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

Ansel AdamsAnsel Adams
20 February 1902
Photographer

Alexandra HedisonAlexandra Hedison
10 July 1969
Photographer, Actress, Director

Linda FiorentinoLinda Fiorentino
09 March 1958
Actress

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
Photographer
Cynthia DanielCynthia Daniel
17 March 1976
Photographer

Koo StarkKoo Stark
26 April 1956
Actress, Photographer
Diane ArbusDiane Arbus
14 March 1923
Photographer

Barret OliverBarret Oliver
24 August 1973
Photographer

Alfred Stieglitz Alfred Stieglitz
01 January 1864
Photographer
Richard AvedonRichard Avedon
15 May 1923
 

Russ MeyerRuss Meyer
21 March 1922
Director
Bryan RandallBryan Randall
1966 AD
Photographer

Arlene AldaArlene Alda
12 March 1933
Musician, Photographer, Writer

Edward WestonEdward Weston
24 March 1886
Photographer
Edward Steichen Edward Steichen
27 March 1879
Photographer

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

Aaron SiskindAaron Siskind
04 December 1903
Photographer

Sasha CzackSasha Czack
17 July 1950
Photographer

Bryant EslavaBryant Eslava
10 September 1992
Fashion Photographer
Presley GerberPresley Gerber
02 July 1999
Model

Tyler MitchellTyler Mitchell
12 April 1995
Photographer

Barry BishopBarry Bishop
13 January 1932
Mountaineer, Photographer, Geographer

Jordan MatterJordan Matter
06 October 1966
Photographer, Author
Brendan NorthBrendan North
14 November 1993
Photographer

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Dan EstabrookDan Estabrook
1969 AD
Partner of Megan Boone

Gianna SantosGianna Santos
31 March 1989
Photographer

Shawn CrahanShawn Crahan
24 September 1969
Musician

Tasya van ReeTasya van Ree
30 April 1976
Photographer
Robert MapplethorpeRobert Mapplethorpe
04 November 1946
Photographer, Film director

Josh GatesJosh Gates
10 August 1977
Explorer, Photographer
Robert FrankRobert Frank
09 November 1924
Film director, Photographer, Cinematographer,

Francesca HiltonFrancesca Hilton
10 March 1947
Actress

Tipper GoreTipper Gore
19 August 1948
Advocate
Gordon ParksGordon Parks
30 November 1912
American photographer

Cindy ShermanCindy Sherman
19 January 1954
Photographer, Film director
Larry ClarkLarry Clark
19 January 1943
Director

Dorothea LangeDorothea Lange
26 May 1895
Journalist, Photographer, Artist, Photojournalist

Chris SteinChris Stein
05 January 1950
Musicians

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

David LaChapelleDavid LaChapelle
11 March 1963
Photographer
Lance GrossLance Gross
08 July 1981
Actor

Carl McCunnCarl McCunn
1946 AD
photographer

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

Aaron RuellAaron Ruell
23 June 1976
Director
Gilles BensimonGilles Bensimon
29 February 1944
photographer

Steve McCurrySteve McCurry
24 February 1950
photojournalist, photographer, journalist
Bob GuccioneBob Guccione
17 December 1930
Photographer, Film producer, Screenwriter

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

Nan GoldinNan Goldin
12 September 1953
Photographer
Davide SorrentiDavide Sorrenti
09 July 1976
Photographer

Sally MannSally Mann
01 May 1951
Photographer
Margaret Bourke-WhiteMargaret Bourke-White
14 June 1904
Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist,

Jill GibsonJill Gibson
18 June 1942
Painter, Photographer, Singer, Songwriter

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

Lewis HineLewis Hine
26 September 1874
Sociologist, Photographer, Artist
Arthur ElgortArthur Elgort
08 June 1940
Photographer

Deborah ForemanDeborah Foreman
12 October 1962
Actress

Herb RittsHerb Ritts
13 August 1952
Photographer, Film director

WeegeeWeegee
12 June 1899
Photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist
W. Eugene SmithW. Eugene Smith
30 December 1918
Photographer, Photojournalist, War photographer,
George GroszGeorge Grosz
26 July 1893
Painter, Draughtsperson, Photographer, University

David WojnarowiczDavid Wojnarowicz
14 September 1954
Photographer, Painter, Writer

Edward S. CurtisEdward S. Curtis
16 February 1868
Photographer, Anthropologist

Irving PennIrving Penn
16 June 1917
Photographer
Richard PrinceRichard Prince
06 August 1949
Photographer, Painter

Laurie SimmonsLaurie Simmons
03 October 1949
Photographer

Andres SerranoAndres Serrano
15 August 1950
Photographer

Yelena YemchukYelena Yemchuk
22 April 1970
Painter, Photographer

Walker EvansWalker Evans
03 November 1903
Photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist
Jennifer LyonJennifer Lyon
27 February 1972
Actor

Holly RandallHolly Randall
05 September 1978
Photographer
Billy NameBilly Name
22 February 1940
Lighting designer, Photographer, Director, Artist

Steven MeiselSteven Meisel
1954 AD
photographer, illustrator

Sylvia PlachySylvia Plachy
24 May 1943
Photographer
Garry WinograndGarry Winogrand
14 January 1928
Photographer

William EgglestonWilliam Eggleston
27 July 1939
Photographer, Artist
Edward RuschaEdward Ruscha
16 December 1937
Painter, Photographer, Film director

Spencer TunickSpencer Tunick
01 January 1967
Photographer

Tim HetheringtonTim Hetherington
05 December 1970
War correspondent, Photographer, Film director,

Pete SouzaPete Souza
31 December 1954
photographer, photojournalist, journalist
Carrie NuttallCarrie Nuttall
 

Gregory CrewdsonGregory Crewdson
06 September 1962
photographer, university teacher
Nick UtNick Ut
29 March 1951
Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist,

Taryn SimonTaryn Simon
04 February 1975
Photographer
Jay MaiselJay Maisel
18 January 1931
Photographer

Joe RosenthalJoe Rosenthal
09 October 1911
Photographer, Artist, War photographer,
Ben ShahnBen Shahn
12 September 1898
Photographer, Painter