Photographers

Photography is a profession that is highly creative, technical and immensely satisfying for those who put their souls into it. Photography literally means “drawing with light”, and that is what it is! Photographers create visual images traditionally by recording light on photographic film or electronically by means of an image sensor. Photographers work on a number of varied fields that include wedding photography, corporate photography, photo journalism, food photography, fashion photography, wildlife photography, and war photography. Professional photographers often specialize in one area and many of them work on a freelance basis or are self-employed. Many publishers, media houses, photographic agencies and corporate houses also employ photographers among their staff. Photographers have to plan the photography shoot, choose location and settings, experiment with different subjects and possess extensive technical knowledge about equipment like cameras, lenses, and software. A keen sense of aesthetics and an eye for detail is indispensable in this profession. Since photography is an ever evolving field, photographers have to keep themselves updated with the new developments in the industry. Photographers are creative artists who hold the power to move their viewers with their pictures which may convey far more than what words can express. Browse this section to learn more about the famous photographers who have marked the world with their artistic expressions.

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 1 Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon

Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon
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Listed In: Family Members
Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: March 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: January 13, 2017

From working as a photographer to becoming one of the members of the British royal family, Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon had an amazing journey. Despite being known for his marriage with Princess Margaret, he was also known for his philanthropy and charity work. He also co-designed the Snowdon Aviary, which is now part of the famous London Zoo.

 2 Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper
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Listed In: Actors, Directors
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: May 29, 2010

Dennis Hopper was an American actor, photographer, and filmmaker. His directorial film debut Easy Rider glorified the counterculture of the 1960s and became the cinematic symbol of counterculture, inspiring several youngsters. Also a photographer, Hopper’s photographs of the 1963 March on Washington were published. Hopper is also credited with influencing actress Amber Tamblyn whose father was one of his friends.

 3 Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: February 20, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 22, 1984

Ansel Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. Best known for capturing the beauty of the American West, Adams helped found the Group f/64. He also formulated a photographic technique called the Zone System, which helped photographers come up with clearer images. For his photographic work and advocacy for environmental conservation, Ansel Adams was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 4 Jason Lee

Jason Lee
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 5 Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll
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Listed In: Mathematicians
Famous As: Author, Mathematician and Photographer
Birthdate: January 27, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: January 14, 1898
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pseudonym, Lewis Carroll, is remembered for his iconic children’s fiction such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. He explored the genre of literary nonsense with his poems such as Jabberwocky. He was also a photographer, a mathematician, and an inventor.

 6 Dmitry Medvedev

Dmitry Medvedev
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Famous As: Jurist, Politician, Photographer, Blogger, Lawyer, Actor, Businessperson
Birthdate: September 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Russian

 7 Linda McCartney

Linda Louise McCartney
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Famous As: Photographer, Musician
Birthdate: September 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 17, 1998
Linda McCartney, the first wife of Paul McCartney, formed the band Wings with her husband, after the Beatles disbanded. An animal rights activist, she wrote several vegetarian cookbooks, apart from launching Linda McCartney Foods. She was also a skilled photographer and published a photo book. She died of breast cancer.  
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 8 Alexandra Hedison

Alexandra Hedison
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Listed In: Actresses, Directors
Famous As: Photographer, Actress, Director
Birthdate: July 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Alexandra Hedison is a renowned photographer and has exhibited her creations at numerous galleries, throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has also appeared in the series The L Word and Nash Bridges. Openly lesbian, she has dated Ellen DeGeneres in the past and is now married to Jodie Foster.

 9 Robert Clarence Irwin

Robert Clarence Irwin
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Listed In: TV Presenters
Famous As: Television Host & Wildlife Enthusiast
Birthdate: December 1, 2003
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian
Robert Irwin, the son of the late wildlife expert Steve Irwin and Terri Irwin, has also gained fame as the host of Robert's Real Life Adventures and co-hosted Wild But True. He is part of the series Crikey!, is a wildlife photographer, and has created a book series, too.

 10 Helena Christensen

Helena Christensen
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Listed In: Models
Famous As: Danish photographer
Birthdate: December 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Danish

Helena Christensen is a Danish photographer and supermodel. A former beauty queen, clothing designer, and Victoria's Secret Angel, Christensen has been featured on cover pages of magazines, such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Well-known for her philanthropic activities, Christensen has participated in campaigns to raise awareness about climate change. She has also launched fundraising campaigns to fight against breast cancer.

 11 Tasya van Ree

Tasya van Ree
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Listed In: Designers
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Tasya van Ree is a popular American painter and photographer, known for her keen interests in visual presentation and mixed media. Also known for her distinctive sense of fashion, Tasya believes that people become what they wear. An openly gay celebrity, she serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community. She has dated personalities like Amber Heard and Caroline Vreeland.

 12 Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz
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Famous As: Portrait Photographer
Birthdate: October 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Anna-Lou Leibovitz is an American portrait photographer whose career is defined by intimate photographs of celebrities, as exemplified by her famous portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, hours before the English musician’s murder. The Rolling Stone magazine provided the platform for her photographic talent during the early years of her career. She was involved in a controversy over an apparent topless photo of Miley Cyrus.

 13 Tipper Gore

Tipper Gore
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Famous As: Advocate
Birthdate: August 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 14 Kevin Carter

Kevin Carter
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: September 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: South African
Died: July 27, 1994

Kevin Carter was a South African photojournalist whose photograph titled the vulture and the little girl, which depicted the 1993 famine in Sudan, earned him the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 1994. Carter committed suicide in 1994 after suffering from depression. A book titled The Bang Bang Club, which was later made into a film, depicts his story.

