Most Famous Portrait Photographers In The World

Most Famous Portrait Photographers In The World

A portrait is more than a picture, it represents emotions, a story line, the closeness, the beautiful features and such. Portrait photographers in the world do not only capture photos, they beautifully represent a specific person artistically. Famous portrait photographers in the world mostly combines their passion and professional life. This is why their portrait circulates around the globe to a great extent and makes their work all-time famous.

This article has been divided into two parts. It identifies the top 10 portrait photographers who work with natural candid shots and top 5 photographers who work in the glam industries with celebrities. 

The top 10 most famous portrait photographers in the world were chosen based on works that were not staged and did not require a studio for the captures. Their portraits are natural clicks that represent a real life scenario of people from different tribes around the world.

Steve Mc Curry

Steve-Mc-Curry

The first portrait photographer topping our list is Steve Mc Curry. His work has been published in most of the famous magazines in the world, as well as some popular galleries and museums. He is famous for his photo “Afghan Girl”, which was taken in Pakistan in a refugee camp (Appendix A). This photo  was also named the most recognized photo of National Geographic. The essence of his work is the art of capturing people’s joys and struggles through photography.  

Steve Mc Curry can be further contacted through his offical instagram and facebook page provided in a nutshell below:

Inatgram: https://www.instagram.com/stevemccurryofficial/

Facbook Page: https://www.facebook.com/stevemccurrystudios

General Contact available: https://stevemccurry.com/contact-us

David Lazar

David Lazar
David Lazar

David lazar, a world-famous travel photographer was awarded as the best cultural photographer for his talented photography skills. He travels around the world in countries with enriched cultural traditions and captures ‘moments in life’. His work can be found in newspapers, magazines, journals and such. His work called the “Golden land” is a famous work, however it is not a portrait. His portrait photo, “Girl with green eyes” is quite famous and was captured in Bangladesh (Appendix B)

David Lazar can be further contacted through his offical instagram and facebook page provided in a nutshell below:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidlazarphoto/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/davidlazarphoto

General Contact for portraits: http://davidlazarphoto.com/contact/

Lee Jeffries

Lee Jeffries
Lee Jeffries

This photographer is an accountant by profession and a photographer by passion. He holds a mission to raise awareness and funds for the homeless and uniquely captures the people in need in a frame. This portrait photographer’s work depicts a ray of hope in his subject’s eyes, which is very touching and catches attention (Appendix C).  

Lee Jefferies can be further contacted through his offical instagram and facebook page provided in a nutshell below:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lee_jeffries/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeeJeffriesphotographer/

General Contact for portraits: http://lee-jeffries.co.uk/

Lisa Kristine

Lisa Kristine
Lisa Kristine

She is a humanitarian photographer, who travelled in all countries around the world. Lisa documented indigenous cultures and became famous for her contribution in exposing modern day slavery (Appendix D). Her portraits have won millions of people’s hearts; most of them are unplanned and capture the subject’s raw emotions by revealing their natural state of being. 

Lisa Kristine can be further contacted through his offical instagram and facebook page provided in a nutshell below:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lisakristinephotography/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisakristinephotography/

General Contact for portraits: https://lisakristine.com/contact-us/

Jimmy Nelson

Jimmy Nelson
Jimmy Nelson

Jimmy Nelson is a famous photographer who was known for his artistic captures (Appendix E) of indigenous and tribal people in over 16 countries. It is believed that his photos will “live to tell the tale.” His book “Before They Pass Away”, which showcases tribal cultures is very popular and is currently sold in amazon as well. 

Jimmy Nelson can be further contacted through his offical instagram and facebook page provided in a nutshell below:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lisakristinephotography/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisakristinephotography/

Website: https://www.jimmynelson.com/

Eric Lafforgue

Eric Lafforgue
Eric Lafforgue

Eric is a famous portrait photographer, who is well-known for capturing photos in North Korea (Appendix F). He has a short story for each subject he photographs. It is said that his tales are fascinating which sets him apart from other photographers

Eric Lafforgue can be further contacted through his offical instagram and facebook page provided in a nutshell below:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ericlafforgue/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lafforguephotographer

Phil Borge

Phil Borges
Phil Borges

Phil Borges is a filmmaker and a social documentary photographer, who is famous for documenting the challenges faced by tribal and indigenous cultures (Appendix G). He has been working in this field for over 25 years. 

