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. 30 to 26

 

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Michael Kenna

30 Michael Kenna (born 1953)
Kenna’s distinctively sparse, minimalist monochrome landscapes, often shot in remote locations and using very long exposures, have influenced countless others.

 

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Yousuf Karsh

Image courtesy Library and Archives Canada

29 Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002)
Armenian-Canadian, renowned for his meticulous lighting, who became the most famous portrait photographer of his age. Career highlights include an iconic 1941 portrait of Winston Churchill in ‘bulldog’ mood.

 

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Nadav Kander

Nadav Kander in his London Studio, copyright Nadav Kander

28 Nadav Kander (born 1961)
Award-winning advertising and fine art photographer best known for his desolate urban landscapes and his documentary images taken in China along the Yangtze river.

 

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Horst P Horst

27 Horst P Horst (1906-1999)
Horst shot fashion, portraits and nudes with a classic sense of style and was the creator of the famous ‘Mainbocher Corset’ photograph (1939). He had a long association with Vogue magazine.

 

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Lewis Hine

Power house mechanic working on steam pump, 1920 / Lewis Hine / Records of the Work Progress Administration

26 Lewis Hine (1874-1940)
Documentary photographer and social reformer whose shocking images of factory conditions in America, particularly child labour, had a direct influence on changing US employment law.

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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
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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.

  • 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.

  • byte.me@live.ca

    Bert Stern, Jerry Uellsman, Margaret Bourke White, Cole Porter, didn’t make your joke of a list.