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Famous Photographers & Photographs That Made Them Famous

By  | Updated October 16th, 2017.


Famous Photographers and the Photographs which made the Photographers world famous.

There is a growing explosion and movement that involves photography. Men and women, of various ages, are purchasing their own cameras or using their phones to capture the world they live in. We’re at a precipice of change. We’re in a time where millions of photographs are being published daily, in various platforms located online. Before this new trend and culture is analyzed, it is important to look back to the past and pay tribute to the acclaimed artists that paved the way for this Cultural Revolution.

The world has seen its share of acclaimed and famous photographers. Each of these brilliant and artistic men and women have shared images that have captured the beautiful, the strange, the uncanny and the marvelous. Each of them have taken a snapshot of things that we take for granted. Each of them have taken a great moment and have made them stand still. Each of them has preserved glory, the failings of mankind, the most pivotal events and the most harrowing accounts.

Here are the famous photographers every person should know and the iconic pictures that have gained them recognition.

Ansel Adams :

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Ansel Adams is one of the most recognizable figures in the art world. Hundreds of books have been published about him. Born in 1902, this American artist has produced haunting landscape photos that successfully captured the intricate and stunning beauty of the natural world, an environment untouched by the terrible hands of mankind. His masterful skills have inspired countless men and women the opportunity to take a step back and look at their surroundings. He is mostly known for the photos he took of Yosemite Park, one of the world’s most famous preserve. One of his greatest and most well-known is called Monolith, the Face of Half Dome.

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Dorothea Lange :

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The Great Depression was one of the most harrowing events of human history and none captured the destitute landscape more than Dorothea Lange. Born in 1895, this American photojournalist captured the images of this dark period, catching the desolation and melancholy that pervaded those years in America. When one refers to the downfall of the economy, her images are always mentioned and presented, due to their ability to convey the genuine emotion that affected the country back then. No one has captured the poverty of the spirit and the body like her. Her most famous photograph is Migrant Mother.

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Robert Capa :

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One of co-founders of Magnum Photos, one of the largest and most prestigious photography organization in the world, the Hungarian photographer Robert Capa rose to prominence for his striking photographs of the First World War, the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War and several others. Born in 1913, he took photos of various conflicts around the world, capturing the terror that comes with war time, while campaigning for the rights and aspirations of freelance photographers everywhere. He was one of the first war photographers and he repeatedly risked his life and limb just so he could capture the hostility of battle. His most photo is that of the Sperlinga, an image that captured the suffering of Sicily’s population as they were being ruthlessly attacked by the Axis powers, specifically the country of Germany.


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Steve McCurry :

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Born in 1950, the American photojournalist Steve McCurry is famous for his numerous and comprehensive contributions to National Geographic magazine. His snapshots of culture and his portraits of individuals has captured the ecstatic beauty of everyday life that most people are not aware of. His knowledge of lighting and color is unparalleled, as he is able to render such beauty with just the click of his camera. His most famous work is Afghan Girl, a beautiful portrait that has been featured in the world’s most famous galleries.  He continues to take photographs until today and has even started his own Instagram account.

SRI LANKA. South Coast. Weligama. 1995. Fishermen.

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Kait Robinson :

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One of the youngest ones in our list, Brooklyn-based Kait Robinson exploded into the scene with her striking portraits, making her one of the most famous photographers of her generation. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, she weaves complex narratives using the gaze of a magazine photographer, creating complex images that are both sophisticated and remarkable. She continues to take photographs and is frequently active in the online world. Her most famous photographs is a series called Motel Blues.

Brian Duffy :

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The 1960’s were vibrant, dynamic and incredible. It was the age of rock, of protest, of the Vietnam war, of drugs and of the various cultural movements that have defined the present. Brian Duffy was one of the photographers who truly captured the era. Born in 1933, the English Brian Duffy shot numerous photographs for reputable magazines like Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour, capturing the decade that everyone talked about. He also shot a famous Pirelli calendar and worked on some films as a producer, expanding his knowledge of the visual arts. His most famous photograph is that of the iconic David Bowie, which recently became popular again after the rock star’s unfortunate death.

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Yousuf Karsh :

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Considered as one of the most famous photographers of all time, the American Yousuf Karsh is responsible for some of the most famous portraits in the world. His work has been lauded and acclaimed for the raw and uncanny way of capturing the simplicity that hides behind people who are regarded as larger than life. He shot presidents, leaders, philosophers, actors, actresses and influencers. His works are also proof that images can change with the proper light. His famous ones are that of Martin Luther King, Jr., Audrey Hepburn, Pablo Picasso, Winston Churchill and Fidel Castro.

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Timothy Hogan :

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There are photographers known and recognized for the way they view items and one of them is Timothy Hogan. This American-born artist created a name for himself by taking beautiful photographs of luxury goods, including furniture and liquor. At the same time, he has been made famous by capturing images of objects that people do not necessarily expect. He renders then unfamiliar and beautiful, something that’s not achieved so easily. His most famous work is Still Life One, an exciting attempt to capture alcoholic cocktails.

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David LaChapelle :

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Photographer, documentary and music video director and visual artists David LaChapelle is known for his incredibly colorful, emotional and sensual photographs that beautifully captures the modern culture of the contemporary era. Born in 1963, this American has been featured in numerous high end fashion magazines and has been the leading visual director for brands like Diesel and Nokia. His most famous work is called Gas Stations, a haunting collection of gas stations found in Middle America.

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Henri Cartier Bresson :

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The French humanist photographer Henri Cartier Bresson is considered as one of the most influential photographers of his generation. Influenced by the avantgarde surrealists of the 1930’s, he was known for composing photographs on the spot and for inconspicuously taking images with his tried and tested Leica camera. His works have garnered him dozens of awards and his photographs have been exhibited more than a hundred times during his lifetime. His most famous work is called The Decisive Movement.

