Portrait Photographers

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Portrait photographers capture the personality of a person or group of people by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses. Know about famous portrait photographers, such as Vivian Maier, Amanda de Cadenet, Mathew Brady, Aaron Ruell, Yousuf Karsh and many more.
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Annie Leibovitz
(Portrait Photographer Who is Known for Her Engaging Portraits of Celebrities in Intimate Settings)
Annie Leibovitz
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Birthdate: October 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

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.

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Robert Mapplethorpe
(American Photographer Best Known for His Black-And-White Photographs)
Robert Mapplethorpe
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Birthdate: November 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Floral Park, New York, United States
Died: March 9, 1989

Best known for his black and white photographs, Robert Mapplethorpe chose homoerotic themes to express himself. His male nudes reflected the gay BDSM subculture of New York. His works also included flowers, still lifes, and portraits of celebrities. The gay photographer-artist eventually died of aids.

Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon
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Birthdate: March 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belgravia
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.

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Melissa Auf der Maur
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Birthdate: March 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Amanda de Cadenet
(Photographer, Actress and Television Presenter)
Amanda de Cadenet
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Birthdate: May 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England

Amanda de Cadenet is an English author, photographer, and media personality. As a photographer, De Cadenet has worked for popular magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Jane, and Spin. Amanda de Cadenet has also appeared in a couple of films like Grace of My Heart and The Rachel Papers.

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Cecil Beaton
(Photographer)
Cecil Beaton
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Birthdate: January 14, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
Died: January 18, 1980

Cecil Beaton was a British war, portrait, and fashion photographer. A multi-talented personality, Beaton is also known for his work as a painter, diarist, interior designer, and costume designer. Cecil Beaton worked with popular publications like Vogue before becoming a leading war photographer. His work as a costume designer for the theatre and films earned him Oscars and Tony Awards.  

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iO Tillett Wright
(Photographer and Activist Well Known as the Co-host of MTV Documentary Series 'Suspect')
iO Tillett Wright
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Birthdate: September 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

iO Tillett Wright is an American photographer, author, activist, TV and podcast host. He is credited with founding the now-defunct international street art magazine Overspray for which he served as the editor-in-chief until 2009. His podcast The Ballad Of Billy Balls was counted among the best of 2019 and was considered for television development.

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Mathew Brady
(One of the Earliest Photographers in American History)
Mathew Brady
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Birthdate: May 18, 1822
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Warren County, New York, United States
Died: January 15, 1896

Mathew Brady was an American photographer who captured the American Civil War through his lenses. One of the earliest photographers in the history of the US, Brady is credited with taking pictures of prominent personalities like Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley, and Andrew Jackson. Dubbed the father of photojournalism, Mathew Brady was the most renowned American photographer during the 19th century.   

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Aaron Ruell
(Director)
Aaron Ruell
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Birthdate: June 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fresno, California, United States
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Lewis Hine
(American Sociologist and Muckraker Photographer Best Known for the Documentary Images of Child Labor Practices)
Lewis Hine
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Birthdate: September 26, 1874
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States
Died: November 3, 1940

Lewis Hine was an American photographer and sociologist. Hine's photographs played a key role in the passage of the child labor laws in the USA. He worked with non-profit organizations like Russell Sage Foundation and National Child Labor Committee and captured the plight of several child laborers in the steel-making districts. These photographs helped enact the first child labor laws.

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Sylvia Plachy
(Hungarian-American Photographer Best Known for Weekly Pictures in 'The Village Voice')
Sylvia Plachy
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Birthdate: May 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Born in Hungary, Sylvia Plachy fled to the US with her family after the Hungarian Revolution. Now a renowned photographer, she is mainly known for her stint with the US newsweekly The Village Voice. A Guggenheim fellow and a Lucie Award winner, she is also the mother of Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody.

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Yousuf Karsh
(Photographer)
Yousuf Karsh
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Birthdate: December 23, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mardin, Turkey
Died: July 13, 2002
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Walker Evans
(Photographer and Photojournalist best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression)
Walker Evans
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Birthdate: November 3, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 10, 1975
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Brassaï
(Photographer, Artist and Writer Known for His Dramatic Photographs of Paris at Night)
Brassaï
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Birthdate: September 9, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brașov, Romania
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.

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Tina Modotti
(Photographer Known for Her Symbolic Close-Ups and Images of Mexican Workers)
Tina Modotti
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Birthdate: August 17, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Udine, Italy
Died: January 5, 1942

Italian-American photographer Tina Modotti was the daughter of migrant laborers in Austria. She later worked in a textile factory in Italy, before moving to the U.S., where she acted in Italian theater. Initially excelling in still lifes and portraits, she later gained fame for her signature close-ups of Mexican workers.

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Shanna Besson
(Actress)
Shanna Besson
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Birthdate: January 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

Shanna Besson is a French photographer and actress who started her acting career at age 10 when she played a girl forced into acting by her mother in I'm an Actress, which marked the directorial debut of Besson's mother Maïwenn. Besson later established a career in film-making, working with her parents as a still photographer in films like Taken 2.

