Best Fashion Photographers in History

Best Fashion Photographers in History

April 30, 2018 Off By Megan

Why do you think the best fashion photographers in history were deemed so? What made each of them special? Fashion photographers are known for their greatest pieces and their personal styles. Every photographer has one, and it is much more vital for the fashion photographer to be immortalized in history.

Peter Lindbergh

Born in 1944, Peter Lindbergh was famously known for Anna Wintour’s first Vogue cover.

Annie Leibovitz

Her most iconic photograph is that of Hilary Clinton in 1998. She was Rolling Stone’s chief photographer in 1973. After that, she became a legend in the fashion photography world.

Helmut Newton

His most iconic photograph is ‘Le Smoking’, a YSL ad in Paris. He is known for his provocative yet artistic photos.

Richard Avedon

The movie Funny Face was loosely based on his life. He is known for capturing the emotions of his subject using various sets and poses.

Steven Meisel

His most iconic work is Madonna’s album, Like a Virgin. He is known for controversial shoots like the mental institute model spread in Italian Vogue.

Mario Testino

His most iconic photo is of Princess Diana. To date, he is still working with the biggest names in fashion. He is known for his excellent glamour shots.

Irving Penn

He photographed the only still life cover for Vogue. He was known for his artistic still life shoots.

David Bailey

He is known for his work in the 60’s. They made a film about his iconic photoshoot of model Jean Shrimpton called We’ll Take Manhattan.

Paolo Roversi

He became popular because of the dreamlike images he portrays in his photographs. He started in the 1970’s, but is still a sought-after photographer by big brands today.

Bruce Weber

He is known for the classic Americana style of his photographs. He is the pioneering photographer that took men’s photography to the next level.

Diane Arbus

She was known for contemporary street art in her fashion spreads. She also became infamous for her children’s fashion photographs.

 Gian Paolo Barbieri

Before Italian Vogue, it was Novita. And Gian Paolo Barbieri was one of its first photographers. He has worked with iconic people like Audrey Hepburn and Monica Belluci.

Cecil Beaton

He won an Academy Award for best costume and stage design. His eye for fashion is reflected in his photography.

Lillian Bassman

She was not just a photographer. She was also a supporter of budding photographers that came after her.

Guy Bourdin

He drew inspiration from works of art from painters like Magritte and Balthus.

Erwin Blumenfeld

Even though he took pictures of clothes for a living, he is well known for his artistic black and white nude photography.

Alexey Brodovitch

He was the art director for Harper’s Bazaar for 24 years. He was a major contributor to modern art in fashion.

Patrick Demarchelier

He is best known for his lifestyle magazine covers, but he also worked with brands like Dior, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, and more.

Louise Dahl-Wolfe

She was well known for her outdoor photoshoots in exotic locations.

Brian Duffy

His best work was in the 60s and 70s. He was a sought-after photographer by the biggest fashion magazines in the world.

Terence Donovan

He is known for his out-of-the-box fashion shoot ideas. He helped models exude their femininity and masculinity through images.

Horst P. Horst

His most popular work is “The Mainbocher Corset.” He is one of the pioneering fashion photographers in history.

John French

He revolutionized the use of light to improve fashion photography in newspapers, giving the trade a new medium to use.

Frederic Eugene Ives

He invented the halftone printing process, but he is also one of the founding members of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia.

George Hoyningen-Huene

He worked with Vouge in the 1920s and 1930s. He was famous for his work in England and America.

To know more about great fashion photographers, here is an exhaustive list. Do you want to be one yourself one day? Follow their footsteps and you’ll be set.