This is a list of the most controversial photographers. Throughout history art and fashion photographers have pushed against the bounds of convention, the law, and good taste.
The scope of controversy in photography is broad, including fashion photographers known to shoot provocative campaigns, like Steven Klein or David LaChapelle; to photographers who use corpses as their models, like Joel-Peter Witkin. Profane themes are all possible subjects for a controversial photographer.
All of these photographers have created notable bodies of work and though some of their scandalous photos might even seem tame in the modern day, it's difficult to determine who has truly been the most controversial photographer of all time. Even if some of the names are new to you, their fashion campaigns and controversial art are familiar. It’s up to you to help determine which photographers have made, or are still making, the most controversial photographs.
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2 8 3 Annie Leibovitz age 69 Anna-Lou "Annie" Leibovitz is an American portrait photographer.
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4 6 2 Andres Serrano age 68 Andres Serrano is an American photographer and artist who has become famous through his photos of corpses and his use of feces and bodily fluids in his work, notably his controversial work ...more
5 6 3 Jan Saudek age 83 Jan Saudek is a Czech art photographer and painter.
6 6 3 Tierney Gearon age 55 Tierney Gearon is an American photographer who came to prominence in Britain after a media controversy over her work at the Saatchi Gallery. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She had no formal ...more
7 6 4 Jill Greenberg age 51 Jill Greenberg is an American photographer and artist. She is known for her portraits and fine art work that often features anthropomorphized animals that have been digitally manipulated with ...more
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10 3 2 Helmut Newton Dec. at 84 (1920-2004) Helmut Newton was a German-Australian photographer.
11 3 2 David Hamilton age 85 David Hamilton is a British photographer and film director best known for his nude images of young women.
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13 3 2 Sally Mann age 67 Sally Mann is an American photographer, best known for her large black-and-white photographs—at first of her young children, then later of landscapes suggesting decay and death.
14 2 1 Ron Galella age 88 Ronald Edward Galella is an American photographer, known as a pioneer paparazzo. Dubbed "Paparazzo Extraordinaire" by Newsweek and "the Godfather of the U.S. paparazzi ...more
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16 2 1 Steven Klein age 58 Steven Klein is a photographer and film director.
17 4 4 Nobuyoshi Araki age 78 Nobuyoshi Araki is a Japanese photographer and contemporary artist. He is also known by the nickname Arākī.
18 2 2 Ren Hang Died at 29 (1987-2017)
19 2 2 bigcraig added Garry Gross Dec. at 73 (1937-2010)
Nude photos of 10 year old Brooke Shields Garry Gross is an actor.
Nude photos of 10 year old Brooke ShieldsGarry Gross is an actor.