Art The Best Photographers of All Time  

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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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Diane Arbus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Diane Arbus Died at 48 (1923-1971)

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Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time

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

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

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Robert Capa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Robert Capa Died at 41 (1913-1954)

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

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

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

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

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

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Bill Brandt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Bill Brandt Died at 79 (1904-1983)

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Bruce Davidson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time

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Yousuf Karsh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Yousuf Karsh Died at 94 (1908-2002)

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

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

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Jay Maisel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Jay Maisel age 87

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David Bailey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
David Bailey age 80

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

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

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Robert Frank is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Robert Frank age 93

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Nadav Kander is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Nadav Kander age 56

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Pieter Hugo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Pieter Hugo age 41

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Steve McCurry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Steve McCurry age 67

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Richard Kalvar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Richard Kalvar age 74

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Neil Leifer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Neil Leifer age 75

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David LaChapelle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time

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

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

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William Eggleston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time

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Jean Gaumy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Jean Gaumy age 70

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

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Anne Geddes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Anne Geddes age 61

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Mary Ellen Mark is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time

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Andreas Gursky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time

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Nick Knight is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Nick Knight age 60

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Roger Fenton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Roger Fenton Died at 50 (1819-1869)

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André Kertész is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
André Kertész Died at 91 (1894-1985)

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Vivian Maier is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Vivian Maier Died at 83 (1926-2009)

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Lewis Hine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Lewis Hine Died at 66 (1874-1940)

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Frans Lanting is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Frans Lanting age 66

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Martin Parr is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Martin Parr age 65

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Michael Kenna is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Michael Kenna age 65

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Horst P. Horst is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Horst P. Horst Died at 93 (1906-1999)

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Walker Evans is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Walker Evans Died at 72 (1903-1975)

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Philippe Halsman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Photographers of All Time
Philippe Halsman Died at 73 (1906-1979)