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Famous Photographers from France

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List of notable or famous photographers from France, with bios and photos, including the top photographers born in France and even some popular photographers who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French photographers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These photographers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known photographer from France is included when available.

The list you're viewing contains people like Louis Daguerre and Antoine François Jean Claudet.

This historic photographers from France list can help answer the questions "Who are some French photographers of note?" and "Who are the most famous photographers from France?" These prominent photographers of France may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected French photographers.

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Louis Daguerre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Photographers from France
Dec. at 64 (1787-1851)
Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre was a French artist and photographer, recognized for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography. He became known as one of the fathers of ...more
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Jean-Daniel Cadinot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Photographers from France
Dec. at 64 (1944-2008)
Jean Daniel Cadinot was a French photographer, director and producer of gay pornographic films.
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Nicéphore Niépce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Photographers from France
Dec. at 68 (1765-1833)
Nicéphore Niépce was a French inventor, now usually credited as the inventor of photography and a pioneer in that field. Niépce developed heliography, a technique he used to ...more
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William Fox Talbot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Photographers from France
Dec. at 77 (1800-1877)
William Henry Fox Talbot was a British inventor and photography pioneer who invented the calotype process, a precursor to photographic processes of the 19th and 20th centuries. Talbot was also a ...more
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Edgar de Evia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Photographers from France
Dec. at 93 (1910-2003)
Edgar Domingo Evia y Joutard, known professionally as Edgar de Evia, was a Mexican-born American photographer. In a career that spanned the 1940s through the 1990s, his photography appeared in ...more
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Antoine François Jean Claudet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Photographers from France
Dec. at 70 (1797-1867)
Antoine François Jean Claudet, was a French photographer and artist who produced daguerreotypes. He was born in La Croix-Rousse son of Claude Claudet, a cloth merchant and Etiennette ...more
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Étienne-Jules Marey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Photographers from France
Dec. at 74 (1830-1904)
Étienne-Jules Marey was a French scientist, physiologist and chronophotographer. His work was significant in the development of cardiology, physical instrumentation, aviation, ...more
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Robert Doisneau is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Photographers from France
Dec. at 82 (1912-1994)
Robert Doisneau was a French photographer. In the 1930s he used a Leica on the streets of Paris. He and Henri Cartier-Bresson were pioneers of photojournalism. He is renowned for his 1950 image ...more
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Christian Boltanski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Photographers from France
age 74
Christian Boltanski is a French sculptor, photographer, painter and film maker. He is the brother of Luc Boltanski and the partner of Annette Messager.
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Vincent Laforet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Photographers from France
age 44
Vincent Laforet is a film director.
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Henri Cartier-Bresson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Photographers from France
Dec. at 96 (1908-2004)
Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer considered to be the father of photojournalism. He was the master of candid photography and an early user of 35 mm film. He helped develop the ...more
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Jacques-Yves Cousteau is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Photographers from France
Dec. at 87 (1910-1997)
Jacques-Yves Cousteau AC was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in ...more
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Thierry Mugler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Photographers from France
age 70
Thierry Mugler is a French fashion designer and creator of several perfumes.
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Yann Arthus-Bertrand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Photographers from France
age 72
Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a French photographer, journalist, reporter and environmentalist. He is especially well known for his book Earth from Above and his film Home.
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André Weinfeld is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Photographers from France
age 71
André Weinfeld is a French and American film and television producer, director, screenwriter, photographer and journalist. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Lycée Louis-le-Grand ...more
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Serge Brunier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Photographers from France
Serge Brunier age 61
Serge Brunier is a French photographer, reporter, and writer who has specialized in popular depictions of astronomical subjects.
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André Kertész is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Photographers from France
Dec. at 91 (1894-1985)
André Kertész, born Kertész Andor, was a Hungarian-born photographer known for his groundbreaking contributions to photographic composition and the photo essay. In the early ...more
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Edouard Boubat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Photographers from France
Dec. at 76 (1923-1999)
Édouard Boubat was a French photojournalist and art photographer.
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George Hoyningen-Huene is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Photographers from France
Dec. at 68 (1900-1968)
Baron George Hoyningen-Huene was a seminal fashion photographer of the 1920s and 1930s. He was born in Russia to Baltic German and American parents and spent his working life in France, England ...more
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Jeanloup Sieff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Photographers from France
Dec. at 67 (1933-2000)
Jeanloup Sieff was a French photographer born of Polish parents in Paris, France. He is famous for his portraits of politicians, famous artists, landscapes, as well as for his nudes and use of ...more
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Patrick Demarchelier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Photographers from France
age 75
Patrick Demarchelier is a French fashion photographer.
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Willy Ronis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Photographers from France
Dec. at 99 (1910-2009)
Willy Ronis was a French photographer. His best-known work shows life in post-war Paris and Provence.
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Gilles Bensimon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Photographers from France
age 75
Gilles Francis Charles Bensimon is a French fashion photographer and the former International Creative Director of Elle magazine. He has also been the photographer on the reality television ...more
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Guy Bourdin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Photographers from France
Dec. at 63 (1928-1991)
Guy Bourdin, born Guy Louis Banarès, was a French fashion photographer known for his provocative fashion images. He was one of the best known photographers of fashion and advertising of ...more
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Henri Victor Regnault is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Photographers from France
Dec. at 68 (1810-1878)
Henri Victor Regnault was a French chemist and physicist best known for his careful measurements of the thermal properties of gases. He was an early thermodynamicist and was mentor to William ...more