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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. (1663 items)

Ansel Adams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Ansel Adams Conservationist, Artist, Photographer Ansel Easton Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. His black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park, have been widely ...more

Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Annie Leibovitz Artist, Photographer Anna-Lou "Annie" Leibovitz is an American portrait photographer.

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

David LaChapelle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Photographers
David LaChapelle Artist, Film Director, Photographer David LaChapelle is an American commercial photographer, fine-art photographer, music video director, film director, and artist. He is best known for his photography, which often references art ...more

Dorothea Lange is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Dorothea Lange Journalist, Artist, Photographer Dorothea Lange was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration. Lange's photographs ...more

Helmut Newton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Helmut Newton Photographer 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

Richard Avedon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Richard Avedon Sailor, Photographer Richard Avedon was an American fashion and portrait photographer. An obituary published in The New York Times said that "his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image ...more

Dare Wright is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Dare Wright Model, Author, Photographer Dare Wright was a Canadian–American children's author, model and photographer.

Brassaï is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Brassaï Photographer Brassaï was a Hungarian photographer, sculptor, writer, and filmmaker who rose to international fame in France in the 20th century. He was one of the numerous Hungarian artists who ...more

Weegee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Weegee Journalist, Photographer Weegee was the pseudonym of Arthur Fellig, a photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black and white street photography. Weegee worked in Manhattan, New York City's Lower East Side ...more

Diane Arbus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Diane Arbus Writer, Artist, Photographer Diane Arbus was an American photographer and writer noted for photographs of "deviant and marginal people or of people whose normality seems ugly or surreal". Arbus believed a camera ...more

Imogen Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Imogen Cunningham Actor, Artist, Photographer Imogen Cunningham was an American photographer known for her botanical photography, nudes, and industrial landscapes. Cunningham was a member of the California-based Group f/64, known for its ...more

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Angus McBean is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Angus McBean Photographer Angus McBean, 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
Margaret Bourke-White Journalist, Photojournalist, Photographer Margaret Bourke-White was an American photographer and documentary photographer. She is best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of Soviet industry, the first ...more

Berenice Abbott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Berenice Abbott Artist, Photographer Berenice Abbott, born Bernice Abbott, was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s.

Yousuf Karsh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Yousuf Karsh Photographer Yousuf Karsh, CC was an Armenian–Canadian portrait photographer. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he is "one of the greatest portrait photographers of the twentieth century, ...more

Robert Mapplethorpe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Robert Mapplethorpe Artist, Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was an American photographer, known for his sometimes controversial large-scale, highly stylized black and white photography. His work featured an array of subjects, ...more

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Alexandra Breckenridge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Alexandra Breckenridge Actor, Voice acting, Photographer Alexandra Hetherington "Alex" Breckenridge is an American actress, photographer and voice artist. Noted for her role as Willa McPherson on the television series Dirt, she also had a ...more

Philippe Halsman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Philippe Halsman Photographer The portraits he took of famous actors and directors made him popular with other celebrity photographers and fans of cinema. After moving to Paris, Halsman began studying art, and upon ...more

Herb Ritts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Herb Ritts Actor, Music video director, Photographer Herb Ritts is a photographer, music video director and an actor.

Alexandra Hedison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Alexandra Hedison Actor, Photographer Alexandra Hedison is an American photographer, director and actress.

Cecil Beaton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Cecil Beaton Scenic Designer, Painter, Interior designer Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton CBE was an English fashion, portrait and war photographer, diarist, painter, interior designer and an Academy Award–winning stage and costume designer for films and ...more

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Francesco Scavullo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Francesco Scavullo Photographer Francesco Scavullo 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
Arlene Baxter Professional modelling for fashion & beauty, Photographer

Horst P. Horst is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Horst P. Horst Photographer Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann who chose to be known as Horst P. Horst was a German-American fashion photographer.

Daria Strokous is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Daria Strokous Model, Actor, Photographer Daria Strokous is a Russian model, film actress, and photographer. Strokous was born in Moscow, Russia to Vladimir and Olga Strokous. Soon after she was born, she and her family moved to Benin, ...more

Francis Magalona is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Francis Magalona Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper Francis Durango Magalona, also known as FrancisM, Master Rapper, The Mouth and The Man From Manila, was a Filipino rapper, entrepreneur, songwriter, producer, actor, director, and photographer. ...more

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Jean-Daniel Cadinot is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Jean-Daniel Cadinot Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Director Jean Daniel Cadinot was a French photographer, director and producer of gay pornographic films.

