Famous Photographers: Who are Your Favorites?

Famous Photographers: Who are Your Favorites?


Who is your Favourite Famous Photographer?

One of the things I love about the time in which we live is that its so easy to find a great array of great photographers by searching the web (says the guy who just spent 3 hours surfing photo blog after photo blog). I love discovering photographers that I’ve never heard of before but another source of inspiration for me is looking at the work of famous photographers from the last century or so.

I know I’m not alone in my love for some of these famous photographers – so thought it might make an interesting question to ask – who is your favourite famous photographer?

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson?
  • Lou Bernstein?
  • Ansell Adams?
  • Imogen Cunningham?
  • Annie Leibovitz?

The list goes on and on and we’d love to hear your nomination!

Once you’ve nominated your famous photographer please also give us a reason or two for why you like them?

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • bill merritt July 5, 2013 11:23 am

    I would recognize James Nachtwey. Although known as a war photographer, his photos of the civilians fallen victims to the inhumanity forced upon the innocents will be imbedded in history. From Kosovo, Rwanda,Vietnam, his images stand as reminders of the base level of modern civilization.

  • Kevin Rodgers July 3, 2013 09:43 am

    Came across this page by accident and realise that its a long time since anybody has left a comment .....I did start to read a fair few comments but decided l would be here all night if I carried on. I did notice many famous and not so famous names and l do like the work of many of the Photographers mentioned ........but my vote would have to go to ...... Don McCullin ...... in his early days his work was constantly in the broadsheets and Sunday Suppliments and his work is not only reknowned throughout the world but also respected by the World Press ....... if l had only one shot remembered or liked in the way so many of his iconic pictures have been remembered ..... then l would be happy ..........

  • Cindy Brown | Atlanta Wedding Photojournalist November 30, 2011 02:29 pm

    I'm partial to Helen Levitt

  • Susan Stanley November 9, 2011 12:33 pm

    Milton Rogovin put a face on the faceless poor. His mantra, "The Rich Have Their Own Photographers". The images of Mr. Rogovin ALWAYS stop me in my tracks.

  • Heather November 6, 2011 01:05 am

    Tim Flach. For the most creative and unique photographs of animals. And what I can only imagine is his amazing patience to get those photos!

  • Shue November 5, 2011 11:42 am

    My choice (for black and white landscapes) is Michael Kenna. The composition seems so spare and minimalistic, because his real subject is the light.


  • Dmackey October 11, 2011 09:47 pm

    Ansel Adams hands down, his ability to see beauty in black in white is inspiring,
    Today:Ryan Brenizer..wedding photographer..he is a natural talent, his creative images and lighting techniiques. I cant get enought of him.
    Portrait:Karsh hands down.
    Galen Powel takes my breath away

  • Lee September 29, 2011 12:38 pm

    I have met Joe McNally (he is a very nice man) ,I am reading "captured" by Moose peterson which I learn some really cool tips from but he is to busy to answer his emails but my favorite is Ansel Adams ..I just really like his Black & White landscapes.

  • joshua tompkins September 23, 2011 04:28 pm

    Marcus Adamus,because he catches the beauty and drama of all he captures in his lens. I find most of his images so tranquil and soreen.

  • Paul September 18, 2011 07:56 am

    Joe McNally

  • sina m September 16, 2011 01:00 am

    I vote for Sally Mann. specially her earlier work and the one of the greatest photo book of all time: "Immediate Family"

  • Chiraag Shah September 14, 2011 06:42 pm

    Nick Brandt - amazing black and white wildlife photographer, check out his website...

  • Colin Mountford September 14, 2011 04:24 pm

    I believe Dorothea Lange deserves to be nominated for her photos showing the great American depression, her photos stood out and rang alarm bells to the American public. She was a documentary photographer, her work during 1935 to 1939 showed the plight of the poor. Her most famous photo was called the Migrant Mother. Some of her photos of Asian and Japanese children were so controversial that the US army actually impounded them. Her work earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship which she handed back later. More information can be found on Dorothea Lange on Wikipedia.

  • Franko September 14, 2011 11:54 am

    Vivian Maier


  • Bob Melnyk September 14, 2011 05:32 am

    I'd like to nominate Mike Grandmasion. Mike lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is a perfect role model for me. His photography interests and mine are close to a mirror image and their is so much I can learn from him. I've had the opportunity to recently take a course with Mike and would jump at the chance to join him again. For those not familiar with Mike Grandmasion he has a wonderful web site worth exploring.

  • Terry September 14, 2011 05:10 am

    Robert Maplethorpe and Henri Cartier Bresson for the twentieth century. Silicon valley for the twenty first!

  • Glenn Runyan September 14, 2011 02:54 am

    You must add Alfred Stieglitz to the list. Before automobiles were common, before SLRs were invented, before color film, he used a range finder that produced images that are classics today. Being married to Georgia O'Keefe (it took six years to divorce his first wife) was not a bad stimulus, either.

  • Jerry D. Brown September 14, 2011 01:52 am

    Eugene Smith would be at top of my favorite photographers. His dark B&Ws have always invoked emotions not found a lot in todays photography.

  • pintolaranja September 13, 2011 06:48 pm

    I love Yann Arthus Bertrand's work.
    I am a landscape photography fan and this man does amazing work with the added value of being connected to environmental concerns.

    I'm a curious about Ansel Adams and, of course at a totally different level, about Annie Leibovitz work. Annie sends a deep emotional perspective and connection with the peron in the portrait. So, not being such a fan of portraits, she still managed to get to me :)

  • Kim September 13, 2011 03:23 am

    Henri Cartier-Bresson without a doubt.

  • Larry Blake September 13, 2011 02:41 am

    I would like to nominate for my favorite phoitographers as David Ziser and Monte Zucker. They both have given so much the industry and both have created some of the mast beautiful classical images of all time.


  • helil September 12, 2011 11:34 pm

    Araquem Alcantara is the name for nature photography in Brazil, having covered beautifully all of the country's national parks - that's not a small task. As for urban photography, I love the work of Cristiano Mascaro.

  • yzzilyzzid September 12, 2011 10:54 pm

    Without a doubt, Dorothea Lange.

  • Thorsten September 12, 2011 06:30 pm

    August Sander, see

  • Paul Livingston September 12, 2011 06:20 pm

    E. O. Hoppé (1878-1972) German born English photographer travelled the US in the 1920s and Australia in the 1930. His Modernist photography is said to have influenced Walker Evans, Edward Watson and Ansel Adams.

  • shantharaju September 12, 2011 04:47 pm

    I vote for selgado. his works on African countries are just amazing. of course I can't enjoy the pain of characters in his pictures. but definitely his portraits hit anyone even though there are least sensitive. its his consistent search for perfect story telling faces which makes his pictures amazing...

  • mort linder September 12, 2011 01:34 pm

    she is not famous , and was just actually discovered . as a street photographer she has a wonderful intuitive
    sense , and a great eye . i have not been so impressed with someone's work in a long time . look up
    Vivian Maier on google .

  • Ed Liphart September 12, 2011 01:07 pm

    O Winston Link . Hands down the master of flash photography in the 1950's Superb daylight photos also,probably best known for his work photographing the Norfolk Western railroad in their departure from steam.

  • Marv Higging September 12, 2011 10:34 am

    Gordon Parks, Gordon had no formal training but he had the eye and the determination to succeed. He struggled against all odds being black in the thirties, forties and on. He was the first black photographer for Life and the Farm Administration. Not only did he shoot well but authored many books both photo and non-fiction, screen plays, composed much music. Read his book "A Choice of Weapons & The Learning Tree" to know about him.

  • Luis Matias September 12, 2011 06:03 am

    My vote goes to
    - Black & white - Ansel Adams >>>> http://www.anseladams.com/
    - Color - Galen Rowell >>>> http://www.mountainlight.com/

  • Erik B. Olsen September 12, 2011 05:27 am

    Gordon Parks (http://www.gordonparksfoundation.org/about.html) and Francis Wolff (http://www.mosaicrecords.com/francis_wolff.asp)

  • George September 12, 2011 05:02 am

    Alexey Titarenko
    for his long exposures. :)

  • Ruvin de Silva September 12, 2011 04:30 am

    I love Deshan Tennekoon's offbeat style http://deshan.wordpress.com

  • Aleta September 11, 2011 03:46 pm

    Edward S. Curtis - in spite of some controversy, he documented ways of life that no longer exist and did it with humanity and respect.

