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. 20 to 16

 

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Walker Evans

Image courtesy US Library of Congress

20 Walker Evans (1893-1975)
American documentary photographer and journalist who recorded poverty-stricken sharecropper families during the Depression era and everyday subjects in a clear, poetic style.

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Elliot Erwitt

Erwitt, speaking recently to the BBC

19 Elliot Erwitt (born 1928)
Paris-born photographer and member of the Magnum agency, best known for his witty and ironic street pictures, shots of people in museums, and dogs.

 

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: William Eggleston

Eggleston, profiled in the Imagine Documentary

18 William Eggleston (born 1939)
American photographer whose ‘snapshot’ style elevated the everyday to the extraordinary and whose saturated ‘dye-transfer’ prints helped colour photography become an accepted art-form.

 

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Harold Edgerton

This image is taken within milliseconds of ignition of a nuclear explosive detonated, and shot with the Rapatronic camera developed by Harold Edgerton in the 1940s / Federal Government of the United States

17 Harold Edgerton (1903-1990)
Scientist, inventor of the first electronic flash and creator of revolutionary high-speed flash photographs, including a famous shot of a bullet passing through an apple.

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Brian Duffy

Grab from Duffy's official website, duffyphotographer.com

16 Brian Duffy (1933-2010)
Highly-regarded fashion, advertising and portrait photographer who shot David Bowie’s iconic Aladdin Sane cover and the imaginative and surreal Benson & Hedges poster campaigns of the 1970s.

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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.