Phil Borges can be further contacted through his offical instagram and facebook page provided in a nutshell below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhilBorgesStudio/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/phil.borges

Rehan

Rehan
Rehan

Rehan is undoubtedly a very talented photographer. He has made his way to this article of top portrait photographers through capturing real life portraits as opposed to staged. He is famous for catching the “soul of his subjects” according to the world (Appendix H). 

Rehan can be further contacted through his official Facebook page provided in a nutshell below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rehahn.Photography/

Manny Librodo

Manny Librodo
Manny Librodo

Manny Librodo was captured by fame for his work called “Rosanido” (Appendix I). This was used in several magazines and in an international music festival in Poland. His photography, also known as a landscape of photography, managed to captivate a lot of people which is why he falls under the top 10 photographers in this segment.

Manny can be further contacted through his offical instagram and facebook page provided in a nutshell below:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mannylibrodo/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MANNY.LIBRODO.Photography/

Joel Santos

Joel Santos
Joel Santos

Joel is famous for capturing the feeling of his subjects. He has worked with National Geography, IKEA, Microsoft and other famous companies. He is mainly a landscape photographer. However, he captures portraits through clicking photos of people present in his destination, mostly unplanned (Appendix J).

Joel can be further contacted through his offical instagram and facebook page provided in a nutshell below:

Instagram: https://www.facebook.com/Joel.Santos.Photography

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Joel.Santos.Photography

The second section of the article shines light upon the top photographers of the world who focus more on staged photography over candid real-life portrait photography.Their work reflects talent, passion and hard work. Over the years, these photographers have turned into inspiration for the beginners. 

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon
Richard Avedon

Richard is a world famous icon, his photographs are also displayed in The Museum of Modern Art, where they are counted as assets to the museum. He works with public figures like Marylyn Moroe and other celebrities; and specializes in capturing “movement in still pictures” in theatre, dance and fashion. Riachrd Avedon was a staff photographer for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.

Richard can be further contacted through his offical instagram and facebook page provided in a nutshell below:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/avedonfoundation/

Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz
Annie Leibovitz

Annie is a talented and world-famous photographer, with rare looking work outcomes. Annie took the portrait photograph of John Lennon and his wife a couple of hours prior to the celebrity’s death. When this photograph was released, people mourned over it as it was the husband and wife’s last moment and final kiss; making Annie’s work one of the greatest hits of 2019 till date. Annie was also hired by the Walt Disney Company to capture the Disney brand.

Annie can be further contacted through his offical instagram and facebook page provided in a nutshell below:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annieleibovitz/

Jigna Zhang

Jigna Zhang
Jigna Zhang

Jinga is an award winning photographer, who won the award for photographer of the year. She has gained massive popularity around the world through her talent and skills. She works with sophisticated clients like Mercedes Benz and Lancome. Jigna Zhang also offers basic photography courses as well as advanced professional courses. This world famous photographer acts as an inspiration to no voice photographers

Jigna can be further contacted through his offical instagram and facebook page provided in a nutshell below:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zemotion/?hl=en

Lara Jade

Lara Jade
Lara Jade

Lara Jade is a world-famous fashion photographer; through her works she inspires people for lighting, styling, and posing for fashion photography. She is a New York fashion and beauty photographer who takes pride in working herself up from scratch.

Lara can be further contacted through his offical instagram and facebook page provided in a nutshell below:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larajadephotography/?hl=en

 Mario Testino

Mario Testino
Mario Testino

Mario Testino is an icon in the photography world who has brought a revolution in fashion photography. He mostly works with posh high profile brands like Versace, Gucci, Burberry and such. His clients love him for his talented photography skills. Mario has also created portraits of the Royal family members, Kate Mos and Madonna. In thephotography world, Mario is known as the celebrity portrait photographer due to such works. 

Mario can be further contacted through his offical instagram and facebook page provided in a nutshell below:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mariotestino/

Frequently Asked Questions About This Topic

The top 10 photographers who work unstaged, are they only limited to unstaged photography?

Ans: No, they have other staged works too, but in a very small amont and focus their work and career on natural clicks.

Is it possible to contact them?

Ans: For business related inquieries, you can try ro reach out to them through their official pages.

Are they the only famous photographers?

Ans: The pages of history contains numerous late famous photographers, but the selected ones are chosen based on their unique portraits and talent, instead of fame itself. 

What is their charging rate like?

Ans: The rates are not fixed, it depends on the portrait and the photographer.

Are they all full time photograpghers?

Ans: No, as stated above some of them are involved in this field due to their passion, not as a full time job.

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