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 Doisneau

15 Robert Doisneau (1912-1994)
French photojournalist, best known for his gentle, often humorous but brilliantly observed shots of life in France. His most famous picture is Le baiser de l’hütel de ville, which shows a couple kissing in a Paris street.

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Patrick Demarchalier

14 Patrick Demarchelier (born 1943)
Prominent fashion photographer whose stunning images of the world’s top models have featured in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar. Has also shot major advertising campaigns for Dior, Calvin Klein and others.

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Bruce Davidson

13 Bruce Davidson (born 1933)
American photographer whose documentary work on gang life in Brooklyn, the poor districts of Harlem, New York, and his photographs of the New York subway system in the 1970s broke new ground.

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Julia Margaret Cameron

12 Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879)
Pioneer of portrait photography, renowned for her intentionally-unfocussed portraits of eminent Victorians including Alfred Lord Tennyson and Sir John Herschel.

The 55 Best Photographers of All Time: Henry Cartier-Bresson

11 Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)
Innovative and highly influential French photojournalist and portrait photographer. He co-founded the Magnum agency and is forever associated with the term ‘the decisive moment’.

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.