Famous American Photographers

If there is anyone who can breathe life into quaint architectures, unexciting landscapes, and most ordinary of faces with their mind-bending representations, it is the photographers. And by photographers, we don't just mean any DSLR toting globe trotters or selfie clicking amateurs but real-time lens man who knows to create an eye popping visual feast with their camera trickery. Someone has truly said that a real photographer is one who doesn't just capture a fleeting moment, but elicit thoughts, feelings and emotions with their every click. Photography, unlike many things, is not everyone's ball game. It takes one with acute compositional and technical skills to make a pro, let alone be the best in the business. America has been lucky enough to home a slew of shutterbugs who have carved a niche for themselves in the realms of world photography. We dig the biography, trivia, timeline and facts about some such famous American photographers who have changed the way we "view" the world today, quite literally. Read on.

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 1 Dennis Hopper

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: May 29, 2010

Dennis Hopper was an American actor, photographer, and filmmaker. His directorial film debut Easy Rider glorified the counterculture of the 1960s and became the cinematic symbol of counterculture, inspiring several youngsters. Also a photographer, Hopper’s photographs of the 1963 March on Washington were published. Hopper is also credited with influencing actress Amber Tamblyn whose father was one of his friends.

 2 Ansel Adams

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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: February 20, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 22, 1984

Ansel Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. Best known for capturing the beauty of the American West, Adams helped found the Group f/64. He also formulated a photographic technique called the Zone System, which helped photographers come up with clearer images. For his photographic work and advocacy for environmental conservation, Ansel Adams was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 3 Jason Lee

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 4 Linda McCartney

Linda Louise McCartney
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Famous As: Photographer, Musician
Birthdate: September 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 17, 1998
Linda McCartney, the first wife of Paul McCartney, formed the band Wings with her husband, after the Beatles disbanded. An animal rights activist, she wrote several vegetarian cookbooks, apart from launching Linda McCartney Foods. She was also a skilled photographer and published a photo book. She died of breast cancer.  

 5 Alexandra Hedison

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Famous As: Photographer, Actress, Director
Birthdate: July 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Alexandra Hedison is a renowned photographer and has exhibited her creations at numerous galleries, throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has also appeared in the series The L Word and Nash Bridges. Openly lesbian, she has dated Ellen DeGeneres in the past and is now married to Jodie Foster.

 6 Tasya van Ree

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

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.

 7 Annie Leibovitz

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Famous As: Portrait Photographer
Birthdate: October 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Anna-Lou Leibovitz is an American portrait photographer whose career is defined by intimate photographs of celebrities, as exemplified by her famous portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, hours before the English musician’s murder. The Rolling Stone magazine provided the platform for her photographic talent during the early years of her career. She was involved in a controversy over an apparent topless photo of Miley Cyrus.

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 8 Tipper Gore

Tipper Gore
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Famous As: Advocate
Birthdate: August 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 9 Francesca Hilton

Francesca Hilton
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: January 15, 2015

 10 Linda Fiorentino

Linda Fiorentino
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

 11 Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe
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Famous As: Photographer, Film director
Birthdate: November 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: March 9, 1989

 12 Austin Swift

Austin Swift
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Famous As: Photographer, Actor
Birthdate: March 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

 13 Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: July 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 14 Josh Gates

Josh Gates
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Famous As: Explorer, Photographer
Birthdate: August 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 15 Berry Berenson

Berry Berenson
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: September 11, 2001

 16 Cynthia Daniel

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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: March 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Cynthia Daniel is a photographer and former actress. The twin sister of Brittany Daniel, Cynthia followed in the footsteps of her sister to become an actress. However, she retired from acting in 1997 and chose to become a photographer, even as her twin sister Brittany Daniel continued to pursue acting.

 17 Man Ray

Man Ray
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Famous As: Modernist Artist
Birthdate: August 27, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: November 18, 1976

Famous photographer, painter and filmmaker, Man Ray was the sole American who was a significant part of both the Dada and Surrealist movements. Despite his contributions in various artistic mediums, he is best remembered as a photographer who popularised solarisation and Rayographs techniques. He also made films including the Surrealist classic L’Étoile de mer and published his autobiography Self-Portrait.

 18 Koo Stark

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Famous As: Actress, Photographer
Birthdate: April 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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. 

 19 Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: March 14, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: July 26, 1971

 20 Terry Richardson

Terry Richardson
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: August 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 21 Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: May 26, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: October 11, 1965

 22 Lance Gross

Lance Gross
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 23 Kevyn Aucoin

Kevyn Aucoin
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Famous As: Make-up artist, Photographer, Businessperson
Birthdate: February 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 7, 2002

 24 Barret Oliver

Barret Oliver
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: August 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 25 Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman
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Famous As: Photographer, Film director
Birthdate: January 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 26 Chris Owen

Chris Owen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 27 iO Tillett Wright

iO Tillett Wright
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: September 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 28 Russ Meyer

Russ Meyer
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: March 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: September 18, 2004

 29 Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: February 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 21, 2009

 30 David LaChapelle

David LaChapelle
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: March 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 31 Weegee

Weegee
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Famous As: Photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist
Birthdate: June 12, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: December 26, 1968

 32 Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: November 30, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 7, 2006

 33 Mathew Brady

Mathew Brady
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: May 18, 1822
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: January 15, 1896

 34 Alfred Stieglitz

Alfred Stieglitz
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: January 1, 1864
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: July 13, 1946

 35 Larry Clark

Larry Clark
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 36 Chris Stein

Chris Stein
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Famous As: Musicians
Birthdate: January 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 37 Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon
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Birthdate: May 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: October 1, 2004

 38 Arlene Alda

Arlene Alda
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Famous As: Musician, Photographer, Writer
Birthdate: March 12, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 39 Stephanie Sheh

Stephanie Sheh
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Famous As: Voice actor, Actor, Screenwriter, Audio engineer, Television producer, Photographer, Singer
Birthdate: April 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 40 Bob Guccione

Bob Guccione
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Famous As: Photographer, Film producer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: December 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 20, 2010

 41 Sally Mann

Sally Mann
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: May 1, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 42 Austin O'Brien

Austin O'Brien
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 43 Lee Miller

Lee Miller
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 23, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: July 27, 1977

 44 Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry
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Famous As: photojournalist, photographer, journalist
Birthdate: February 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 45 Deborah Foreman

Deborah Foreman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 46 Pete Souza

Pete Souza
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Famous As: photographer, photojournalist, journalist
Birthdate: December 31, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 47 Susan Ford

Susan Ford
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 6, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 48 Aaron Ruell

Aaron Ruell
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: June 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 49 Tabitha Soren

Tabitha Soren
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 50 Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham
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Famous As: photographer, journalist
Birthdate: March 13, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: June 25, 2016