Art The Most Influential Photographers of All Time  

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

Being considered a great photographer is one thing, but going down as one of the most influential photographers of all time is a completely different story. Sure, many of the world's most famous photographers had and continue to have a hand in pushing the boundaries of photography, but some of these early pioneers changed photography forever. All-time greats like Ansel Adams have become mainstays in the history of photography, and their work stands as a testament to great photographs. 

The list of influential photographers to follow didn't just set the tone for generations to come, they also created some of the most important work within the photography industry. Whether you're talking portrait & fashion photographers, photojournalists, or just great photographers in general, no one pushed the boundaries like those to follow. Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton, and Diane Arbus are just a few of the best names on this list. So, who are your picks for the most influential photographers of all time?

Check out the list of noteworthy photographers below and vote up whoever you think had the greatest influence on the industry. 

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Ansel Adams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1902-1984)

2
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Richard Avedon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 81 (1923-2004)

3
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Irving Penn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1917-2009)

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6 1
W. Eugene Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 60 (1918-1978)

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6 2
Helmut Newton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1920-2004)

6
4 0
Andreas Gursky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time

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6 3
Diane Arbus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1923-1971)

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5 2
Eve Arnold is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 100 (1912-2012)

9
3 0
Cindy Sherman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 64

10
3 0
Nick Knight is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 60

11
4 2
Guy Bourdin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 63 (1928-1991)

12
2 0
André Kertész is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 91 (1894-1985)

13
4 3
Henri Cartier-Bresson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 96 (1908-2004)

14
4 3
David Bailey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 80

15
3 2
Elliott Erwitt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time

16
2 1
Chuck Close is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 77

17
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Josef Koudelka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Evripidis Tsatsiadis added Josef Koudelka age 80

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1 0
Peter Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time

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1 0
Robert Adams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 80

20
1 0
Robert Frank is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 93

21
1 0
Joel-Peter Witkin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time

22
1 0
Steve McCurry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 67

23
1 0
August Sander is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1876-1964)

24
1 0
David LaChapelle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time

25
3 3
Martin Parr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 65

26
2 2
Walker Evans is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1903-1975)

27
2 2
Juergen Teller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Juergen Teller age 54

28
2 2
Bruce Weber is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 72

29
2 2
Man Ray is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 86 (1890-1976)

30
2 2
Garry Winogrand is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 56 (1928-1984)

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1 1
Ralph Gibson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Ralph Gibson age 79

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1 1
Herb Ritts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 50 (1952-2002)

33
1 1
Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time

34
0 0
William Klein is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 89

35
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Stephen Shore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Stephen Shore age 70

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Robert Mapplethorpe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 43 (1946-1989)

37
0 0
Don McCullin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 82

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Nan Goldin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 64

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1 2
Edward Weston is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1886-1958)

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0 1
Steven Meisel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Steven Meisel age 64

41
0 1
Paolo Roversi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Paolo Roversi age 71