There are many great and famous photographers, examples of their work are easily found from a web search. There are also some less well known but brilliant and exceptional photographers that are not so easy to find. This page links to some of these less-familiar but inspirational photographers’ web sites.

* Recent additions


Not one photographer but a commercial, French retouching / CGI agency. Inspiring work.

Albert Watson

Fashion and portraits

Alexey Ttitarenko

Fine art. Mostly black and white. Specialises in longer exposures where people movement is blurred

Alfred Eisenstaedt

1898 – 1995 was a German-American photographer and photojournalist. He is best known for his photograph capturing the celebration of V-J Day and for his candid photographs, frequently made using various models of a 35mm Leica rangefinder camera. You will recognise many of his images.

Ami Vitale

Travel photographer and photo-journalist. Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic magazine photographer Ami Vitale has traveled to more than 90 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit.

Arnold Newman

American portrait photographer

Arthur Elgort

Fashion photographer

Bryan David Griffith

Fine Art Photography, based in Phoenix, Arizona. Often minimal images. Prefers using basic analogue equipment and techniques to create his work—simple images that invite quiet contemplation.

Cliff Mautner

American weddings and portraits

Dan Winters

Widely recognized for his unusual celebrity portraiture, his scientific photography, photo illustrations, drawings and photojournalistic stories

David Burnett

David Burnett is a photojournalist with more than 4 decades of work covering the news, the people, and visual tempo of our age. In July, 2011, David worked with Photographers for Hope to create a workshop for homeless news vendors in Glasgow, Scotland. Their work (see here) is a really wonderful show of what photography can do, when there is motivation.

David Muench

Landscape photographer

Elliott Erwitt

A member of the World Photographic Academy, Erwitt, is recognised as a documentary and commercial photographer and has also been honoured with this year’s ICP Lifetime Achievement Award. His style of photography fairly reflects the work of Henri-Cartier Bresson, the father of photojournalism who coined the term “the decisive moment”. Erwitt is known for capturing street scenes of silhouettes with precision as well as expressing his witty persona through his humorous photographs. Magnum

Ernst Haas

(1921–1986) is acclaimed as one of the most celebrated and influential photographers of the 20th century and considered one of the pioneers of color photography. Haas traveled extensively, photographing for LIFE, Vogue, and Look, to name a few of many influential publications. See landscape photographer BBC

Philippe Halsman

Creative Portraiture 1906-1979. He produced reportage and covers for most major American magazines, including 101 covers for Life magazine. His assignments brought him face-to-face with many of the century’s leading personalities. He found unique ways to capture their real, undistorted personality and character.

Great Portraitists

Some brilliant portrait photographers:
Victor Skrebneski,  Sarah Moon, Peter LindberghHerb RittsDan Winters, Jeanloup SieffEmily Shur

Irving Penn

1907 – 2009
Irving Penn was one of the twentieth century’s great photographers, known for his arresting images and masterful printmaking. He was celebrated as one of Vogue magazine’s top photographers for more than sixty years.
In the “Foundation” web site select any genre from the Artwork menu, click the first thumbnail and then click your way through the brilliant, mostly mono, full screen images, just feel the rhythm in each one.

James Nachtwey

Documenting wars, conflicts and critical social issues.
Nachtwey has received numerous honours such as the Common Wealth Award, Martin Luther King Award, Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award, Henry Luce Award, Robert Capa Gold Medal (five times), the World Press Photo Award (twice), Magazine Photographer of the Year (seven times), the International Center of Photography Infinity Award (three times), the Leica Award (twice), the Bayeaux Award for War Correspondents (twice), the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, the Canon Photo essayist Award and the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Grant in Humanistic Photography. He is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and has an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Arts.

Jane Long

Creative people photographer

Jennifer B Hudson

Fine art portraits and full length. Mainly mono and female in Photoshopped locations. Dreamy and unsual. Take a look at her past exhibitions, eg Baptism. Her blog from a workshop shows many examples of how she starts her pictures that will evolve into the final print.

John Loengard

Photojournalism for LIFE magazine

Josef Hofllehner

Mostly black and white

Joyce Tenneson

People and Flowers/trees (some nudity)
Tenneson is among the most respected photographers of our time, and has been described critically as “one of America’s most interesting portrayers of the human character.” Her work is a combination of portraiture and mythology-she is interested in discovering the archetypes of our being.

Madame Peripetie

AKA Sylwana Zybura an award-winning Polish-German image maker and linguist based in London/UK. Her clients include Canon, Selfridges, Topshop, Cutler&Gross, Kris van Assche, Le Monde, Maison Martin Margiela, Stella Artois, Svarowski and Rankin’s Hunger Magazine. The main focus of her work lies within the (in-camera) creation of character design infused with surreal and abstract elements, the contemporary hybridised body, its sublime beauty and its study in connection to fashion and design.

