Famous Photographers from France

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List of notable or famous photographers from France, with bios and photos, including the top photographers born in France and even some popular photographers who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French photographers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These photographers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known photographer from France is included when available.

The list you're viewing contains people like William Fox Talbot and Antoine François Jean Claudet.

This historic photographers from France list can help answer the questions "Who are some French photographers of note?" and "Who are the most famous photographers from France?" These prominent photographers of France may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected French photographers.

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    Louis Daguerre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Photographers from France
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    Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre was a French artist and photographer, recognized for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography. He became known as one of the fathers of photography. Though he is most famous for his contributions to photography, he was also an accomplished painter and a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1787-1851)
    • Birthplace: Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France
    • Profession: Physicist, Chemist, Photographer
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    Jean-Daniel Cadinot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Photographers from France
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    Jean Daniel Cadinot was a French photographer, director and producer of gay pornographic films. more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1944-2008)
    • Birthplace: Île-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Paris
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Director, Photographer
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    Nicéphore Niépce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Photographers from France
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    Nicéphore Niépce was a French inventor, now usually credited as the inventor of photography and a pioneer in that field. Niépce developed heliography, a technique he used to create the world's oldest surviving product of a photographic process: a print made from a photoengraved printing plate in 1825.more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1765-1833)
    • Birthplace: Chalon-sur-Saône, France
    • Profession: Inventor, Photographer
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    William Fox Talbot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Photographers from France
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    William Henry Fox Talbot was a British inventor and photography pioneer who invented the calotype process, a precursor to photographic processes of the 19th and 20th centuries. Talbot was also a noted photographer who made major contributions to the development of photography as an artistic medium. His ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1800-1877)
    • Birthplace: Dorset, England
    • Profession: Inventor, Photographer
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    Edgar Domingo Evia y Joutard, known professionally as Edgar de Evia, was a Mexican-born American photographer. In a career that spanned the 1940s through the 1990s, his photography appeared in magazines and newspapers such as Town & Country, House & Garden, Look and The New York Times Magazine and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1910-2003)
    • Birthplace: Mérida, Mexico
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Antoine François Jean Claudet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Photographers from France
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    Antoine François Jean Claudet, was a French photographer and artist who produced daguerreotypes. He was born in La Croix-Rousse son of Claude Claudet, a cloth merchant and Etiennette Julie Montagnat, was active in Great Britain and died in London. He was a student of Louis Daguerre. Having acquired a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1797-1867)
    • Birthplace: Lyon, France
    • Profession: Inventor, Photographer
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    Étienne-Jules Marey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Photographers from France
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    Étienne-Jules Marey was a French scientist, physiologist and chronophotographer. His work was significant in the development of cardiology, physical instrumentation, aviation, cinematography and the science of laboratory photography. He is widely considered to be a pioneer of photography and an ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1830-1904)
    • Birthplace: Beaune, France
    • Profession: Inventor, Photographer
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    Robert Doisneau was a French photographer. In the 1930s he used a Leica on the streets of Paris. He and Henri Cartier-Bresson were pioneers of photojournalism. He is renowned for his 1950 image Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville, a photograph of a couple kissing in the busy streets of Paris. Doisneau was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1912-1994)
    • Birthplace: Gentilly, France
    • Profession: Engraver, Photographer
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