List of Famous Photographers

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, 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, an ...more
  • Annie Leibovitz
    Artist, Photographer
    • Age: 73
    • 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 subjects in ...more
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson
    Journalist, Photographer
    • Age: Dec. at 95 (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. He ...more
  • David LaChapelle
    Artist, Film Director, Photographer
    • Age: 60
    • 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
    Journalist, Artist, Photographer
    • Age: Dec. at 70 (1895-1965)
    • Birthplace: Hoboken, USA, New Jersey
    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
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (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 provocative, erotically ...more