Maggie Steber

Photographer Maggie Steber has worked in 64 countries focusing on humanitarian, cultural, and social stories. Her honors include the Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo Foundation, the Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson and Ernst Haas Grants, and a Knight Foundation grant for the New American Newspaper project.

Matt Mahurin

Artist, illustrator and photographer.

Michael Melford

Landscape photographer National Geographic Bio

Minor White

1908-1976 Minor Martin White was an American photographer born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. White earned a degree in botany with a minor in English from the University of Minnesota in 1933.

Monty Zucker

It’s been said that Monte Zucker changed wedding photography as we know it today. He’s also change the way we photograph couples and families. When it comes to posing people and lighting them, Monte is one of the all-time legendary masters. Monte Zucker has achieved just about every photographic degree that exists including Portrait Photographer of the Year from the United Nations in 2002. Monte’s images are simple, direct, and emotional.

Nadav Kander

One of the most interesting portraitists working today, see his Work > Portraits section of his Flash gallery. Has an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery as a tie-in to the 2012 Olympics

Paolo Roversi

An Italian-born fashion photographer who lives and works in Paris. Unofficial web site of many amazing studio shots here (some nudes)

Patrick Demarchelier

Fashion, beauty, advertising, fine art

Pentti Sammallahti

Born 1950 in Finland. Mono photographer. Sammallahti was included among the 100 favourite photographs in the personal collection of Henri Cartier-Bresson. Also see The Photographers Gallery and Intospective Magazine

Peter Rossi

Cairns, Australia. People, landscape and commercial

Phil Penman

Phil Penman comes from Dorset, England. Today he works as a freelance street photographer in New York.

Phil was recently listed as one of the “52 most influential street Photographers” alongside Henri Cartier Bresson and Sebastiao Salgado. See Phil on Instagram and  Facebook

Ron Haviv

Photo journalist, editorial and commercial. His photos have changed the world, especially some visually upsetting and harrowing events, see Blood and Honey and Testimony One hour YouTube interview

Thierry Bouët

Portrait and reportage photographer. Shoots for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie-Claire, l’Egoïste, Vanity Fair, Liberation. Also see Strange Items for Sale

Tim Flach

Tim is a photographer best known for his highly conceptual portraits of animals. His images are a departure from traditional wildlife photography and he has been described as “a potent example of a commercially trained photographer who’s now reaching a global audience through the boom in fine art photography.

He is the author of the books Equus, Dogs Gods and More Than Human.Tim Flach has repeatedly been honoured by leading organisations and publications in the photography world, including: the Association of Photographers, American Photography, Photo District Annual,Communication Arts,Cannes Lions, Creative Review and Design & Art Direction.He has also won the International Photography Awards Professional Photographer of the Year, Fine Art.

V&A Photography

Not one but many great photographers and techniques, from the 19th century to the most modern, to explore.

W. Eugene Smith

Photo journalist with Magnum and Life. Some brutal war images and fine art. An American photojournalist, renowned for the dedication he devoted to his projects and his uncompromising professional and ethical standards. Smith developed the photo essay into a sophisticated visual form. Video biography

Wynn Bullock

Landscape photographer Colour abstract

Yousuf Karsh

Karsh has photographed many of the most iconic people in the lather half of the 20th century. If you read nothing else read the background to his Winston Churchill photograph

David Eustace *

Photographer, Director, Producer

Scotland and New York

Finn Beales *

Finn is an award-winning travel, lifestyle and commercial photographer based in Wales

Author of The Photography Storytelling Workshop: A five-step guide to creating unforgettable photographs (2020)

Kate Abbey *

Yorkshire based commercial photographer. Awards include: AOP Photography Awards, Portrait of Britain, Artist in Residence Bradford Cathedral

Five Photography Monographs Everyone Should Know



“There are artists with life-long careers who produce an incredibly large number of works; nevertheless, it is possible in the majority of cases to recognise in retrospect a single body of work or art project that encompasses or best summarises the artist’s entire research, conveying the essence of their aesthetic and approach.” References: Robert Frank – The Americans, Stephen Shore – Uncommon Places, Zoe Leonard – Analogue, Helmut Newton – SUMO  and  Andreas Gursky

Michael Freeman

London based photographer (esp. travel and landscape) and prolific author, with 67 books on the practice of photography considered as standard works having sold over 3 million copies in more than 20 languages.

David Alan Harvey

Travel photographer “Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like”. Instagram. Sadly a reputation tainted by accusations of behavioural issues

Denis Reggie

North American wedding photographer to the well-heeled

Maciej Dakowicz

Street photographer

In Public

Several good street photographers

Chuck Close 1940-2021

Mixing portrait photography with art Google imagesWhite CubePace Gallery

Hiro (Yasuhiro Wakabayashi) 1930-2021

Japanese-born American commercial photographer. He was known for his fashion and still life photography from the mid-1960s onward. Creative. Surrealism, unexpected combinations, unusual lighting, bold colours and subversive wit

Google ImagesWWDY Magazine

Joel Robinson

conceptual portraiture work, creative


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