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.
Ansel AdamsDec. at 82 (1902-1984)
Robert MapplethorpeDec. at 43 (1946-1989)
Josef KoudelkaAge: 82