20 Most Influential
What makes a photographer influential? Many of the photographers saluted here have made their marks on our industry as teachers and mentors. Some have been advocates for photographers' rights, setting business standards other photographers follow. But when our readers talked to us or wrote into PDN Online to name the photographers who had influenced them the most, what came up again and again was the importance of their images. While Richard Avedon was the overwhelming top choice as most influential photographer of the last 20 years, all the photographers we pay tribute to here have created a body of work that has inspired imitators, forged a path for admiring colleagues and stirred young artists to become photographers. One more word about this list. We know 20 living photographers aren't enough. We encourage you to write to us about the many widely admired photographers not included here. And we look forward to expanding this list considerably when it's time for PDN to celebrate 50 years in business.
RICHARD AVEDON
DAVID BAILEY
HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON
ROBERT FRANK
NAN GOLDIN
ANNIE LEIBOVITZ
JAY MAISEL
MARY ELLEN MARK
DUANE MICHALS
JAMES NACHTWEY
HELMUT NEWTON
ARNOLD NEWMAN
GORDON PARKS
IRVING PENN
PETE TURNER
EUGENE RICHARDS
SEBASTIÃO SALGADO
HERB RITTS
JERRY UELSMANN
ALBERT WATSON


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