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
Ansel Adams Died at 82 (1902-1984)

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

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W. Eugene Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
W. Eugene Smith Died at 60 (1918-1978)

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Irving Penn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Irving Penn Died at 92 (1917-2009)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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David Bailey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
David Bailey age 80

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Henri Cartier-Bresson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Henri Cartier-Bresson Died at 96 (1908-2004)

The Most Influential Contemporary Photographers

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

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

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Peter Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time

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Steve McCurry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Steve McCurry age 67

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David LaChapelle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time

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

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August Sander is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
August Sander Died at 88 (1876-1964)

The Most Beautiful Women of All Time

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Joel-Peter Witkin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time

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Robert Adams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Robert Adams age 80

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Martin Parr is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Martin Parr age 65

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Walker Evans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Walker Evans Died at 72 (1903-1975)

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Man Ray is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Man Ray Died at 86 (1890-1976)

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

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Garry Winogrand is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Garry Winogrand Died at 56 (1928-1984)

15 Celebrities Who Were Outed

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Bruce Weber is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Bruce Weber age 72

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Ralph Gibson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Ralph Gibson age 79

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Nan Goldin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Nan Goldin age 64

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Don McCullin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Don McCullin age 82

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William Klein is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
William Klein age 89

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Steven Meisel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Steven Meisel age 64

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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
Robert Mapplethorpe Died at 43 (1946-1989)

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Edward Weston is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Edward Weston Died at 72 (1886-1958)

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Herb Ritts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Herb Ritts Died at 50 (1952-2002)

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Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time

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Paolo Roversi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Paolo Roversi age 71