Creating a top 10 best fashion photographers in the world list is not as easy as you would think. There are hundreds of thousands of photographers in the world today, and there are some absolutely amazing photographers out there. Some of them are very famous, and others you might never have heard of, but they are nonetheless amazing photographers in their own right.
Below is a list of my top 10 fashion photographers in the world today, in no particular order.
Born in Germany in 1969, he began his photographic career taking snaps whilst travelling around Thailand in the 1980’s. After moving to New York in 1989, Peters has concentrated on fashion, beauty and celebrity photography, contributing to nearly every major fashion magazine including French, Italian, British, German, Japanese and Spanish Vogue, Numero, Arena, GQ, Dazed & Confused, Ten and The Face. His clients have included Celine, Bottega Veneta, Dunhill, Hermes, Diesel, Philips, Nike, Addidas, Plein Sud, Armani, Joop, Miu Miu, Samsonite, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Guerlain, Lancome, Sonja Rykiel, Rochas, La Perla and many more.
Kristian Schuller (born 24 December 1970 in Halchiu, Romania) is a German fashion photographer. Schuller is known for his large staged and supremely colourful photographs.
Schuller has worked with many fashion magazines and designers and has a very unique taste in photography. His dad was a theatre dramaturge and director, and Kristian’s photography can be seen to be inspired from his experiences during his childhood.
Mert & Marcus
Mert and Marcus is the working name of two fashion photographers (Mert Alaş and Marcus Piggott) who work together on a collaborative basis. Mert (from Turkey) and Marcus (Welsh from the UK) both born in 1971 are one of the premier photographer duos in the world.
Mert and Marcus met in England in 1994 after having worked for a brief period in different areas, Mert in classical music and Marcus in graphic design. Marcus was an assistant photographer and Mert was a fashion photo model. After working together in the photography business, they decided to create a team. When they showed their first photos to Dazed and Confused, the London fashion magazine, they immediately made the cover. The team has since then worked for such magazines as Vogue USA, Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia, Interview Magazine, The Love Magazine, W Magazine, Pop Magazine, Numéro and Arena Homme Plus. Some of their major clients are fashion labels such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Fendi, Kenzo and Miu Miu. They have also created images for perfume houses such as Gucci, Yves St Laurent, Givenchy and Lancôme.
Nick Knight OBE was born in 1958, he is a British fashion photographer, documentary photographer, and web publisher (as director of SHOWstudio.com).
Knight has won awards for his editorial work for Vogue, W Magazine, Dazed & Confused, i-D, Another Magazine, The Face, BLITZ, Arena Homme + and Visionaire, as well as for fashion and advertising projects such as the 2004 edition of the Pirelli Calendar.
Knight’s work has been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, the Photographers’ Gallery and Hayward Gallery.
Giampaulo Sgura was born in Apulia, Italy in 1975. He is internationally renowned for his fashion photography, which is invariably injected with the romance and passion of his native country. After studying architecture in Milan, where he now lives permanently, Giampaolo changed paths to begin a career in photography. French Vogue describes the photographer’s vision of women as “a balance between sensuality, femininity, and glamour.”
Sgura has shot campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, Ermenegildo Zegna, Moschino, Emporio Armani and La Perla. He has contributed editorially to Vogue Italia, Italian Glamour, GQ, Vogue Portugal, Vogue Japan and Vogue Paris.
Sorrenti was born in Naples, Italy in 1971 and moved to New York City at the age of ten where he is still based. Mario Sorrenti exploded on to the fashion scene in the 1990s, largely due to his sexually charged editorial work, published in American and Italian Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
The photographer told Interview “I’m pretty open. I’m not afraid of men. I’m not afraid of women. I’m not afraid of sex and sexuality. It’s part of me, and it comes out in the photograph. It’s as if at that moment when I’m taking pictures, I’m not a man and I’m not a woman. If I see a moment that seems true to me, that seems honest, whether it’s female or male, it’s part of me as well.”
Sorrenti cemented his place at the top of the industry by shooting Kate Moss in Calvin Klein’s iconic Obsession campaign. In 2012 alone, Sorrenti shot for Vanity Fair, Vogue Hommes, W, The New York Times T, W, Self Service and the French, Italian and Japanese editions of Vogue. Sorrenti’s commercial work is equally popular with advertising clients including Chanel, Hugo Boss, Max Mara, Kenzo and Barneys New York.
Mario Testino OBE was born in 1954 and is widely regarded as one of the most influential fashion and portrait photographers of our times. The Peruvian photographer has had his photographs published internationally in magazines such as Vogue, V Magazine and Vanity Fair. He has contributed to the success of leading fashion and beauty houses, creating emblematic images for brands such as Gucci, Burberry, Versace and Michael Kors, Chanel, Estée Lauder and Lancôme.
Aaron Hicklin of The Observer described him as “the world’s most prolific magazine and fashion trade photographer”.
Mikael Jansson, born in 1958, is a Swedish fashion and celebrity photographer. He has shot campaigns for clients such as DKNY, Dior and Calvin Klein. He has also shot fashion editorials for Vogue and Interview magazine. Celebrities such as Rihanna, Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes have appeared in front of his camera.
Born in Beijing in 1980, Chen Man grew up after the Cultural Revolution and was part of the generation of the Chinese one-child policy. Chen attended Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts and graduated in 2005, where she studied graphic design. At the age of 23, she published her self-styled photography as covers for Chinese art magazine VISION, bringing her immediate prominence for the first time as a student.
Man has since shot covers for China’s Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, Hong Kong’s Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Muse, and i-D. Mans’s photography for i-D’s ‘Whatever the Weather’ issue, for which she shot 12 covers, was widely hailed as some of most creative, progressive and beautifully composed photography of 2012.
Man is known for her skill at digital postproduction, and she regularly exhibits her work around the world. She has contributed to exhibitions in Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, London and Hong Kong, as well as her native Beijing.
Man’s commercial clients include Adidas, Motorola, Gucci and MAC cosmetics.
Born in 1954, Meisel is an American fashion photographer, who obtained popularity and critical acclaim with his work in US and Italian Vogue and his photographs of friend Madonna in her 1992 book Sex. He is now considered one of the most successful fashion photographers in the industry, shooting regularly for both US and Italian Vogue, Interview and lately W (also published by Condé Nast).
Meisel has shot campaigns for Versace, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga and Calvin Klein amongst others. Meisel also shoots Prada campaigns each season — having done so since 2004. In April 2008 he shot friend Madonna for Vanity Fair, and later in the year he shot her for the 2009 spring campaign by Louis Vuitton.
He is a close friend of designer Anna Sui for whom he also shot several campaigns, even though Sui rarely uses advertising to promote her clothing.
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