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FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY is photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist as photographer. Fine art photography stands in contrast to representational photography, such as photojournalism, which provides a documentary visual account of specific subjects and events, literally re-presenting objective reality rather than the subjective intent of the photographer; and commercial photography, the primary focus of which is to advertise products or services.

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY is a genre of photography devoted to displaying clothing and other fashion items. Fashion photography is most often conducted for advertisements or fashion magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, or Elle. Over time, fashion photography has developed its own aesthetic in which the clothes and fashions are enhanced by the presence of exotic locations or accessories.

PHOTOJOURNALISM is a particular form of journalism (the collecting, editing, and presenting of news material for publication or broadcast) that creates images in order to tell a news story. It is now usually understood to refer only to still images, but in some cases the term also refers to video used in broadcast journalism. Photojournalism is distinguished from other close branches of photography (e.g., documentary photography, social documentary photography, street photography or celebrity photography) by complying with a rigid ethical framework which demands that the work is both honest and impartial whilst telling the story in strictly journalistic terms. Photojournalists create pictures that contribute to the news media.

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  • Adolph de Meyer - (1868-1946). Dubbed 'the Debussy of photography' by Cecil Beaton.
  • ALEXANDER RODCHENKO - (1891-1956).
  • ALFRED EISENSTAEDT - (1898-1995).
  • ALFRED STIEGLITZ - (1864-1946).
  • ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ - (1894-1985).
  • ANDREAS GURSKY - (1955-). German visual artist known for his enormous architecture and landscape color photographs. Rhein II, an image by Gursky, fetched $4.3m (£2.7m) at Christie's, New York on November 8, 2011, becoming the most expensive photograph ever sold.
  • ANNIE LEIBOVITZ - (1949-).
  • ANSEL ADAMS - (1902-1984).
  • Arnold Genthe - (1869-1942).
  • AUGUST SANDER - (1876-1964).
  • BERENICE ABBOTT - (1898-1991). Was an American photographer best known for her portraits of between-the-wars 20th century cultural figures, New York City photographs of architecture and urban design of the 1930s, and science interpretation in the 1940s to 1960s.
  • Bert Stern - (1929-2013). Was an American commercial, fashion & portrait photographer. He was one of the last photographers to shoot Marilyn Monroe, in June and July 1962 for Vogue magazine. Monroe died in August 1962.
  • Bettina Rheims - (1952-). French photographer. Bettina Rheims says that she has been inspired by Diane Arbus and Helmut Newton as well as by the work of early painters.
  • BILL BRANDT - (1904-1983).
  • BILL CUNNINGHAM - (1947-2016).
  • BRASSAÏ - (1899-1984).
  • BRUCE WEBBER - (1946-). American fashion photographer and occasional filmmaker. He has made ad campaigns for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Pirelli, Abercrombie & Fitch, Revlon, and Gianni Versace, and made work for Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Elle, Life, Interview, and Rolling Stone.
  • Carl Van Vechten - (1880-1964).
  • CECIL BEATON - (1904-1980).
  • Charles Marville - (1813-1879).
  • Charles Sheeler - (1883-1965).
  • Chris Buck - (1964-).
  • Chris von Wangenheim - (1942-1981). German fashion photographer of the late 1960s through the early 1980s.
  • DAVID BAILEY - (1938-).
  • David LaChapelle - (1963-). He is best known for his work in fashion, photography, which often references art history and sometimes conveys social messages. His photographic style has been described as "hyper-real and slyly subversive" and as "kitsch pop surrealism". Once called the Fellini of photography, LaChapelle has worked for international publications and has had his work exhibited in commercial galleries and institutions around the world.
  • David Seidner - (1957-1999). Was an American photographer known for his portraits and fashion photography.
  • DIANE ARBUS - (1923-1971).
  • DOROTHEA LANGE - (1895-1965).
  • Eadweard Muybridge - (1830-1904).
  • EDWARD STEICHEN - (1879-1973).
  • EDWARD WESTON - (1886-1958).
  • ELLIOTT ERWITT - (1928-).
  • ERWIN BLUMENFELD - (1897-1969).
  • EUGÈNE ATGET - (1857-1927).
  • Eve Arnold - (1912-2012). American photojournalist, long-resident in the UK. She joined Magnum Photos agency in 1951, and became a full member in 1957. She was the first woman to join the agency.
  • Francesco Scavullo - (1921-2004). American fashion photographer best known for his work on the covers of Cosmopolitan and his celebrity portraits.
  • Garry Winogrand - (1928-1984). Street photographer known for his portrayal of America in the mid-20th century.
  • Gordon Parks - (1912-2006).
  • Gray Malin - (1986-). US fine art photographer and New York Times bestselling author, who shoots aerial bird’s eye views of beaches and landscapes around the world.
  • GREGORY CREWDSON - (1962-).
  • GUSTAV KLUTSIS - (1895-1938).
