Famous photographers come in all different shapes,
sizes and age groups. That's the wonderful thing about photography
is that anyone now days can do it. That's not the way it used
to be, however, in the world of photography.
Ansel Adams' Portrait
Someone had to invent the first camera and printing
process (Louis Daguerre is in the early inventor category) and
others had to put the camera to good use. On these pages are
the most well-known names in the history of photography.
A biography is presented concerning each of the
famous photographers we cover. And of course, we've included
a little humor as well.
In fact, there is a section at the end of each
of the famous photographers' biographies called "The Rumor
Mill" which is not factually correct in the very least
and instead is intended to be funny. So, if you want to write
us about the famous photographers on these pages feel free.
But, if it is to correct The Rumor Mill, then please "Save
the drama for your Mama".
So, let's get back to the subject of the most
well-known and most famous photographers of all time. Some of
these photo pros are inventors of the camera or made popular
certain photographic processes. Others use the camera like an
artist uses a brush (Jerry Uelsmann and Man Ray are in these
categories). Still other famous photographers are more into
the realism of nature and landscapes. Examples of this style
are Ansel Adams and Edward Weston.
Another set of famous photographers
are in fact well-known for one or more pictures that changed
the world. Several of these people are photo-journalists
who created picture stories (worth a thousand words) and
sent them to press or video for all of us to see.
Some of these famous photographers risked their
lives during war time to document what was happening in far
off lands and bring these images home to share with everyone
else. Here is but a short list of these photographers including
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Alfred Stieglitz, Dorothea Lange, Eddie
Adams, Margaret Bourke-White and Robert Capa.
And still another class of famous photographers
involves the ones who have made many pop images that have appeared
on high circulation magazine covers. Annie Leibovitz may be
the most well-known of this type of photography who is still
So, you see that the most famous photographers
throughout history are not one large homogenous group who all
did the same thing. Instead, they were masters of their crafts
using cameras as vehicles of their imagination or to document
real life that few others had access to and they shared that
access with others.
As you'll soon see from reading the biographies
of the famous photographers outlined here, some were realists
while others were surrealists. Some documented what they saw.
Others saw themselves as artists whom used a camera to evoke
certain emotional responses.
Annie Leibovitz Self-Portrait
No matter how they achieved success, the fame
was due to one or more contributions they have made to society.
As stated before some famous photographers have achieved this
status based upon a single famous photograph that has defied
time and stayed popular for many years.
Their famous photo may have defined a certain
time in history, called attention to something unknown before
or simply captivated the imagination of our society. So, check
out these pages and see what these famous photographers have
contributed to YOUR life.
The Rumor Mill
The rumor mill states that YOU are the next famous
photographer. So, get your camera, get into a creative frame
of mind, and get shooting!