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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.

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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
Achim Lippoth 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
Dec. at 96 (1906-2002)
Albrecht Becker was a 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
Andreas Gursky is a German photographer and Professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany. He is known for his large format architecture and landscape colour photographs, often ...more
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Andreas Mühe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Andreas Mühe age 39
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)
Anton Stankowski was a German graphic designer, photographer and painter. He developed an original Theory of Design and pioneered Constructive Graphic Art. Typical Stankowski designs attempt to ...more
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Anton Stankowski is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
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Bernd Becher is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)
Bernhard "Bernd" Becher, and Hilla Becher, née Wobeser, were German conceptual artists and photographers working as a collaborative duo. They are best known for their extensive ...more
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Candida Höfer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
age 75
Candida Höfer 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, Thomas ...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)
Charles Paul Wilp was a German advertising-designer, artist, photographer and short-movie-editor.
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Christian von Alvensleben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
age 78
Christian von Alvensleben is a German photographer.
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Clemens Kalischer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
age 98
Clemens Kalischer is a photojournalist and art photographer. He emigrated to France via Switzerland and then to the United States via Morocco. From 1944 through 1946 he studied arts at the ...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)
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
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)
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)
Ellen Auerbach was a German-born American photographer who is best remembered for her innovative artwork for the Ringl & Pit studio in Berlin during the Weimar Republic.
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Ellen von Unwerth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
age 65
Ellen von Unwerth is a photographer and director, specializing in erotic femininity. She worked as a fashion model for ten years herself before moving behind the camera, and now makes fashion, ...more
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Erich Salomon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 58 (1886-1944)
Erich Salomon was a German-born news photographer known for his pictures in the diplomatic and legal professions and the innovative methods he used to acquire them. Born in Berlin, Salomon ...more
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Erwin Blumenfeld is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 72 (1897-1969)
Erwin Blumenfeld was a photographer and artist born in Germany. He was best known for his fashion photography published in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar in the 1940s and 1950s. In addition to ...more
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Esther Levine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
age 49
Esther Levine 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 documentary photography program at ...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)
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
Florian Maier-Aichen is a landscape photographer based in Cologne, Germany and Los Angeles, USA. He uses a combination of traditional photographic techniques and computer imaging. Maier-Aichen ...more
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Francis Wolff is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 64 (1907-1971)
Francis Wolff was a record company executive, photographer and record producer. Wolff's skills, as an executive and a photographer, were important contributions to the success of the Blue Note ...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)
Franz Benque, 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 Ludwigslust-Parchim district in ...more