
Edouard Boubat at Artnet
L'œuvre d'Edouard Boubat, blog by Bernard Boubat
The Bill Brandt Archive.
From the mid-sixties until his death in 1975 the Rolleiflex SL66 was his favourite camera .
Select Robert Capa from the list of Magnum photographers.
‘Most of LIFE’S photographers had a knack for capturing the essence of people, for laying claim to their most characteristic moments. Ed Clark (1911-2000) had this ability in spades.’
The Imogen Cunningham Trust.
L'Atelier Robert Doisneau.
Famous French street photographer and ‘Rolleiflexist’, maker of the famous image “Le Baiser de l'Hôtel de Ville” (The Kiss, 1950). In the year 2000 the maker of an advertisement for a Peugeot car was inspired by this photograph. See a photographer holding a Rolleiflex Automat (1949) and then the image by Doisneau in the last seconds of the film.
The Rolleiflex camera: Love at first sight.
Fritz Henle (1909 - 1993). Was known as Mr Rollei.
Fan Ho Photography, by the Fan Ho Trust and Estate. Fan Ho’s photographic career started at the early age of 14 when given his first Kodak Brownie. At the age of 18, he acquired his twin lens Rolleiflex. He was known as the “Cartier-Bresson of the East”.
The Photography of Frank Oscar Larson (1896 - 1964). Early 1950s street photographer.
Her photographs in the Maloof Collection.
Lee Miller Archives.
The Helmut Newton Foundation.
The Gordon Parks Foundation.
The Irving Penn Foundation.
Fundação Pierre Verger.
Dernière représentante de l’école humaniste, incarnée par Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis, Édouard Boubat ou Brassaï, Sabine Weiss (née en 1924) occupe une place unique au sein de la photographie française.
Photographers of the modern age
Inspired by the colour photography of Stephen Shore and William Eggleston.
Photographe de portraits noir et blanc studio. Photographie argentique traditionnelle avec négatifs carré (6 × 6 cm) sur véritable papier photo. Photographie numérique et vidéo: Publicité, entreprise, culturel, corporatif, ressources humaines et institutionnelle.
Kitty Clark and Craig Fritz
Twin Lens Images. Kitty Clark and Craig Fritz specialize in capturing your wedding day in documentary photographs.
Beauty and Fine Art Photography.
Rena Effendi uses her camera to document people and cultures, as well as issues of conflict, environment, and social justice. Effendi was born in Azerbaijan and witnessed her country’s rough path to independence from the U.S.S.R., a place she learned to make sense of through photography.
Rena Effendi with her Rolleiflex GX at youtube
Nikon D750, Nikon F3/T, Mamiya RB67, Rolleiflex 2.8D.
Stephen Schaub has used lots of cameras. Among them a Rollei 35, a Rolleiflex 2.8F and a Wide-Angle Rolleiflex.
After a career as a New York Fashion Editor and working along side the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back.
Fine Art Photography
Charles H. Traub
In the late 1970s, while working at Columbia College in Chicago, Charles Traub would bring along his Rolleiflex SL66 camera to photograph passers-by during his lunch break.
Fine Art Photography
The goal of the Rolleiflexers Collective is to create a dynamic documentary showcase of people and places, primarily street life, made with the Rolleiflex camera.