Art The Best Photographers of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the greatest photographers of all time.

The world's best photographers do much more than simply take pictures; they tell stories with their images and capture the essence of the people, places, and things they shoot. While some of the greatest to do it are also considered the most influential photographers, the two are not the same. Sure, the best photographers can have an impact on the industry and influence others aspiring to do the same, but these masters of the lens are simply the best to pick up a camera and photograph what they see.

When it comes to a list of the best photographers of all time, a select few instantly come to mind. Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, and Richard Avedon certainly top the list here. However, plenty of other famous photographers have proven themselves to be some of the greatest, whether they primarily shoot fashion, portraits, or the world around them. Regardless of subject matter, these are the greatest photographers to ever pick up a camera. 

Vote up the photographers you think are best, or those who created the best images that stand the test of time. You can also add any that may be missing from the list.

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12 3
Ansel Adams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1902-1984)

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12 4
Henri Cartier-Bresson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 96 (1908-2004)

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8 1
Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time

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8 2
Robert Capa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 41 (1913-1954)

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9 3
Diane Arbus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1923-1971)

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7 2
Dorothea Lange is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 70 (1895-1965)

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5 1
Brassaï is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 85 (1899-1984)

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5 1
Eve Arnold is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 100 (1912-2012)

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4 0
Richard Avedon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 81 (1923-2004)

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6 3
Jerry Uelsmann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time

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6 3
Yousuf Karsh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 94 (1908-2002)

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3 0
Bill Brandt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 79 (1904-1983)

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3 0
Bruce Davidson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time

14
5 3
Brian Duffy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Brian Duffy Dec. at 77 (1933-2010)

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3 1
Patrick Demarchelier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time

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2 0
Robert Frank is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
age 93

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4 3
Jay Maisel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Jay Maisel age 87

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2 1
Cecil Beaton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 76 (1904-1980)

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2 1
Julia Margaret Cameron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Julia Margaret Cameron Dec. at 64 (1815-1879)

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1 0
Richard Kalvar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Richard Kalvar age 74

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1 0
Pieter Hugo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Pieter Hugo age 41

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1 0
Nadav Kander is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Nadav Kander age 56

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1 0
Neil Leifer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
age 75

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1 0
David LaChapelle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time

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1 0
Horst P. Horst is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 93 (1906-1999)

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3 3
David Bailey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
age 80

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3 3
Elliott Erwitt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time

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3 3
Larry Burrows is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1926-1971)

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2 2
Jean Gaumy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Jean Gaumy age 70

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2 2
William Eggleston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time

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2 2
Robert Doisneau is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1912-1994)

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1 1
Nick Knight is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
age 60

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1 1
Steve McCurry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
age 67

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1 1
Mary Ellen Mark is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time

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1 1
Andreas Gursky is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time

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1 1
Philippe Halsman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Philippe Halsman Dec. at 73 (1906-1979)

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1 1
Anne Geddes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
age 61

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0 0
André Kertész is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 91 (1894-1985)

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0 0
Vivian Maier is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Vivian Maier Dec. at 83 (1926-2009)

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0 0
Martin Parr is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
age 65

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0 0
Frans Lanting is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
age 66

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0 0
Lewis Hine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 66 (1874-1940)

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0 0
Michael Kenna is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Michael Kenna age 65

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0 0
Roger Fenton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 50 (1819-1869)

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2 3
Walker Evans is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1903-1975)