The 100 Most Influential Photographers of All Time

A number of months ago I wrote a blog entry called, “Staying Motivated … Being Inspired”. I mentioned that to stay motivated, I find that it very helpful to view other artwork, especially photographers whose work I admire. Going to exhibits, gallery openings, and uncovering the thousands of resources on the Internet all provide an unlimited opportunity to continually re-energize oneself.

I just came across a terrific resource that will provide me with countless hours of visual enjoyment and motivation, and I thought I’d share it. Last year, the Professional Photographer magazine in the U.K. named their “100 Most Influential Photographers of All Time”. In most cases there are links to websites that showcase the work of these amazing photographers. Ask ten people and you will get ten different “Top 100” lists, but this is a great starting point that helped me remember many photographers whose work I had not looked at recently.

Here’s a top 10 list by Bill Becker, Director of the American Museum of Photography.

Did either of these lists leave out any of your favorites? Leave a comment and let us know who they are, and provide a website link that we can all explore!


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