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.
Dennis HopperDennis Hopper
17 May 1936
Linda Louise McCartneyLinda McCartney
24 September 1941
Photographer, Musician

Ansel AdamsAnsel Adams
20 February 1902

Alexandra HedisonAlexandra Hedison
10 July 1969
Photographer, Actress, Director

Austin SwiftAustin Swift
11 March 1992
Photographer, Actor

Annie LeibovitzAnnie Leibovitz
02 October 1949
Portrait Photographer
Susan MikulaSusan Mikula
1958 AD
Photographer, Rachel Maddow’s Partner

Man RayMan Ray
27 August 1890
Modernist Artist

Berry BerensonBerry Berenson
14 April 1948

Cynthia DanielCynthia Daniel
17 March 1976
Diane ArbusDiane Arbus
14 March 1923

Alfred Stieglitz Alfred Stieglitz
01 January 1864
Barret OliverBarret Oliver
24 August 1973

Richard AvedonRichard Avedon
15 May 1923

Russ MeyerRuss Meyer
21 March 1922
Bryan RandallBryan Randall
1966 AD

Arlene AldaArlene Alda
12 March 1933
Musician, Photographer, Writer
Edward WestonEdward Weston
24 March 1886

Edward Steichen Edward Steichen
27 March 1879

Berenice AbbottBerenice Abbott
17 July 1898
American photographer
Philippe HalsmanPhilippe Halsman
02 May 1906

Sasha CzackSasha Czack
17 July 1950
Aaron SiskindAaron Siskind
04 December 1903

Bryant EslavaBryant Eslava
10 September 1992
Fashion Photographer

Presley GerberPresley Gerber
02 July 1999

Barry BishopBarry Bishop
13 January 1932
Mountaineer, Photographer, Geographer
Tyler MitchellTyler Mitchell
12 April 1995

Jordan MatterJordan Matter
06 October 1966
Photographer, Author

Brendan NorthBrendan North
14 November 1993

Dan EstabrookDan Estabrook
1969 AD
Partner of Megan Boone
Tasya van ReeTasya van Ree
30 April 1976

Robert MapplethorpeRobert Mapplethorpe
04 November 1946
Photographer, Film director

Josh GatesJosh Gates
10 August 1977
Explorer, Photographer

Gordon ParksGordon Parks
30 November 1912
American photographer

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Dorothea LangeDorothea Lange
26 May 1895
Journalist, Photographer, Artist, Photojournalist
Kevyn AucoinKevyn Aucoin
14 February 1962
Make-up artist, Photographer, Businessperson

Cindy ShermanCindy Sherman
19 January 1954
Photographer, Film director
David LaChapelleDavid LaChapelle
11 March 1963

Garry WinograndGarry Winogrand
14 January 1928

Lee MillerLee Miller
23 April 1907
War correspondent, Photographer, War photographer,
Francesca WoodmanFrancesca Woodman
03 April 1958

Stephanie ShehStephanie Sheh
10 April 1977
Voice actor, Actor, Screenwriter, Audio engineer,
Steve McCurrySteve McCurry
24 February 1950
photojournalist, photographer, journalist

Davide SorrentiDavide Sorrenti
09 July 1976

12 June 1899
Photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist

Mathew BradyMathew Brady
18 May 1822
Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist,

Gilles BensimonGilles Bensimon
29 February 1944
Sally MannSally Mann
01 May 1951

Bob GuccioneBob Guccione
17 December 1930
Photographer, Film producer, Screenwriter

Robert FrankRobert Frank
09 November 1924
Film director, Photographer, Cinematographer,

Arthur ElgortArthur Elgort
08 June 1940
Nan GoldinNan Goldin
12 September 1953

Margaret Bourke-WhiteMargaret Bourke-White
14 June 1904
Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist,
George GroszGeorge Grosz
26 July 1893
Painter, Draughtsperson, Photographer, University

Steven MeiselSteven Meisel
1954 AD
photographer, illustrator

Jill GibsonJill Gibson
18 June 1942
Painter, Photographer, Singer, Songwriter
Tim HetheringtonTim Hetherington
05 December 1970
War correspondent, Photographer, Film director,

Lewis HineLewis Hine
26 September 1874
Sociologist, Photographer, Artist
Andres SerranoAndres Serrano
15 August 1950

Irving PennIrving Penn
16 June 1917

Edward S. CurtisEdward S. Curtis
16 February 1868
Photographer, Anthropologist
Richard PrinceRichard Prince
06 August 1949
Photographer, Painter

William EgglestonWilliam Eggleston
27 July 1939
Photographer, Artist
David WojnarowiczDavid Wojnarowicz
14 September 1954
Photographer, Painter, Writer

W. Eugene SmithW. Eugene Smith
30 December 1918
Photographer, Photojournalist, War photographer,

Yelena YemchukYelena Yemchuk
22 April 1970
Painter, Photographer

Jennifer LyonJennifer Lyon
27 February 1972
Herb RittsHerb Ritts
13 August 1952
Photographer, Film director
Laurie SimmonsLaurie Simmons
03 October 1949

Carl McCunnCarl McCunn
1946 AD

Walker EvansWalker Evans
03 November 1903
Photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist

Sylvia PlachySylvia Plachy
24 May 1943
Spencer TunickSpencer Tunick
01 January 1967

Billy NameBilly Name
22 February 1940
Lighting designer, Photographer, Director, Artist

Gregory CrewdsonGregory Crewdson
06 September 1962
photographer, university teacher

Holly RandallHolly Randall
05 September 1978

Edward RuschaEdward Ruscha
16 December 1937
Painter, Photographer, Film director
Nick UtNick Ut
29 March 1951
Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist,

Taryn SimonTaryn Simon
04 February 1975
Joe RosenthalJoe Rosenthal
09 October 1911
Photographer, Artist, War photographer,

Pete SouzaPete Souza
31 December 1954
photographer, photojournalist, journalist

Carrie NuttallCarrie Nuttall
E. J. BellocqE. J. Bellocq
1873 AD

Paul StrandPaul Strand
16 October 1890
Photographer, Film director, Cinematographer
Peter BeardPeter Beard
22 January 1938
Photographer, Journalist, Socialite, Writer

Elliott ErwittElliott Erwitt
26 July 1928
Photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist

Mary Ellen MarkMary Ellen Mark
20 March 1940
Photographer, Photojournalist, Screenwriter,

Robert CorneliusRobert Cornelius
01 March 1809
Lee FriedlanderLee Friedlander
14 July 1934
Photographer, University teacher

Charles DemuthCharles Demuth
08 November 1883
Painter, Photographer
Irving KlawIrving Klaw
09 November 1910

Galen RowellGalen Rowell
23 August 1940
Photographer, Mountaineer, Rock climber

Ron GalellaRon Galella
10 January 1931

Bunny YeagerBunny Yeager
13 March 1930
photographer, model
William GainesWilliam Gaines
01 March 1922
Photographer, Screenwriter