    Arthur Stieglitz - for his belief that "photography was a medium as capable of artistic expression as painting or sculpture. " (Source: Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946) and American Photography | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

    Ansel Adams - landscapes, light, and amazing use of black & white

    Galen Rowell - light, color and an incredible vision of the Eastern Sierra

  • Amy Graham September 11, 2011 01:13 pm

    My favorite is William Klien, he is so great at photographing people and his photos never get boring to me.


  • Tenterden September 11, 2011 10:51 am

    Among my favourites are:

    Raymond Kleboe, classic photojournalist, Picture Post magazine, UK, post-WWII. Some of his pictures are viewable at http://www.getty.com.

    Martin Parr, always quirky

    "Bailey", (David Royston Bailey CBE), fashion and the famous and more

    Tony Mott, rock'n'roll

    And I've just seen an exhibition of HCB in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. His works remains stunning.

    And on the same day, same city, I saw selections from Man Ray, often mesmerising.

  • Ruth September 11, 2011 08:48 am

    I love the work of Ansell Adams

  • Robin Stone September 11, 2011 07:39 am

    Edward Weston - he was the first professional photographer I was exposed to. I was fascinated with the black and white shots of peppers, how they were more about light, shadow and shape. I knew then that I wanted to use a camera to see things differently and to capture those images.

  • Scott Wyden Kivowitz September 11, 2011 05:37 am

    Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander & Ansel Adams

  • Cirripedia September 11, 2011 03:11 am

    Eliot Porter
    I thoroughly enjoy Ansel Adams work and am constantly inspired by it. However, Eliot Porter was the consummate scientific/landscape photographer that achieved an artistic presentation through the use of color. Mr. Porter's landscape work is often overlooked due to the dominance of Ansel Adams. But if you view his work, you will see a shared respect for the environment that Ansel Adams often captured in his images.

  • Paul Shanley September 11, 2011 02:33 am

    Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky A pioneer in photography his early work with color and his genius at composing landscape and portrait photos

  • Jan Holland September 10, 2011 11:29 pm

    Definately Chema Madoz. Look for yourself


    no. 2 Desiree Dolron


    Willy Ronis end Ansel Adams

  • Ann September 10, 2011 10:04 pm

    My favorite photographer is Dorothea Lange. Her portraits of people of the 30's speak for themselves

  • Chris Adval September 10, 2011 07:22 pm

    Lee South because he creates fantastic portraits but his niche is he works within the pro wrestling industry and I'm a somewhat a huge fan of pro wrestling (just TNA, which Lee South works for).

    Mark Wallace because he's very passionate about teaching others photography, he also has great technical skills in model photography.

  • Erika September 10, 2011 05:09 pm

    I have many! :) but to mention some I'd say Dirk Mai and Natalie Kucken. :D

  • Morag McIntyre September 10, 2011 03:49 pm

    I love David Peat's work. He is an award-winning, Scotland-based TV Producer, Director, Cameraman and Stills Photographer.

  • Jared September 10, 2011 01:51 pm

    Henri Cartier-Bresson is my favorite photographer lol. I just returned from 6 weeks in Europe and made sure to stop by the HCB Foundation gallery.

    Eugene Smith's work is amazing and really cuts deep.

    I love Robert Frank's work and just got an old copy of 'The Americans' with into by Jack Kerouac.

    Paul Strand is a huge influence...

    Werner Bischof...I could keep going.

    - Jared Burton

  • Kcritt September 10, 2011 01:50 pm

    Anne Geddes of course! Im surprised no one has mentioned her. She started the baby craze for me!

  • silva September 10, 2011 01:03 pm

    Margaret Bourke-White for pure talent and excellence with elements and principles of composition
    Bill Brandt for mood and technical brilliance
    Arthur Morris for bird photography
    Art Wolf for wildlife generally and Richard Ettlinger for birds in flight

  • Hugh Kimura September 10, 2011 10:36 am

    Oh, I forgot another one....

    William Klein - his street photo stuff, not the fashion stuff. "Broadway and 103rd" - one of the best photos ever.

  • Hugh Kimura September 10, 2011 10:30 am

    Michael Kenna - There is so much emotion in pictures that contain so little.

    I also like Natsumi Hayashi. Her photos may be considered trendy, but she achieves amazing effects without Photoshop.

  • Marilyn Armstrong September 10, 2011 09:03 am

    I apologize for the duplication. The page just hung. I thought it hadn't gone because it appeared not to have finished. I apologize. This has happened before, but I suppose it'\s going to happen again anyhow. Sorry.

  • Anastasiya September 10, 2011 09:01 am

    I love Erin Vey for her always fresh ideas and colors.
    and also Helene Dujardin - for tasty fresh look and lights

  • Marilyn Armstrong September 10, 2011 09:00 am

    Alfred Eisenstadt.

    I didn't merely admire his work. I actually learned how to take pictures from him, albeit indirectly. We were staying at the Menemsha Inn on Martha's Vineyard,where Mr. Eisenstadt, (known to one and all as "Eisie") stayed each summer. His books, full of pictures taken on the Vineyard, were everywhere. I looked at the pictures, then searched out where he took them. I did my best to duplicate how he framed each shot. I found where he'd stood or crouched to get the particular perspective. It was a course in landscape photography from a master ... minus the master. Years later I actually did get to know him. He was very old by then, well into his 90s and he couldn't remember whether or not he'd had lunch, much less what he'd eaten .... but he could remember every picture he'd ever taken. He knew what film he'd used, what the exposure was, what he was thinking when he snapped the shutter. Listening to him and getting to know him for those few last years of his life was a rare privilege ... and an inspiration for the rest of my life.

  • Marilyn Armstrong September 10, 2011 09:00 am

    Alred Eisenstadt.

    I didn't merely admire his work. I actually learned how to take pictures from him, albeit indirectly. We were staying at the Menemsha Inn on Martha's Vineyard,where Mr. Eisenstadt, (known to one and all as "Eisie") stayed each summer. His books, full of pictures taken on the Vineyard, were everywhere. I looked at the pictures, then searched out where he took them. I did my best to duplicate how he framed each shot. I found where he'd stood or crouched to get the particular perspective. It was a course in landscape photography from a master ... minus the master. Years later I actually did get to know him. He was very old by then, well into his 90s and he couldn't remember whether or not he'd had lunch, much less what he'd eaten .... but he could remember every picture he'd ever taken. He knew what film he'd used, what the exposure was, what he was thinking when he snapped the shutter. Listening to him and getting to know him for those few last years of his life was a rare privilege ... and an inspiration for the rest of my life.

  • Web-Betty September 10, 2011 08:10 am

    I've always loved the work of Sally Mann. I find her pictures to be thought provoking, and technical. Her use of light and silhouette makes for very interesting and emotional photos.

  • Brett September 10, 2011 05:40 am

    Thomas Mangelsen. His images inspired me during the early stages of my photography.

  • Maria Schnell September 10, 2011 02:58 am

    I haven't really thought about a favorite photographer, but I do have a funny story concerning Ansel Adams.

    When my maternal grandfather died, Grandma gave his 1955 Leica rangefinder (I think the F3) to my dad, even though she had four sons and two other sons-in-law. I always told other photographers that the Leica was wasted on Dad, who once picked up a calendar of Ansel Adams photographs and said "Gee, these are nice. Too bad they're not in color." The rest of the family spent 20 or 30 years snickering at him behind his back.

    Recently, I started reading some of Adams' books. In one of them, he commented "Although I like this photograph as a black and white image, I believe it would be more effective in color." I apologized to Dad and told him that he had the last laugh; Adams AGREED with him. I also gave him "Ansel Adams in Color" for his birthday.

  • Marianne September 10, 2011 02:12 am

    Jeremy Cowart. He captures personalities. Also, his charitable work is phenomenal.

  • Becky Booth September 10, 2011 02:02 am

    I have two favorite photographers who have inspired me with their pictures, their techniques and even their life stories;

    Margarete Bourke-White - for her skill and determination to get 'that' shot, even at the risk of her own safety, she believed that no assignment or picture was unimportant and was the first female war correspondent in WW2.

    Ernst Haas - he started as a medical student before he found his calling, his photos produce a benchmark for me to aim at (as well as envy!) and are truly magnificent

  • peterk September 10, 2011 01:47 am

    David Noton, Guy Tal, Alain Briot.