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FRANCE. Paris. Place de l’Europe. Gare Saint Lazare. 1932.
There was a plank fence around some repairs behind the Gare Saint Lazare train station. I happened to be peeking through a gap in the fence with my camera at the moment the man jumped. The space between the planks was not entirely wide enough for my lens, which is the reason why the picture is cut off on the left.
Image autorisÈe ‡ Aude RAIMBAULT Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson par Aude RAIMBAULT
Conditions d’utilisation : – 3000 X 3000 pixels (A4)
© Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

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Annie Liebovitz :

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No other photographer is as famous as Annie Liebovitz. She is practically a household name. Both in 1949, this contemporary American photographer is mostly known for her portraits that’s been heavily featured in Rolling Stones and Vanity Fair. She is also known for taking photos of celebrities, politicians, musicians and cultural icon, during a time when their presence has significantly changed the landscape they travelled in. She is still active in photography and continuously exhibits around the world. Her most famous photograph is that of Beatles front man and activist John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono.

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Mario Testino :

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The Peruvian fashion photographer was born in 1954 and is currently one of the most sought after artists in the industry. Mario Testino is known for his bright and lively photographs that capture the ecstasy of glamor. His works have been featured in GQ magazine, Vogue, V Magazine and Vanity Fair. He also has led photo campaigns for brands like Michael Kors, Versace, Burberry, Gucci and Lancôme. He currently holds the title of the world’s most prolific photographer and has been given awards because of his work. He still continues to exhibit and publish until today. His most famous photograph is that of Dianna, the Princess of Wales, which was published as the cover of Vogue magazine in 1997, just before her untimely demise.

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Nicholas Samaras :

Nicholas Samaras is an exceptional photographer. When most people takes snapshots of people and the world their live in. Samaras devotes himself to underwater photography. His photographs have captured the majesty of the ocean and has uncovered the mysteries that exist in the deep blue sea. His snapshots of sea animals are particularly moving, as he is able to capture them in their natural behavior in their pristine, unblemished habitat. Because of this, he has won prestigious underwater photograph awards, including the Suba Diving Magazine International Annual Contest, NELOS International Underwater Photo & Film Festival, Greek National Underwater Photography Championship and many more. He has also been exhibited countless times. Nicholas Samaras’ famous work is that of a jellyfish.

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Jay Maisel :

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Jay Maisel is a cut above the rest. Compared to other modern photographers that relies on filters and Adobe Photoshop to create marvelous images, Jay Maisel prefers a more pure and simple approach. With camera in hand, he takes to city and uses natural light to capture the interesting personality of the urban landscape he finds himself in. He is mostly known as a street photographer and he is popular with the current street photography movement. His most famous photograph is Red Wall and Rope.

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George Hurrell :

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The master portraiture, George Hurrell captured the elegance and glitz of Hollywood during its early years. Born in 1904 in Ohio and hired by MGM studios in 1929, he has been responsible for the most iconic photographs of that classic era in film. He has taken portraits of the likes of Gregory Peck, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart and many more. His most famous photograph is that of Greta Garbo.

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Richard Avedon :

Photographer Richard Avedon is seen in this May 1979 photo. (AP Photo)

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Richard Avedon is another master of portraiture. Born in 1923, this American born genius is said to have defined America’s concept of style, beauty and fashion. His photographs have an unbelievable grainy rawness in them. A lot of the photographs display a rough exterior, but despite that, it still shows incredible sophistication and elegance. Mane have tried to capture what he has achieved, but a lot can’t come to close to his brilliance. His most famous photograph is that of notable filmmaker and icon Alfred Hitchcock.

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Brassai :

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Brassai, whose real name is GyuliaHalasz, was a Hungarian genius photographer born in 1899. One of the first real and legitimate street photographers, he made a name for himself by capturing images from his favorite city in the world, Paris in France. With his camera, he captured the streets, the lovely people, the stylish buildings, the idyllic communities and the dynamic culture before the maelstrom of the Second World War. Unlike his contemporaries, he is considered one of the world’s most famous photographers that didn’t rely on setups and too much lighting. His most famous work is Couple Amoureux, Rue Croulebarbe.

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Diane Arbus :

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One of the finest women photographers of her time, Diane Arbus made a name for herself by taking snapshots of the unusual. Born in New York sometime in 1923, Arbus focused her talents and skills to shining a light on the often marginalized population of the American landscape. This included dwarves, giants, circus performers, people with disabilities and transgender people. Her works often mix surrealism with realism, creating a haunting effect that makes everyone take notice of those that are often ignored. Her most famous work is A Jewish Giant at Home with His Parents in The Bronx.

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Irving Penn :

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Irving Penn was another American photographer known for his still-life and portraits. Born and raised in New Jersey, Irvin Penn is known for his photos on Vogue and for his visual campaigns for corporate brands. His most famous work is Harlequin.

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Jerry Uelsmen :

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Born in 1934, Jerry Uelsmen was an exceptional innovator and created a new brand of photos where he is used multiple images to create an extraordinary style that conveyed a dream like narrative. Most of the composition of course is done in a dark room. His most famous work is an Untitled photo from 1969.

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The current generous of photographers has been influenced by the artists and geniuses included in our comprehensive list. Their style, technique and the way they looked at the art form, at the world and at the future of the industry defined what is currently being practiced today and paved the way for more men and women to grab a camera and go out into the world to take snapshots. It is important to remember them and recognize their contributions to the world. Who knows, one might actually learn a thing or two from their brilliance.

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