Famous French Photographers

Find out more about the greatest French Photographers, including Jacques Cousteau, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jean-Paul Goude, Nicéphore Niépce and Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

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 1 Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson
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Famous As: Photographer and Painter
Birthdate: August 22, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French
Died: August 3, 2004

Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French humanist photographer. Considered a master of candid photography, he pioneered the genre of street photography. He was among the earliest users of the 35 mm film. In 1947, he became one of the founding members of Magnum Photos, an international photographic cooperative. In his later years, he explored drawing and painting. 

 2 Dora Maar

Dora Maar
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Famous As: Photographer, Artist, Painter, Poet, Choreographer, Sculptor, Model
Birthdate: November 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French
Died: July 16, 1997
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 3 Pierre Woodman

Pierre Woodman
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Famous As: Adult Film Star, Film producer, Film director, Photographer, Actor
Birthdate: April 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French

 4 Hedi Slimane

Hedi Slimane
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: July 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French

 5 Nicéphore Niépce

Nicéphore Niépce
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Famous As: Creator of World's First Permanent Photographic Image
Birthdate: March 7, 1765
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: July 5, 1833

Nicéphore Niépce revolutionized science by inventing heliography and made the first permanent photographic image. He had initially been part of Napoleon’s army but had to quit due to his failing health. The Niépce Prize is awarded to a photographer every year in France, in his honor.

 6 Gilles Bensimon

Gilles Bensimon
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Famous As: photographer
Birthdate: February 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French, American

 7 Jean-Paul Goude

Jean-Paul Goude
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: French
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 8 Louis Daguerre

Louis Daguerre
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: November 18, 1787
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French
Died: July 10, 1851
Remembered for his invention of the daguerreotype, or the first process of photography, which could develop pictures in just 20 to 30 minutes, Louis Daguerre had humble beginnings as revenue officer and then an opera scene painter. He was also instrumental in setting up the first diorama theater.

 9 Emmanuelle Riva

Emmanuelle Riva
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Famous As: Actor, Photographer, Poet
Birthdate: February 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: January 27, 2017

 10 Chris Marker

Chris Marker
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Famous As: Film producer, Film critic, Film director, Photographer, Artist, Screenwriter, Film editor, Television producer, Multimedia artist, Journalist, Cinematographer, Teacher, Poet
Birthdate: July 29, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French
Died: July 29, 2012

 11 Matthieu Ricard

Matthieu Ricard
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Famous As: Molecular biologist, Photographer, Bhikkhu, Writer, Translator
Birthdate: February 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French

 12 Shanna Besson

Shanna Besson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French

 13 Sophie Calle

Sophie Calle
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Famous As: Photographer, Visual artist, Writer, Choreographer
Birthdate: October 9, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French

 14 Claude Cahun

Claude Cahun
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Famous As: Artist, Photographer, Writer
Birthdate: October 25, 1894
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French
Died: December 8, 1954

 15 Brassaï

Brassai
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: September 9, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French, Hungarian, Romanian
Died: July 8, 1984

Gyula Halász, or Brassaï, derived his pseudonym from the city of his birth, Brassó, then in Hungary. Later, he moved to Paris, where he began his career as a photographer. He published his works in volumes such as Paris de nuit. He was also a sculptor and a poet.

 16 Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt
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Famous As: Photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist
Birthdate: July 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French, American

 17 Robert Doisneau

Robert Doisneau
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French
Died: April 1, 1994

 18 Patrick Demarchelier

Patrick Demarchelier
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: August 21, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French

 19 Eugène Atget

Eugène Atget
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Famous As: Photographer, Artist
Birthdate: February 12, 1857
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French
Died: August 4, 1927

 20 Hans Bellmer

Hans Bellmer
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Photographer, Engraver
Birthdate: March 13, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: February 23, 1975

 21 Albert Spaggiari

Albert Spaggiari
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: December 14, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French
Died: June 8, 1989