  • Michael Minick September 10, 2011 12:53 am

    My favorite is Benjamin Kanarek www.benjaminkanarekblog.com

    I'm a very easily influenced fellow and I admire his sense of lighting and story so I try very hard NOT to look at his work very often. He scares me (artistically)

  • Karen September 10, 2011 12:49 am

    I do love the old time Hollywood portrait photographers, like George Hurrell and Clarence Sinclair Bull. Not only was it the eye for the portrait but it was also the handwork afterwards. Mark Viera, who studied with Hurrell and is the keeper of his flame, still does it to this day! My other favorites are Manray, who used his work to express his feelings and Anton Corjbin, who's use of color, shadows and portraiture is just beautiful.

  • Eduardo September 10, 2011 12:48 am

    Francesc Català-Roca

    One of the most influential photograpers from Spain on the 30's on forward.

  • tim mcc September 9, 2011 11:51 pm

    ansel adams and dianne arbus are my two favorites. their pictures still inspire me today.

  • John McArthur September 9, 2011 10:56 pm

    Thanks to Thomas Leal for pointing out Sebastiao Salgado.

    He is now one of my favorites. Incredible work and very inspiring.

  • Andrew Wilkin September 9, 2011 10:36 pm

    Has to be Bert Hardy for me, for all his work in Picture Post in the 1940's and 50's and then the advertising work following that. Google him!

  • Eric Rhode September 9, 2011 08:12 pm

    Favourite photographers. Pascal Meunier. Just look at his website. He is a poet of forgotten places in the Middle East.
    Sugimoto is good too - in his horizon pictures. The Met in NY has one.

  • les rigby September 9, 2011 08:11 pm

    Monty Zucker for wedding and portrait,

  • Ruth M September 9, 2011 06:53 pm

    My current favourite photographer is Richard Bryant.
    1. He captures light and space to enable us to feel the depth and spatial qualities of a building or place.
    2. He has the ability to see an abstract art image in a seemingly mundane location.


  • Fuzzypiggy September 9, 2011 06:12 pm

    Moose Peterson, David Noton, WeeGee, Alexander Rodchecnko, Winogrand, Eggleston, Martin Parr and Dorothea Lange.

    All have their strengths in different areas but all shoot/shot honest shots that come from the heart, you can feel that even though it's a job, it's still their number one passion in life.

    Migrant Mother (1936) by Dorothea Lange has to be one of my all time favourite pictures.

  • Radley September 9, 2011 06:04 pm

    Ansel Adams - master of black & white

  • Jamie September 9, 2011 05:34 pm

    For me its Ragnar Axelsson

  • Shanny September 9, 2011 04:02 pm

    Alfred Eisenstaedt.

    He's a genius in dealing with light.

    And he didn't set up scenes, he just captured the stunning moments of the real life.

  • Cristina September 9, 2011 03:31 pm

    David LaChapelle

  • Christina Santiago September 9, 2011 03:20 pm

    Scott Robert Lim http://scottrobertgallery.com/site_html/index.html
    CM Leung II http://www.facebook.com/CMLeungGallery

  • Jim Yex September 9, 2011 02:33 pm

    Gene Smith - my inspiration for more than thirty-five years. My goal has always been to achieve the same level of passion in my photography as his.

  • KT September 9, 2011 01:50 pm

    Max Dupain. Cecil Beaton.

  • Sheila R September 9, 2011 01:45 pm

    Imogen Cunningham - first and foremost. Part of f64 with Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. As good as them, but isn't as well known (because she's a woman??) She and Dorothea Lange were friends for decades.
    Annie Leibovitz - creativity is her middle name
    Ansel Adams - documenting Yellowstone like no one else
    Clyde Butcher - doing the same in the Everglades

  • Russ September 9, 2011 01:28 pm

    William Albert Allard, a free lance and some-time (in the past) Nat'l Geo photographer. His images are frame-filling, dynamic, eye-popping, and tell a meaningful story. His characters are full of dignity and the composition of his photos is always artistic as well as thematic. He primarily photographs people.at work & play.

  • Canonfan September 9, 2011 01:14 pm

    Freeman Patterson
    David Alan Harvey

  • George D. Snow September 9, 2011 12:45 pm

    I'm quite surprised that no one mentioned W. Eugene Smith, one of the greatest photojournalists that ever lived! His photo essays in Life Magazine through the years, his coverage of several wars, almost being killed in Indo-China , His book, "Minamata", about the mercury poisoning of a Japanese village by industrial waste. He photographed what he felt and the moods of those involved in the situations. And no one could print black and white with the expertise and quality that he did to preserve those moods!
    This is one of the best sites online for quality photo information that I've seen! Keep it up!

  • Jim Buckley September 9, 2011 12:34 pm

    Ansel Adams: The landscapes are what got me involved in photography. Some of his shots are other-worldly.

  • Gary September 9, 2011 12:32 pm

    Galen Rowell --
    Wonderful in creativity, athleticism, and the art of everything on photography. Peace to him and his family. I still miss him.

  • Randy331 September 9, 2011 12:27 pm

    I've been an admirer of W. Eugene Smith's work for many years. His photo essay on Minimata in 1972 may be one of the more important photo essays of the 20th century. His image of 'Tomoko in the bath' is powerful and heart-rending, even 40+ years after he made it.

  • Sean F September 9, 2011 12:25 pm

    For landscapes Ansel Adams
    For everything else Joe McNally

  • David D. September 9, 2011 11:53 am

    My favorites change over time. Ansel Adams was my favorite for years, but now I find that I really appreciate the work of William Albert Allard (frequent contributor to National Geographic over 5 decades) along with much of Elliott Erwitt's work.

  • Kate September 9, 2011 11:37 am

    Max Dupain for his stunning black and white photographs of 1940's Sydney.

  • steve gravano September 9, 2011 11:27 am

    Dorothea Lange

  • Bill September 9, 2011 11:24 am

    Love to honor the masters as previously mentioned also, but for the sheer impact of his photos, I have to nominate James Nachtwey. Just hope I spelled it correctly. Maybe one day he will call needing a second on an assignment. Well....... it's my dream and I am sticking to it!!! Great choices BTW. Love this site !!

  • Everton September 9, 2011 10:51 am

    Well, Ansel Adams is my top person. I am new to the world of photography and I don't know a lot of person. Actually, Darren Rowse was one of the first persons I became familiar with as I looked around for ideas to jump start my new hobby. Thanks Darren (you don't know me, but I know you.)

    I like landscape photography and I just think Ansel Adams' compositions are just great. His colour finishes, the grays, just great and inspiring even for me who love color. Pity he's not around so I could have a chat with the guy, but he has left a legacy that continues to speak and teach. And, his quotes--love them.

    "To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things."--Ansel Adams

  • dave September 9, 2011 10:10 am

    i particularly like the photos of Gregory Crewdson ...i fine they are very theatrical and stagey but the lighting and stories contained in them are second to none.

  • Ann September 9, 2011 10:06 am

    Steve McCurry for his portraits, use of light and the areas he photographs.

  • Fergus September 9, 2011 09:51 am

    Zack Arias, a music tog from Atlanta. I cannot recommend his OneLight DVD enough

  • Glen September 9, 2011 09:42 am

    for me, a lover of monochrome, ansel adams and jesse kalisher..these two are great..for fashion photography, my vote goes to karl taylor...

  • Sam Emilio September 9, 2011 09:33 am

    Cartier-Bresson, hands down. He was more than just an early pioneer of photojournalism, he created and shot by the concept of capturing "the decisive moment". What more is there to love?

  • Keith Krueger September 9, 2011 09:18 am

    Clyde Butcher -

    7 of his black and whites of Florida swamp land sit on my walls so I get to admire his mastery of depth and clarity on a daily basis. http://clydebutcher.com

  • Julian Hebbrecht September 9, 2011 08:51 am

    Sebastiao Salgado: His work on “Africa” and “Workers” blows your mind. I was lucky enough to see his "Africa" photographs in their original A1 and larger size at a museum and I bought his large size photo book right away. It's not cheap but worth the price - unforgettable photography.

  • Jo Ann September 9, 2011 08:43 am

    Galen Rowell
    Ansel Adams
    Both used film to create some of the most beautiful photographs and being able to capture those images without instant preview

  • Ro Governal September 9, 2011 08:32 am

    Foster Disinger had his studio on Front St, Binghamton, NY for many years. He was an Artist, Photographer and Historian. The city placed a placque on the front of his house in recognition of his accomplishments. His portraits and use of light are worth seeing.

