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The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers  

Ranker Art
109 votes 32 voters 30 items

List Rules Vote up the most influential and important photographers who are changing the industry.

Considering some of the most influential photographers have passed, it's the contemporary photographers that continue to push the boundaries of photography and progress the industry. In this modern era of photography, when the simplest of images can be altered and processed to become something entirely different, current photographers must adapt to the ever-changing industry. Nevertheless, the photographers to follow have established a unique vision and perspective, solidifying themselves as some of the most influential photographers right now. 

Of course, a select few of these contemporary photographers' careers span decades, yet they still bring something new to the table and set the standard for those to follow. These are names like Steve McCurry, Annie Leibovitz and Ai WeiWei. Then you have the rising photographers of just the past few decades, such as Terry Richardson, Scott Shuman, and Taryn Simon—all of which have become mainstays in modern photography. In short, these living photographers have influenced plenty, and they continue to do so today.

Of all these prominent photographers, who do you feel are the most influential? Cast your votes below to help determine which current photographers have the strongest impact. Also feel free to add additional photographers to the list.

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Steve McCurry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
age 68
2
Ai Weiwei is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
age 61
3
Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
4
Gregory Crewdson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
5
Andreas Gursky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
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Scott Schuman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Scott Schuman age 51
7
Cindy Sherman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
age 65
8
Joe McNally is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Joe McNally age 66
9
Terry Richardson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
10
Christian Marclay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
11
Walead Beshty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Walead Beshty age 43
12
Ryan McGinley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Ryan McGinley age 41
13
Martin Parr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
age 66
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Taryn Simon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Taryn Simon age 44
15
Jeff Wall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
age 72
16
Nick Knight is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
age 61
17
Uta Barth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Uta Barth age 61
18
Jon Rafman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Jon Rafman age 38
19
Michael Wolf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Michael Wolf age 51
20
Shirin Neshat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
age 61
21
Nan Goldin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
age 65
22
David LaChapelle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
23
Cristina Mittermeier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
24
Christopher Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
25
Lorna Simpson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
age 59