Culture The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers  

Ranker Art
93 votes 23 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
Steve McCurry age 67

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Gregory Crewdson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers

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Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers

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Ai Weiwei is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Ai Weiwei age 60

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Scott Schuman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Scott Schuman age 50

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Joe McNally is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Joe McNally age 65

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Terry Richardson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers

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Christian Marclay is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers

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Andreas Gursky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers

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Walead Beshty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Walead Beshty age 42

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Cindy Sherman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Cindy Sherman age 64

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Ryan McGinley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Ryan McGinley age 40

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Martin Parr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Martin Parr age 65

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Taryn Simon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Taryn Simon age 43

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Nick Knight is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Nick Knight age 60

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Uta Barth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Uta Barth age 60

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Christopher Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers

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Shirin Neshat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Shirin Neshat age 61

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Cristina Mittermeier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers

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Michael Wolf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Michael Wolf age 50

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Jon Rafman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Jon Rafman age 37

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David LaChapelle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers

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Lorna Simpson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Lorna Simpson age 58

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Juergen Teller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Juergen Teller age 54

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Walid Raad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Walid Raad age 51

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Jeff Wall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Jeff Wall age 71

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Philip-Lorca diCorcia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers

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Nan Goldin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Nan Goldin age 64

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LaToya Frazier is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
LaToya Frazier age 36

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Iwan Baan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers
Iwan Baan age 43