Top 10 Best Fashion Photographers in the World

The world of fashion is always changeable and does not stay the same for a long time. For this reason, it is widely believed that fashion photography is highly important since it brings to us everything new that is created by fashion designers. Fashion shows come to tell us the latest trends that are presented by famous fashion houses but it is impossible for all of those who care about fashion to attend these shows. Fashion photography allows us to know what is presented in fashion shows and what even happens in studios to know what to wear. Fashion photography is not something new that has recently appeared as fashion photographers started to appear in 1856 to encourage people to care more about the world of fashion.

The first photographer in the world of fashion photography was Adolphe Braun who was a famous French photographer and the first one to publish a fashion book with 288 photographs. Fashion photographers capture their photos for advertisements and fashion magazines and those photographers do not work alone as there are others who help them such as the photo assistants, stylists, set designers and others for hair, make-up and manicure [You also can Learn How To Be Fashion Photographer Here]. Let’s discover more about the top 10 best fashion photographers in the world with being based on fame and experience.

10 Ellen von Unwerth – Germany

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Ellen von Unwerth is a fashion model, photographer and director. She started her career in front of the camera as a fashion model for 10 years and then moved behind the camera to work as a director and photographer. Ellen specializes in capturing fashion, advertising and editorial photographs. Her work can be found in top fashion and beauty magazines such as Vogue, Arena, The Face, Twill, Interview and Vanity Fair. She received several awards and the first one was in 1991 at the International Festival of Fashion Photography.

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9 Rankin – United Kingdom 

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John Rankin Waddell is commonly known as Rankin which is his working name. He is widely known to be one of the most famous British names in the world of fashion photography. He specializes in capturing portrait and fashion photographs. His passion for photography forced him to leave studying accounting at the beginning of his life. He started with Jefferson Hack their first magazine “Dazed & Confused” after graduation.

8 Kai Z Feng – China

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Kai Z Feng is a Chinese photographer who came from China to be one of the most famous fashion photographers in the whole world. He started working as a graphic designer at the age of 18 when he moved to London. He specializes in capturing portrait, fashion, commercial and editorial photographs working with celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry and he shoots for top magazines and brands around the world such as Burberry, Hugo Boss, Ben Sherman, Aquascutum and more.

7 Peter Lindbergh – Germany

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Peter Lindbergh is a German filmmaker and photographer who is widely known for his black-and-white photographs. He started shooting for Vogue in 1978 when he moved to Paris. His work has been published in different top magazines such as Vanity Fair, allure, Rolling Stone and The New Yorker. Peter Lindbergh published his first book “10 Women by Peter Lindbergh” in 1996 and won several awards such as “Award Of Courage” amfAR New York, USA in 2014, “Fashion Layout of the Year” Lucie Awards New York, USA in 2010 and more.

6 Lindsay Adler – United States 

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Lindsay Adler is a portrait and fashion photographer, educator and author. Her work can be found in Fault, Zink Magazine, Bullet Magazine, Professional Photographer, Popular Photography and Rangefinder Magazine. Lindsay Adler’s first book, “A Linked Photographers’ Guide to Online Marketing and Social Media”, was published in 2010, while the second one, “Fashion Flair for Portrait and Wedding Photography”, is considered to be one of the best photography books since it was named as one of the top 10 books on Amazon in 2011.

5 Russell James – Australia

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Russell James is a fashion and beauty photographer whose passion for photography turned him from a laborer in a trash can factory to a professional and famous photographer. He is widely known for capturing photos of celebrities and shooting for Victoria’s Secret for being its main photographer. His work has been published in several top magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire, American Photo, GQ, W and Sports Illustrated. He received several awards such as Hasselblad Masters Award 2009 and Western Australian of The Year-Art and Culture in 2013.

