Famous Fashion Photographers: Icons of the Glamor World


Fashion photography as a profession has scaled new heights today. Talented photographers are always on the lookout for trying new and artistic ways to make a statement in the world of fashion photography. It is all about giving a new image to the model or the brand that is associated with it, although it is not restricted to these purposes only. Fashion photography is now the most sought after profession, and the most creative minds are always in great demand for their ability to translate a simple frame into one that stands out amongst a thousand shots. If fashion is your passion, then take a look at some of the famous fashion photographers who have made their mark in this very glamorous field.

Andrea Klarin
Born in Yugoslavia, Andrea Klarin developed an interest in fashion at the age of 18. She went on to study and further develop her passion in Belgium. Later, she moved to Paris in order to establish a career in fashion photography. Klarin believes that her work requires her to constantly move and evolve. Her knowledge about lighting and shadow effects in-depth, contributes to the popularity of her pictures. Andrea Klarin’s working relationship with singer Grace Jones has been highly appreciated. Angular, well-defined shots, and glossy pictures, are this photographer’s best skills. Apart from working for the giants in the fashion industry, such as Lanvin and Valentino, she has also worked for companies like Nike, and magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. In one word, Klarin’s work is best described as dynamic.

Donald McPherson
This high-profile photographer is known for his fine sense in fashion, and the ability to capture the same on camera. Donald McPherson began his career as an assistant with several other photographers. He worked with some of the most renowned names in the fashion industry, and soon carved a niche for himself in fashion photography. He is known as one of the most famous fashion photographers in Europe. He is also known for shooting one of the most expensive shoots ever known till date. Donald McPherson added more feathers to his cap when he worked with big time celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Keira Knightly, New Order and Gwen Stefani, to name a few. His talent also landed him with some top-notch assignments with leading fashion magazines such as The Russian Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, and New York Times Magazine.

Nigel Barker
This is one famed fashion photographer who is also one of the hottest celebrities around. Nigel Barker studied medicine, but perhaps it was due to his mother that he ended up in a model hunt program, which launched him on a modeling career. He continued in the world of modeling for the next ten years. This brought Nigel really close to the fashion world, and he found himself drawn into it. It also made him realize that fashion photography was his ultimate goal, and this saw his career turn towards fashion photography. Nigel Barker began his own studio for photography, and his photographs were used for some of the top names in the fashion world. Currently, Nigel remains to be a popular judge for beauty contests as well as reality shows.

Albert Watson
Born in Edinburgh, Albert Watson is a famous fashion photographer, who began his career with some of the leading names in the fashion world. He is found associated with names of leading magazines such as Vogue, The Face, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone. Albert Watson’s creative work in fashion is also used for some of the leading brand names such as Revlon, Levi’s, and even Chanel. This creative streak in him saw him overcome all odds, despite suffering from blindness in one eye. Along with his creative works in fashion photography, Albert Watson also continues to write on photography as well.

Bruce Weber
This famous American photographer had his first tryst with the fashion world in the year 1970 (GQ magazine). He first received rave reviews for his photographs used by the designer name – Calvin Klein. The images captured for Calvin Klein saw him scale new heights in fashion photography. Bruce Weber soon captured images for many other leading names in the business. The trademark of Bruce Weber’s photography has been his use of black and white tones. He also had a long association with Abercrombie & Fitch. Apart from launching the career of famous models, he is also known for his fashionable works for brands such as Ralph Lauren and GQ Magazine.

Helmut Newton
This German-Australian fashion photographer had a deep interest in photography from an early age. He began his career by working with a German photographer, and had a brief stint as a photographer with the Straits Times. After dabbling in other professions along the way, he began work as a fashion photographer in the fashion capital, Paris. It was just a matter of time before Helmut Newton’s work appeared on the covers of most fashion magazines, including the cover of the French Vogue. Newton was known particularly for his erotic shots. Currently, his works are on display at the Museum of Photography, which is close to the Berlin Zoologischer Garten railway station.

In addition to these amazing photographers, some other famous photographers in this field include:

  • Raya
  • Ian Abela
  • Steven Klein
  • Richard Warren
  • Shaun Alexander
  • Steven Meisel
  • Ellen Von Unwerth
  • Yanick Dery

These fashion photographers have surely paved the path for many to follow suit, providing all fashion lovers over the world with a visual treat.

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