  • Lucía September 9, 2011 08:27 am

    Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Oliver Chanarin and Adam Broomberg, Clark Little, Georges Rousse, Cartier- Bresson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Julia Cameron, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Wall, our very own Flor Garduño, and the list goes on and on and on...

  • Kutay September 9, 2011 08:22 am

    My all time-fave is an Istanbul Armenian photographer/photojournalist - Ara Guler. He is a master of BW photography... Here is his official website:


  • Bob St Louis MO September 9, 2011 08:06 am

    Ansel Adams. When I look at his photos of Yosemite I get the feeling that Adams felt awe and reverence for one of God's most inspiring natural wonders AND was able to convey that feeling to the paper. I know I feel it.

  • Jean-Michel FITAMANT September 9, 2011 08:05 am

    Ansel Adams has been my favorite photographer. He was a master for me to ensure my B&W enlargments on traditional baryt papers. I even remember a trip in the Tyrol, Austria, with a Sinar f2 4x5 in. , shooting in 6x12mm with 47mm lens on Agfapan 25, 220 rollfilms to make beautiful landscapes applying Adams techniques... Great times....!

  • gabriel romeu September 9, 2011 07:57 am

    gary winogrand
    william klien
    lee friedlander
    larry clark

  • timmy September 9, 2011 07:53 am

    For me, It's hands down O. Winston Link.
    How can you not love love the imaginative and highly moving photos of steam locomotives at night? His very well thought out and powerful B&W photos are unforgettable. They required steup times of sevreal days in some cases. I could look at his pictures all day.

  • Warren September 9, 2011 07:33 am

    I just took a tour of the nominations and was surprised not to see WERNER BISCHOFF on anyone's list.

    He would be my nomination for his direct approach at capturing the world of people around him. Then add in his use of the 35mm camera and natural lighting to capture the images content.

  • Mr.Photo September 9, 2011 07:29 am

    In my opinion, Kevin Carter must win.

  • Nickers September 9, 2011 06:59 am

    Something about those Athena posters I saw as a child, so I agree - Ansell Adams as well.
    Also a mention to my Bexhill college photography teacher James Eckersley for being such a chilled funny fella and making it sound so easy.

  • Valerie September 9, 2011 06:56 am

    Gordon Parks and Dorothea Lange

  • Chantal September 9, 2011 06:30 am

    My favs are Diane Arbus, Robert Maplethorpe and Annie Leibovitz.

  • doyle thomas September 9, 2011 06:28 am

    Ansel Adams is beyond doubt the most famous Photographer of all time. Any serious Photogapher can name any number of Photographers who's work they know and admire. For most lay persons, Ansel Adams may be the only name they associate with Photography.

    Ansel Adams was certainly an early influence for me but I have always perfered color and when I think about the work of Elloit Porter and Ray Atkinsen using 4x5 E-4 (e-6) film with an ASA (iso) of 10 and being aware of the difficulties of large format....

  • jack Rosenberg September 9, 2011 06:25 am

    I have several photographers that have inspired me over the years:

    Regina DeLuise
    Paul Strand
    Annie Leibovitz
    Yousuf Karsh
    Minor White
    Henri Cartier-Bresson

    All six of these photographers brought similar, yet remarkably different, things to the table. I think it's the incongruity of it all that keeps me going photographically. All of them have influenced my images from time to time, but I keep going back to Regina and Paul Strand's work for immediate inspiration!

  • Corot2 September 9, 2011 06:19 am

    Cartier- bresson of this group no conctest
    However, Doisneau should be there and Robert Capa all equally great

  • Gustavo Dragunskis September 9, 2011 06:14 am



  • Pete Withers September 9, 2011 06:08 am

    Ansel Adams a true master in every aspect of his art.

  • Gal September 9, 2011 06:01 am

    André Kertész his book: The Polaroids

  • Mark September 9, 2011 05:52 am

    A few come to mind, Joe McNally: just one hell of a great lighting artist.

    And David Hobby, aka Strobist; perhaps not the "best" photographer, but a great influence and inspiration through is wellread blog www.strobist.com

  • sijohn September 9, 2011 05:47 am

    W Eugene Smith for his heart and courage.
    Ansel Adams for majestic landscapes.
    Duane Michaels for his imagination.
    Ralph Gibson for his enigmatic The Somnambulist and Deja Vue.

  • Nathan September 9, 2011 05:45 am

    Looks like my earlier post didn't go through:

    Eugene Atget for his whimsical architecture/street shots. Ansel Adams for his technical mastery--he figured *everything* out, and then wrote it down so everyone could benefit from it. Andy Goldsworthy--more a sculptor than a photographer, but I absolutely love his subjects.

  • Mackenzie September 9, 2011 05:37 am

    Jacques Henri Lartigue

  • Tony September 9, 2011 05:32 am

    There are so many wonderful photographers both past and present, that it is hard to choose one as a favorite. However, for portraits I think of Yousuf Karsch, and for wildlife photography Dr. Wayne Lynch comes to mind.

  • Eric Kuhnel September 9, 2011 05:27 am

    Outstanding scenery photographer doing more than just touting high price cameras and gear. Good mentor for the person whose business is traveling, and must travel light.

  • Michael September 9, 2011 05:21 am

    Gordan Parks - A true artist who captured images in a variety genres and who was also a poet and composer.
    David LaChappelle - Today's master of entertainment photography
    Stan Malenoski - Fashion from the 60s on

  • John Dawson September 9, 2011 05:09 am

    I recently saw the Eyewitness ( Hungarian Photographers) exhibition at the Royal Academy (London) and was so move by the photographs. Hard to pick out one, but Andre Kertesz was the one that stood out for me. Do not let us overlook the great photojournalist W Eugene Smith. His pictures taken in Spain and Japan are memorable.

  • N Shackelton September 9, 2011 04:59 am

    My favorite is Art Wolf.... his photos really paint a story. I wish I could go to the places he's been, and take photos 1/2 asgood as his. Next favorite is, of course, Ansle Adams... a true artist.

  • Brian September 9, 2011 04:56 am

    Don't overlook Herman Leonard.
    Smoke and lighting in bars.
    Famous musicians.....he has my vote!

  • otter September 9, 2011 04:51 am

    Duane Michaels

  • René September 9, 2011 04:49 am

    The 20th century has many great photographers. To mention a few: Ansel Adams, André Kertesz, Edward Weston, Werner Bischof, René Burri, Dorothea Lange, Ed van der Elsken etc. However, my all-time favorite is HCB, no doubt.

  • Robert September 9, 2011 04:28 am

    I'm putting in my vote for a local favorite, published photographer from Minnesota: Gary Alan Nelson.

    But I am also putting in my vote for the best outdoor photographer that ever lived: Ansel Adams

  • Margareth Peterson September 9, 2011 04:15 am

    Courney Milne (http://www.courtneymilne.com/). Unfortunately, his life was cut short in 2010. But, his "Pool Project," which he completed in the last year of his life when too sick to travel is a prime example of how he captured colour and how he saw beauty in the simplest things of nature.

  • Hoop September 9, 2011 03:58 am

    Paul Strand
    He wasn't afraid to use shadow as form or reflections as subjects = very innovative for his time.

    Diane Arbus
    Just because she feared nothing and would shoot anyone.

  • Photographer Aspen CO September 9, 2011 03:53 am

    Henri Cartier-Bresson has always been my favorite. His style is so beautiful - sometimes gritty yet soft, but always the "decisive moment" . I even did a report on him in photography school many years ago.

  • George September 9, 2011 03:48 am

    Ansel Adams for me. He's the reason I got into photography.
    Strangely though, I've never "knowingly" tried to emulate his work.
    But, its strange how make times I'm processing a shot, and it ends up "Adam-esk"

  • Peter Hovestad September 9, 2011 03:47 am

    In no particular order here's some photographers who's work I admire and respect.
    Edward Weston
    Sally Mann
    Joel Meyerowitz
    Ed Burtynsky
    Jeff Wall
    Fred Herzog

  • Ray Jones, (Australia.) September 9, 2011 03:47 am

    My nominations are Frank HURLEY..... the photographer who accompanied Ernest SHAKLETON to the Antartic.
    John WESTLEY for his evocative B&W shots.

  • Chuck September 9, 2011 03:42 am

    I like the work of many people but these photographers have a special attraction to me:

    Dorothea Lange

    Diane Arbus

    O Winston Link

    Ansel Adams

  • Richard Jackson September 9, 2011 03:40 am

    One of my favorite photographers is Art Wolfe. I like his style because I find that it is well balanced between light, subject and composition. His photos of outdoor and nature photography inspire me in my quest of the same photographic scenes.

