Top 20 Famous Fashion Photographers In The World

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Fashion has been a major part of our daily lives for decades. After all, who doesn’t need to wear clothes in their everyday work or routines? That explains why fashion photography photographers gain more attention than other niches (wildlife photographers, for instance). 

Famous Fashion Photographers

Nevertheless, not everyone with a burning passion for fashion excels at photographing. Only a few truly master this art form, including some famous, iconic names we’re about to discuss below. 

Top 20 Biggest Fashion Photographers In The World 

1. Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon

Avedon, one of history’s best fashion photographers, started his career after WWII. He soon made waves among followers of Harper’s Bazaar magazines with pioneered fashion portraits set in unconventional backgrounds. 

Over time, Avedon developed a signature style marked by striking black-and-white contrasts while making forays into documentary photography about American West people.

Today, his work is showcased in numerous museums worldwide. The Richard Avedon Foundation manages these collections and oversees the official Instagram account for all his archived work. 

2. Georges Antoni

Georges Antoni

Antoni is an influential fashion photographer of our time, growing up in a remote Australian rural town. His upbringing instilled in him a keen eye for landscapes and natural beauties. 

Antoni ventured into freelance photography after a setback with his chain of food shops. His career took flight after he introduced his portfolio to a modeling agency. 

Since then, Antoni has collaborated with influential magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and worked with just as many renowned brands (e.g., Hugo Boss and Versace). International celebrities like Miranda Kerr and Rihanna have also graced his lens.

3. Cecil Beaton

cecil beaton

Cecil Beaton (full name: Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton) left a lasting mark as one of the twentieth century’s most famous fashion photographers. Beaton’s portfolio introduces iconic royal family portraits, including wedding pictures of Windsor’s Duke and Duchess.

Beyond photography, he excelled in almost every other fashion-related artistic discipline, even earning an Academy Award for art direction and costume in the movie My Fair Lady. 

During WWII, he was charged with photographing/documenting the home front while serving at the Ministry of Information. Despite his passing in 1980, his legacy lives on through the Cecil Beaton Archives, which also manages his official Instagram account.

4. Tim Walker

Tim Walker

This British photographer is renowned for his imaginative flair, and his work spans collaborations with nearly every prominent fashion house and publication imaginable. 

Each photo exudes a dreamlike quality reminiscent of illustrations in a vibrant storybook or scenes from a fantastical movie (like Alice in Wonderland). Walker likes to embrace unconventional makeup, attire, and angles, incorporating real shoot locations and props into the shoots (instead of CGI) to push his creativity boundaries further.

In a sea of fashion photographers, Walker’s ability to challenge norms and evoke emotions through clothes advertisements sets him apart as a powerful force in the industry.

5. Steven Klein

Steven Klein

Klein’s haunting imagery has cemented his position as one of the top American filmmakers and fashion photographers. In collaborations with the likes of Vogue, Chanel, and Tom Ford, Klein’s work often features atmospheric lighting that casts a shadowy allure over his subjects.

Despite initially pursuing painting, Steven Klein soon found his calling in photography while still taking inspiration from classical art.

As a result, his fashion photographs often resemble painted masterpieces, deriving from the alluring, joyful aesthetic usually seen in the genre. Descriptors like “gloomy” and “moody” capture the tone of his work perfectly. 

6. David Victory

David Victory

Victory commands attention with his luxurious style, earning his status as among the highest-paid professionals in the photography industry. 

Whether capturing lingerie models from a helicopter or showcasing swimwear in multimillion-dollar mansions, his work always exudes luxury. He proudly proclaimed himself a “brand architect” who built castles rather than settled for tent cities. 

7. Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz

Throughout her fashion photography career, Leibovitz has partnered with inspiring actors, musicians, famous political figures, and even royal families, which serves as a great testament to her talent and influence in the industry.

Leibovitz’s work is often described as “painterly,” standing out for expansive landscapes and narrative-driven storytelling rather than traditional studio settings. Her genuine love for people also lets her connect with the subjects at a deeper level, going beyond fashion to capture the essence of the human spirit.

8. Mario Testino

Mario Testino

Testino, the first featured Peruvian fashion photographer on our list, has long been a familiar name in the fashion world. He is known for his contributions to the Vanity Fair magazine and his own photo books. Even photographers less familiar with the fashion scene are likely aware of Testino’s impact. 

All images he has produced exude a sense of candid joy that paints humanity in the best light without veering into a gimmick. 

This talented artist likes experimenting with dramatic lighting, vibrant colors, and high contrasts to celebrate various fashion cultures and races. Testino’s love for what he’s doing is reflected in his diverse, comprehensive portfolio and is also quite evident in most of his interviews.  

9. Peter Lindbergh

Peter Lindbergh

Lindbergh embraces simplicity with his predominantly back-and-white work, focusing on the subjects’ raw natures/  personalities without overshadowing their clothing. He avoids every type of excessive retouching to ensure each image resonates with genuine emotion.

Despite his passing in September 2019, Lindbergh’s legacy lives on through his active Instagram account, which showcases his famous work and even introduces some previously unreleased photos. 

10. Patrick Demarchelier

Patrick Demarchelier

Though Patrick Demarchelier might not be a household name to everyone, chances are you’ve seen many iconic photos from him. He has captured memorable images of famous figures like Prince, Princess Diana, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Palpable intimacy is what sets his fashion photos apart. To achieve that, photographers must build trust with their subjects and make them feel comfortable during the shoots, something Patrick has always excelled at. 

