The 55 best photographers of all time. In the history of the world. Ever. Definitely.

The 55 best photographers of all time. In the history of the world. Ever. Definitely.

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Nos. 15 to 11

 

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Robert Capa

Photographer Robert Capa during the Spanish civil war, May 1937. Photo by Gerda Taro.

10 Robert Capa (1913-54)
Charismatic Hungarian photojournalist who covered five different conflicts from the Spanish Civil War to the First Indochina War. Famous for his visceral images of the D-Day landings.

 

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Bill Brandt

9 Bill Brandt (1904-1983)
German-born photographer with his own distinctive artistic vision. Created atmospheric images while working in diverse genres including portraiture, landscape, figure studies and social documentary.

 

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Cecil Beaton

Self-portrait

8 Cecil Beaton (1904-1980)
British fashion and portrait photographer who created elegant and stylish fashion and portrait images for magazines including Vogue and Vanity Fair from the 1920s-70s.

 

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Larry Burrows

7 Larry Burrows (1926-1971)
For some commentators, Burrows is one of the greatest war photographers. His hard-hitting photo stories for LIFE magazine helped influence public opinion against the Vietnam War, which he covered for nine years.

 

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Brassai

Portrait by Ansel Adams, copyright The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust / Metropolitan Museum of Art

6 Brassaii (1899-1984)
Hungarian photographer and sculptor who achieved international fame for his atmospheric images of 1930s Paris as shown in his influential book Paris by Night.

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  • jmeyer

    We’re updating with 5 photographers a day until we reveal the final five on Friday.

  • Wayne Cook

    Ansel Adams. Hands down.

  • Ambra Zega

    Is Anne Geddes more rated than Strand, Lange, Man Ray, McCurry, Stieglitz, Steichen? WHAT THE FUCK…

  • Jim Holmes

    Anne Geddes? Are you guys on drugs?
    Why no Ray McSavaney? He is up there with Edward Weston.

  • Jacob BenjaminTaylor

    Vivian is top 5 best pure shooters of all time.

  • zeekfizz

    No Anton Corgijn. Seriously.

  • Gilles Lucato

    you just missed pete turner, father of all colors!

  • http://www.troppyhobby.com Federico Caprari

    And Margareth Bourke-White? Please, don’t joke. You can’t exlude Her from this list.

  • Brendan Beirne

    Your list is not good at all. Helmut Newton was most definitely and absolutely the finest photographer of all time.