5 of the World’s Greatest Photographers

5 of the World’s Greatest Photographers

Photographers are individuals who basically love to take pictures. Photography can be a hobby for some (these ones are known as amateur photographers) but there are those who also consider it as a profession (also known as professional photographers). The world’s greatest photographers have been recognized along these lines. As per Web-Art’s listings, here are 5 of the best photographers in the world.


1. Abbott, Berenice. Berenice is an American photographer born in 1898. She discovered her love for taking images in 1920. She started as a studio assistant to then American expatriate in Paris, Man Ray. When she had her own studio, Berenice started taking pictures of some of Paris’ intellectuals like Eugene Atget and James Joyce. When she returned to the US, she started taking pictures of agricultural landscapes which then lead to the conceptualization of “Changing New York”.

2. Adams, Ansel. Known for his black and white landscape photography, Ansel Adams is also considered an environmentalist. He was born in San Francisco California in 1902 and started to learn how to play piano when he was 12. But with his obvious love for nature, as evidenced by his long walks via the Golden Gate, he gave up music for photography. From there, he started taking pictures every time he explored nature. Some of the great works of Ansel were published by the Sierra Club in 1922. It was in 1927 when he worked on “Monolith, the Face of Half Dome”.

3. Atget, Eugene. Born in 1857 in Libourne, France, he was forty years old, when he started taking photographs. He viewed himself as more of a skilled worker than a photographer. He sold his photographs to architects, city administrators and decorators. He made use of a plate camera and a tripod to take pictures while he printed his outputs on a gold-toned paper. When he met Berenice Abbott in 1926, the latter helped him publicize his work. A year later though, he died but left behind 2,000 pieces of empty glass plates and 10,000 prints.

4. Avedon, Richard. Richard Avedon was born in 1923 in New York. He has seen his works as reflections of himself. He said that his shots were concerned about human predicament and these predicaments were simply his own. He was noted for the brilliance of his images which he started to produce in 1944. His photographs were first recognized in the advertising industry. Richard Avedon made a trademark to his pictures in that he took images of people with only a portion of their bodies shown in the final output.

5. Beato, Felice. Born in Italy in 1832, Felice devoted much of his time taking photographs in Asian countries like India and Japan as well as in the Near East like Constantinople, Crimea and Athens. Basically, his images had some connection with the remnants of war. If there is one famous photograph he had taken, that would be a picture of the Opium War which he captured in 1860.

Aside from the five names mentioned above, there are also other people who have made a mark in the world of photography. Some of the best ones include Edouard Boubat, Margaret Bourke-White, Bill Brandt and Rene Burri.

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This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry Articles.

This Article is written by John C Arkin.


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