Few artistic endeavours offer contradiction quite so freely and in such profuse abundance as a life spent behind the lens. We could throw a whole host of quotes at you in support from the likes of Adams, Eisenstaedt or Salgado, but here at Picfair we’re quite partial to a short and sweet list. So just what is it that lends the life of a photographer so well to the contradictory? We’re glad you asked. From the persistent to the spontaneous; the passionate to the have-a-go; the creative to the candid; the impulsive to the ever-prepared, photography is nothing if not a fantastic paradoxical platform. While consideration is given aplenty to a photographer's’ work; their genre, aesthetics and interpretation, it’s a little less common to consider the figure and the extensive process behind the camera. Rarer still to capture them in full swing both sides of the lens. Artists can make for an elusive bunch, after all! Our intrepid photographers have managed to do just that, however – check out a selection of the best.