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The Best Portrait Photographers 

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This list of the best portrait photographers of all time has been ranked by the community to determine which portrait photographers are the greatest. This list includes portfolios and additional information such as biographical info, when available. These photographers focus their work on people, from celebrities to other human subjects. Who are the world’s best portrait photographers?
 
This list includes only the best portrait photographers – many of these artists have been featured on the covers of multiple magazines and many have received prestigious awards for their work as well.
 
This list features the most popular portrait photographers ever and includes photographers such as Yousuf Karsh, Eve Arnold, Edouard Boubat, Phillipe Halsman, Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Antonín Kratochvíl, Mary Ellen Mark, and Annie Liebovitz. Vote up the best portrait photographers below, rerank the list to express your own opinions, or add a portrait photographer you think is the best but isn't already on the list.
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Steve McCurry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Age 68 from Darby, Pennsylvania
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Eve Arnold is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Dec. at 100 (1912-2012) from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3
Dorothea Lange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Dec. at 70 (1895-1965) from Hoboken, New Jersey, United States of America
4
Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Age 69 from Waterbury, Connecticut, United States of America
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Alfred Eisenstaedt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Dec. at 97 (1898-1995) from Tczew, Poland
6
Spider Martin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Dec. at 64 (1939-2003) from Fairfield, Alabama
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Edouard Boubat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Dec. at 76 (1923-1999) from Paris, France
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Irving Penn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Dec. at 92 (1917-2009) from Plainfield, New Jersey
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Yousuf Karsh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Dec. at 94 (1908-2002) from Southeastern Anatolia Region, Turkey, Mardin, Mardin Province, Asia, Western Asia
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Cecil Beaton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Dec. at 76 (1904-1980) from Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
11
Richard Avedon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Dec. at 81 (1923-2004) from New York City, New York
12
Robert Mapplethorpe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Robert Mapplethorpe Dec. at 43 (1946-1989) from Floral Park, New York
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Mariusz Hermanowicz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Mariusz Hermanowicz Age 69 from Olsztyn
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Herb Ritts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Dec. at 50 (1952-2002) from Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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Mary Ellen Mark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Age 78 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Kenn Duncan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Kenn Duncan
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Sally Mann is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Age 67 from Virginia
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Sam Haskins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Dec. at 83 (1926-2009) from Kroonstad
19
Kevin Casha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Kevin Casha
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Lotte Jacobi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Dec. at 94 (1896-1990) from Toruń, Poland
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Emil Otto Hoppé ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Emil Otto Hoppé Dec. at 94 (1878-1972) from Munich, Germany
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Diane Arbus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Dec. at 48 (1923-1971) from New York City, New York
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Helmut Newton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
ElijahKaganer added Dec. at 84 (1920-2004) from Berlin, Germany
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Elliott Erwitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Age 90 from Paris, France
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Johann Baptist Isenring ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Johann Baptist Isenring