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List of Famous Photographers

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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. {#nodes}
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  • Ansel Adams

    Ansel Adams

    Conservationist, Artist

    AgeDec. at 82 (1902-1984)

    BirthplaceWestern Addition, California

    Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was a landscape photographer and...  more

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    #3 of 66 The Best Photographers in the World#4 of 50 The Best Landscape Photographers of All Time

  • Annie Leibovitz

    Annie Leibovitz

    Artist, Photographer

    Age71

    BirthplaceWaterbury, Connecticut, United States of America

    Anna-Lou "Annie" Leibovitz (; born October 2, 1949) is an American portrait photographer. She...  more

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  • Henri Cartier-Bresson

    Henri Cartier-Bresson

    Journalist, Photographer

    AgeDec. at 96 (1908-2004)

    BirthplaceChanteloup-en-Brie, France

    Henri Cartier-Bresson (French: [kaʁtje bʁɛsɔ̃]; August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) was a French...  more
  • David LaChapelle

    David LaChapelle

    Artist, Film Director

    Age57

    BirthplaceFairfield, Connecticut, United States of America

    David LaChapelle (born March 11, 1963) is an American commercial photographer, fine-art...  more
  • Dorothea Lange

    Dorothea Lange

    Journalist, Artist

    AgeDec. at 70 (1895-1965)

    BirthplaceHoboken, New Jersey, United States of America

    Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965) was an American documentary photographer and...  more
  • Helmut Newton

    Helmut Newton

    Photographer

    AgeDec. at 84 (1920-2004)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Helmut Newton (born Helmut Neustädter; 31 October 1920 – 23 January 2004) was a...  more
  • Richard Avedon

    Richard Avedon

    Sailor, Photographer

    AgeDec. at 81 (1923-2004)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004) was an American fashion and portrait...  more
  • Dare Wright

    Dare Wright

    Model, Author

    AgeDec. at 87 (1914-2001)

    BirthplaceThornhill, Markham, Canada

    Dare Wright (December 3, 1914 – January 25, 2001) was a Canadian–American children's author,...  more
  • Brassaï

    Brassaï

    Photographer

    AgeDec. at 85 (1899-1984)

    BirthplaceBrașov, Centru, Romania

    Brassaï (French: [bʁa'saj]; pseudonym of Gyula Halász; 9 September 1899 – 8 July 1984) was a...  more
  • Weegee

    Weegee

    Journalist, Photographer

    AgeDec. at 69 (1899-1968)

    BirthplaceZolochiv, Ukraine

    Arthur (Usher) Fellig (June 12, 1899 – December 26, 1968), known by his pseudonym Weegee, was...  more
  • Diane Arbus

    Diane Arbus

    Writer, Artist

    AgeDec. at 48 (1923-1971)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Diane Arbus (; March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971) was an American photographer. Arbus famously...  more

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    #2 of 33 The Most Controversial Photographers Of All Time#6 of 30 The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time

  • Imogen Cunningham

    Imogen Cunningham

    Actor, Artist

    AgeDec. at 93 (1883-1976)

    BirthplaceOregon, USA, Portland

    Imogen Cunningham (; April 12, 1883 – June 23, 1976) was an American photographer known for...  more
  • Angus McBean

    Angus McBean

    Photographer

    AgeDec. at 86 (1904-1990)

    BirthplaceMonmouthshire, United Kingdom

    Angus McBean (8 June 1904 – 9 June 1990) was a Welsh photographer, set designer and cult...  more
  • Margaret Bourke-White

    Margaret Bourke-White

    Journalist, Photojournalist

    AgeDec. at 67 (1904-1971)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Margaret Bourke-White (; June 14, 1904 – August 27, 1971) was an American photographer and...  more
  • Berenice Abbott

    Berenice Abbott

    Artist, Photographer

    AgeDec. at 93 (1898-1991)

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Ohio

    Berenice Abbott (July 17, 1898 – December 9, 1991), née Bernice Alice Abbott, was an American...  more
  • Yousuf Karsh

    Yousuf Karsh

    Photographer

    AgeDec. at 94 (1908-2002)

    BirthplaceMardin, Turkey

    Yousuf Karsh (Armenian name: Hovsep Karsh; December 23, 1908 – July 13, 2002), was an...  more

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    #8 of 55 The Best Portrait Photographers#26 of 46 The Best Photographers of All Time

  • Robert Mapplethorpe

    Robert Mapplethorpe

    Artist, Photographer

    AgeDec. at 43 (1946-1989)

    BirthplaceFloral Park, New York

    Robert Mapplethorpe (; November 4, 1946 – March 9, 1989) was an American photographer, known...  more
  • Alexandra Breckenridge

    Alexandra Breckenridge

    Actor, Voice acting

    Age38

    BirthplaceBridgeport, Connecticut, United States of America

    Alex Breckenridge (born 17 April 1932 in Buffalo) is a former American marathon runner. At the...  more

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  • Philippe Halsman

    Philippe Halsman

    Photographer

    AgeDec. at 73 (1906-1979)

    BirthplaceRiga, Latvia

    Philippe Halsman (Latvian: Filips Halsmans, German: Philipp Halsmann; 2 May 1906 – 25 June...  more
  • Herb Ritts

    Herb Ritts

    Actor, Music video director

    AgeDec. at 50 (1952-2002)

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Herbert "Herb" Ritts Jr. (August 13, 1952 – December 26, 2002) was an American fashion...  more
  • Alexandra Hedison

    Alexandra Hedison

    Actor, Photographer

    Age51

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Alexandra Hedison (born July 10, 1969) is an American photographer, director, and actress....  more
  • Cecil Beaton

    Cecil Beaton

    Scenic Designer, Painter

    AgeDec. at 76 (1904-1980)

    BirthplaceHampstead, London, United Kingdom

    Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton CBE (14 January 1904 – 18 January 1980) was an English fashion,...  more
  • Francesco Scavullo

    Francesco Scavullo

    Photographer

    AgeDec. at 83 (1921-2004)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Francesco Scavullo (January 16, 1921 – January 6, 2004) was an American fashion photographer...  more
  • Arlene Baxter

    Arlene Baxter

    Professional modelling for fashion & beauty, Photographer

    Age57

    BirthplaceOceanside, California

    The following is a list of Playboy Playmates of 1993. Playboy magazine names its Playmate of...  more
  • Horst P. Horst

    Horst P. Horst

    Photographer

    AgeDec. at 93 (1906-1999)

    BirthplaceWeißenfels, Germany

    Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann (August 14, 1906 – November 18, 1999) who chose to be known as...  more