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.
Susan MikulaSusan Mikula
1958 AD
Photographer, Rachel Maddow’s Partner
Koo StarkKoo Stark
26 April 1956
Actress, Photographer

Dennis HopperDennis Hopper
17 May 1936
Actor

Tasya van ReeTasya van Ree
30 April 1976
Painter

Linda Louise McCartneyLinda McCartney
24 September 1941
Photographer, Musician

Ansel AdamsAnsel Adams
20 February 1902
Photographer
Alexandra HedisonAlexandra Hedison
10 July 1969
Photographer, Actress, Director

Cynthia DanielCynthia Daniel
17 March 1976
Photographer

Austin SwiftAustin Swift
11 March 1992
Photographer, Actor
Linda FiorentinoLinda Fiorentino
09 March 1958
Actress

Annie LeibovitzAnnie Leibovitz
02 October 1949
Portrait Photographer
Berry BerensonBerry Berenson
14 April 1948
Photographer

Man RayMan Ray
27 August 1890
Modernist Artist

Diane ArbusDiane Arbus
14 March 1923
Photographer

Barret OliverBarret Oliver
24 August 1973
Photographer

Dorothea LangeDorothea Lange
26 May 1895
Photographer
Richard AvedonRichard Avedon
15 May 1923
 

Arlene AldaArlene Alda
12 March 1933
Musician, Photographer, Writer

Gordon ParksGordon Parks
30 November 1912
Photographer

Russ MeyerRuss Meyer
21 March 1922
Director
Alfred Stieglitz Alfred Stieglitz
01 January 1864
Photographer

Lee MillerLee Miller
23 April 1907
Photographer
Dan EstabrookDan Estabrook
1969 AD
Megan Boone's Partner

Edward WestonEdward Weston
24 March 1886
Photographer

Carrie NuttallCarrie Nuttall
11 November 1963
Photographer
Edward Steichen Edward Steichen
27 March 1879
Photographer

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

Bryan RandallBryan Randall
1966 AD
Photographer

Tyler MitchellTyler Mitchell
12 April 1995
Photographer
Aaron SiskindAaron Siskind
04 December 1903
Photographer

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Jordan MatterJordan Matter
06 October 1966
Photographer, Author

Barry BishopBarry Bishop
13 January 1932
Mountaineer, Photographer, Geographer

Gianna SantosGianna Santos
31 March 1989
Photographer

Presley GerberPresley Gerber
02 July 1999
Model
Sasha CzackSasha Czack
17 July 1950
Photographer
Bryant EslavaBryant Eslava
10 September 1992
Fashion Photographer

Brendan NorthBrendan North
14 November 1993
Photographer

Tipper GoreTipper Gore
19 August 1948
Advocate

Jason LeeJason Lee
25 April 1970
Actor
Pete SouzaPete Souza
31 December 1954
photographer, photojournalist, journalist

Gus Van SantGus Van Sant
24 July 1952
Film Director

Robert MapplethorpeRobert Mapplethorpe
04 November 1946
Photographer, Film director

Josh GatesJosh Gates
10 August 1977
Explorer, Photographer

Francesca HiltonFrancesca Hilton
10 March 1947
Actress
Ann CurryAnn Curry
19 November 1956
Journalist

Chris OwenChris Owen
25 September 1980
Actor
Cindy ShermanCindy Sherman
19 January 1954
Photographer, Film director

Lance GrossLance Gross
08 July 1981
Actor

Chris SteinChris Stein
05 January 1950
Musicians
Larry BirkheadLarry Birkhead
22 January 1973
Model

David LaChapelleDavid LaChapelle
11 March 1963
Photographer
Terry RichardsonTerry Richardson
14 August 1965
Photographer

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

Larry ClarkLarry Clark
19 January 1943
Director

Deborah ForemanDeborah Foreman
12 October 1962
Actress

Austin O'BrienAustin O'Brien
11 May 1981
Actor
Vivian MaierVivian Maier
01 February 1926
Photographer

Stephanie ShehStephanie Sheh
10 April 1977
Voice actor, Actor, Screenwriter, Audio engineer,

Susan FordSusan Ford
06 July 1957
Journalist

Jill GibsonJill Gibson
18 June 1942
Painter, Photographer, Singer, Songwriter
Bob GuccioneBob Guccione
17 December 1930
Photographer, Film producer, Screenwriter

Gilles BensimonGilles Bensimon
29 February 1944
photographer
Holly RandallHolly Randall
05 September 1978
Photographer

Kevyn AucoinKevyn Aucoin
14 February 1962
Make-up artist, Photographer, Businessperson

Mathew BradyMathew Brady
18 May 1822
Photographer
Steve McCurrySteve McCurry
24 February 1950
photojournalist, photographer, journalist

WeegeeWeegee
12 June 1899
Photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist
Margaret Bourke-WhiteMargaret Bourke-White
14 June 1904
Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist,

Sylvia PlachySylvia Plachy
24 May 1943
Photographer

Aaron RuellAaron Ruell
23 June 1976
Director
Davide SorrentiDavide Sorrenti
09 July 1976
Photographer

Peter BeardPeter Beard
22 January 1938
Photographer, Journalist, Socialite, Writer
Sally MannSally Mann
01 May 1951
Photographer

Carl van VechtenCarl van Vechten
17 June 1880
Writer, photographer

Tabitha SorenTabitha Soren
19 August 1967
Journalist

Nan GoldinNan Goldin
12 September 1953
Photographer
Francesca WoodmanFrancesca Woodman
03 April 1958
Photographer
Robert FrankRobert Frank
09 November 1924
Photographer

Lewis HineLewis Hine
26 September 1874
Sociologist

Bob LillyBob Lilly
26 July 1939
Football player

Andres SerranoAndres Serrano
15 August 1950
Photographer
Carl McCunnCarl McCunn
1946 AD
photographer

Arthur ElgortArthur Elgort
08 June 1940
Photographer

iO Tillett WrightiO Tillett Wright
02 September 1985
Television host

William EgglestonWilliam Eggleston
27 July 1939
Photographer, Artist

David WojnarowiczDavid Wojnarowicz
14 September 1954
Photographer, Painter, Writer
Herb RittsHerb Ritts
13 August 1952
Photographer, Film director

Steven MeiselSteven Meisel
1954 AD
photographer, illustrator
Laurie SimmonsLaurie Simmons
03 October 1949
Photographer

George GroszGeorge Grosz
26 July 1893
Painter, Draughtsperson, Photographer, University
Billy NameBilly Name
22 February 1940
Lighting designer, Photographer, Director, Artist
Richard PrinceRichard Prince
06 August 1949
Photographer