  • GUY BOURDIN - (1928-1991). Was a French artist and fashion photographer known for his highly stylized and provocative images. From 1955, Bourdin worked mostly with Vogue as well as other publications including Harper's Bazaar. He shot ad campaigns for Chanel, Charles Jourdan, Pentax and Bloomingdale's. His work is collected by important institutions including Tate in London, MoMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Getty Museum.
  • Guy le Baube - (1944-). Franco-American fashion and art photographer.
  • HELMUT NEWTON - (1920-2004). German-Australian photographer. He was a "prolific, widely imitated fashion photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of Vogue and other publications."
  • HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON - (1908-2004). Considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. At MAGNUM PHOTOS.
  • HENRY PEACH ROBINSON - (1830-1901).
  • Horst P. Horst - (1906-1999).
  • HUGH WELCH DIAMOND - (1809-1886).
  • Imogen Cunningham - (1883-1976).
  • IRVING PENN - (1917-2009).
  • JACOB RIIS - (1849-1914).
  • Jacques Henri Lartigue - (1894-1986).
  • Jean-Paul Goude - (1940-).
  • Jeanloup Sieff - (1933-2000). French photographer famous for his portraits of politicians, famous artists, landscapes, as well as for his nudes and use of wide-angle lens and visible dodging marks. He worked mainly in black and white and for the fashion.
  • JOEL MEYEROWITZ - (1938-).
  • KARL BLOSSFELDT - (1865-1932).
  • Kevin Abosch - (1969-). In 2015, Abosch's photographic work of a potato, "Potato #345" was sold to an unnamed businessman in Europe for a reported €1,000,000, making it one of the most expensive photographs in the world.
  • LÁszlÓ Moholy-Nagy - (1895-1946).
  • LEE MILLER - (1907-1977).
  • MAN RAY - (1890-1976).
  • Martin Schoeller - (1968-). New York-based photographer whose style of "hyper-detailed close ups" is distinguished by similar treatment of all subjects whether they are celebrities or unknown. His most recognizable work are his portraits, shot with similar lighting, backdrop, and tone.
  • Mary Ellen Mark - (1940-2015).
  • NADAR - (1820-1910). Examples of Nadar's photographic portraits are held by many of the great national collections of photographs.
  • NICK KNIGHT - (1958-).
  • NORMAN PARKINSON - (1913-1990).
  • Oliviero Toscani - (1942-).
  • Otto Fenn - (1913-1993). American photographer of fashion, celebrity portraits, architecture and food photography. Fenn was an early friend and creative collaborator with artist Andy Warhol.
  • Paul Strand - (1890-1976).
  • PETER BEARD - (1938-).
  • RICHARD MOSSE - (1980-).
  • ROBERT CAPA - (1913-1954).
  • Robert Doisneau - (1912-1994). French photographer. In the 1930s he used a Leica on the streets of Paris. He and Henri Cartier-Bresson were pioneers of photojournalism.
  • Robert Frank - (1924-).
  • ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE - (1946-1989).
  • Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky - (1863-1944). Russian chemist and photographer. He is best known for his pioneering work in color photography of early 20th-century Russia.
  • SPENCER TUNICK - (1967-). Since 1994 he has photographed over 75 human installations around the world.
  • STEPHEN SHORE - (1947-).
  • Terry O'Neill - (1938-). He gained renown documenting the fashions, styles, and celebrities of the 1960s.
  • Tony Kelly - (1975-). Fine art photographer and director. Based in Los Angeles, he is known for a cinematic style of photography with a luxury aesthetic and vibrant use of colour.
  • TONY VACCARO - (1922-).
  • TRUDE FLEISCHMANN - (1895-1990).
  • W. EUGENE SMITH - (1918-1978).
  • WALKER EVANS - (1903-1975). American photographer best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression.
  • WILLIAM EGGLESTON - (1939-).
  • YOUSUF KARSH - (1908-2002). He has been called one of the great portrait photographers of the 20th century by TIME magazine and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with the latter noting the "distinct style in his theatrical lighting."
    Fashion Photographers
  • Helmut Newton (1920-2004).
  • A Legendary Fashion Photographer, Revisited - The New York Times.
  • Fashion photography - Wikipedia.
  • German Fashion Photographer Peter Lindbergh Dies at 74 - TIME Magazine.
  • List of photographers - Wikipedia.
  • Making mischief: celebrating Norman Parkinson’s playful take on fashion photography - The Telegraph.
  • Norman Parkinson: the photographer who made fashion glam - The Telegraph.
  • Richard Avedon: is this what power looks like? - The Telegraph.
  • Secrets of fashion photographers revealed - "Secrets of the fashion week pit: Photographing the other side of the runway."
  • Top 25 Fashion Photographers
  • Alexi Lubomirski - (1975-). Fashion and Celebrity Photographer based in New York City. Polish photographer and nobleman best known for taking the official photographs of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for their engagement and their wedding.
  • AndrÉ Carrara - (1939-).
  • Arthur Elgort - (1940-). American fashion photographer best known for his work with Vogue magazine.
  • Bill Cunningham - (1929-2016). American fashion photographer for the New York Times, known for his candid and street photography.
  • BRUCE WEBBER - (1946-).
  • CECIL BEATON - (1904-1980).
  • DAVID BAILEY - (1938-). English fashion and portrait photographer. Along with Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy, Bailey captured and helped create the 'Swinging London' of the 1960s: a culture of fashion and celebrity chic. The film Blowup (1966), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, depicts the life of a London fashion photographer (played by David Hemmings) whose character was inspired by Bailey.
  • David LaChapelle - (1963-). Photographer and director who works in the fields of fashion, advertising, and fine art photography, and is noted for his surreal, unique, sexualized, and often humorous style.
  • Deborah Turbeville - (1932-2013). American fashion photographer. She is widely credited with adding a darker, more brooding element to fashion photography, beginning in the early 1970s. Turbeville is one of just three photographers, together with Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton, who essentially changed fashion photo shoots from traditional, well-lit images into something much more edgy.
  • Eric Boman - (1946-2022).
  • FRANCESCO SCAVULLO - (1921-2004). Was an American fashion photographer best known for his work on the covers of Cosmopolitan and his celebrity portraits.
  • George Hoyningen-Huene - (1900-1968).
  • GUY BOURDIN - (1928-1991). Was a French artist and fashion photographer known for his provocative images. From 1955, Bourdin worked mostly with Vogue as well as other publications including Harper's Bazaar. He shot ad campaigns for Chanel, Charles Jourdan, Pentax and Bloomingdale's. He is considered one of the best-known photographers of fashion and advertising of the second half of the 20th century. He set the stage for a new kind of fashion photography. "While conventional fashion images make beauty and clothing their central elements, Bourdin’s photographs offer a radical alternative."
  • Guy le Baube - (1944-). Franco-American fashion and art photographer. He was born in France and moved from Paris to New York in 1976. His work has appeared in magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, and Marie Claire.
  • Hans Feurer - (1939-). Swiss fashion photographer who lives in Zürich, Switzerland.
  • HELMUT NEWTON - (1920-2004). German-Australian photographer. He was a "prolific, widely imitated fashion photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of Vogue and other publications."
  • Herb Ritts - (1952-2002).
  • Horst P. Horst - (1906-1999). Was a German-American fashion photographer. Horst is best known for his photographs of women and fashion, but is also recognized for his photographs of interior architecture, still lifes, especially ones including plants, and environmental portraits. One of the great iconic photos of the 20th century is "The Mainbocher Corset" with its erotically charged mystery, captured by Horst in Vogue’s Paris studio in 1939. Designers like Donna Karan continue to use the timeless beauty of "The Mainbocher Corset" as an inspiration for their outerwear collections today. His work frequently reflects his interest in surrealism and his regard of the ancient Greek ideal of physical beauty.
  • Irving Penn - (1917-2009). Was an American photographer known for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lifes. Penn's career included work at Vogue magazine, and independent advertising work for clients including Issey Miyake and Clinique. His work has been exhibited internationally and continues to inform the art of photography.
  • Karl Lagerfeld - (1935-2019). Was a German creative director, fashion designer, artist, photographer, and caricaturist.
  • Louise Dahl-Wolfe - (1895-1989).
  • Mario Testino - (1954-).
  • Michael Reinhardt - (1938-).
  • Misan Harriman - (1977-). The first black man to shoot a cover of British Vogue in the magazine's 104-year history.
  • Norman Parkinson - (1913-1990).
  • Oliviero Toscani - (1942-). Italian photographer, best-known worldwide for designing controversial advertising campaigns for Italian brand Benetton, from 1982 to 2000.
  • Patrick Demarchelier - (1943-2022). Was a French fashion photographer.
  • Peter Lindbergh - (1944-2019). Was a German fashion photographer and film director.
  • Pierpaolo Ferrari - (1971-).
  • Rankin - (1966-).
  • RICHARD AVEDON - (1923-2004). American fashion and portrait photographer. He worked for Harper's Bazaar, Vogue and Elle specializing in capturing movement in still pictures of fashion, theater and dance. An obituary published in The New York Times said that "his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century".
  • Steven Klein - (1965-).
  • Steven Meisel - (1954-). American fashion photographer, who obtained popularity and critical acclaim with his work in Vogue and Vogue Italia as well as his photographs of friend Madonna in her 1992 book, Sex. He is now considered one of the most successful fashion photographers in the industry. He used to work regularly for both US and Italian Vogue, and W (at the time also published by Condé Nast) and now exclusively for British Vogue.
  • Toni Frissell - (1907-1988).
  • Victor Skrebneski - (1929-2020). Most known for his fashion photography and his work for the ad campaigns of the cosmetics company Estée Lauder, Inc. He has also photographed various celebrities.
  • Willy Rizzo - (1928-2013).
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