9 Famous Photographers You Must Know About


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Most people don’t know the famous photographers of the past and present, but these famous photographers make our world a more beautiful place. From iconic photos to famous quotes and amazing life stories, here is a list of 9 famous photographers you need to know about.

James Abbe

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James Abbe is famous for his photographs of the famous. He was commissioned by some of America’s most famous people, including President Teddy Roosevelt and General Douglas MacArthur. But he also photographed many ordinary Americans whose lives were changed when they met him. Some even called him “the photographer who made an American out of me.”

Abbe was born in 1883 in New York City to German-born parents, but grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where his father had a successful steel company that built bridges and skyscrapers all over the world. When he graduated from high school in 1901 at age 17, James Sr., gave James Jr., $500 with which to pursue photography as a career—a fortune at that time.

His first job was as a photographer for the famous dancer Isadora Duncan (1877-1927). He soon earned his own reputation as one of America’s best society photographers. However, it wasn’t until he arrived in Europe for an assignment with Duncan that he found his true calling. After World War I, while working on the famous “Stars and Stripes” magazine, he was sent to Paris in 1919 to cover Europe. There he became famous for his photographs of famous people including Somerset Maugham, George Bernard Shaw, Winston Churchill, Paul Valéry, Colette, Marie Curie. His famous portrait of Albert Einstein (1874-1955) in 1925, with his famous unkempt hair and wrinkled suit, became famous worldwide.

In 1934 he was invited by Franklin Roosevelt to become the U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union under Stalin (1879-1953). During that time he continued photographing famous people such as Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) and famous Russian writers. His famous photograph of Trotsky shows him with a book over his heart, leading some people to believe he wore the same clothes every day because he had nothing else. When World War II broke out, Abbe returned to America where he photographed famous American movie stars for the USO which used their famous faces to raise morale of the troops. He died at age 83, famous for his famous photographs and famous subjects.

George Davidson

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George Davidson is famous for his photographs of the American West. He was born in 1823 and died in 1905. His work captures a time when Americans were moving westward to settle new lands, and he documented the Native Americans who lived there before them.

George Davidson’s most famous photograph is probably The Last Stand at Little Bighorn from 1876, which depicts General Custer’s final battle with the Lakota Sioux Indians. In this famous picture you can see that General Custer has been shot off his horse and surrounded by warriors ready to kill him. This famous image reflects how Native Americans had no choice but to fight against settlers coming into their land because they weren’t willing or able to give up their homes peacefully.

Gertrude Kasebier

Gertrude Kasebier was an American photographer who is famous for her portraits of famous people. Her most famous portrait subject may be Nikola Tesla, the inventor and electrical engineer. She photographed him in his laboratory at Colorado Springs, Colorado on January 5, 1899.

Kasebier began as a painter before she became a photographer, working with wet-plate collodion process that required preparation of glass plates by hand and then coating them with sensitized emulsion before exposure to light. The photographic process itself involved much more labor than the later gelatin silver print processes because it took 15 minutes to expose each plate while all subsequent manipulations had to be done manually without any automatic assistance from equipment such as darkroom enlargers or chemical processors. She was famous for her photos of famous people and famous paintings, such as “The Art Students League” (1892), “Miss C. M. Clay (Florence Clough) at the Piano”, and “Mrs. J. Montgomery Sears” (1914).

Lewis Hine

Lewis Hine was famous for his photographs of the working class, and is famous as one of America’s most famous photographers. His work often focused on social issues such as child labor, racism and poverty. Some of his famous photographs include “Boys at Play” (1907) and “The Breaker Boys” (1908). One day in 1908 he witnessed a group of children being crushed to death by a falling breaker machine at the Pennsylvania Coal Company in Port Griffith, PA. He went home that day thinking about what had happened all day long. The next morning he took a plate camera with him back to the coal mine where he saw an empty breaker house with no workers inside it just waiting for their shift to start so they could die from coal dust. Lewis Hine hastily took a photograph of the building with no workers and even though it was his own son standing in the picture he later used that famous photograph as an illustration for a famous article by Robert W. Lynd titled “Young Life and Hard Labor” (1909).

His famous works include: The Immigrant: Mother and child, Ellis Island, New York (1907); The Migrant Mother (1936).

W Eugene Smith

W. Eugene Smith was famous for his documentary-like photographs of everyday life in the mid 20th century. His famous book, “Country Doctor,” records a year in the life of Dr. Ernest Ceriani, who delivered babies and performed surgery during that time. The photo series shows how lives were affected by poverty and disease during this era, but also depicts moments of hope and joy amid these difficult circumstances.

Smith’s work is often credited with raising awareness about social injustices around the world, spurring both policy changes and individual action at home and abroad to help people living in dire conditions worldwide. It is still used today as an example of how photography can be used to document social or political issues while telling compelling human stories at the same time.

Margaret Bourke-White

It’s hard to imagine the world without famous photographers, but it wasn’t always that way. The first photographer to be called famous was Margaret Bourke-White, who is often credited with being the first female photojournalist. She originally wanted to be a painter before realizing how much more she could do with photography. Her photographs have been published in books and magazines all over the world, including LIFE Magazine. And while her subject matter varied widely—from politics to social issues–she had one thing in common: capturing humanity at its finest moments of triumph or tragedy.

Margaret Bourke-White has taken famous photos of major political figures like Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt; famous musicians like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, famous natural disasters like the Dust Bowl and famous social issues like segregation. She also took well-known photos of famous landmarks all over the world, including the Empire State Building in New York City. Her innovative use of lighting has inspired famous photographers ever since.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson is famous for his photography of the 20th century. He was born in 1908 and died in 2004, but he remains one of the most famous photographers to this day. Some say that he’s the best photographer ever because his photographs are so iconic and will remain famous for generations to come.

Cartier-Bresson became interested in photography at a young age when he took over his father’s studio after studying law. His interest eventually grew into an obsession, until eventually his full time career became famous as well as taking on other jobs like writing articles about photography or giving lectures on art history. He worked with different types of cameras including 35mm Leica rangefinders and old twin lens reflex cameras.

Cartier-Bresson believed in the decisive moment as a way of making his photographs special and different from everyone else. This meant that he would anticipate an event, rather than react to it like most photographers do. He has taken famous photographs such as those of Gandhi’s funeral, but my favorite is one of him at a window using a telephoto lens to capture New York. Check it out here if you are interested!

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams was famous for his stunning photographs of the American West. His famous black and white images captured scenes that are now considered iconic, such as Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome, the Tetons in Wyoming, and desert landscapes in Arizona. He also pioneered new techniques in photography like “zone system,” which allowed him to capture scenes with much more detail than before possible.

He is best known for his famous book “The Moonrise” (1941), which featured a full moon rising over the surface of the water at Monterey Bay near Carmel-by-the-Sea in California. The photo became so famous it’s been reproduced on everything from posters to coffee mugs to T-shirts!

Robert Frank

Robert Frank was an American photographer famous for his work with the Americans in the 1950s. He is most famous for his 1958 book “The Americans”, which is considered one of the most influential photography books ever published. He also took famous photos like “Couple on a Bench” or “The Red Chair.”

He has influenced many famous photographers, including Diane Arbus and Garry Winogrand. His work can be seen at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York City, among other museums around the world.

Frank experienced success early in life but struggled later on after being blacklisted during McCarthyism. After this experience he became more interested in filmmaking than photography, though he continued to take photographs throughout his life.

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