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.
Man RayMan Ray
27 August 1890
Modernist Artist
Dennis HopperDennis Hopper
17 May 1936
Actor

Philippe HalsmanPhilippe Halsman
02 May 1906
Photographer

Linda Louise McCartneyLinda McCartney
24 September 1941
Photographer, Musician

Cynthia DanielCynthia Daniel
17 March 1976
Photographer

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

Linda FiorentinoLinda Fiorentino
09 March 1958
Actress

Austin SwiftAustin Swift
11 March 1992
Photographer, Actor
Annie LeibovitzAnnie Leibovitz
02 October 1949
Portrait Photographer

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

Berry BerensonBerry Berenson
14 April 1948
Photographer

Barret OliverBarret Oliver
24 August 1973
Photographer

Gordon ParksGordon Parks
30 November 1912
Photographer

Diane ArbusDiane Arbus
14 March 1923
Photographer
Russ MeyerRuss Meyer
21 March 1922
Director

Dorothea LangeDorothea Lange
26 May 1895
Photographer

Arlene AldaArlene Alda
12 March 1933
Musician, Photographer, Writer

Lee MillerLee Miller
23 April 1907
Photographer
Alfred Stieglitz Alfred Stieglitz
01 January 1864
Photographer

Richard AvedonRichard Avedon
15 May 1923
 
Dan EstabrookDan Estabrook
1969 AD
Megan Boone's Partner

Edward Steichen Edward Steichen
27 March 1879
Photographer

Edward WestonEdward Weston
24 March 1886
Photographer
Bryan RandallBryan Randall
1966 AD
Photographer

Berenice AbbottBerenice Abbott
17 July 1898
American photographer
Aaron SiskindAaron Siskind
04 December 1903
Photographer

Jordan MatterJordan Matter
06 October 1966
Photographer, Author

Sasha CzackSasha Czack
17 July 1950
Photographer
Tyler MitchellTyler Mitchell
12 April 1995
Photographer

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Presley GerberPresley Gerber
02 July 1999
Model

Barry BishopBarry Bishop
13 January 1932
Mountaineer, Photographer, Geographer

Bryant EslavaBryant Eslava
10 September 1992
Fashion Photographer

Brendan NorthBrendan North
14 November 1993
Photographer
Gianna SantosGianna Santos
31 March 1989
Photographer
Tasya van ReeTasya van Ree
30 April 1976
Photographer

Tipper GoreTipper Gore
19 August 1948
Advocate

Josh GatesJosh Gates
10 August 1977
Explorer, Photographer

Gus Van SantGus Van Sant
24 July 1952
Film Director
Robert MapplethorpeRobert Mapplethorpe
04 November 1946
Photographer, Film director

Francesca HiltonFrancesca Hilton
10 March 1947
Actress

Larry BirkheadLarry Birkhead
22 January 1973
Model

Shawn CrahanShawn Crahan
24 September 1969
Musician

Gilles BensimonGilles Bensimon
29 February 1944
photographer
Lance GrossLance Gross
08 July 1981
Actor

Ann CurryAnn Curry
19 November 1956
Journalist
Deborah ForemanDeborah Foreman
12 October 1962
Actress

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

Stephanie ShehStephanie Sheh
10 April 1977
Voice actor, Actor, Screenwriter, Audio engineer,
Austin O'BrienAustin O'Brien
11 May 1981
Actor

Cindy ShermanCindy Sherman
19 January 1954
Photographer, Film director

Larry ClarkLarry Clark
19 January 1943
Director

Carl McCunnCarl McCunn
1946 AD
photographer

Arthur ElgortArthur Elgort
08 June 1940
Photographer
Jill GibsonJill Gibson
18 June 1942
Painter, Photographer, Singer, Songwriter

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

Vivian MaierVivian Maier
01 February 1926
Photographer

Susan FordSusan Ford
06 July 1957
Journalist
Holly RandallHolly Randall
05 September 1978
Photographer

Davide SorrentiDavide Sorrenti
09 July 1976
Photographer
Mathew BradyMathew Brady
18 May 1822
Photographer

Aaron RuellAaron Ruell
23 June 1976
Director

Robert FrankRobert Frank
09 November 1924
Film director, Photographer, Cinematographer,
Peter BeardPeter Beard
22 January 1938
Photographer, Journalist, Socialite, Writer

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

Sally MannSally Mann
01 May 1951
Photographer

Pete SouzaPete Souza
31 December 1954
photographer, photojournalist, journalist
Laurie SimmonsLaurie Simmons
03 October 1949
Photographer

Steve McCurrySteve McCurry
24 February 1950
photojournalist, photographer, journalist
Richard PrinceRichard Prince
06 August 1949
Photographer

Herb RittsHerb Ritts
13 August 1952
Photographer, Film director

Tabitha SorenTabitha Soren
19 August 1967
Journalist

Jennifer LyonJennifer Lyon
27 February 1972
Actor
Edward S. CurtisEdward S. Curtis
16 February 1868
Photographer, Anthropologist
Sylvia PlachySylvia Plachy
24 May 1943
Photographer

David WojnarowiczDavid Wojnarowicz
14 September 1954
Photographer, Painter, Writer

Carrie NuttallCarrie Nuttall
11 November 1963
Photographer

W. Eugene SmithW. Eugene Smith
30 December 1918
Photographer, Photojournalist, War photographer,
Francesca WoodmanFrancesca Woodman
03 April 1958
Photographer

Nickolas MurayNickolas Muray
15 February 1892
Photographer, Fencer

Stanley TretickStanley Tretick
21 July 1921
Photojournalst

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

Andres SerranoAndres Serrano
15 August 1950
Photographer
George GroszGeorge Grosz
26 July 1893
Painter, Draughtsperson, Photographer, University

Yelena YemchukYelena Yemchuk
22 April 1970
Painter, Photographer
Nan GoldinNan Goldin
12 September 1953
Photographer

William EgglestonWilliam Eggleston
27 July 1939
Photographer, Artist
Steven MeiselSteven Meisel
1954 AD
photographer, illustrator
Lewis HineLewis Hine
26 September 1874
Sociologist