There are a raft of great photographers working today who, together with past masters, could offer you the tools to develop and improve your photography. It’s actually a bit of a minefield, so for the purposes of this plan, I’m going to focus on one who deserves your attention: Harry Callahan.
His most fertile period, working in black and white, was between the late 1940s through to the 1960s. Callahan shows us how to frame the everyday and ordinary in a transformative way. During his life’s work he dipped into street photography, still life, landscape, nudes, architecture and experimental imagery, each time considering composition and tone to reveal abstractions.
His influence can be seen throughout contemporary photography. To develop your photography, observe how he uses light and shadow to simplify a scene or direct the viewers eye around the frame using contrast. You may not work in black and white yourself, but after viewing his images, you’ll want to.