Many of Demarchelier’s works are rendered in black and white, quite like Peter Lindbergh’s distinct style. This minimalistic visual language allows both famous photographers to convey the core spirit of fashion and clothing without always relying on vibrant colors.

11. Lara Jade

Lara Jade

One of the biggest names in the industry, Jade has received numerous awards and prizes for her striking photos. Her impressive portfolio includes many A-list celebrities like Lucy Boynton and Daisy Ridley. 

Interestingly, Jade didn’t start her career as an iconic fashion photographer; she spent the first few years exploring self-portraiture. That early experience with the camera granted her lots of empathy for her models, enriching her future work with deeper insights into their perspectives.

Her photography is versatile, seamlessly transitioning between DIY studio setups and outdoor environments. Simple yet elegant and effective, it resonates profoundly with viewers of all preferences. 

12. Steven Meisel

Steven Meisel

Meisel plays a significant role in the fashion scene, particularly through his iconic work for Vogue and abstract portraits of supermodels and celebrities like Madonna.

The use of black-and-white imagery often accentuates the glamor of Meisel’s fashion photography, giving him more freedom to capture the emotions of his subjects. He’s also showcased his expertise in creating clever motion blur for extra composition dynamics.

Beyond his artistic expressions, Meisel is credited for the success of many supermodels, which further underscores the profound impact of his work on the industry as a whole.

13. Nick Knight (Nicholas David Gordon)

Nick Knight (Nicholas David Gordon)

As one of Britain’s major fashion photographers and directors, Knight has worked with numerous actors and musicians, notably directing MVs for Lady Gaga and Kanye West.

Knight is also the founder of SHOWstudio, a groundbreaking fashion website that utilizes digital film for fashion documentation. Vibrant colors and unconventional aesthetics take center stage in his work, and unlike traditional fashion photographers, he doesn’t look down on digital manipulation. Models are also carefully selected to contribute to the surreal atmosphere of his iconic images.

14. Ellen von Unwerth

Ellen von Unwerth

Our German photographer specializes in fashion editorial photography. She focuses on iconic female figures like Naomi Campbell, Madonna, and Rihanna to celebrate the essence and power of womanhood.

One of her trademarks is experimentation with bold colors and striking contrasts. Yet, while technicality is crucial, Unwerth prioritizes raw emotions over perfect camera settings, an approach that gives way to a dreamy, nostalgic vibe that sets her images apart. 

15. Julia Hetta

julia hetta

Hetta’s photography resonates with the timeless elegance of Rembrandt’s paintings. 

As a self-proclaimed “romantic,” she doesn’t follow in the footsteps of many other contemporary fashion photographers, instead relying mostly on natural light. 

Her unique aesthetic has garnered attention from renowned publications like the British Vogue magazine and also earned her expensive collaborations with esteemed brands such as Alexander McQueen.

16. Giampaolo Sgura

Giampaolo Sgura

Throughout his career, Sgura has produced many celebrity portraits, including those of Irina Shayk and Katy Perry. 

With nearly two decades of experience, Sgura’s confident approach is marked by a central focus on authenticity. Before any shoot, he would build rapport with his teams and learn about the garments his models would be wearing. 

He also believes in the endurance of timeless charm and, thus, emphasizes style rather than fleeting fashion trends.

17. Cass Bird

Cass Bird

Bird celebrates diverse cultures through her graceful fashion photographs, which showcase models of all ages and genders exuding confidence in their skin. 

Her storytelling approach allows her to capture sensitive, vulnerable moments with her subjects, as evident in her work for Dior, Revlon, Vogue, and Calvin Klein, among others.

18. David Roemer

David Roemer

Roemer’s interests span a diverse range, from film and psychology to fashion photographs, with a keen focus on colors. 

He has tried just as many photography styles to demonstrate his versatility in the field, working with acclaimed models and actors such as Jessica Chastain and Barbara Palvin.

19. Lina Tesch

Lina Tesch

Tesch has carved a niche for herself as one of the most sought-after fashion photogs, both offline and online. 

With almost 600,000 fans on her Instagram account alone (as of May 2024), she captivates eyes with her dramatic, fearless photographic style, attracting collaborations with major brands like Dior, Puma, and Swarovski.

Adding to her charm is Tesch’s passion for fashion. Hence, she doesn’t just excel behind the camera but also occasionally steps in front of it, modeling for her fellow fashion photographers with great success! 

20. Cole Sprouse

Cole Sprouse

Aside from his thriving actor career, Cole Sprouse has also emerged as a rising talent in photography. 

His photographic portfolio spans from landscapes and atmospheric scenes to fashion, and a glance at his Instagram reveals his penchant for captioning each post with thoughtful, introspective stories authored by himself. 

He also frequently collaborates with his celebrity co-stars and partners with renowned companies like Adidas. 


These renowned fashion photographers have gone beyond beautiful fashion items to capture raw, genuine human emotions. 

You might not recognize all the names on our list, but you’ve likely come across their work in campaigns for major fashion brands. This clearly demonstrates their long-term impact on the fashion industry.

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Jeff Picoult is a seasoned photographer, who blends artistry and innovation. With a humble approach, he captures moments resonating with depth and emotion, from nature's beauty to the energy of sports.

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