We’re not the only ones talking about the importance of photography, as it’s been done many times in much nicer words than we are capable of. However, you know us – we always try to pay tribute where it’s due and show our appreciation in the way we know best. And it’s usually a list of images. This one, however, is a bit different from the others. Here you can meet the people behind the camera, whose works have gone down in history and, at times, even changed the way we see things. Here is our list dedicated to the most famous photographers of all time, and who knows, it might even be the first time you put their names on faces!
From the most famous landscape photographers, like Ansel Adams, to famous portrait photographers, like Annie Leibovitz, you will meet all the world famous artists in this list. We’ve gone so far as to add one of their beautiful photos alongside their portraits, to make this list even more impactful for those trying to learn more about the world of photography. And once you’ve seen (or revisited) their works, you’ll understand why these men and women are named top photographers. Their stunning images truly enrich the world around us with these moments in time captured in perfect stillness for us to analyze and absorb. Here we promised not to talk about the importance and beauty of photography at the very beginning of this text, and Look at us now.
Either way, ready to put the faces next to the names of some of history’s most famous photographers? Of course you are, and we’re just as eager as you to see who you think is the best or most important of all! How will we know? Simple – just give your vote to the famous photographer you think deserves to be at the top of this list.
Emmanuel Radnitsky (1890 – 1976) was born in Philadelphia, grew up in New Jersey and began his work as a professional artist in 1910 in New York. After two years there, he began signing his name as Man Ray, although his last name was not changed until the 1920s. He learned photography only to be able to recreate his own works of art, which included paintings and mixed media.
The iconic painting by Dorothea Lange (1895 – 1965) known as Migrant mother is forever cemented in our minds as the image describing the Great Depression. It is truly one of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century. However, when you know that Dorothea suffered from polio as a child, which left its mark even into adulthood, you begin to understand where she got the ability to connect with her photographic subjects from on a level so deep. Her empathy and deep connection are among the traits that have made her one of the most celebrated portrait photographers of all time.
Edward Henry Weston (1886 – 1958) is considered one of the most innovative, inventive and influential American photographers of the 20th century. Throughout his 40 years of active photography he has encompassed a wide variety of subjects like portraits, landscapes, nudes, still lifes, genres and even parodies.
Jacques Henri-Lartigue (1894 – 1986) was a French photographer who had to wait most of his life before becoming a renowned artist. In fact, he was 69 when he first presented a collection of his photographs at MoMa! However, he got his first camera when he was eight years old, so by the time of his show he had already collected thousands of priceless images from sporting events, car races, family vacations , the life around him and, above all, the life of his brother. crazy inventions.
Ansel Adams (1902 – 1984) was a landscape photographer best known for his black and white photographs of the American West. He was also one of the founding fathers of the f/64 group – an alliance of photographers who wanted to create “pure” photographic art that was enhanced by sharp focus and full tonal variety in an image. Adams has also been a lifelong supporter of environmental protection, and this cause has always been tangible in his work.
Eliot Porter (1901 – 1990) was a biologist by vocation, but wildlife photography has always been his true calling. After the success of his 1938 exhibition, Porter pursued wildlife photography full-time and began experimenting with Eastman Kodak’s dye transfer method for color images. This greatly influenced his work, even changing the way he took his images.
Walker Evans (1903 – 1975) was best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration, where he captured the impact of the Great Depression on people. His use of a large format camera made his images almost lifelike and aligned with his goals of creating “literate, authoritative and sublime” images. Evans’ images captured and documented the true face of the Great Depression so powerfully that you can still feel the gloom of the times watching them today.
The turbulent upbringing and moving life of Robert Capa (1913 – 1954) may have been one of the factors that prompted him to document life’s fleeting moments. Capa’s most important works were taken during the five wars he documented for publication in various magazines and newspapers. In fact, Capa risked his life many times to take the best shots, including when he decided to go to D-Day at Omaha Beach as the only amateur photographer. After the war ended, Robert went to co-found the Magnum Photo agency in Paris, which was the first agency to represent freelance photographers.
Robert Doisneau (1912 – 1994), a Parisian from a bourgeois family in Gentilly, had an insatiable attraction for the arts from an early age. So, naturally, he turned to photography and in 1934, he landed his first job as an industrial photographer in a Renault factory. However, it didn’t last long and he was fired for being late. Despite this and the onset of World War II, Mr. Doisneau continued to work as a freelance photographer, amassing a vast collection of incredibly detailed and powerful photographs.
Annie Leibovitz (1949 – Present) is probably one of the best known photographers of this era. She began her career as a photographer for the legendary Rolling Stone magazine and worked there for ten years, before embarking on other photographic projects. To capture the perfect image, Leibovitz uses special light arrangements that produce that signature understated, almost impressionistic look.