 22 Nadar

Nadar
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 6, 1820
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French
Died: March 20, 1910

 23 Guy Bourdin

Guy Bourdin
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: December 2, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French
Died: March 29, 1991

 24 François Gautier

François Gautier
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Famous As: Journalist, Photographer, Writer
Birthdate: July 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French

 25 Christian Boltanski

Christian Boltanski
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Famous As: Painter, Visual artist, Photographer, Sculptor
Birthdate: September 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French

 26 Jean-Daniel Cadinot

Jean-Daniel Cadinot
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Famous As: Film producer, Film director, Screenwriter, Photographer
Birthdate: February 10, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French
Died: April 23, 2008

 27 Duchenne de Boulogne

Duchenne de Boulogne
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Famous As: Photographer, Neurologist, Physician
Birthdate: September 17, 1806
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: September 15, 1875

 28 Stéphane Sednaoui

Stéphane Sednaoui
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Famous As: Photographer, Photojournalist
Birthdate: February 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French

 29 Jacques-Henri Lartigue

Jacques-Henri Lartigue
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: June 13, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French
Died: September 12, 1986

 30 Gustave Le Gray

Gustave Le Gray
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: August 30, 1820
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: July 30, 1884

 31 Andreas Feininger

Andreas Feininger
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Famous As: Photographer, Writer, Architect
Birthdate: December 27, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French, American
Died: February 18, 1999

 32 Marc Allégret

Marc Allégret
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: December 23, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Swiss, French
Died: November 3, 1973

 33 Marc Riboud

Marc Riboud
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: June 24, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French
Died: August 30, 2016

 34 Willy Ronis

Willy Ronis
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Famous As: French photographer
Birthdate: August 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French
Died: September 12, 2009

 35 Leila Alaoui

Leila Alaoui
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: July 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French, Moroccan
Died: January 18, 2016

 36 Bernard Courtois

Bernard Courtois
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: February 8, 1777
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French
Died: September 27, 1838

 37 Maxime Du Camp

Maxime Du Camp
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 8, 1822
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French
Died: February 9, 1894

 38 Henri-Victor Regnault

Henri-Victor Regnault
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: July 21, 1810
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German, French
Died: January 19, 1878

 39 Pierre Schoendoerffer

Pierre Schoendoerffer
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: May 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: March 14, 2012

 40 Gisèle Freund

Gisèle Freund
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: December 19, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German, French
Died: March 30, 2000

 41 André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri

André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: March 28, 1819
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French
Died: October 4, 1889

 42 Medardo Rosso

Medardo Rosso
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: June 21, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French, Italian
Died: March 31, 1928

 43 Edouard Boubat

Edouard Boubat
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Famous As: Photojournalist
Birthdate: September 13, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: June 30, 1999

 44 Charles Nègre

Charles Nègre
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: May 9, 1820
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: January 16, 1880

 45 Louis Arthur Ducos du Hauron

Louis Arthur Ducos du Hauron
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: December 8, 1837
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French
Died: August 31, 1920

 46 Auguste Lumière

Auguste Lumière
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: October 19, 1862
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French
Died: April 10, 1954

Auguste Lumière was a French engineer, illusionist, industrialist, and biologist. Alongside his brother Louis Jean Lumière, Auguste is credited with inventing a projection device and animated photographic camera called the cinematograph, which attracted worldwide acclaim. He is also remembered for his innovations in military aircraft and his pioneering work in the use of X-rays.

 47 Édouard Belin

Édouard Belin
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: March 5, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: March 4, 1963

 48 Charles-Émile Reynaud

Charles-Émile Reynaud
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Famous As: Draughtsperson, Photographer, Film director, Painter
Birthdate: December 8, 1844
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French
Died: January 9, 1918

 49 François-Marie Banier

François-Marie Banier
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French

 50 Valentine Monnier

Valentine Monnier
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French