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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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Achim Lippoth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
age 50 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 35 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 63 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 38 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 74 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 77 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 97 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 61 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 61 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 64 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 48 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 45 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

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Franz Hanfstaengl is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Franz Hanfstaengl Dec. at 73 (1804-1877) Franz Seraph Hanfstaengl was a Bavarian painter, lithographer and photographer.

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Frauke Eigen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Frauke Eigen age 49 Frauke Eigen is a German photographer, photojournalist and artist.

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Fred Stein is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 58 (1909-1967) Fred Stein was an early pioneer of the hand-held camera who became a gifted street photographer in Paris and New York after he was forced to flee his native Germany by the Nazi threat in the ...more

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Fritz Henle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 84 (1909-1993) Fritz Henle was a German-born photographer, known as "Mr. Rollei" for his use of the 2.25" square format film used in the Rolleiflex camera. Called, "the last classic ...more

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Gabriele Nothhelfer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Gabriele Nothhelfer age 73

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George R. Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 70 (1868-1938) George Raymond Lawrence was a commercial photographer of northern Illinois. After years of experience building kites and balloons for aerial panoramic photography, Lawrence turned to aviation ...more

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Gerda Taro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 27 (1910-1937) Gerda Taro was a war photographer, and the companion and professional partner of photographer Robert Capa. Taro is regarded as the first female photojournalist to cover the front lines of a war ...more

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Germaine Krull is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 88 (1897-1985) Germaine Krull, was a photographer, political activist, and hotel owner. Her nationality has been categorized as German, Polish, French, and Dutch, but she spent years in Brazil, Republic of the ...more

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Giorgio Sommer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Giorgio Sommer Dec. at 80 (1834-1914) Giorgio Sommer was born in Frankfurt am Main, and became one of Europe’s most important and prolific photographers of the 19th century. Active from 1857 to 1888, he produced thousands of images ...more

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Gisèle Freund is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 92 (1908-2000) Gisèle Freund was a German-born French photographer and photojournalist, famous for her documentary photography and portraits of writers and artists. Her best-known book is Photographie ...more

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Guglielmo Plüschow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Guglielmo Plüschow Dec. at 78 (1852-1930) Guglielmo Plüschow, was a German photographer who moved to Italy and became known for his nude photos of local youths, predominantly males. Being the cousin of Wilhelm von Gloeden, who, ...more

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Gunter Sachs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 79 (1932-2011) Fritz Gunter Sachs was a German photographer, author, industrialist, and latterly head of an institute that researched claims of astrology. As a young man he became a sportsman, then gained ...more

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Hans Helfritz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 93 (1902-1995) Hans Helfritz was a German composer and photographer.

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Hans Moser is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
age 73 Hans Moser is prominent as a pornographic-film director and producer, photographer and magazine publisher. He is also known as Sascha Alexander. Born in Hanover, Germany, he was the eldest son ...more

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Hans Namuth is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 75 (1915-1990) Hans Namuth was a German-born photographer. Namuth specialized in portraiture, photographing many artists, including abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. His photos of Pollock at work in his ...more

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Hansel Mieth is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 89 (1909-1998) Hansel Mieth was a German-born photojournalist who worked on the staff of LIFE Magazine. She was best known for her social commentary photography which recorded the lives of working class ...more

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Harald Hauswald is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Harald Hauswald age 64 Harald Hauswald is a German photographer. With Sibylle Bergemann and Ute Mahler, Hauswald was a co-founder of the Ostkreuz photo agency.

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Harald Mante is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
age 82 Harald Mante, German photographer, artist, and designer. Since 1960 Mante had a great influence on the German color photography. He was in second generation a Bauhaus student and transformed the ...more

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Heinrich Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 72 (1885-1957) Heinrich Hoffmann was a German photographer best known for his many published photographs of Adolf Hitler.

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Heinrich Zille is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 71 (1858-1929) Rudolf Heinrich Zille was a German illustrator and photographer.

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Heinz Günter Mebusch is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Heinz Günter Mebusch Dec. at 49 (1952-2001) Heinz Günter Mebusch was a German photographer and experimental artist born in Düsseldorf.

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Heinz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 74 (1925-1999) Heinz Schubert was a German actor, drama teacher and photographer, best known for playing the role of Alfred Tetzlaff in the German television comedy sitcom Ein Herz und eine Seele.

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Heinz Sielmann is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 89 (1917-2006) Heinz Sielmann was a world renowned wildlife photographer, biologist, zoologist and documentary filmmaker. His first film, in 1938, was a silent movie on birdlife in East Prussia and the ...more

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Heinz Stücke is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Heinz Stücke age 78 Heinz Stücke is a German traveller, vagabond, and long-distance touring cyclist from Hövelhof, North Rhine-Westphalia. In 1995, he set a world record for bicycle touring.

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Helmut Newton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Photographers from Germany
Dec. at 84 (1920-2004) Helmut Newton was a German-Australian photographer. He was a "prolific, widely imitated fashion photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of ...more