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
166 42
Steve McCurry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1950-04-23

2
133 28
Eve Arnold is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1912-04-21

3
81 34
Dorothea Lange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1895-05-26

4
49 14
Alfred Eisenstaedt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1898-12-06

5
51 27
Spider Martin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1939-04-01

6
70 45
Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers

7
38 23
Edouard Boubat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1923-09-13

8
37 24
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
32 23
Yousuf Karsh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1908-12-23

11
26 18
Mary Ellen Mark is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1940-03-20

12
20 12
Kevin Casha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Kevin Casha 1958-01-01

13
26 19
Mariusz Hermanowicz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Mariusz Hermanowicz 1950-01-01

14
25 18
Richard Avedon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1923-05-15

15
24 17
Robert Mapplethorpe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1946-11-04

16
23 16
Herb Ritts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1952-08-13

17
22 15
Kenn Duncan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Kenn Duncan 1928

18
21 14
Sam Haskins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1926-11-11

19
10 4
Alexander Rodchenko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
ElijahKaganer added 1891-12-05

20
21 16
Lotte Jacobi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1896-08-17

21
20 15
Emil Otto Hoppé is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Emil Otto Hoppé 1878-04-14

22
12 7
Helmut Newton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
ElijahKaganer added 1920-10-31

23
9 4
Nadar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
ElijahKaganer added Nadar 1820-04-06

24
18 14
Elliott Erwitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1928-07-26

25
23 20
Diane Arbus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1923-03-14

26
18 15
Sally Mann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1951-05-01

27
16 13
Antonín Kratochvíl is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers

28
21 19
Johann Baptist Isenring is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Johann Baptist Isenring 1796-01-01

29
18 18
Francesco Scavullo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1921-01-16

30
14 15
Phillippe Halsman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Phillippe Halsman 1906

31
12 13
Angus McBean is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1904-06-08

32
9 10
Herman Leonard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1923-03-06

33
12 14
Sal Lopes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Sal Lopes 1943

34
15 18
Ida Kar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Ida Kar 1908-04-08

35
11 14
Lee Isaacs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Lee Isaacs

36
13 17
Paul Couvrette is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1951-06-22

37
11 15
Bert Andrews is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1929-03-21

38
3 5
Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-G... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
ElijahKaganer added 1863-08-30

39
10 16
Emy Kat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Emy Kat 1959-08-17

40
10 16
Antonio Beato is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Antonio Beato 1825-01-01

41
12 19
Vera Elkan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Vera Elkan 1908

42
7 13
Niles Fuller is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Niles Fuller 1951-01-01

43
7 14
Cindy Sherman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1954-01-19

44
8 16
Gertrude Käsebier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1852-05-18

45
7 15
James Ambrose Cutting is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers

46
6 14
Frederick Hollyer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Frederick Hollyer 1838-06-17

47
6 15
Elmer Chickering is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Elmer Chickering 1857

48
4 13
Mitch Epstein is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
1952-01-01

49
5 15
Gordon Anthony is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Gordon Anthony 1902-12-23

50
4 14
Felice Beato is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers