Famous Photographers and their Works


The art of photography involves capturing images with a camera. Traditionally, photographic films and nowadays, electronic sensors are used in recording images. Photographers need to master this art of capturing light patterns reflected from objects. There are many photographers who are known for the excellent photographs they have managed to capture. They make use of different photography tips and techniques. From the times of Ansel Adams to Dave Black of today, profiles of many famous photographers are presented below; one would get an idea of the work of these great artists through these details.
Most Famous Photographers
The list of famous photographers and their works is presented in the following article. The names of top class photographers along with their notable works should make us familiar with these artists’ contributions.
Ansel Adams

He is one of the famous black and white photographers of his times and well-known for the images of Yosemite Valley in California. ‘Monolith, The Face of Half Dome’ was one of the famous photographs by Ansel Adams. This photograph was captured in 1927 at the Yosemite National Park. Few other notable photographs are enlisted below.

  • Clearing Winter Storm (Yosemite National Park, 1940)
  • Rose and Driftwood (San Francisco, California, 1932)
Margaret Bourke-White

She is one of the famous female photographers who traveled a lot in her pursuit of the art of photography. Margaret Bourke-White was known not just for her photography skills, but also the bravery she exhibited while clicking pictures during the World War II. Here is a list of her famous photographs.

  • Breadline: Depiction of the Great Depression through a photo essay.
  • Gandhi: It is the famous photograph of Mahatma Gandhi captured only a few hours before his assassination.
  • India-Pakistan Partition-related Images: These photographs, taken by Margaret Bourke-White were included in the 2006 edition of Khushwant Singh’s book ‘Train to Pakistan’.
  • Concentration Camp: The pictures grouped under this title were taken at the Buchenwald concentration camp. These were images of those who survived at the camp.
Diane Arbus

She was an American photographer who captured photos that revealed the darker side of society. Her photographs include images of mental patients, prostitutes, transvestites and many such elements of the society. She liked to follow her heart and took an intuitive approach to photography. Here are few of the famous photographs taken by Diane Arbus.

  • Russian Midget Friends, New York City, 1963.
  • Identical Twins (1967).
  • Tattooed man at carnival, (year 1970).
Modern Famous Photographers and their Works
The renowned photographers and their works mentioned below are from modern times. The technology used by these photographers and the variety of niches they covered increased greatly with time. Works of most notable photographers is described in short through the paragraphs below.
John Shaw
He is a famous nature photographer having published his images in the Nature’s Best, National Geographic, Audubon, National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer and other publications. In his pursuit of photography, John Shaw has traveled a lot and visited different parts of the world including polar regions like Antarctica and the Arctic. He was awarded the title of ‘Legend Behind the Lens’ and ‘Icon of Imaging’ by Nikon (2002) and Microsoft (2006) respectively.
Joe McNally
Tagged as one of the most influential photographers of the 21st century, Joe McNally is known for the photo collection, ‘Faces of Ground Zero’. This collection has 246 images which features rescue workers and other brave people associated with the September 9/11 tragedy. The specialty of photographs taken by this American photographer is the skillful use of light and color. The complexity and technicalities involved in his assignments also displays the expertise he possesses. ‘The Future of Flying’ a 2003 issue of ‘National Geographic’ (2003) featured photographs under the theme of future of aviation industry. It was the best-selling issue ever, of the National Geographic.
Annie Leibovitz
She is an American photographer, best known for entertainment photography. One of her biggest achievement was to become the chief photographer of the magazine, ‘Rolling Stone’. Annie Leibovitz has photographed John Lennon five hours before his death. Her works have featured in reputed magazine like the ‘Time’ and ‘Vanity Fair’.
Dave Black
He is considered a legend in the field of sports photography. Dave Black has attended 12 Olympic events including the Beijing Olympics of 2008. Black’s photographs of famous sports personalities like Michael Phelps, Michelle Kwan, Apolo Anton Ohno and many other have featured on cover pages of magazines like Newsweek, Time and Sports Illustrated.
Famous Photographers List
Berenice Abbott Emile Gsell Robert Capa
Gordon Parks Sam Abell Ara Güler
Paul Caponigro Martin Parr Ernst Haas
Lewis Carroll Freeman Patterson Eddie Adams
Doug Hall Kevin Carter Relja Penezic
Robert Adams Philippe Halsman Martha Casanave
Irving Penn Gustavo Aguerre David Hamilton
Khun Chaiya Gilles Peress Mushfiqul Alam
Bert Hardy Dean Chamberlain John Pfahl
Fratelli Alinari Alfred A. Hart Martin Chambi
Secondo Pia Lola Alvarez Bravo David Octavius Hill
Sarah Charlesworth Frank Plicka George Edward Anderson
Lewis Wickes Hine Désiré Charnay Guglielmo Plüschow
Nobuyoshi Araki John Hoagland Elio Ciol
Eliot Porter Diane Arbus Horst P. Horst
Edward Clark Dith Pran Roy Arden
Robert Howlett Larry Clark Richard Prince
Eve Arnold Frank Hurley William Clarridge
Rankin Hippolyte Arnoux George Hurrell
Antoine Claudet Paul Raphaelson Bill Aron
Walter Iooss Alvin Langdon Coburn Tony Ray-Jones
Yann Arthus-Bertrand Edith Irvine Gigi Cohen
Marc Riboud Anthony Asael Yoji Ishikawa

This information should help us gain insight into the notable contributions of these artists.

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