  • Tom M September 9, 2011 03:27 am

    As much as I appreciate modern technology, most of my favorites were the pictorialist and street photographers of the early 20th century:

    Edward Steichen
    Jane Reece
    Eugène Atget
    Brassaï (Gyula Halász)
    André Kertész
    Gertrude Käsebier

  • david a gross September 9, 2011 03:24 am

    galen rowell - he provided that rare combination of basic science knowledge, ecological passion, mountain climbing, superb photographic skills and a desire to share his insights with his readers.

  • Chris Snyder September 9, 2011 03:19 am

    My favorite photographer is Nick Brandt http://www.nickbrandt.com/ I not only think his work is unique and spectacular but I also think that the way he captures his images is amazing. He combines wildlife photography with fine art and uses his art for environmental awareness.

  • Tyna September 9, 2011 03:12 am

    I'm not sure how the word "not" was in my last sentence ... kind of changes my point! I meant to say that they all have been able to capture the person behind the music ... etc etc and so on!

  • Javier Guijarro September 9, 2011 03:12 am

    I recomend the works of three spanish photographers, not becouse they are the top of the list, but becouse probably they are not so much known abroad, and I love their works:

    Chema Madoz ( http://www.chemamadoz.com/ )

    Cristina García Rodero ( http://www.magnumphotos.com/Archive/C.aspx?VP=XSpecific_MAG.PhotographerDetail_VPage&l1=0&pid=2K7O3R1V204V&nm=Cristina%20Garcia%20Rodero )

    Ramón Masats ( http://www.photogaleria.com/autores/ramon_masats/ )

  • Tyna September 9, 2011 03:11 am

    I would have to say my favorite photographers are the great rock and roll photographers ... Annie Leibovitz, Linda McCartney, and Danny Clinch. They all not have been able to capture the person behind the music ... the person as they are offstage without the screaming fans.

  • Catani September 9, 2011 03:07 am

    Ansel Adams, absolutely and no doubt. His "pre-visualization" method, wich includes the famous Zone System, turned out to be one of the most valuable tools for any photographer to SEE instead of just "look" to a given scene. His three-book-series (The Negative, The Camera and The Print) is still the best thing to read and learn in order to get a TRUE understanding of what photography is. And his photographic production is simply amazing, astonishing, awesome!

  • k ladner September 9, 2011 03:02 am

    Edward Weston comes before all others for me. I am particularly devoted to his landscapes and still life photographs.

  • Barb September 9, 2011 02:57 am

    I would have to say - Annie - it's the light.

  • Bob Wood September 9, 2011 02:56 am

    Hands down Ansel Adams. I think he is the father of today's photography, even though he could not have conceived of what was going to happen with technology. He should still be emulated by today's photographers as mentor. There are very many out there out there also Time does not allow.

  • Jennifer September 9, 2011 02:53 am

    I love Albert Maysles' Photography. I love photos of people and am so intrigued by what story may be behind the photo.

  • Simon September 9, 2011 02:43 am

    Mary Ellen Mark for Streetwise, Ward 81 and Calcutta. http://www.maryellenmark.com/books/books.html

  • Verena September 9, 2011 02:41 am

    I will have to say August Sander, although I can't say his work inspires my photos. Wonderfully powerful portraits ... and I rarely shoot pictures of people.

  • Bill September 9, 2011 02:30 am

    Ansel Adams stands out as my favorite landscape photographer for his incredible pioneering work in exposure.

    Secondly, Yousuf Karsch for his outstanding ability to express his portrait subjects inner personalities.

    There are many others that had influence on me over the years.

  • Chetty September 9, 2011 02:27 am

    Oh... I forgot to add
    Nick Brandt - for stunning wildlife photography

  • Chetty September 9, 2011 02:26 am

    Two photographers whose work I love are...
    Ernst Haas - for his work with abstract light
    Ida Kar - for her portraits

  • Wanda Krack September 9, 2011 02:20 am

    I nominate Marc Adamus because the lighting in his landscapes is always awesome.

  • bob September 9, 2011 02:16 am

    Robert Doisneau, the french photographer who lived and photographed mostly in and around Paris. He started to photograph in the early 1930's. It is amazing how he knew yo use his camera under all circumstances and knew how to compose what he wanted to show. Also he had a good sense of humor, which you will find in his photo's. He left about 450.000 negatives!! Pictures can be found at www.robert-doisneau.com

  • Roz de-Layen Vian September 9, 2011 02:16 am

    I have a favourites in different categories, including Andy Rouse (Wildlife) Joe Cornish and Collin Prior (landscapes) and Rankin (Portraits/fashion).
    Each of these uses light in the most magical way to enhance their subjects and how I wish I'd taken so many of their pix!

  • CDokuchie September 9, 2011 02:14 am

    Arthur Meyerson has a spectacular view.


  • Paul September 9, 2011 02:03 am

    herb ritts and annie leibovitz

  • MJS September 9, 2011 02:00 am

    Francesco Scavullo. The Master.

  • Jan Kronborg September 9, 2011 01:59 am

    I would sat Gregory Crewdson. Every Photobucket is a story

  • Andy September 9, 2011 01:51 am

    James Nachtwey

  • Steve R. September 9, 2011 01:51 am

    For me it has to be Clark Little.

    Not only are his photos amazing, but who wouldent want his life? Get paid to travel to the most beautiful locations on the planet and play around in the water, I pay thousands of dollars in the persuit of being like him lol.

    If you haven't seen his work before check it out here:

  • Judie S. September 9, 2011 01:48 am

    David Stoecklein is my favorite photographer. It is no wonder he has been dubbed the "Photographer of the American West". He captures the western culture of the United States as it really is. A blend of old traditions and new ideas.

  • Syndi September 9, 2011 01:42 am

    I have to say my idol photographer right now is Jasmine Star, not only do love her work but she is so inspiring.

  • denisa September 9, 2011 01:36 am

    NG's Joel Sartore www.joelsartore.com/

  • Karol Gajewski September 9, 2011 01:35 am

    Bill Brandt has alway inspired me. Although born in Germany, he chose to describe himself as 'British' and worked in London for many years. His surrealist roots (Man Ray influenced him greatly) which are evident in so much of his work and his stark portraits of the famous and not-so-famous are defining moments in the history of 20th century photography.

  • eugen360 September 9, 2011 01:34 am

    Jan Arthus Bertrand ... and I say no more!

  • Jordan Rocque September 9, 2011 01:34 am

    Jeremy Cowart is incredible. Got to love his experimental work and how much he captures in-camera without relying on post production. Also an amazing guy for all the humanitarian work he does.

  • Kragom September 9, 2011 01:31 am

    I was always fascinated by Man Ray, as he was such a pioneer.
    I love deChapelle, I always liked the controversial, and he is so over the top.

  • Olaf Klein September 9, 2011 01:29 am

    Annie Leibovitz

  • karthik September 9, 2011 01:22 am

    mine is Terje Sorjerd yar

  • Andrea September 9, 2011 01:21 am

    Frank Horvat, simply because he photographed my mother so brilliantly.


  • Chate September 9, 2011 01:19 am

    John Isaac...one of the most humble photojournalist I've ever met!!!

  • Simon September 9, 2011 01:16 am

    Ashley Lebedev, she is just making it big now, this year alone she has had numerous novel/book cover deals, she does fine art portraiture and she is amazing.


  • padlockd September 9, 2011 01:15 am

    Gotta go with Jared Polin on this one. He's been my main inspiration for the past couple years (I'm still fairly new at photography). Don't know him personally, but I would love to go shoot with him for a day!

    See ya!

  • Markus Spring September 9, 2011 01:11 am

    If I had to choose one, it would be William Eugene Smith, for the simple reason of his humanity, which never allowed him to separate or detach from his subjects.

    Minor White would be a close second for developing so much the visualisation powers of photography, away from the subject as such into shape, texture, light and movement.

  • Aaron September 9, 2011 01:10 am

    Blair Bunting

  • Bob Bakker September 9, 2011 01:10 am

    This is quite a list - all really great, but really.... nobody mentioned Yousuf Karsh? Iconic portraits of Hemingway, Churchill, Mandela, Warhol, etc etc? If you want to have a look at the work www.karsh.org.

  • cj September 9, 2011 01:09 am

    Sally Mann is probably one of my favorite Photographers. She has inspired me in so many ways to shoot more in black and white. Her work is outside the box, and controversial in some respects.

