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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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158 37
Steve McCurry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Steve McCurry 1950-04-23

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128 26
Eve Arnold is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Eve Arnold 1912-04-21

3
78 30
Dorothea Lange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Dorothea Lange 1895-05-26

4
48 12
Alfred Eisenstaedt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Alfred Eisenstaedt 1898-12-06

5
51 25
Spider Martin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Spider Martin 1939-04-01

6
65 44
Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers

7
36 21
Edouard Boubat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Edouard Boubat 1923-09-13

8
36 23
Irving Penn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Irving Penn 1917-06-16

9
29 17
Cecil Beaton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Cecil Beaton 1904-01-14

10
32 22
Yousuf Karsh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Yousuf Karsh 1908-12-23

11
26 17
Mary Ellen Mark is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Mary Ellen Mark 1940-03-20

12
20 11
Kevin Casha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Kevin Casha 1958-01-01

13
26 18
Mariusz Hermanowicz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Mariusz Hermanowicz 1950-01-01

14
25 17
Richard Avedon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Richard Avedon 1923-05-15

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

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

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

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20 14
Sam Haskins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Sam Haskins 1926-11-11

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

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

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

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

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

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23 20
Diane Arbus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Diane Arbus 1923-03-14

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18 15
Sally Mann is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Sally Mann 1951-05-01

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17 14
Elliott Erwitt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Elliott Erwitt 1928-07-26

27
21 19
Johann Baptist Isenring is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Johann Baptist Isenring 1796-01-01

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15 13
Antonín Kratochvíl is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers

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

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9 10
Herman Leonard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Herman Leonard 1923-03-06

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12 14
Sal Lopes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Sal Lopes 1943

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11 13
Angus McBean is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Angus McBean 1904-06-08

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11 13
Lee Isaacs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Lee Isaacs

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

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12 15
Phillippe Halsman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Phillippe Halsman 1906

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11 15
Bert Andrews is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Bert Andrews 1929-03-21

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3 5
Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-G... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
ElijahKaganer added Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky 1863-08-30

38
12 17
Paul Couvrette is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Paul Couvrette 1951-06-22

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

40
12 19
Vera Elkan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Vera Elkan 1908

41
7 13
Niles Fuller is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Niles Fuller 1951-01-01

42
9 16
Antonio Beato is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Antonio Beato 1825-01-01

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

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7 15
James Ambrose Cutting is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers

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6 14
Frederick Hollyer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Frederick Hollyer 1838-06-17

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7 16
Gertrude Käsebier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Gertrude Käsebier 1852-05-18

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4 13
Mitch Epstein is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Mitch Epstein 1952-01-01

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5 15
Elmer Chickering is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Portrait Photographers
Elmer Chickering 1857

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

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