28 Sep 2015

50 Famous Portrait Photographers You Need to See

Afghan Girl, 1984.
Steve McCurry is arguably the most famous portrait photographer of all time. His picture Afghan girl is one of the most recognizable portraits of all time. It has even been likened to Leonardo da Vinci's painting of the Mona Lisa.

STEVE MCCURRY



Famous Portrait Photographer : Annie Leibovitz



Nelson Mandela, 1990.
Annie Leibovitz first gained recognition for her excellent work as photographer for Rolling Stone magazine. Later in her career she became staff photographer for Vanity Fair magazine.

Annie Leibovitz has an impressive body of work and is widely considered to be one of America's best portrait photographers.
ANNIE LEIBOVITZ

Famous Portrait Photographer : Jimmy Nelson


Before They Pass Away
Jimmy nelson is an award winning travel and portrait photographer, known for his striking pictures of indigenous people.
JIMMY NELSON

Famous Portrait Photographer : Irving Penn

Al Pacino, 1995.
Known for his fashion and portraiture work, but will always be remembered as a portrait photographer.

Penn was a master of natural light.
IRVING PENN

Famous Portrait Photographer : Richard Avedon

Ezra Pound, 1958.
Richard Avedon is perhaps the best and one of the most famous portrait photographers of all time. He had a unique ability to break down a subject's facade and reveal vulnerability.
RICHARD AVEDON

Famous Portrait Photographer : David Lazar

he Girl with the Green Eyes
Daviz Lazar is a famous portrait and travel photographer with an impressive body of work.
DAVID LAZAR

Famous Portrait Photographer : Yousuf Karsh

Ernest Hemingway, 1957.
Yousuf Karsh is widely regarded as one of the greatest portrait photographers of the twentieth century.
YOUSUF KARSH

Famous Portrait Photographer : Mary-Ellen Mark

Dennis Hopper, 1976.
Mary-Ellen Mark started her career as a movie set photographer. Her body of work is huge and her portrait photography is exceptional.
MARY-ELLEN MARK

Famous Portrait Photographer : Mario Testino

Kate Moss
Mario Testino is most known for hist fashion work. He often works with people over a number of years. His portraits of Princess Diana and Kate Moss are iconic.
MARIO TESTINO

Famous Portrait Photographer : Albert Watson

Mick Jagger, Los Angeles, 1992
The picture was created for Rolling Stone magazine’s twenty-fifth anniversary issue. Watson first photographed a leopard and then took a picture of Mick Jagger via a double exposure.
ALBERT WATSON

Famous Portrait Photographer : Mark Seliger

Kurt Cobain, 1994.
A true master portrait photographer. He has numerous iconic portraits under his belt. His work as a whole is of a very high standard.

This portrait was taken 2 months before Kurt Cobain passed away.
MARK SELIGER

Famous Portrait Photographer : Philippe Halsman

Salvador Dali
Known for his portraits of celebrities, intellectuals and politicians. His work frequently featured on the cover of Life and Esquire magazines.
PHILIPPE HALSMAN

Famous Portrait Photographer : Dorothea Lange

Migrant Mother, 1936.
An iconic portrait from a series of pictures Dorothea took while photographing migratory farm labor.

Famous Portrait Photographer : Elliott Erwitt

racked Glass with Boy, Colorado
Elliott Erwitt is an iconic photographer known for his candid and witty photographs.
ELLIOTT ERWITT

Famous Portrait Photographer : August Sander

Young Farmers 1914.
August Sander is widely regarded as the father of modern portrait photography.
AUGUST SANDER

Famous Portrait Photographer : Diane Arbus

Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967.
Diane Arbus was known for her photographs of outsiders and people on the fringes of society.

Famous Portrait Photographer : Greg Gorman

Leonardo DiCaprio
Greg Gorman is a celebrity and portrait photographer, most notable for his work during the 90's.
GREG GORMAN

Famous Portrait Photographer : Anton Corbijn

Henry Rollins
Anton Corbijn is an iconic portrait photographer most known for his portraits of musicians. In recent years he has done some celebrity portraiture.

He has a distinct style, with many of his pictures either printed with a Lith effect, or his color work cross processed.

He has work extensively with Depeche Mode, Henry Rollins and U2.
ANTON CORBIJN

Famous Portrait Photographer : Don McCullin

Homeless Irishman
Don McCullin is a british photojournalist, most known for his war photography, and pictures of the homeless.
DON MCCULLIN

Famous Portrait Photographer : Martin Schoeller

Jack Nicholson
Martin Schoeller is a portrait photographer known for his detailed, up close portraits and unique lighting.
MARTIN SCHOELLER

Famous Portrait Photographer : David Goldblatt

At Geel, near Nietverdiend, Marico Bushveld, Transvaal, 1964.
David Goldblatt is a South African photographer who took portraits of South Africans during the apartheid years.

Famous Portrait Photographer : Platon

Gaddafi
Platon is a British photographer, most known for his portraits from the series 'Portraits of Power'.

He has a unique style - by using a wide angle lens he gets very close to his subjects.
PLATON

Famous Portrait Photographer : Marco Grob

Steve Jobs
Marco Grob is a swiss photographer. His work regularly features in Time, New York Magazine, GQ, Vogue and Esquire.
MARCO GROB

Famous Portrait Photographer : Jürgen Schadeberg

Nelson Mandela
Jürgen Schadeberg is a South African photographer, known for photographing Nelson Mandela from 1952 onwards.
JÜRGEN SCHADEBERG

Famous Portrait Photographer : Steve Pyke

Sir Aj Ayer, London, 1988
A remarkable portrait photographer who uses natural light and Rolleiflex cameras for his portraits.
STEVE PYKE

Famous Portrait Photographer : Dan Winters

Brad Pitt
Dan Winters is a famous portrait photographer who regularly contributes to Time, Vanity Fair, GQ, Wired and The New Yorker.

