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List of Famous Photojournalists

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List of famous photojournalists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top photojournalists in the world? This includes the most prominent photojournalists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable photojournalists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic photojournalists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned photojournalists.

Examples of people on this list include Kenji Nagai and James Nachtwey.

From reputable, prominent, and well known photojournalists to the lesser known photojournalists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the photojournalist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous photojournalists ever?" and "What are the names of famous photojournalists?" then you're in the right place. (328 items)


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    John G. Morris

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    John G. Morris
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    John Godfrey Morris is a picture editor and an important figure in the history of photojournalism.more

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    • Age: age 99
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Picture editor, Photojournalist
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    Alex Webb
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    Alex Webb is a photographer associated with Magnum Photos. He has primarily worked in color, has published 11 books, and has contributed to such magazines as GEO, Time, and the New York Times Magazine.more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Photojournalist
    • Credits: El otro lado/The Other Side
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    Sergio Dorantes Zurita is a Mexican photojournalist who was jailed in Mexico City for the murder of his wife, Alejandra Dehesa in 2003. However, on April 3, 2012 the judge in the case declared there was no evidence against him, and he was freed. The case had been highly controversial, not least because ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Mexico
    • Profession: Journalist, Photojournalist, Photographer
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    Bernard Cahier

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    Bernard Cahier
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    Bernard Cahier was a French Formula One photo-journalist. Cahier began photographing F1 in 1952 and in 1968 he was one of the founders of the International Racing Press Association which began the process of organising the media in F1. After the conflict with the FIA and FOCA, he remained close to F1 by ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1927-2008)
    • Birthplace: Marseille, France
    • Profession: Photojournalist
    • Credits: Grand Prix
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    Renée C. Byer

    Renée C. Byer is a Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist.more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Yonkers, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Photojournalist
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    Roman Vishniac
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    Roman Vishniac was a Russian-American photographer, best known for capturing on film the culture of Jews in Central and Eastern Europe before the Holocaust. A complete archive of his work now rests at the International Center of Photography. Vishniac was a versatile photographer, an accomplished ...more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1897-1990)
    • Birthplace: Pavlovsk, Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Biologist, Photojournalist, Photographer
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    Marvin Breckinridge Patterson
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    Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson, was an American photojournalist, cinematographer, and philanthropist. She used her middle name, Marvin, both professionally and personally to distinguish herself from her cousin Mary Breckinridge and to avoid the prejudice against women prevalent at the time.more

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    • Age: Died at 97 (1905-2002)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Cinematographer, Photojournalist, Photographer
    • Credits: The Forgotten Frontier
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    Joseph Ruttenberg
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    Joseph Ruttenberg, A.S.C. was a Russian-born American photojournalist and cinematographer. Ruttenberg was accomplished winning accolades. At MGM, Ruttenberg was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography ten times, winning four. In addition, he won the 1954 Golden Globe Award for his camera ...more

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    • Age: Died at 94 (1889-1983)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Cinematographer, Photojournalist
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    Raymond Depardon
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    Raymond Depardon is a French photographer, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker.more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Villefranche-sur-Saône, France
    • Profession: Television director, Documentary Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Photojournalist, + more
    • Credits: Lumière and Company, Never Forget, Caught in the Act, Captive of the Desert, To Each His Own Cinema, + more
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    Rick Loomis is a Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist.more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Educator, Lecturer, Photojournalist
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    Dith Pran was a Cambodian photojournalist best known as a refugee and survivor of the Cambodian Genocide. He was the subject of the Academy Award-winning film The Killing Fields. He was portrayed in the film by first-time actor Haing S. Ngor, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1942-2008)
    • Birthplace: Siem Reap, Cambodia
    • Profession: Photojournalist, Photographer
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    Zahra "Ziba" Kazemi-Ahmadabadi was an Iranian-Canadian freelance photographer, who was killed by Iranian officials following her arrest in Iran. Although Iranian authorities insist that her death was accidental and that she died of a stroke while being interrogated, Shahram Azam, a former military staff ...more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1948-2003)
    • Birthplace: Shiraz, Iran
    • Profession: Journalist, Photojournalist, Writer, Photographer
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    Hansel Mieth was a German-born photojournalist who worked on the staff of LIFE Magazine. She was best known for her social commentary photography which recorded the lives of working class Americans in the 1930s and 1940s. She was born Johanna Mieth in Oppelsbohm, Germany, one of three daughters of a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1909-1998)
    • Birthplace: Berglen, Germany
    • Profession: Journalist, Photojournalist, Photographer
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    Susan Meiselas is an American documentary photographer. She has been associated with Magnum Photos since 1976 and a full member since 1980. She has published several books of her own photographs and has edited and contributed to others. Her works have been published in newspapers and magazines including ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Photojournalist, Film Director, Photographer
    • Credits: The Windmill Movie, Pictures from a Revolution
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    Eddie Adams
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    Eddie Adams was an American photographer and photojournalist noted for portraits of celebrities and politicians and for coverage of 13 wars. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969.more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1933-2004)
    • Birthplace: New Kensington, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Photojournalist, Photographer
    • Credits: Eddie Adams: Saigon '68
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    Ara Güler
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    Ara Güler is a Turkish Armenian photojournalist, nicknamed "the Eye of Istanbul" or "the Photographer of Istanbul". He is considered one of Turkey's few internationally known photographers.more

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    • Age: age 87
    • Birthplace: Beyoğlu, Turkey
    • Profession: Photojournalist, Actor
    • Credits: Journey to the Sun, Run for Money
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    David Hume Kennerly is an American photographer and photojournalist. He won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his portfolio of photographs taken of the Vietnam War, Cambodia, East Pakistani refugees near Calcutta, and the Ali-Frazier fight in Madison Square Garden on March 8, 1971. He ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Roseburg, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Photojournalist, Author, Writer, Photographer
    • Credits: The Godfather Part III, An Unlikely Weapon: The Eddie Adams Story
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    Dewitt Jones is an American professional photographer who is known for his work as a freelance photojournalist for National Geographic and his column in Outdoor Photographer Magazine. His daily photographic posts on Facebook are seen by thousands of viewers. As a motion picture director, he had two ...more

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    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Photojournalist, Writer, Motivational speaker, Photographer
    • Credits: John Muir's High Sierra
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    Carolyn Cole is a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 2004, for her coverage of the siege of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Boulder, Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Photojournalist, Photographer
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    Nathan “Nat” Louis Finkelstein was an American photographer and photojournalist. Finkelstein studied photography under Alexey Brodovitch, the art director of Harper’s Bazaar and worked as a photojournalist for the Black Star and PIX photo agencies, reporting primarily on the political developments of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1933-2009)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Photojournalist, Photographer
    • Credits: Factory Girl, A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory
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