4 Todd Anthony Tyler – Canada

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Todd Anthony Tyler is one of the most famous fashion photographers in the whole world especially in Asia. He is not just a fashion photographer as he is also an actor, writer and art director. He started his career as a model which allowed him to achieve success while being behind the camera. Todd Anthony Tyler has his own studio in Shanghai, China and this is why he is a well-known photographer in Asia. His work has been published in different fashion and beauty magazines such as Elle China, Vogue China, L’Officiel and Harper’s Bazaar China. Tyler also appeared as a judge on Asia’s Next Top Model and Fit for Fashion TV.

3 Mario Testino – Peru

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Mario Testino is a Peruvian photographer who specializes in capturing portrait and fashion photographs for the most famous brands and he also works with celebrities. His work has appeared in top magazines such as Vanity Fair and Vogue. He started to become a very famous photographer who is widely known for many people around the world in 1997 when Princess Diana chose him to photograph her for Vanity Fair. He is still capturing photos of the British royal family making this photographer one of the most respected names in the world of photography in general and not just in fashion photography.

2 Annie Leibovitz – United States

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Annie Leibovitz is one of the most creative and professional photographers that you can ever find in the whole world and not just in the United States. Her passion for the magnificent beauty of nature and everything around her including the living energy of place and emotion of land allow her to capture the most amazing portrait and fashion photographs that you can ever see. She takes you through her photographs to another world which is believed to be imaginary. She began her career when she was still a student in 1970 working for Rolling Stone magazine and then she started working for Vanity Fair in 1983. She received several awards such as International Center of Photography Lifetime Achievement Award, American Society of Magazine Editor’s first Creative Excellence Award and more.

1 Emily Soto – United States

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Emily Soto is an American fashion photographer who is known for her creative photos in the world of fashion photography. She tries to help other fashion photographers who are new to the world of fashion photography through providing different workshops not just in the United States but in other areas around the world such as Asia, Europe and Australia. Emily is also the owner of which helps her to increase the number of photographers following her. Emily’s work can be found on different famous websites and in top magazines such as S Moda, Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, Manhattan Weddings, Digital SLR Magazine,,,,,, Eco Brides (Australia),, Thrifty Hunter and more.


  1. Roversi? Bailey? Knight? Meisel? Demarchelier? Schuller? Slimane? Kidd? Tran?

    Come on, you’re not even trying with this list.

  2. Annie Leibovitz is not a fashion photographer, I don’t know who the hell Emily Soto is as well as a couple others and how the HELL are Jurgen Teller, Inez and Vindooh, Mert & Marcus, Steven Klein, Tim Walker and Demarchelier NOT on this list. Who put this list together?

    1. I enjoy Emily Sotos work more than any other artist on this list plus I LOVE her fashion actions 🙂

  3. Que mal esta página con tanta pero tanta publicidad ni siquiera se puede ver bien el contenido

  4. Emily Soto is rather wonderful in her quirky imagery and mixes the modern with the old so well, but I don’t think that placing her as number 1 makes this list very credible. She definitely belongs in the top twenty of her contemporaries though and I wish this list has been expanded to included twenty and no ranking placed on any of them. Personally, I am a huge admirer of Soto’s work and her outdoor location shoots have influenced my own style portraits, but as she recently admitted in Facebook in response to this, she is thrilled to be in this company. I note that Nick Knight is delivering fashion photography workshops for the price of a car at present. I suppose, the teaching is paying as much as photography pays him? He is definitely worth his place in my top twenty. Maybe, because of her social media interactions and being involved with the ‘actions’ outfit, she is influencing young or aspiring photographers rather more than any of the others?

  5. How can Steven Meisel not be on that list….his editorials are so much more than just pretty girls with flowers ….

  6. LOVE so many of these but unless I missed it, how are Mert and Marcus not on this list? They seem to land so many huge campaigns and covers. Love those guys

    What kind of joke of a list is this? A few should be on here, yes, but Topteny should stick to cute pictures of kittens. Topteny is pathetic.

  8. Sounds like a puff piece to sell someone’s actions and workshops… great PR I guess.

  9. I don’t find Emily Soto as good as she famous. I know a ton of talented photographers who can kick her ass.

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