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Famous Photographers from Germany

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List of notable or famous photographers from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top photographers born in Germany and even some popular photographers who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German 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 Germany is included when available.

This is a list that features people like Ozzy Lusth and Karl Lagerfeld.

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

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Achim Lippoth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Age: 51

Birthplace: Ilshofen, Germany

Achim Lippoth (born 1968 in Ilshofen, West Germany) is a German photographer and film director best known for using child models to stage scenes from everyday life.
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Albrecht Becker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Albrecht Becker Dec. at 96 (1906-2002)

Birthplace: Thale, Germany

Albrecht Becker (14 November 1906 – 22 April 2002) was a German production designer, photographer, and actor, who was imprisoned by the Nazi regime for the charge of homosexuality.
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Alexander Palacios is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Alexander Palacios Age: 36
Alexander Palacios is a German artist based in Basel, Switzerland. Born to a German mother and Peruvian father and growing up in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Palacios started his career in 2002. ...more
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Andreas Gursky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Age: 64

Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany

Andreas Gursky (born 15 January 1955) is a German photographer and professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany.He is known for his large format architecture and landscape colour ...more
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Andreas Mühe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Andreas Mühe Age: 39

Birthplace: Karl-Marx-Stadt, Germany

Andreas Mühe is a photographer.
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Anton Stankowski is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 92 (1906-1998)

Birthplace: Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Anton Stankowski (June 18, 1906 – December 11, 1998) was a German graphic designer, photographer and painter. He developed an original Theory of Design and pioneered Constructive Graphic Art. ...more
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Anton Stankowski is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany

Birthplace: Gelsenkirchen

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Bernd Becher is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)

Birthplace: Siegen, Germany

Bernhard "Bernd" Becher (German: [ˈbɛçɐ]; August 20, 1931 – June 22, 2007), and Hilla Becher, née Wobeser (September 2, 1934 – October 10, 2015), were German conceptual ...more
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Candida Höfer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Age: 75

Birthplace: Eberswalde, Germany

Candida Höfer (born 1944) is a Cologne, Germany-based photographer and a former student of Bernd and Hilla Becher. Like other Becher students – Axel Hütte, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, ...more
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Charles Paul Wilp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 73 (1932-2005)

Birthplace: Witten, Germany

Charles Paul Wilp (15 September 1932 in Witten – 2 January 2005 in Düsseldorf) was a German advertising-designer, artist, photographer and short-movie-editor.
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Christian von Alvenslebe... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Age: 78

Birthplace: Munich, Germany

Christian von Alvensleben (born 1941 in Munich) is a German photographer.
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Clemens Kalischer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Age: 98

Birthplace: Lindau, Germany

Clemens Kalischer (March 30, 1921 – June 9, 2018) was an American photojournalist and art photographer. He was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States. His series of photographs of ...more
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Clemens Seeber is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Clemens Seeber Dec. at 54 (1851-1905)

Birthplace: Wurzen, Germany

Clemens Seeber was a photographer.
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Daniel Knop is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Age: 62
Daniel Knop is a specialised German journalist in the fields of marine aquariology and marine biology. Originally coming from the field of natural medicine where he has authored a number of ...more
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Dominik Bender is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Age: 62

Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

Dominik Bender is an actor and a photographer.
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El Lissitzky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 51 (1890-1941)

Birthplace: Pochinok, Smolensk Oblast, Russia

Lazar Markovich Lissitzky, better known as El Lissitzky, was a Russian artist, designer, photographer, typographer, polemicist and architect. He was an important figure of the Russian Avant ...more
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Ellen Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 98 (1906-2004)

Birthplace: Karlsruhe, Germany

Ellen (Rosenberg) Auerbach (May 20, 1906 – July 30, 2004) was a German-born American photographer who is best remembered for her innovative artwork for the ringl+pit studio in Berlin during the ...more
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Ellen von Unwerth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Age: 65

Birthplace: Hesse, Eurasia, Germany, Frankfurt

Ellen von Unwerth (born 17 January 1954) is a German photographer and director, specializing in erotic femininity. She worked as a fashion model for ten years before becoming a photographer, and ...more
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Erich Salomon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 58 (1886-1944)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Erich Salomon (28 April 1886 – 7 July 1944) was a German-born news photographer known for his pictures in the diplomatic and legal professions and the innovative methods he used to acquire
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Erwin Blumenfeld is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 72 (1897-1969)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Berlin, Germany

Erwin Blumenfeld (26 January 1897 – 4 July 1969) was an American photographer of German origin. He was born in Berlin, and in 1941 emigrated to the United States, where he soon became a ...more
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Esther Levine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Age: 49
Esther Levine (born 1970 in Frankfurt am Main) is a German born, New York based photographer. After studying photography at the City College of New York from 1994 to 1996 she enrolled in the ...more
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Fee Vaillant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Fee Vaillant Dec. at 92 (1915-2007)

Birthplace: Witten, Germany

Fee Vaillant was a Photographer and Artistic Director.
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Florian Maier-Aichen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Age: 46

Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

Florian Maier-Aichen (born 1973 in Stuttgart, Germany) is a landscape photographer based in Cologne, Germany and Los Angeles, USA. He uses a combination of traditional photographic techniques ...more
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Francis Wolff is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 64 (1907-1971)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Francis Wolff (April 6, 1907 – March 8, 1972) was a record company executive, photographer and record producer. Wolff's skills, as an executive and a photographer, were important contributions ...more
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Franz Benque is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Franz Benque Dec. at 80 (1841-1921)

Birthplace: Ludwigslust, Germany

Franz Benque (12 March 1841 – 30 March 1921), known in Brazil as Francisco Benque, was a German photographer. Son of a professor, Benque was born in Ludwigslust, nowadays a city located in the ...more