The camera lens can capture the emotions and thoughts of the people posing, while the talent of those behind the camera is what indelibly engraves the faces in our memory.
Famous personalities from the field of arts, letters, the world political scene, and showbiz, have posed for the lens of talented photographers, giving us emblematic images. In the following lines, we travel from yesterday to today, presenting ten top photographers, from whose lens the most recognizable faces of all times have paraded.
- Peter Lindbergh
Leading fashion photographer, visionary, lover of true beauty. Peter Lindbergh, left a valuable legacy, writing his own special chapter in the history of photography. Peter Lindbergh has collaborated with leading fashion designers and almost all international magazines throughout his career. In the 1990s, he was known for his photographs with the supermodels of the time, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington.
- Terry Richardson
Famous personalities have passed in front of the lens of New York photographer Terry Richardson, including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Barack Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kara Delevingne and many more. “Uncle Terry’s” career, however, collapsed like a deck of cards, following a series of allegations against the famous photographer.
- Mario Testino
With more than 40 years of photography and fashion career, Mario Testino, a photographer of Peruvian descent, can be proud of his countless famous “clicks”. Testino has signed some of the most famous portraits of celebrities, such as the official photographs of the engagements of Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as a series of photographs of Princess Diana in 1997, published in Vanity Fair. Kate Moss, Oprah Winfrey, Anna Wintour, are just some of the names of celebrities who have posed for Testino.
- Nick Knight
Few photographers are as influential internationally as the British Nick Knight. Born in 1958, he stood out from his student years, when in 1982 he released the award-winning photo album “Skinheads”. Since then he has directed songs by Bjork, Lady Gaga, Massive Attack, and more. A pioneer and award-winning collaborator with renowned designers and leading fashion brands, Nick Knight has exhibited his work at world-renowned cultural organizations such as Tate Modern, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Gagosian Gallery.
- Richard Avedon
Richard Avedon, with his work, broke the thematic divisions in photography, covering an impressive range: From famous or anonymous people to historical moments, such as the Human Rights Movement in America and the Fall of the Wall Berlin. Aventon’s photographs are captivating and extremely intelligent. From the 1940s, when he began his career as a fashion photographer, he became known for his distinctive way of transforming women by imprinting them on paper.
- Annie Leibovitz
Photographer Annie Leibovitz was born in 1949 in Waterbury, Connecticut. From a young age he became interested in the arts and began composing and playing music. Then she started taking photography lessons, where she discovered her natural inclination. Her career began in the 1970s when she worked with Rolling Stone magazine, and then Annie Limbovic worked for Vanity Fair and Vogue. Leibovitz’s lens has featured important personalities such as John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Queen Elizabeth on her 90th birthday, Bill Gates, the Obama family, and Mark Zuckerberg along with his pregnant wife. Ani Limbovic in 2000 and 2016, becomes the photographer who creates Pirelli’s famous diary, introducing a whole new aesthetic to it.
- Irving Penn
The name of Irvin Penn in the field of photography has its own special chapter. The great teacher in American fashion photography was established in the space through his minimal aesthetics and glam sensuality. Penn is essentially the inventor of the “less is more” aesthetic, a phrase identified with abstraction in photography.
- Elliott Erwitt
Magnum’s top photographer Elliott Erwitt has set up his camera lens against historical figures and politicians, writers, and actors. From Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, and John F. Kennedy, and from Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, and Montgomery Clift, Eliot Ergight has, through her own penetrating gaze, given some of her most iconic clicks in history.
- Martin Schoeller
German photographer Martin Schoeller is one of the most famous, modern portrait photographers. From former US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Hollywood stars such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, and Robert De Niro.
- Helmut Newton
Color provocateur and iconoclast. Helmut Newton’s photographs have so many erotic references that they probably go beyond fashion and fancy magazines even today. Helmut Newton was considered by many to be more than just a fashion photographer. His family model and way of life underground influenced his technique and subject matter. In his black and white photos, the women even manage to radiate incredible potential through their nudity. They live, sleep, breathe with impeccable makeup, heavy jewelry, provocative stiletto heels. He himself suffered from color blindness. This prompted him to prefer bright color contrasts and print vivid colors in his later color photographs.
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