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. 50 to 46

 

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Edward Steichen

50 Edward Steichen (1879-1973)
Initially an important pictorialist photographer, Steichen went on to adopt ‘straight’ photography and became a successful fashion photographer as well as an important gallery and museum curator.

 

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: W. Eugene Smith

Camera
D-LUX2
Focal Length
6.3mm
Aperture
f/2.8
Exposure
1/30s
ISO
125

49 W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978)
Famously uncompromising American photojournalist who photographed combat in World War II and went on to specialise in the photo-essay, most notably in his three-year Pittsburgh project.

 

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Sebastiao Salgado

48 Sebastiao Salgado (born 1944)
Salgado abandoned a successful career as an economist in 1973 to become a photojournalist and has since carried out numerous photo projects worldwide, highlighting poverty and social injustice.

 

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Man Ray

47 Man Ray (1890-1976)
Highly creative, surrealist-influenced photographer whose most famous images resulted from experiments with photograms (which he called ‘rayographs’) and solarisation, in which an image is completely or partially inverted.

 

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Irving Penn

46 Irving Penn (1917-2009)
American photographer, widely revered for his studio-based portrait, still life and fashion work. His pictures, executed with great attention to detail, are spare, powerful and carefully composed.

PAGE 1: The Best Photographers of All Time – Nos. 55-51
PAGE 2: The Best Photographers of All Time – Nos. 50-46
PAGE 3: The Best Photographers of All Time – Nos. 45-41
PAGE 4: The Best Photographers of All Time – Nos. 40-36
PAGE 5: The Best Photographers of All Time – Nos. 35-31
PAGE 6: The Best Photographers of All Time – Nos. 30-26
PAGE 7: The Best Photographers of All Time – Nos. 25-21
PAGE 8: The Best Photographers of All Time – Nos. 20-16
PAGE 9: The Best Photographers of All Time – Nos. 15-11

PAGE 10: The Best Photographers of All Time – Nos. 10-6
PAGE 11: The Best Photographers of All Time – Nos. 5-1
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  • jmeyer

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