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List of famous photographers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top photographers in the world? This includes the most prominent photographers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable photographers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic photographers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned photographers.

These people, like Lou Reed and Stanley Kubrick include images when available.

From reputable, prominent, and well known photographers to the lesser known photographers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the photographer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous photographers ever?" and "What are the names of famous photographers?" then you're in the right place. (1657 items)
Ansel Adams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Ansel Adams Conservationist, Artist, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 82 (1902-1984)

Birthplace: Western Addition, California

Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was a landscape photographer and environmentalist known for his black-and-white images of the American West. He helped found Group f/64, ...more

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Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Artist, Photographer

Age: 69

Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, United States of America

Anna-Lou "Annie" Leibovitz (; born October 2, 1949) is an American portrait photographer. She is best known for her engaging portraits—particularly of celebrities—which often feature ...more

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#55 of 771 American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures #57 of 156 The Most Influential People in Fashion #10 of 33 The Most Controversial Photographers Of All Time

Henri Cartier-Bresson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Journalist, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 96 (1908-2004)

Birthplace: Chanteloup-en-Brie, France

Henri Cartier-Bresson (French: [kaʁtje bʁɛsɔ̃]; August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) was a French humanist photographer considered a master of candid photography, and an early user of 35 mm film. ...more
David LaChapelle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Artist, Film Director, Photographer

Age: 55

Birthplace: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States of America

David LaChapelle (born March 11, 1963) is an American commercial photographer, fine-art photographer, music video director, and film director. He is best known for his photography, which often ...more
Dorothea Lange is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Journalist, Artist, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 70 (1895-1965)

Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States of America

Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965) was an American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). ...more
Helmut Newton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Photographer

Age: Dec. at 84 (1920-2004)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Helmut Newton (born Helmut Neustädter; 31 October 1920 – 23 January 2004) was a German-Australian photographer. He was a "prolific, widely imitated fashion photographer whose ...more

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#14 of 33 The Most Controversial Photographers Of All Time #23 of 55 The Best Portrait Photographers

Richard Avedon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Sailor, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 81 (1923-2004)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004) was an American fashion and portrait photographer. An obituary published in The New York Times said that "his fashion and portrait ...more
Dare Wright is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Model, Author, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 87 (1914-2001)

Birthplace: Thornhill, Markham, Canada

Dare Wright (December 3, 1914 – January 25, 2001) was a Canadian–American children's author, model, and photographer. She is best known for her 1957 children's book, The Lonely Doll.
Brassaï is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Photographer

Age: Dec. at 85 (1899-1984)

Birthplace: Brașov, Centru, Romania

Brassaï (French: [bʁa'saj]; pseudonym of Gyula Halász; 9 September 1899 – 8 July 1984) was a Hungarian–French photographer, sculptor, medalist, writer, and filmmaker who rose to ...more
Weegee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Journalist, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 69 (1899-1968)

Birthplace: Zolochiv, Ukraine

Arthur (Usher) Fellig (June 12, 1899 – December 26, 1968), known by his pseudonym Weegee, was a photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black and white street photography in New ...more
Diane Arbus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Writer, Artist, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 48 (1923-1971)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Diane Arbus (; March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971) was an American photographer. Arbus famously worked to normalize marginalized groups and highlight the importance of proper representation of all ...more

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#3 of 33 The Most Controversial Photographers Of All Time #22 of 55 The Best Portrait Photographers #8 of 46 The Best Photographers of All Time

Imogen Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Actor, Artist, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 93 (1883-1976)

Birthplace: Oregon, USA, Portland

Imogen Cunningham (; April 12, 1883 – June 23, 1976) was an American photographer known for her botanical photography, nudes, and industrial landscapes. Cunningham was a member of the ...more
Angus McBean is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Photographer

Age: Dec. at 86 (1904-1990)

Birthplace: Monmouthshire, United Kingdom

Angus McBean (8 June 1904 – 9 June 1990) was a Welsh photographer, set designer and cult figure associated with surrealism.
Margaret Bourke-White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Journalist, Photojournalist, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 67 (1904-1971)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Margaret Bourke-White (; June 14, 1904 – August 27, 1971) was an American photographer and documentary photographer. She is best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take ...more
Berenice Abbott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Artist, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 93 (1898-1991)

Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio

Berenice Abbott (July 17, 1898 – December 9, 1991), née Bernice Alice Abbott, was an American photographer best known for her portraits of between-the-wars 20th century cultural figures, ...more

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#2 of 30 The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time #16 of 38 The Best Female Photographers

Yousuf Karsh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Photographer

Age: Dec. at 94 (1908-2002)

Birthplace: Mardin, Turkey

Yousuf Karsh (Armenian name: Hovsep Karsh; December 23, 1908 – July 13, 2002), was an Armenian-Canadian photographer known for his portraits of notable individuals. He has been described as one ...more
Robert Mapplethorpe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Robert Mapplethorpe Artist, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 43 (1946-1989)

Birthplace: Floral Park, New York

Robert Mapplethorpe (; November 4, 1946 – March 9, 1989) was an American photographer, known for his sensitive yet blunt treatment of controversial subject-matter in the black and white medium ...more
Alexandra Breckenridge ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Actor, Voice acting, Photographer

Age: 36

Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States of America

Alex Breckenridge (born 17 April 1932 in Buffalo) is a former American marathon runner. At the 1960 Summer Olympics he finished 30th, and at the 1962 Boston Marathon he finished third.

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Philippe Halsman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Philippe Halsman Photographer

Age: Dec. at 73 (1906-1979)

Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

Philippe Halsman (Latvian: Filips Halsmans, German: Philipp Halsmann; 2 May 1906 – 25 June 1979) was an American portrait photographer. He was born in Riga in the part of the Russian Empire ...more
Herb Ritts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Actor, Music video director, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 50 (1952-2002)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Herbert "Herb" Ritts Jr. (August 13, 1952 – December 26, 2002) was an American fashion photographer and director prolific for his photographs of celebrities, models, and other cultural ...more
Alexandra Hedison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Actor, Photographer

Age: 49

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Alexandra Hedison (born July 10, 1969) is an American photographer, director, and actress.
Cecil Beaton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Scenic Designer, Painter, Interior designer

Age: Dec. at 76 (1904-1980)

Birthplace: Hampstead, London, United Kingdom

Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton CBE (14 January 1904 – 18 January 1980) was an English fashion, portrait and war photographer, diarist, painter, and interior designer, and an Oscar–winning stage ...more

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#10 of 55 The Best Portrait Photographers #24 of 46 The Best Photographers of All Time

Francesco Scavullo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Photographer

Age: Dec. at 83 (1921-2004)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Francesco Scavullo (January 16, 1921 – January 6, 2004) was an American fashion photographer best known for his work on the covers of Cosmopolitan and his celebrity portraits.
Arlene Baxter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Professional modelling for fashion & beauty, Photographer

Age: 56

Birthplace: Oceanside, California

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Horst P. Horst is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Photographer

Age: Dec. at 93 (1906-1999)

Birthplace: Weißenfels, Germany

Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann (August 14, 1906 – November 18, 1999) who chose to be known as Horst P. Horst was a German-American fashion photographer.