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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
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
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
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
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
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
Photographer Helmut Newton was a German-Australian photographer.

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

Angus McBean is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Photographers
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
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
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
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
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

Alexandra Breckenridge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Photographers
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
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
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
Scenic Designer, Painter, Interior designer Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton CBE was an English fashion, portrait photographer, diarist, painter, interior designer and an Academy Award–winning stage and costume designer for films and the ...more

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

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