Famous 21st Century Photographers

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 1 Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier.
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: February 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: April 21, 2009

Vivian Maier was an American street photographer whose works received critical acclaim after her death. Maier's photographs were unpublished during her lifetime. However, her works went viral on the internet when it was published on Flickr five months after her death. Vivian Maier's life and work have inspired documentary films like Finding Vivian Maier.

 2 Jason Lee

Jason Lee.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Huntington Beach, California, United States

Jason Lee is an American actor, photographer, producer, writer, and former professional skateboarder. The recipient of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, Lee has also received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his work as an actor. A multi-talented personality, Jason Lee is credited with co-founding a company named Stereo Skateboards which manufactures skateboard decks, apparel, and equipment.

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 3 Robert Clarence Irwin

Robert Clarence Irwin.
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Famous As: Television Host & Wildlife Enthusiast
Birthdate: December 1, 2003
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buderim, Australia
Robert Irwin, the son of the late wildlife expert Steve Irwin and Terri Irwin, has also gained fame as the host of Robert's Real Life Adventures and co-hosted Wild But True. He is part of the series Crikey!, is a wildlife photographer, and has created a book series, too.

 4 Yousuf Karsh

Yousuf Karsh.
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: December 23, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mardin, Turkey
Died: July 13, 2002

 5 Robert Frank

Robert Frank.
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: November 9, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: September 9, 2019

Robert Frank was a Swiss documentary filmmaker and photographer best remembered for his photographic book The Americans which earned him comparisons with the likes of Tocqueville. An acclaimed photographer, Robert Frank won many prestigious awards, such as Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 1996 and the Edward MacDowell Medal in 2002.

 6 Linda Fiorentino

Linda Fiorentino.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Linda Fiorentino is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Bridget Gregory in the 1994 neo-noir erotic thriller film The Last Seduction, for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination and won a couple of prestigious awards, including the New York Film Critics Circle Award.

 7 Ann Curry

Ann Curry
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 19, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hagåtña, Guam

Born to a Japanese mother and an American father, journalist Ann Curry is best known for her extensive war reporting and has covered disturbances from areas such as Syria and Afghanistan. The Emmy Award-winning journalist has had a long stint on NBC. She also supports cancer research.

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 8 Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: July 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Gus Van Sant is considered one of the most prominent auteurs of the New Queer Cinema movement. The American film director is famous for movies that deal with homosexuality. Also admired as a painter, photographer, and musician, Sant has released two musical albums and a novel. Van Sant’s famous films include Drugstore Cowboy, Good Will Hunting, Elephant, and Milk.

 9 Berry Berenson

Berry Berenson.
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Murray Hill, New York City, New York
Died: September 11, 2001

Berry Berenson was an American actress, photographer, and model. Apart from appearing on films alongside actors like Jeff Bridges and Anthony Perkins, Berenson also contributed as a photographer; her works were featured in popular magazines like Newsweek, Glamour, Vogue, and Life. Berry Berenson died aboard American Airlines Flight 11 during the September 11 attacks. 

 10 Koo Stark

Koo Stark.
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Famous As: Actress, Photographer
Birthdate: April 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Renowned photographer Koo Stark has held numerous exhibitions. Her works have also been showcased at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has also been an actor and a model, and has been in the news for her relationship with Britain’s Prince Andrew. Stark is a cancer survivor. 

 11 Lance Gross

Lance Gross
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA

 12 Chris Owen

Chris Owen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Houghton, Michigan, U.S.

 13 iO Tillett Wright

iO Tillett Wright
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: September 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York (state) New York

iO Tillett Wright is an American photographer, author, activist, TV and podcast host. He is credited with founding the now-defunct international street art magazine Overspray for which he served as the editor-in-chief until 2009. His podcast The Ballad Of Billy Balls was counted among the best of 2019 and was considered for television development.

 14 Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks.
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: November 30, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Scott, Kansas, United States
Died: March 7, 2006

Gordon Parks was a writer, photographer, musician, and film director. He was the first Black American to direct and produce major motion pictures pertaining to the experience of slaves and African-Americans. He is credited with co-creating a new film genre called blaxploitation and his works have influenced filmmakers like Spike Lee. He is also credited with co-founding Essence magazine.