His portraits are instantly recognizable through his signature lighting technique.
DAN WINTERS

Famous Portrait Photographer : Sebastian Kim

Elsworth Kelly
Sebastian Kim is one of the most highly sought after fashion photographers. He regularly takes editorial portraits for Interview Magazine.
SEBASTIAN KIM

Famous Portrait Photographer : Markus Jans

Christopher Waltz
Markus Jans is a fashion and portrait photographer based in Paris and Berlin.
MARKUS JANS

Famous Portrait Photographer : David LaChapelle

Uma Thurman
David LaChapelle's photography has been described as "hyper-real and slyly subversive" and as "kitsch pop surrealism."
Color is often a striking feature in his photography.
DAVID LACHAPELLE

Famous Portrait Photographer : Robert Maxwell

Leonardo DiCaprio
Robert Maxwell is a celebrity and magazine photographer.
ROBERT MAXWELL

Famous Portrait Photographer : Bert Stern

Twiggy
Bert Stern (October 3, 1929 – June 26, 2013) was an American fashion and celebrity portrait photographer.
BERT STERN

Famous Portrait Photographer : Nadav Kander

Jude Law
NADAV KANDER

Famous Portrait Photographer : Jean-Baptiste Mondino

Daniel Craig
Jean-Baptiste Mondino is a popular french born celebrity and portrait photographer.
JEAN-BAPTISTE MONDINO

Famous Portrait Photographer : Tom Munro

Tom Cruise
Tom munro is a popular fashion and portrait photographer.
TOM MUNRO

Famous Portrait Photographer : Pieter Hugo

The Hyena and Other Men
Pieter Hugo is a South African contemporary portrait photographer.
PIETER HUGO

Famous Portrait Photographer : Ben Baker

Barack Obama
Ben Baker is an Australian portrait photographer and regularly works with Time, The New Yorker, Elle and Fortune.
BEN BAKER

Famous Portrait Photographer : David Bailey


Jack Nicholson
David Bailey is a British photographer who captured the swinging 60's in Britain.
DAVID BAILEY

Famous Portrait Photographer : Jerry Avenaim

Jeff Bridges
Jerry Avenaim is a popular portrait and fashion photographer who started his career in 1985 after assisting legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier.
JERRY AVENAIM

Famous Portrait Photographer : Jill Greenberg

From the collection End Times
Jill Greenberg is a portrait and fine art photographer. The picture above is from a series called End Times, and features a number of babies crying.
JILL GREENBERG

Famous Portrait Photographer : Vivian Maier


Untitled
Vivian Maier was a photographer who was unknown during her lifetime, but became famous when a historian and art collector discovered more than 30,000 of her images in storage after she passed away.
VIVIAN MEIER

Famous Portrait Photographer : Nigel Parry


Tommy Lee Jones
Nigel Parry is an award winning portrait photographer.
NIGEL PARRY

Famous Portrait Photographer : Lee Jeffries


What we Are
Lee Jeffries is an accountant from London who landed fame on Flickr after he started taking pictures of the homeless in London. He has since been published on Time's website and just about everywhere else.

His pictures are heavily processed to get such a dramatic effect, with some people being critical of that.
LEE JEFFRIES

Famous Portrait Photographer : Nathaniel Goldberg

Michael Fassbender
Nathaniel Goldberg is a notable fashion and portrait photographer.
NATHANIEL GOLDBERG

Famous Portrait Photographer : Eugene Richards


From War is Personal
Eugene Richards is a notable documentary photographer and filmmaker. The picture above is from a series called War is Personal.

Eugene captures powerful and emotive portraits.

Famous Portrait Photographer : James Nachtwey

urvivor from a Hutu Death Camp - Rwanda, 1994.
James Nachtwey is arguably the best war photographer ever. He captures moving images, almost always in Black and White.

"This is a picture of a man who had just been liberated from a Hutu death camp where mainly members of the Tutsi tribe were being incarcerated, being starved, beaten, abused and systematically killed. This man happened to be a Hutu himself, but because he didn't support the genocide, he was subjected to the same treatment. On the most basic level, I hope that people when they look at this work will engage themselves with it and not shut down, not turn away from it, but realize that their opinion counts for something, that they become part of a constituency, and people who have the power to make decisions that affect the lives of thousands of people know that there's a constituency forming out there, and they have to do something about it." - James Nachtwey

Famous Portrait Photographer : Peter Hapak

Robin Williams
Peter Hapak is a commercial and editorial photographer based in the United States. He frequently photographs for Time Magazine.
PETER HAPAK

Famous Portrait Photographer : Eric Lafforgue

North Korea
Eric Lafforgue is a notable travel and portrait photographer.
In 2008, he travelled to North Korea six times and managed to take forbidden photos that shows life as it is in Korea. The above picture is from that series.
ERIC LAFFORGUE

Famous Portrait Photographer : Phil Borges

Portrait of a Tibetan Refugee
Phil borges in an award winning social documentary and portrait photographer.
PHIL BORGES

Famous Portrait Photographer : Chuck Close

Brad Pitt
Chuck Close is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist through his highly inventive techniques of painting the human face.

He is also a notable photographer.

Famous Portrait Photographer : Jeol Santos

Sadhu, Jaipur, India
Joel Santos is a famous portrait and travel photographer known for his vibrant and striking portraits.

JOEL SANTOS

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