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Famous Portrait Photographers

Nigeyboy 10 873 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2010 12:30PM
Hi all

I am putting together a project, and need some names of famous, living (thats important!!) portrait photographers. As I shoot mainly landscapes, its a tough one for me!! Can you lot help me out with some names at all please?


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Duncan_E 11 201 3 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2010 12:51PM
David Bailey
Terry O'Neill
John Swannell
David LaChapelle
Nadav Kander
Nan Goldin
Eve Arnold (retired)
Cindy Sherman

Apologies if any of them died when i wasn't looking.
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
25 Oct 2010 1:16PM
Depends on the definition of portrait, if it includes people study butt:

Andrzej Dragan - Brilliant, very Dark but his series on the famous people from history as they would look now is stunning.
Bob Carlos Clarke (Deceased - sorry) - Was ahead of his time, noted for his erotic stuff, but he was far more than that, check out his Marco Pierre White images. (did some pretty good still lifes too).
Joey Lawrence - Very up and coming (only 19 or 20), does a lot of promo stuff for the Twighlight movies, but see his images of African tribes people.
Bill Brandt (Deceased - sorry) - Very innovative, creative use of wide angle lenses for people stidies.
Joe McNally - Great strobe light specialist
Dave Hill - Not really my cup of tea, but flavour of the Month overly sharpened IMHO, very contrasy lighting "style".
Jill Greenberg - Ditto the Dave Hill comments.

If you are doing a project why not look on the images of photographers that are no longer with us too? As they shaped what goes now.
whipspeed 13 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2010 1:21PM
Platon is another one to look up.
Geoffphoto 12 13.5k United Kingdom
25 Oct 2010 1:50PM
Just a couple of names to add to the list

Snowdon - Always loved his stuff - likes to use natural light

Andy Earl - mostly works for the likes of Q magazine in the rock and pop world - and he's a nice bloke as well !! this is a great image

and check out the early work of Annie Leibovitz ( those 70's pics of the Stones- fantastic!! )

(and sadly no longer with us but Herb Ritts was superb !)
Nigeyboy 10 873 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2010 2:04PM
Thanks all - loads of names here so far!! Some i have heard of, but some i have not!! will get on google later!!
fauxtography 13 6.6k 36
25 Oct 2010 2:14PM
Annie Leibovitz
Albert Watson
Mary Ellen Mark
Sally Mann

And another vote for Platon.
Geoffphoto 12 13.5k United Kingdom
25 Oct 2010 2:32PM
Oooops !!! I forgot the brilliant Mario Testino Smile

Gaucho 16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2010 2:36PM
I don't think anybody has mentioned Jane Bown nor John Hedgecoe, both wonderful portraitists.


And another vote for Snowdon Smile
Gaucho 16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2010 2:39PM
Oops. John Hedgecoe passed away in June. Never mind, Jane Bown is simply brilliant, worth at least two.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
25 Oct 2010 3:00PM
Gertrude Kasebier
Diane Arbus
Elsa Dorfman
Yousuf Karsh
Francesco Scavullo
Herb Ritts

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