Top Fashion Photographers of All Times

Fashion is the most changeable thing and at the same time it is the most regular. Every year brings us new fashion trends, but every decade brings back the trends of the previous years and makes them popular again. Fashion photography covers the fashion world and all the changes that take place in it. When you browse the portfolios of the most famous photographers you can observe the chronology of design trends and find out their peculiar features. On the other hand, the works of some well-known photographers influence the design trends in the sphere of world fashion greatly. The style of each famous photographer is unique and can’t be mixed up with anyone’s else style. This post features the most effective and well-known fashion photographers of all times (from my point of view). Of course, you can argue the choice and the list of photographers, but in any case all of them are undoubtedly great.

Mario Testino

We see all the modern celebrities through his camera. The covers of the most well-known magazines feature his works. It is impossible to find the famous person who is not presented in his portfolio. 

Helmut Newton

Who haven’t heard about Helmut Newton? “Prince of Porn”, “King of Kink”, “The First” – the list of epithets that are used when we speak about him is endless. We can talk for a long time about him, but words are useless when we look at his magnetizing works…

Richard Avedon

He was the one who brought emotions in the world of fashion photography. You can easily notice that his works are vibrant, they capture the personality and soul of the models, their characters and emotions. Great photographer with huge creative potential!

Annie Leibovitz

Of course, you remember her portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, but it is not the only work she is famous for. For many years she is known as the successful photographer of celebrities. Provocative, memorable, bright – all her works are worth attention.

Albert Watson

His success in the fashion and commercial photography is undoubtful. His portfolio features the most effective reflection of the modern era – the iconic celebrities. Speaking about his style, it can be defined as the well-done mixture of various genres. 

Irving Penn

He knew everything about celebrities. His works could tell a lot about a person depicted in it. His later fashion works are noticeable for the much attention given to the accessories and the clothes of the models.

Steven Klein

His art goes beyond acceptable boundaries of imagination. Once seen, his fashion shots can’t be forgotten and that’s the reason for his success in the commercial photography.

Bruce Weber

He is the master of presenting the male models. It is hard to find another photographer, who presents the beauty of youth and amazing male nude so expressively.

Ellen Von Unwerth

Her works are full of sensitivity, eroticism and feminity. Her art praises the female beauty, the beauty that will never fade out in her wonderful artworks. 

Besides fashion photography there are many other spheres where talanted people turn their creative skills in profits, because photography business is in a hype these days.

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  • Oliver Schneider
    September 28, 2011

    Hey mate, the 2nd photograph is Paolo Roversi, not Mario Testicles…

  • Orfika
    November 11, 2011

    Yeah. Please don’t mix those two up..

  • Achang
    November 14, 2011

    Also Avendon and Penn are backwards, the Elephant shot is Penn

    • AlyssaAnn810
      July 17, 2012

      Elephant Shot is Richard Avedon. Irving Penn also used her as a model but this particular photograph is Avedon.

  • April
    January 5, 2012

    i want 2 b a fashion photographers

  • zmaria_
    January 24, 2012

    i’ll be one of the top fashion photographers some day 🙂

  • Nthatuwa
    February 21, 2012

    Have always been a fan of Irving Penn! Brilliant Details!

  • canvas prints
    February 23, 2012

    really great list of photography sites, loved them

  • Ioan Nicolae
    April 18, 2012

    The second photo (Natalia Vodianova portrait) of Mario Testino actualy was done by Paolo Roversi. 🙂

    • meghan19
      May 16, 2012

      haha i knew it wasn’t hisss work! i looked at his pictures, and it seemed like he usually cut off the tip top of the model’s head..and this one had a clear view of everything…(: one of my goals is to be on this list someday..!

  • Myrdin menyasszonyi ruhaszalon
    June 13, 2012

    My favorite Annie Leibovitz , and I draw your attention to it Eugenio Recuenco .

  • Domiziano Arcangeli
    August 23, 2012

    I just so love all of them, and worked with Newton and Avedon back in the 1980’s: it was a true creation of Art, never a sensation to be shooting some endorsement’s job! At the contrary, the almost overbearing feeling, to be responsible of the quality of the photo shoot, since those artists always had our image in that moment, at the center of their Universe, a mysterious, almost vibrating pulse of freedom to be, while being interpreted by a magic eye who was always also part of a clever sensibility to envision the World, as a manifesto of its own time, and not just a pure marketing scope, as they tell me it is today…

  • darriel kier
    November 1, 2012

    i want to be like them and someday you might see my photos on vogue magazine…trust me i know:)

  • Jama Tanosplits
    March 20, 2013

    Leibowitz hasn’t made an interesting photograph in decades. but seriously no Guy Bourdin? are you kidding?

  • Jada Fabrizio
    June 20, 2014

    lillian bassman, should be included here

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