  • Richard September 9, 2011 01:08 am

    Mann Ray

    I enjoy his unusual and sometimes dark portraits. Also the use of shapes and patterns and admire his experimentation.

  • Venus September 9, 2011 01:06 am

    my fave is gordon parks. his photos told a story, a history, a wish, a hope. his work was beautiful in its stark purity of its subject -- naked, vulnerable and open for all to dissect.

  • Alan September 9, 2011 01:03 am

    Michael Jang, turned candid into art. I could leaf through his Cuba pics for hours.

  • Bob September 9, 2011 01:00 am

    Galen Rowell

  • Katie September 9, 2011 01:00 am

    Robert Doisneau

  • Mako Asuela September 9, 2011 12:59 am

    Since I am currently in love with portrait photography, my vote is for Zack Arias. His style for taking portraits is something that I would like to develop (and copy at some point). His one light technique is very useful for not-that-rich photogs like me who do not have much resources to buy good cameras, faster lenses and extravagant lights.

  • Kathleen Phillips September 9, 2011 12:58 am

    Hi, I love Ansell Adams. I really enioy landscape photography. Thank you

  • Zach Dalzell September 9, 2011 12:49 am

    I cannot believe no one has said James Nachtwey.

  • N. W. Pierce-Jenkins September 9, 2011 12:48 am

    For my taste, Tom Wood ( Photie Man UK) is the one. He shows' life through the lens' in a way that tells a whole story in each shot.


  • Paul Howard September 9, 2011 12:46 am

    Joe McNally for sure. http://www.joemcnally.com . With the work he's done for Life and National Geographic, his amazing people photography and his astounding knowledge of light and speedlights, his sense of experimentation and exploration into other areas of photography, he's a true inspiration.

  • Krunal September 9, 2011 12:46 am

    Cartier-Bresson, Raghu Rai & Steve McCurry

  • Lissette September 9, 2011 12:44 am

    I would def say Henri Silberman! He has such amazing black and white shots of NYC. They are so classic!

  • christina September 9, 2011 12:43 am

    Anastasia Volkova - such dreamy work


  • Otama September 9, 2011 12:41 am

    Christian Fletcher - the way he captures the colours and vibrance of landscapes is incredible.

  • Gregory Davidson September 9, 2011 12:38 am

    Jeremy Cowart www.jeremycowart.com

  • Dave Cooper September 9, 2011 12:38 am

    The best portrait photographer I have ever seen Yousuf Karsh. http://www.karsh.org/

  • Hannes September 9, 2011 12:27 am

    Clear vote for Hungarian photographer Márton Munkácsi. He revolutionized fashion photography by taking pictures outside the studio for the first time and he has an unbeatable sense of humour.

  • JohnS September 9, 2011 12:14 am

    The master of small off camera lighting and a great teacher:

    Joe McNally

  • jrod September 9, 2011 12:05 am

    A. Aubrey Bodine, who was a photographer for The Baltimore Sun for 50 years. His photographs graced the covers of the Sunday Magazine section of the Sun. He was the winner of many photograpy awards during his lifetime. See some of his work at his web site here: http://aaubreybodine.com/ .

  • Patricia September 8, 2011 11:26 pm

    I really like Henri Cartier-Bresson

  • Barry Roberts September 8, 2011 11:04 pm

    One of my favourites is Gregort Crewdson.

  • Paul September 8, 2011 11:02 pm

    well ....i love Sol Lang....the way he uses lighting for portraits are great ...simple yet so appealing ....not photo shopped to the max like some so called famous photographers ....its time to get back to the basics ...are you a photographer or a computer genius ...are you able to make a simple photograph amazing ...or do you need photo shop to make it happen ....thats the thing people tend to forget ....and Ansell Adams had an amazing eye ...ya he did tons of post processing ...but he did it with effort ...knowledge of light and made it look fantastic ...this was a true artist .

  • Tudor ApMadoc September 8, 2011 10:57 pm

    For me it depends on the genre

    For landscapes - Ansel Adams - his work still takes my breath away. I still read his books on techniques, when I do landscape work, his is the standard that I judge myself against

    For portrait work - Annie Leibovitz - always amazing use of location, props, yet somehow capturing the person

    For inspirational capture and use of color - Pete Turner - his work has a defined style - I can look at a photo and recognize it as his or someone trying to emulate him.

    For "in your face" subjects - Robert Maplethorpe

  • mclone September 8, 2011 10:56 pm

    O. Winston Link

  • Darko Geres September 8, 2011 10:10 pm

    Ernst Haas for his way with color, Ansel Adams for his bw work on landscapes

  • Ronald September 8, 2011 10:06 pm

    Ansel Adams is my favorite. Besides the work he did perfecting the Zone System, he also uttered one of my favorite quotes: "We don't take pictures, we make pictures". That will always be true in my humble opinion.

  • Hendie Dijkman September 8, 2011 09:54 pm

    My father was a professional photographer and we had a number of photography books in book shelves in his study. The book that I came back to time after time was a collection of portraits of famous people by Jousuf Karsch. He remains to this day my icon of portraiture.

  • NathanFranke September 8, 2011 09:37 pm

    Eugene Atget for the whimsy he applies in his architectural shots, Ansel Adams for his technical expertise (the subject doesn't do much, but the quality of his prints--his mastery of the medium--are inspiring), and Andy Goldsworthy (more a sculptor, but...) for his subjects.

  • P Bizzle September 8, 2011 09:24 pm

    Chase Jarvis is a favourite of mine - great innovation and a nikon user too!

  • Paul Brown September 8, 2011 09:16 pm

    Bill Brandt - http://www.billbrandt.com/

  • Jeaux deVine September 8, 2011 08:14 pm

    Ansell Adams is the best

  • Rich September 8, 2011 07:31 pm

    Weegee or Athur Fellig; loved looked at his photos in college, the humour he can put to a situation is amazing even if it involves a body!

  • Werner September 8, 2011 05:45 pm

    Ansell Adams!

  • Marit September 8, 2011 05:34 pm

    There are a lot of great photographers, famous and not famous. But one I enjoy very much is Patricia Steur. Especially because of her photoshoot of the Maori. The pride of the Maori and the beauty is so well shown.
    Patricia is a dutch photographer. You can see more of her work at: http://www.patriciasteur.com/patriciasteur/

  • Kontsia September 8, 2011 05:29 pm

    For emotional reasons i prefer luigi ghirri :)

  • Dee Moore September 8, 2011 05:26 pm

    I have a new one each week! This week it's Richard Avedon. Who knows about next week?

  • Dave Quail September 8, 2011 05:22 pm

    I vote for Chip Forelli. Brilliant work, otherworldly at times and breathtaking. I strive to emulate his styles.


  • Mathias Csader September 8, 2011 03:56 pm

    For me, because I'm a nature photographer, it's definitely Art Wolfe (http://www.artwolfe.com/). His photography is so outstanding and powerful that I could look through the books I own again and again and every time I find new things to explore on the pictures.

  • kenny howse September 8, 2011 03:42 pm

    Ansell Adams!

  • Courtnee Scott September 8, 2011 03:42 pm

    Herb Snitzer black & white, musicians, jazz, NYC 50s-60s

  • Angela Dellutri September 8, 2011 03:38 pm

    My list is long and diverse!

    Jim Zuckerman for his vivid use of color and creativity
    Peter Lik, Art Wolfe and Ansel Adams - Landscapes
    Jerry Uelsmann
    Elliott Erwitt
    Dorothea Lange
    Steve McCurry
    Brigette Lancombe, Annie Leibovitz
    Pete Souza (White House Photographer)
    Lois Greenfield (Movement)

  • Kutay September 8, 2011 03:25 pm

    Ara Guler is my all-time fave! Check out his Istanbul photographs and see why he is my most favourite photographer


  • Ranmali Kirinde September 8, 2011 03:04 pm

    Definitely Ansel Adams. His black-and-whites are amazing!

  • Michael Hatten September 8, 2011 02:55 pm

    Ray Atkeson

    First person to grab my interests in the wild places in my own backyard. Rediscovered his "Oregon" books a few years back. Truly a leader in his time in environmental conservation and preservation of history through his images.

  • Geetali September 8, 2011 02:53 pm

    Henri Cartier-Bresson, Steve McCurry, Don Mccullin, Annie Leibovitz.

