The world’s greatest portrait photographers

Richard Avedon was an America photographer and widely regarded as one of the best portrait photographers there has ever been. Avedon was a staff photographer for the New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar and the very elite Vogue magazine. His work has been exhibited all around the world including places such as Paris, Milan and New York. Upon Avedon’s death, his obituary in the New York Times stated that “his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century.”

Yousuf Karsh is a photographer who overcame a difficult start to life in Turkey in order to hone his skills and photography some amazing individuals. Karsh first got his break when the Prime minister of Canada was impressed by his work and invited Karsh to take pictures of some world leaders. Karsh didn’t stop there as he built on his portfolio with pictures of Ernest Hemingway, Humphrey Bogart, Albert Einstein, Mother Teresa, Winston Churchill and the great Nelson Mandela.

Although Even Arnold was a portrait photographer for a number of years before, her work first received the recognition it deserved when she photographed Marilyn Monroe on a film set in the 1960s. Following this, her career blossomed and she moved to England where she took some of the most iconic images of Queen Elizabeth the second ever to be taken.

Slightly different to the previous portrait photographers mentioned but just as great was Edouard Boubat. Boubat’s subjects were usually everyday people caught in a way which evoked so many questions. Boubat’s portraits varied from couples embracing one another to individuals thinking to themselves or daydreaming. The way Boubat photographed these individuals was never undignified or intrusive and because of this he came to be known as a humanist photographer.

Phillipe Halsman was another celebrity photographer who was published in many different publications. Halsman holds the record for the most ever images on the cover of Life Magazine with 101. Halsman was also known for his surrealist work which was very different to his celebrity imagery.

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