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Duane Michals
(Photographer Known for Innovative Use of Photo-Sequences)
Duane Michals
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Birthdate: February 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: United States
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James Van Der Zee
(Photographer)
James Van Der Zee
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Birthdate: June 29, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lenox, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 15, 1983
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Marian Hooper Adams
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Birthdate: September 13, 1843
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 6, 1885
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Malick Sidibé
(Photographer)
Malick Sidibé
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Birthdate: 1935 AD
Birthplace: Soloba, Mali
Died: April 14, 2016
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Martine Franck
(Photographer)
Martine Franck
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Birthdate: April 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: August 16, 2012
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Willy Ronis
(French photographer)
Willy Ronis
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Birthdate: August 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 12, 2009
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Erich Salomon
(German News Photographer Known for His Pictures in the Diplomatic and Legal Professions)
Erich Salomon
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Birthdate: April 28, 1886
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: July 7, 1944

Erich Salomon was a German news photographer remembered for his pictures in the legal profession. Salomon is also remembered for the methods that he used to acquire his photographs. Many of his pictures were taken by concealing the camera in his hat. He is one of two persons to have captured a session of the Supreme Court of the US.

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Carlo Dolci
(Painter)
Carlo Dolci
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Birthdate: May 25, 1616
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: January 17, 1686
André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri
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Birthdate: March 28, 1819
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 4, 1889
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Charles Nègre
(Photographer)
Charles Nègre
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Birthdate: May 9, 1820
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Grasse, France
Died: January 16, 1880
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Lotte Jacobi
(Photographer)
Lotte Jacobi
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Birthdate: August 17, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Torun, Poland
Died: May 6, 1990

Lotte Jacobi was a photojournalist and portrait photographer. She was trained at the Bavarian State Academy of Photography and was famous for her high-contrast black-and-white portrait photography. Her subjects were both common people and high-profile figures, and she tended to delve deeper into the traits of her subjects than in traditional portraiture. She was married to publisher Erich Reiss.  

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Heinz Schubert
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Birthdate: November 12, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: February 12, 1999
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Samuel Fosso
(Photographer)
Samuel Fosso
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Birthdate: July 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kumba, Cameroon
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Mariana Yampolsky
(Photographer)
Mariana Yampolsky
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Birthdate: September 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 3, 2002
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Horacio Coppola
(Photographer)
Horacio Coppola
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Birthdate: July 31, 1906
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: June 18, 2012
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Humphrey Spender
(Photographer)
Humphrey Spender
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Birthdate: April 19, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 11, 2005

Humphrey Spender was an English painter, photographer, and designer best remembered for his commercial photography. Spender worked for popular publications like The Daily Mirror and Harper's Bazaar. With the advent of the Second World War, Humphrey Spender also served as an official war photographer and was associated with the Royal Army Service Corps.

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Otto Steinert
(Photographer)
Otto Steinert
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Birthdate: July 12, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saarbrücken, Germany
Died: March 3, 1978

Otto Steinert was a German photographer. He is credited with co-founding an avant-garde photography group called Fotoform. Apart from being a photographer, Steinert also worked as a teacher. He taught at the Folkwang Hochschule school in Essen from 1959 until his death in 1978.

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Jerome Liebling
(Photographer)
Jerome Liebling
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Birthdate: April 16, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: July 27, 2011
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Ellen Auerbach
(Photographer)
Ellen Auerbach
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Birthdate: May 20, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Karlsruhe, Germany
Died: July 30, 2004

Ellen Auerbach was a photographer best remembered for her work with the ringl+pit studio in Berlin, which she co-founded with Argentine photographer Grete Stern. The studio, which specialized in fashion, advertising, and portrait photography, was one of the first female-run photographic businesses in the world. 

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Bob Willoughby
(Photographer)
Bob Willoughby
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Birthdate: June 30, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: December 18, 2009
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Pia Arke
(Remembered for her self-portraits and landscape photographs of Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland))
Pia Arke
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Birthdate: September 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
Died: April 30, 2007

Pia Arke was a Danish visual artist, photographer, and writer. She is best remembered for creating her own life-size camera obscura which she used to photograph the landscapes of Greenland. Pia Arke is often counted among the most prominent postcolonial critics of the Nordic region.

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Hugo Erfurth
(Photographer)
Hugo Erfurth
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Birthdate: October 14, 1874
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Halle, Germany
Died: February 14, 1948

Hugo Erfurth was a German photographer best remembered for his portraits of cultural figures and celebrities of the early-20th century. He is credited with co-founding an exhibiting group called Gesellschaft Deutscher Lichtbildner, where he played a major role in the development of the group.

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Bob Fitch
(Photographer)
Bob Fitch
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Birthdate: July 20, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: April 29, 2016
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Kurt Iswarienko
(Photographer)
Kurt Iswarienko
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Birthdate: June 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
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Brendan North
(Photographer)
Brendan North
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Birthdate: November 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
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