  • Man September 8, 2011 02:45 pm

    Whoops forget to add

    Scott Fortino has a way of taking the industrial and ordinary and making them beautiful.

  • Man September 8, 2011 02:43 pm

    Scott Fortino


  • Shelby September 8, 2011 02:27 pm

    My absolute favourite photographer is Norman Jean Roy - his style is the epitome of artistic elegance!

  • BobLange.com September 8, 2011 02:25 pm

    Paul Almasay
    Dorthea Lange
    Maragret Boruke-white
    Ruth Orkin
    Annie Leibovitz
    Alfred Eisenstadt
    Who was the large format photog that shot out of C-47s and got breathtaking Alpine shots? I think he was NY or NH area. If he's alive he's 90 something or more. It s drivin me crazy! His prints sellin climbing bookstores/sites.

  • George Fragos September 8, 2011 02:03 pm

    The photographer that's had the greatest influence on my work is Alfred Eisenstaedt. He's clearly my favorite.

  • Jose Gomez September 8, 2011 01:59 pm

    Perhaps, not so famous, but no questions ask, the one i prefer, Chase Jarvis.

    a close second, even when he has all the experience and the years, and the pictures to be #1, Joe McNally

  • Leena September 8, 2011 01:50 pm

    Brent Stirtin, photojournalist

  • mr_rax September 8, 2011 01:45 pm

    The portraits of Steve McCurry, the landscapes of Ansel Adams, and the situations and stories from Elliott Erwitt. Those are the best for me.

  • Sharon Dietrich September 8, 2011 01:44 pm

    Galen Rowell. I was always impressed by his physical ability to go get a shot--whether it meant running, climbing, high altitude, long distances, etc. Beautiful work.

  • Harrison September 8, 2011 01:31 pm

    I also have to nominate
    Kevin Carter
    Joao Silva ()

  • Harrison September 8, 2011 01:28 pm

    Kevin Carter

  • Vitaliy Zalishchyker September 8, 2011 01:27 pm

    Vincent Munier best in wildlife!

  • Ridzki Noviansyah September 8, 2011 01:27 pm

    William Eggleston

    Stephen Shore

    and Alec Soth

  • Harrison September 8, 2011 01:25 pm

    Annie Leibovitz

  • Chen Wei Li September 8, 2011 01:23 pm

    Portraiture Dan Winters and Landscape Micheal Kenna.

  • Rick September 8, 2011 01:17 pm

    Yeah, consider me in the Ansel camp.

  • Victoria September 8, 2011 01:16 pm

    Lindsey Byrnes is an amazing concert / band photographer. I remember seeing her photos in Thrasher and now Juxtapoz. Very talented photographer.

  • Keith Misener September 8, 2011 01:13 pm

    Kevin Fleming! For years, Kevin has been an award winning photographer from Delaware, USA, and to say the least, a top contributor to National Geographic Magazine, as well as several of his own publications, and many more that I'm sure I'm not aware of. Kevin Fleming.

  • Craig A. Mullenbach September 8, 2011 01:09 pm

    Can't forget, Joe McNally. Nobody does light like he does!

  • Craig A. Mullenbach September 8, 2011 01:08 pm

    Moose Peterson is one of my favorites because of his philosophy about wildlife photography. His dedication to the preservation of wildlife is key to his brilliant images. He is a good teacher and inspiring.

    Franz Lanting is another favorite of mine. His patience and persistence is phenomenal. His work for National Geographic is inspiring. Like Moose Peterson, he is a great teacher.

    Both of these photographers are not obsessed with gear. They get the tools they need and use them to the fullest.

  • Ruben Rojas (@rubenmedios) September 8, 2011 01:07 pm

    Cindy Sherman. I like the work she has accomplished and his photography is exquisite

  • radfan957 September 8, 2011 12:25 pm

    My Top 3:

    Joe McNally
    Zack Arias
    Phil Widmer

  • Kris Rodriguez September 8, 2011 12:01 pm

    Herb Ritts. I remember finding a playboy mag in abandoned house when I was around 13-14 years old. The front cover was Cindy Crawford, I looked through it fir obvious reasons, but I thought the photos were so artsy I had to know who took the pictures.

    I like Chuck Close as well, amazing artist.

  • JNadeau September 8, 2011 11:55 am

    Art Wolfe and karl taylor... im still a relatively young photographer and theyre work really inspires me to expand my capabilities and make myself a better photographer.

  • Skye Hallberg September 8, 2011 11:45 am

    Henri Cartier-Bresson has no equal. But André Kertesz is certainly a close second.

  • Jim September 8, 2011 11:38 am

    Steve McCurry No one else goes through so much just to get the Shot.

  • todd September 8, 2011 11:17 am

    The late adventure photographer Galen Rowell, founder of Mountain Light Photography: http://www.life.com/gallery/53531/image/ugc1151781/galen-rowells-sierra-nevada#index/0

  • Rona P September 8, 2011 11:04 am

    Ansel Adams - I like the starkness of the greys, and the landscapes. I like Joe McNally for the reality of the photos (especially the new 9/11 photos) I am not famous, but I like my photos also (most of them).

  • Bruce Douglas September 8, 2011 11:02 am

    Ernst Haas is my biggest influence for his brilliant and original color work.

  • Todd Ward September 8, 2011 10:39 am

    Ansell Adams! He was my inspiration years ago while in high school. 55 years later I still admire his work.

  • Phil Gooselaw September 8, 2011 10:37 am

    Beyond Adams and Cunningham, you have Edward Weston, Richard Avedon, Alfred Eistenstadt, W. Eugene Smith, Pete Turner and on and on and on....

  • -bwg September 8, 2011 10:31 am

    Edward Weston. He abstracted form from objects. I don't feel as if I'm looking at a photo of an object when I look at his best photos. I feel as if I am being given insight into pure form.

  • Scottc September 8, 2011 10:24 am

    David DuChemin, though I have no idea how "famous" he is.

    As technical as photography is, he seldom writes about it from a gear standpoint. He talks more about light, subjects, his interaction with people, and so on. His candid work is amazing, very inspiring.

    When he does talk technical, it's sometimes against common belief (meaning, misunderstood). As one example, when I first got into photography I got locked into "100 ISO" syndrome. After reading one book by David DuChemin, I started using higher (much higher) ISOs, and my photography has improved as a result.

    What I learned from this photographer helped me with these photos, as examples.


  • Kassandra September 8, 2011 10:08 am

    Hands down, Christopher Payne. (www.chrispaynephoto.com)
    Landscape Architecture at its finest. Although very different from my speciality, Chris has a way of capturing a very real emotion and sense of community, best shown in his project "Asylum."
    I have had the pleasure of meeting him in person, and found him to be extremely modest and more than happy to give advice and support.

  • Steve September 8, 2011 10:04 am

    Saul Leiter, Aaron Siskind and Walker Evans are favorites of mine.

  • Gerard September 8, 2011 09:41 am

    "Light to me is perhaps the most profound truth in the universe. My thinking has been deeply affected by the belief everything is some form of radiant energy." -Wynn Bullock


  • Mark September 8, 2011 09:28 am

    For me it would have to be Jay Maisel. This man is amazing. He sees so much more when he makes a picture. I mean after you see the picture a couple times more things pop out at you that you missed before. But he knew it was there.
    I saw the two videos of him with Scott Kelby and I was in complete awe. No one has ever made me feel that way before about photography or life for that matter.

  • Ben Royal September 8, 2011 09:22 am

    Pete Turner.

    1. Color 2. Color 3. Color

  • sean September 8, 2011 09:15 am

    WEE GEE. Because he was into the dark side of human nature. I dig his IR stuff because I like spys. He was one of the first photographers to have a police scanner. As a simple man, fame and money wrecked him, nicely reflecting the photos he took of humanity. The small dark things that make you snap or fail.
    Check it http://museum.icp.org/museum/collections/special/weegee/

  • Alun J. Carr September 8, 2011 09:12 am

    Bill Brandt. He was a true artist, and turned his hand to reportage, landscapes, portraits, nudes, and things that can't be classified. His images are so well composed (if very off-beat at times, like his portrait of Francis Bacon on Hampstead Heath) and utterly striking. And although their styles were very different, Ansel Adams was a huge admirer of Brandt.

    Bill Brandt Gallery

  • Lynne September 8, 2011 09:00 am

    Edward Weston-1886-1958. As a food still life photographer, I was attracted to his vegetable photos-as sensual as his nudes.

  • Pasadino September 8, 2011 09:00 am

    I love Ansel Adams and Peter Lik.

