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Famous Photographers from France

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.

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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-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 on Wikipedia
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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 was a French photographer, director and producer of gay pornographic films. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 64 (1944-2008)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Director, Photographer
    • Credits: Double En Jeu, Ski Fever, Harem, L'Insatiable, Tequila + 69 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 68 (1765-1833)
    • Birthplace: Chalon-sur-Saône, France
    • Profession: Inventor, Photographer
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 77 (1800-1877)
    • Birthplace: Dorset, United Kingdom
    • 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 93 (1910-2003)
    • Birthplace: Mérida, Mexico
    • Profession: Photographer
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 70 (1797-1867)
    • Birthplace: Lyon, France
    • Profession: Inventor, Photographer
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 74 (1830-1904)
    • Birthplace: Beaune, France
    • Profession: Inventor, Photographer
    • Credits: Falling Cat
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 82 (1912-1994)
    • Birthplace: Gentilly, France
    • Profession: Engraver, Photographer
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    Christian Boltanski is a French sculptor, photographer, painter and film maker. He is the brother of Luc Boltanski and the partner of Annette Messager. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Artist, Photographer
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    Vincent Laforet is a film director. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Switzerland
    • Profession: Cinematographer, Film Director, Photographer
    • Credits: The Story Beyond the Still
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    Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer considered to be the father of photojournalism. He was the master of candid photography and an early user of 35 mm film. He helped develop the street photography or life reportage style, and coined the term, The Decisive Moment, that has inspired ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 96 (1908-2004)
    • Birthplace: Chanteloup-en-Brie, France
    • Profession: Journalist, Photographer
    • Credits: Spain Will Live, The Return, Life Belongs to Us
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    Jacques-Yves Cousteau AC was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He co-developed the Aqua-Lung, pioneered marine conservation and was a member of the Académie ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 87 (1910-1997)
    • Birthplace: Saint-André-de-Cubzac, France
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, Oceanographer + 2 more
    • Credits: The Silent World, World Without Sun, The Golden Fish, Epaves, Rhythm on the Reef + 19 more
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    Thierry Mugler is a French fashion designer and creator of several perfumes. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Designer, Photographer
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    Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a French photographer, journalist, reporter and environmentalist. He is especially well known for his book Earth from Above and his film Home. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Journalist, Environmentalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor + 2 more
    • Credits: Home, Dis-moi qui tuer, OSS 117 Takes a Vacation, Planet Ocean, A Thirsty World + 1 more
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    André Weinfeld is a French and American film and television producer, director, screenwriter, photographer and journalist. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Lycée Louis-le-Grand and the Sorbonne University in Paris. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Journalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Director + 1 more
    • Credits: Pacific Palisades
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    Serge Brunier is a French photographer, reporter, and writer who has specialized in popular depictions of astronomical subjects. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Journalist, Photographer
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    André Kertész, born Kertész Andor, was a Hungarian-born photographer known for his groundbreaking contributions to photographic composition and the photo essay. In the early years of his career, his then-unorthodox camera angles and style prevented his work from gaining wider recognition. Kertész never ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 91 (1894-1985)
    • Birthplace: Hungary
    • Profession: Journalist, Photographer
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    Édouard Boubat was a French photojournalist and art photographer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 76 (1923-1999)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Baron George Hoyningen-Huene was a seminal fashion photographer of the 1920s and 1930s. He was born in Russia to Baltic German and American parents and spent his working life in France, England and the United States. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 68 (1900-1968)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Jeanloup Sieff was a French photographer born of Polish parents in Paris, France. He is famous for his portraits of politicians, famous artists, landscapes, as well as for his nudes and use of wide-angle lens. He worked mainly in black and white and for the fashion. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 67 (1933-2000)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Photographer
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