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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11 0
Ansel Adams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1902-1984)

2
9 0
Richard Avedon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 81 (1923-2004)

3
5 0
Irving Penn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1917-2009)

4
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)

5
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

7
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
Nick Knight is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 60

10
3 0
Cindy Sherman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 64

11
5 3
Henri Cartier-Bresson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 96 (1908-2004)

12
4 2
Guy Bourdin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 63 (1928-1991)

13
2 0
Josef Koudelka is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Evripidis Tsatsiadis added Josef Koudelka age 80

14
2 0
André Kertész is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 91 (1894-1985)

15
4 3
David Bailey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 80

16
3 2
Elliott Erwitt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time

17
3 2
Man Ray is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 86 (1890-1976)

18
2 1
Chuck Close is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 77

19
1 0
Peter Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time

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
Robert Adams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 80

22
1 0
Joel-Peter Witkin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time

23
1 0
Steve McCurry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 67

24
1 0
August Sander is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1876-1964)

25
1 0
David LaChapelle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time

26
3 3
Martin Parr is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 65

27
2 2
Garry Winogrand is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 56 (1928-1984)

28
2 2
Juergen Teller is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Juergen Teller age 54

29
2 2
Walker Evans is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1903-1975)

30
2 2
Bruce Weber is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 72

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1 1
Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time

32
1 1
Paolo Roversi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Paolo Roversi age 71

33
1 1
Herb Ritts is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 50 (1952-2002)

34
1 1
Ralph Gibson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Ralph Gibson age 79

35
0 0
Robert Mapplethorpe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 43 (1946-1989)

36
0 0
Don McCullin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 82

37
0 0
William Klein is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 89

38
0 0
Nan Goldin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
age 64

39
0 0
Stephen Shore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Stephen Shore age 70

40
1 2
Edward Weston is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1886-1958)

41
0 1
Steven Meisel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Photographers of All Time
Steven Meisel age 64