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This list of the best portrait photographers of all time has been ranked by the community to determine which portrait photographers are the greatest. This list includes portfolios and additional information such as biographical info, when available. These photographers focus their work on people, from celebrities to other human subjects. Who are the world’s best portrait photographers?
 
This list includes only the best portrait photographers – many of these artists have been featured on the covers of multiple magazines and many have received prestigious awards for their work as well.
 
This list features the most popular portrait photographers ever and includes photographers such as Yousuf Karsh, Eve Arnold, Edouard Boubat, Phillipe Halsman, Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Antonín Kratochvíl, Mary Ellen Mark, and Annie Liebovitz. Vote up the best portrait photographers below, rerank the list to express your own opinions, or add a portrait photographer you think is the best but isn't already on the list.
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Eve Arnold is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Eve Arnold 1912-04-21

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Steve McCurry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Steve McCurry 1950-04-23

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+ - 77 29
Dorothea Lange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Dorothea Lange 1895-05-26

4
+ - 47 11
Alfred Eisenstaedt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Alfred Eisenstaedt 1898-12-06

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+ - 51 24
Spider Martin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Spider Martin 1939-04-01

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Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers

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Edouard Boubat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Edouard Boubat 1923-09-13

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Irving Penn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Irving Penn 1917-06-16

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Kevin Casha is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Kevin Casha 1958-01-01

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Cecil Beaton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Cecil Beaton 1904-01-14

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Mariusz Hermanowicz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Mariusz Hermanowicz 1950-01-01

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Yousuf Karsh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Yousuf Karsh 1908-12-23

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Mary Ellen Mark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Mary Ellen Mark 1940-03-20

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Robert Mapplethorpe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Robert Mapplethorpe 1946-11-04

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Kenn Duncan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Kenn Duncan 1928

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Sam Haskins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Sam Haskins 1926-11-11

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Alexander Rodchenko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers

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Richard Avedon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Richard Avedon 1923-05-15

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Lotte Jacobi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Lotte Jacobi 1896-08-17

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Emil Otto Hoppé is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Emil Otto Hoppé 1878-04-14

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Herb Ritts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Herb Ritts 1952-08-13

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Nadar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Nadar 1820-04-06

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Johann Baptist Isenring is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers

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Helmut Newton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Helmut Newton 1920-10-31

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Sally Mann is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Sally Mann 1951-05-01

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Elliott Erwitt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Elliott Erwitt 1928-07-26

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Antonín Kratochvíl is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers

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Diane Arbus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Diane Arbus 1923-03-14

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Francesco Scavullo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers

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Herman Leonard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Herman Leonard 1923-03-06

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Sal Lopes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Sal Lopes 1943

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Angus McBean is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Angus McBean 1904-06-08

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Lee Isaacs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers

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Ida Kar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Ida Kar 1908-04-08

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Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-G... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers

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Bert Andrews is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Bert Andrews 1929-03-21

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Paul Couvrette is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Paul Couvrette 1951-06-22

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Phillippe Halsman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Phillippe Halsman 1906

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+ - 10 15
Emy Kat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Emy Kat 1959-08-17

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Vera Elkan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Vera Elkan 1908

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+ - 7 12
Niles Fuller is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Niles Fuller 1951-01-01

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Antonio Beato is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Antonio Beato 1825-01-01

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Cindy Sherman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Cindy Sherman 1954-01-19

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James Ambrose Cutting is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers

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Frederick Hollyer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Frederick Hollyer 1838-06-17

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Gertrude Käsebier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Gertrude Käsebier 1852-05-18

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Gordon Anthony is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Gordon Anthony 1902-12-23

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Elmer Chickering is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Elmer Chickering 1857

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Felice Beato is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers

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Mitch Epstein is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Mitch Epstein 1952-01-01