David Hockney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Photographers
David Hockney Artist, Photographer David Hockney, OM CH RA is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. He lives in Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, and Kensington, London. Hockney ...more

Carl Van Vechten is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Carl Van Vechten Writer, Photographer Carl Van Vechten was an American writer and artistic photographer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein.

Cindy Sherman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Cindy Sherman Artist, Film Director, Photographer Cynthia "Cindy" Morris Sherman is an American photographer and film director, best known for her conceptual portraits. In 1995, she was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.

Irving Penn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Irving Penn Photographer Irving Penn was an American photographer known for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lifes. Penn's career included work at Vogue magazine, and independent advertising work for ...more

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Albrecht Becker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Albrecht Becker Film Art Director, Production Designer, Actor Albrecht Becker was a production designer, photographer, and actor, who was imprisoned by the Nazi regime for the charge of homosexuality.

Gertrude Käsebier is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Gertrude Käsebier Artist, Photographer Gertrude Käsebier was one of the most influential American photographers of the early 20th century. She was known for her evocative images of motherhood, her powerful portraits of Native ...more

Jack Pierson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Jack Pierson Artist, Photographer Jack Pierson is a photographer and an artist. He studied at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Pierson has made a name for himself with a body of work that includes photographs, ...more

Edgar de Evia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Edgar de Evia Photographer 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

Frederick Rolfe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Frederick Rolfe Novelist, Writer, Photographer Frederick William Rolfe, better known as Baron Corvo, and also calling himself 'Frederick William Serafino Austin Lewis Mary Rolfe', was an English writer, artist, photographer and eccentric.

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Alex Sedano is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Alex Sedano Promoter, Graphic Designer, Disc jockey

Dennis Stock is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Dennis Stock Photographer Dennis Stock was an American photojournalist and documentary photographer and a member of Magnum Photos.

Francis Browne is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Francis Browne Priest, Photographer Rev. Francis Mary Hegarty Browne, SJ, MC with Bar, Croix de Guerre was a distinguished Irish Jesuit and a prolific photographer. His best known photographs are those of the RMS Titanic and its ...more

Billy Name is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Billy Name Filmmaker, Actor, Photographer Billy Name, is an American photographer, filmmaker and lighting designer. He was the archivist of the Warhol Factory, from 1964 to 1970. His brief romance and subsequent friendship with Andy ...more

Frank Reaugh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Frank Reaugh Inventor, Artist, Photographer Charles Franklin Reaugh, known as Frank Reagh, was an artist, photographer, inventor, patron of the arts, and teacher, who was called the "Dean of Texas Painters". He devoted his ...more

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Holly Randall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Holly Randall Film Producer, Film Director, Photographer Holly Randall is an American erotic photographer. She is the daughter of erotic photographer Suze Randall and author Humphry Knipe. In 2013, Holly Randall was named one of the most influential ...more

Charles Clegg is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Charles Clegg Historian, Photographer Charles Myron Clegg, Jr., was an American author, photographer, and railroad historian. Clegg is primarily remembered as the lifelong companion of famed railroad author Lucius Beebe, and was a ...more

Charles Stanley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Charles Stanley Televangelist, Pastor, Writer Charles Frazier Stanley is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in northern Atlanta, Georgia. He is the founder and president of In Touch Ministries and also served two one-year terms as ...more

Bruce Weber is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Bruce Weber Film Director, Photographer Bruce Weber is an American fashion photographer and occasional filmmaker. He is most widely known for his ad campaigns for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Pirelli, Abercrombie & Fitch, Revlon, ...more

Adi Nes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Adi Nes Photographer Adi Nes is an Israeli photographer.

Adam Bouska is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Adam Bouska Photographer Adam Bouska is an award winning American fashion photographer who runs a photography studio based out of West Hollywood, California. He is known for pictures of male models in particular, and is ...more

Ernst Haas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Ernst Haas Photographer Ernst Haas was a photojournalist and a pioneering color photographer. During his 40-year career, the Austrian-born artist bridged the gap between photojournalism and the use of photography as a ...more

Glen E. Friedman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Photographers
Glen E. Friedman Film Producer, Photographer Glen E. Friedman is an American photographer and artist. Coming to prominence in the 1980s with his photography of skateboarders and musicians, Friedman is considered one of the most important ...more