Craft, Skills and Artisans – Photography by Andrew Montgomery
There’s something about photos taken of craftsmen and makers that really appeals to me. I don’t know what it is, obviously I have a similar mindset, but I think it also gives us a glimpse of the hard work and dedication that goes in to many of these skilled jobs. It’s fitting then to have people like Andrew Montgomery to capture these artisans with his camera, and document their lives and the interesting methods that they use to make their work.
Andrew himself usually does commissions for magazines, so many of the photographs on his website show the different publications that he has been involved in. Also, there’s also quite a few gems and I was gravitating towards the pictures in the ‘Artisan’ series that you see here above and below.
Mr Montgomery has a really unique style to his photography. Often you see very generic pictures of craftsmen, those that have little character and are typically flat and one dimensional. Andrew, on the other hand, has implemented a kind of grainy texture to the pictures, probably thanks to a medium format camera, giving them a fairly subtle tone running across the series. Anyway, here’s a few of my favourites, but there’s plenty more to see on his portfolio linked below. Enjoy.