 15 Count Nikolai von Bismarck

Count Nikolai von Bismarck.
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: December 29, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England

 16 Larry Clark

Larry Clark
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

 17 Chris Stein

Chris Stein
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Famous As: Musicians
Birthdate: January 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

 18 Pierre Woodman

Pierre Woodman
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Auvergne, France

 19 Tasya van Ree

Tasya van Ree.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mililani, Hawaii, United States

Tasya van Ree is a popular American painter and photographer, known for her keen interests in visual presentation and mixed media. Also known for her distinctive sense of fashion, Tasya believes that people become what they wear. An openly gay celebrity, she serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community. She has dated personalities like Amber Heard and Caroline Vreeland.

 20 Tipper Gore

Tipper Gore
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Famous As: Advocate
Birthdate: August 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Mary Elizabeth Gore, better known as Tipper Gore, was married to former American president Al Gore. She had a major role in establishing the Parents Music Resource Center, which made CDs carry parental advisory stickers, to prevent their children from listening to music laced with profanity.

 21 Gisela Getty

Gisela Getty.
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kassel, Germany

German photographer Gisela Getty is known as an icon of the ’68 movement. She; her boyfriend, J. Paul Getty III; and her sister, Jutta, had once shared a bed, as a "threesome." She made headlines when she got married to Paul after he was released following a scandalous abduction.

 22 Francesca Hilton

Francesca Hilton
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: January 15, 2015

Born into luxury, comedian Francesca Hilton was the only child of Hilton founder Conrad Hilton and Hollywood star Zsa Zsa Gabor. It was later revealed that Francesca was born out of marital rape, and her parents divorced before her birth. Hilton left her a scanty fortune, and she died in poverty.

 23 Mark Angel

Mark Angel.
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

 24 Tabitha Soren

Tabitha Soren
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Antonio San Antonio, Texas

 25 Austin Swift

Austin Swift.
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Famous As: Photographer, Actor
Birthdate: March 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, United States

Austin Swift is an American actor best known for playing important roles in films like We Summon the Darkness, for which he also served as a co-producer. The younger brother of Taylor Swift, Austin Swift followed in the footsteps of his sister to establish himself in the entertainment industry.

 26 Austin O'Brien

Austin O'Brien
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon, U.S.

 27 Amanda de Cadenet

Amanda de Cadenet
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: May 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England

 28 Nigel Barker

Nigel Barker
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: April 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London

 29 Terry Richardson

Terry Richardson
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: August 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 30 Deborah Foreman

Deborah Foreman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montebello, California, USA

 31 Aaron Ruell

Aaron Ruell
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: June 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fresno, California, United States

 32 Susan Ford

Susan Ford
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 6, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., U.S.

 33 Anton Corbijn

Anton Corbijn
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: May 20, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Strijen, Netherlands

 34 Dean O'Gorman

Dean O'Gorman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

 35 Terry O'Neill

Terry O'Neill
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: July 30, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 16, 2019

 36 Vincent Perez

Vincent Perez
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

 37 Larry Birkhead

Larry Birkhead
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

 38 Bob Lilly

Bob Lilly
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Olney, Texas, United States

 39 Carrie Nuttall

Carrie Nuttall.
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: November 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

 40 Sylvia Plachy

Sylvia Plachy
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: May 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

 41 Yelena Yemchuk

Yelena Yemchuk
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

 42 Valentine Monnier

Valentine Monnier
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

 43 Carlos Saura

Carlos Saura
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: January 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Huesca, Spain

Renowned Spanish director Carlos Saura is known for his iconic films, which include the Academy Award-nominated Carmen and Tango. The son of a concert pianist mother, he specialized in dance dramas and tragedies. He has also included his childhood memories of the Spanish Civil War in his works.

 44 Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield

Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 25, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 11, 2005

 45 Shanna Besson

Shanna Besson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

 46 Lena Herzog

Lena Herzog
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Yekaterinburg Ekaterinburg, Russian SFSR

 47 Floria Sigismondi

Floria Sigismondi
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Pescara, Italy

 48 Gottfried Helnwein

Gottfried Helnwein
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Famous As: Visual artist
Birthdate: October 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Born in Austria, contemporary visual artist Gottfried Helnwein later bought a castle in Cologne, where he worked, and then moved to Ireland, where he bought another castle and transformed it into his studio. His hyper-realistic performance art and installations, known as Aktions, reflect grim themes such as the Holocaust.

 49 Richard Prince

Richard Prince
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: August 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Panama Canal Zone, United States

 50 Sophie Calle

Sophie Calle
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 9, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France