Photography 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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1
172 44
Steve McCurry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1950-04-23
2
135 30
Eve Arnold is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1912-04-21
3
83 34
Dorothea Lange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1895-05-26
4
52 15
Alfred Eisenstaedt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1898-12-06
5
76 46
Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
6
52 27
Spider Martin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1939-04-01
7
39 23
Edouard Boubat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1923-09-13
8
39 25
Irving Penn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1917-06-16
9
30 18
Cecil Beaton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1904-01-14
10
34 23
Yousuf Karsh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
11
21 12
Kevin Casha is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Kevin Casha 1958-01-01
12
27 19
Mariusz Hermanowicz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Mariusz Hermanowicz 1950-01-01
13
26 18
Mary Ellen Mark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1940-03-20
14
25 17
Robert Mapplethorpe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1946-11-04
15
23 16
Kenn Duncan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Kenn Duncan 1928
16
23 16
Herb Ritts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1952-08-13
17
21 14
Sam Haskins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1926-11-11
18
11 4
Alexander Rodchenko is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
ElijahKaganer added 1891
19
25 19
Richard Avedon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1923-05-15
20
22 16
Lotte Jacobi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1896-08-17
21
21 15
Emil Otto Hoppé is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Emil Otto Hoppé 1878-04-14
22
21 15
Sally Mann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1951-05-01
23
13 7
Helmut Newton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
ElijahKaganer added 1920
24
24 20
Diane Arbus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1923-03-14
25
9 4
Nadar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
ElijahKaganer added Nadar 1820-04-06