 15 David Hockney

David Hockney
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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 9, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

Painter, photographer, printmaker, and stage designer David Hockney is best known for his works such as Portrait of an Artist, which became the most expensive piece of art by a living artist ever auctioned, at $90 million. His works have explored themes such as homosexuality. He has synesthesia, too.

 16 Francesca Hilton

Francesca Hilton
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Listed In: Actresses, Comedians
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: January 15, 2015

 17 Ann Curry

Ann Curry
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Listed In: Journalists
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 19, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Guamanian, American

 18 Linda Fiorentino

Linda Fiorentino
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Listed In: Actresses
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Linda Fiorentino is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Bridget Gregory in the 1994 neo-noir erotic thriller film The Last Seduction, for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination and won a couple of prestigious awards, including the New York Film Critics Circle Award.

 19 Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe
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Famous As: Photographer, Film director
Birthdate: November 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: March 9, 1989

 20 Austin Swift

Austin Swift
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Listed In: Actors
Famous As: Photographer, Actor
Birthdate: March 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Austin Swift is an American actor best known for playing important roles in films like We Summon the Darkness, for which he also served as a co-producer. The younger brother of Taylor Swift, Austin Swift followed in the footsteps of his sister to establish himself in the entertainment industry.

 21 Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: July 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 22 Josh Gates

Josh Gates
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Famous As: Explorer, Photographer
Birthdate: August 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 23 Berry Berenson

Berry Berenson
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Listed In: Actresses, Models
Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: September 11, 2001

 24 Gina Lollobrigida

Gina Lollobrigida
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Famous As: Actor, Photographer, Sculptor, Journalist
Birthdate: July 4, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian

 25 Cynthia Daniel

Cynthia Daniel
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Listed In: Models, Actresses
Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: March 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Cynthia Daniel is a photographer and former actress. The twin sister of Brittany Daniel, Cynthia followed in the footsteps of her sister to become an actress. However, she retired from acting in 1997 and chose to become a photographer, even as her twin sister Brittany Daniel continued to pursue acting.

 26 Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Chinese
Named Art Review’s most powerful artist in 2011, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has become a symbol of resilience against the authoritarian Chinese government. Jailed and banned from leaving the country once, he is known for using various media, such as sculpture, photos, and documentaries, to reflect Chinese human-rights abuses.

 27 Man Ray

Man Ray
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Famous As: Modernist Artist
Birthdate: August 27, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: November 18, 1976

Famous photographer, painter and filmmaker, Man Ray was the sole American who was a significant part of both the Dada and Surrealist movements. Despite his contributions in various artistic mediums, he is best remembered as a photographer who popularised solarisation and Rayographs techniques. He also made films including the Surrealist classic L’Étoile de mer and published his autobiography Self-Portrait.

 28 Koo Stark

Koo Stark
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Listed In: Actresses
Famous As: Actress, Photographer
Birthdate: April 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Renowned photographer Koo Stark has held numerous exhibitions. Her works have also been showcased at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has also been an actor and a model, and has been in the news for her relationship with Britain’s Prince Andrew. Stark is a cancer survivor. 

 29 Mary McCartney

Mary McCartney
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: August 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 30 Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: March 14, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: July 26, 1971

 31 Terry Richardson

Terry Richardson
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: August 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 32 Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders
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Listed In: Actors, Directors
Famous As: Film director, Actor, Photographer, Screenwriter, University teacher
Birthdate: August 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German

 33 Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 9, 1830
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: May 8, 1904

 34 Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: May 26, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: October 11, 1965

 35 Lance Gross

Lance Gross
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Listed In: Actors, Models
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 36 Hiam Abbass

Hiam Abbass
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Listed In: Actresses, Directors
Famous As: Actor, Film director, Photographer, Screenwriter, Film actor, Director
Birthdate: November 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French, Israeli

 37 Melissa Auf der Maur

Melissa Auf der Maur
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Photographer, Film producer, Musician, Blogger, Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Model, Record producer
Birthdate: March 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

 38 Kevyn Aucoin

Kevyn Aucoin
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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Make-up artist, Photographer, Businessperson
Birthdate: February 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 7, 2002

 39 Barret Oliver

Barret Oliver
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Listed In: Child Actors
Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: August 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 40 Minnie Weisz

Minnie Weisz
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: British

 41 Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman
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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Photographer, Film director
Birthdate: January 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 42 Chris Owen

Chris Owen
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Listed In: Actors, Child Actors
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 43 Robert Capa

Robert Capa
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: October 22, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: May 25, 1954

Robert Capa was a Hungarian-American photojournalist and war photographer. Regarded as the greatest adventure and combat photographer of all time, Robert Capa is best remembered for covering five major wars, namely Second Sino-Japanese War, Spanish Civil War, World War II, First Indochina War, and the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. In 1947, he was honored with the prestigious Medal of Freedom.

 44 Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson
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Listed In: Artists
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. 

 45 iO Tillett Wright

iO Tillett Wright
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: September 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 46 Russ Meyer

Russ Meyer
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: March 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: September 18, 2004

 47 Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: February 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 21, 2009

 48 Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy
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Listed In: Sculptors
Famous As: Sculptor & Photographer
Birthdate: July 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 49 Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami
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Listed In: Poets, Directors
Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Photographer, Film producer, Poet, Film editor
Birthdate: June 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Iranian
Died: July 4, 2016

 50 David LaChapelle

David LaChapelle
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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: March 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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