Instantly Recognizable Iconic Photographers – Part 1

Photography is one of the world’s most enviable arts. Especially so in the case of iconic photographers. It is these photographers that possessed the ability to capture images and bring out the real magic in particular settings. This blog post will take a look at some of the globally recognized iconic photographers, both past and present. Let’s delve into the world of famous photographers, while at the same time examining some of their most loved pieces.

Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz

Without question Leibovitz is one of the world’s most famous contemporary portrait photographer. To be fair she is likely to be the most famous of all. Best known for her work for Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone magazines, Leibovitz set the photography world ablaze with some stunning images, including:

  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono
  • Vanity Fair cover images
  • Disney Dream portrait series

Born in Connecticut in 1948, Leibovitz actually photographed John Lennon on the day that he was shot dead by gunman Mark David Chapman. Aside from capturing photographs of pop icons, movie stars and the like, Leibovitz has also worked with a number of US Presidents including Barack Obama and his family.

Nicholas Samaras

Samaras specializes in underwater photography and is instantly recognized for his work with National Geographic magazine. Born in Thessaloniki, Greece he developed a keen interest in underwater photography during childhood, with his favored work consisting of:

  • Fish portraits
  • Ship wrecks
  • Divers

Not too much is known about Samaras as he works hard to keep his private life completely separate from his professional life. He has scooped many awards, including the Greece International Underwater Photography Championships and the DNA Europe Photo contest.

Michael Kenna

Michael Kenna

Best known as a landscape photographer. His best work is often captured when light is an issue, fading early evening scenes, or poor weather situations such as fog, sleet, snow and rain. Kenna, has travelled the globe taking spectacular photos along the way; however, his favored locations are Japan and France. Born in 1953 in Widnes, Lancashire, England, Kenna has seen over 20 books published containing his life-work. – You can see more about Kenna at his official website.

Ansel Adams

The American photographer Ansel Adams is a massive name in photography. Even before the introduction of digital photography and editing suites, Adams was recognized as the master of the dark-room. His work demonstrates that Adams has complete control over his images. He is perhaps best-known for creating a technique that helps control and optimize the development and exposure of film, this specialty technique is called the Zone System.

Dorothea Lange

Lange rose to the top of her professions during the great depression. She was infinitely successful in her work and will be remembered for easily one of the most iconic of images in history, the Migrant Mother. Lange would provide complete coverage of a particular theme, capturing images until the story was told in full. Born to 2nd generation German immigrants in New Jersey 1895, Lange passed away aged 70 on October 11th 1965 in San Francisco.