  • Alex September 8, 2011 08:41 am

    My favorite is Monte Corpuz


  • JK September 8, 2011 08:35 am

    My favorite famous photographers are from the northern U.S. - National Geographic Magazine's Jim Brandenburg (http://www.jimbrandenburg.com/) and James Blakeway, the creator of amazing panoramas (http://www.panoramas.com/).

  • Reeko September 8, 2011 08:33 am


    Teach NB

  • Theranthil September 8, 2011 08:31 am

    Elliot Erwitt

    He always manage to get the funny aspects of daily life. Each of his pictures is talking.
    Also, so many world famous portraits


  • Ved Upadhyay September 8, 2011 08:27 am

    my vote goes to Bryan Peterson. His way of teaching with simplicity and ability to see things differently always has impressed me most.

  • Bob September 8, 2011 08:11 am

    Dorothea Lange

  • Frode Inge Helland September 8, 2011 08:08 am

    My absolute favourite is Romano Cagnoni. His photographs get under ones skin and never leaves:

  • Frode Inge Helland September 8, 2011 08:07 am

    Ny absolute favourite is Romano Cagnoni. His photograps get under ones skin and never leaves:

  • CEB September 8, 2011 08:07 am

    HCB: a legend. not just a great photographer, bresson set a trail that photographers follow to this day, whether photo journalists, social documentary photographers, or street photographers.

  • Sam September 8, 2011 08:05 am

    Joe McNally - just absolutely awesome work and goes the extra mile to get the shot.

    A bit closer to my style of shooting
    Dean Capture - a very nice guy and his work is stunning

    And closer to home
    Dave Reid & Ed Hor - taught me pretty much everything I know in the world of glamour photography and basically changed my life.

  • Mchale September 8, 2011 07:55 am

    Try Paul Williams Imaging, he's a fab landscape photographer =)

  • Morgana Creely September 8, 2011 07:51 am

    - Cecil Beaton for the creativity.
    - Geogre Hurrell for his amazing lighting.
    - Keith Melder for his ability to take everyday props and turn them into an amazing set
    - Robert Maplethorpe for his skills in lighting the texture of the human form
    - Martin Creely for his patience and mentoring and for getting me into photography. :)

  • CanonMaiden September 8, 2011 07:39 am

    My favorite photographer is me.
    Because all my photographs evoke memories and emotions that are my own.

  • Lou September 8, 2011 07:36 am

    I think Diane Arbus

    just love the haunting feel to each expression she captured.

  • Jose Renteria C. September 8, 2011 07:34 am

    I love this question but it isn´t easy to answer, some of my choices are,

    Photo journal.-Dorothea Lange
    Portrait.- Mary Ellen Mark
    Landscape.- Manuel Alvarez Bravo
    Action.- Luke Ozawa

  • Joy September 8, 2011 07:34 am

    Hands down Ernest Haas...

  • Davide September 8, 2011 07:33 am

    André Kertész.

  • Penny Lennox September 8, 2011 07:32 am

    It's hard to go wrong saying Cartier-Bresson! For my part, I'm inspired by Andre Kertesz, Sam Abel, Brassai, Cindy Sherman... the list could go on and on.

  • itslikemusic September 8, 2011 07:31 am

    As far as famous is concerned, I'd have to go with Annie Liebovitz. I adore her work. Fantastic, thought provoking, and BEAUTIFUL. As far as lesser known, I 100% hands down have to say Ellen Butler. She is an activist of many important things that have fallen by the wayside, she has such an incredible eye for the truest form of beauty in everything. Her photos are some of my favorite.

  • jose renteria September 8, 2011 07:29 am

    I love this question but it isn´t easy to answer,

    Photo journal.-Dorothea Lange
    Portrait.- Mary Ellen Mark
    Landscape.- Manuel Alvarez Bravo

  • John King September 8, 2011 07:22 am

    I have to vote for Robert Frank because of the strength of his original work and the enormous influence his work has had.

  • Erik Kerstenbeck September 8, 2011 06:58 am


    I will try to avoid the obvious list of suspects and go with a local Southern Californian photography - Michael Seewald. He conducts wonderful seminars and teaching trips, has a prolific portfolio and is a real character to boot!


  • Laura Prospero September 8, 2011 06:50 am

    I am a great admirer of Willy Ronis (1910-2009), a humanist french photographer.
    Some pictures :) http://www.photo.fr/blog/577-Willy-RONIS-1910-2009--2.html

  • Tomás Leal September 8, 2011 06:42 am

    Oh! And I forgot two latinamerican masters:

    - Sebastiao Salgado: His work on "Africa" and "Workers" is simply amazing. Only a latín american, with a economice science background could see that images and transform them in such documents about hard labour, poverty and ultimately, hope.

    - Sergio Larraín: The first and only chilean photographer that has been a Magnum Photos member. He's not currently active (I think he hung up his camera in the 70's), but his work about Valparaiso (a port city in Chile) is amazing. Maybe he is in some way, the chilean Cartier-Bresson. But his images are more obscure and even unsettling, in comparison to the french master. Currently he is living in the north of Chile, devoted to yoga and meditation, unwilling to speak with anyone who approaches him to talk about photography.

  • Asif Saleem September 8, 2011 06:41 am

    Tough question... But I'd vote for Joey L.

  • Gale September 8, 2011 06:40 am

    How about Joseph Karsh. And lets not forget Margaret Bourke-White. And I love Clyde Butcher's work. Karsh took some of the best portraits of the last century. And Bourke-White was really the first female combat photographer.

  • Tomás Leal September 8, 2011 06:37 am

    For technical reasons, Ansel Adams. He achieved the most perfect grays in the history of photography. His work with exposure and development is amazing.

    For the "I wish I made that picture" factor, Cartier Bresson. Hands down. The simplicity, the boldness and the "everyday-ish" (but not common) nature of his images is beautiful.

    So, for me is a tie between the two: Both are great masters in their respective fields, and both made art. If someone give me Ansel's or Henri's cameras, the pictures I could made with them wouldn't be even near to be throwaway photos of them.

    Sorry about my poor english :) I'm from Chile, and we speak spanish around here.

  • Vincent Connare September 8, 2011 06:37 am

    Bob Carlos Clarke. Why: captured the 80s to perfection. Classic and modern at the same time. Studio set ups and fashion meets music. Art meets Photography

  • DCorreal September 8, 2011 06:35 am

    Gregory Heisler!

  • Kim September 8, 2011 06:33 am

    David LaChapelle, because his work is madness, and I mean that in a good way. A visual feast in every photo.

  • Alexei September 8, 2011 06:32 am

    All time favourite: Mika Ninagawa .

    Close second is Miron Zownir.

  • Victoria Ling September 8, 2011 06:31 am

    The one. The only.....EVE ARNOLD ;p

  • Christopher Roberts September 8, 2011 06:30 am

    William Eggelston


  • Rick Beato September 8, 2011 06:26 am

    Yousuf Karsh. Quick, picture Ernest Hemingway or Humphrey Bogart. Bet your mind hunted up a classic Karsh. Warm sepia, people in candid settings looking alive and breathing. Karsh is the best photographic portraitist ever, in my opinion.

  • Caetano September 8, 2011 06:25 am


  • Jamie McHale September 8, 2011 06:22 am

    Yousuf Karsh portraits are excellent. The light often has a brilliant quality, and the subjects are world-class. It would be great to study his lighting techniques. Future article?

  • Dana Lane September 8, 2011 06:17 am

    So many faves for so many reasons. :)

    I'd have to go with Richard Avedon for his fashion and David LaChapelle for this conceptual take on things.

  • Chase Guttman September 8, 2011 06:12 am

    Steve McCurry

  • Robert DaVia September 8, 2011 06:03 am

    One of my favorite photographers is Bruce Roberts http://www.brucerobertsphotography.com/

    Bruce is a former Director of Photography for Southern Living Magazine. He also worked for The Charlotte Observer, Time and Life Magazines, and many others. I know Bruce through his work shooting lighthouses, and as a founder of The Outer Banks Lighthouse Society.

    I like his work because he captures so much with his lens, and leaves you asking for more.

  • Jorge September 8, 2011 06:00 am

    I've always been fascinated by Yousuf Karsh's Hemingway portrait and right now I'm heavily into Capa. I started reading his book 'Slightly Out Of Focus' the other day.

  • John Jacobsen September 8, 2011 05:57 am

    My vote is for Clyde Butcher