Photography

10 Famous Photographers You Should Know If You’re A Photographer

Photographers are quiet artists. Either that, or they just don’t get any love. We can probably name the most famous 10 visual artists off the top of our heads but how many of us can do the same for famous photographers? We may recognize the work, but we often don’t pay our respects to the photographer behind the work. While many of these photographers are famous in their own right, it isn’t often that we honor them in the same way that we revere artists. Perhaps they like it that way.

Many of the most famous photographers are also the fore-founders of some of the photography styles that we practice today. In fact, most of these famous photographers paved the way and left a legacy for today’s photographer, by making it a respected form of art.


#1: Paul Strand

Wall Street, by Paul Strand (1915)

Wall Street, by Paul Strand (1915)

Paul Strand is said to be one of the pioneers of photography. In fact, he is responsible for photography becoming recognized as a form of art. Strand wasn’t noted for any distinct photography style as his work spanned across a wide range of genres including urban bustle, formal abstractions, and street portraits. Under the mentorship of Lewis Hine, Strand was able to make his mark in the photography game and will forever go down in history as one of the greatest photographers of all time.


#2: Lewis Hine

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#3: Weegee

Afternoon crowd at Coney Island, Brooklyn, by Weegee (1940) Copyright © International Center of Photography

Afternoon crowd at Coney Island, Brooklyn, by Weegee (1940) Copyright © International Center of Photography

Weegee, born Arthur Fellig was a Hungarian born photographer well known for his stark black and white street photography. Weegee is most remembered for his distinct photography style - his work captured the realistic grit of New York City.


#4: Richard Avedon

Audrey Hepburn by Richard Avedon (1967)

Audrey Hepburn by Richard Avedon (1967)


#5 Edward Western

Figure in the Nude, 1918, Platinum Print photograph by Edward Weston

Figure in the Nude, 1918, Platinum Print photograph by Edward Weston


#6: David Bailey

Mick Jagger, 1964, David Bailey

Mick Jagger, 1964, David Bailey


#7: David LaChapelle

David LaChapelle, Venus of Willendorf (Pink), 2016. © David LaChapelle. Courtesy of Templon, Paris & Brussels.

David LaChapelle, Venus of Willendorf (Pink), 2016. © David LaChapelle. Courtesy of Templon, Paris & Brussels.

David LaChapelle is a living photography legend and if you don’t know him, perhaps you’ve been hiding under a rock.


#8: Dorothea Lange

Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange (1936)

Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange (1936)

Dorothea Lange was certainly a trailblazer in the photography game. In a predominately male dominated photography


#9: Robert Doisneau


#10: André Kertész

Glass Birds of New York by André Kertész (1978)

Glass Birds of New York by André Kertész (1978)