Let’s quickly go through the list of some of my favourite photographers in the world!
1. Mario Testino
This dude is famous. Like, really, really famous. He has done plenty of numerous covers for these crazy important magazines around the world, and is probably the most respected and highly sought after photographers in the world. He has done work for lots and lots of people – it is fair to say that he has probably shot them all (on camera, I mean).
The long list of people he has shot includes Kate Moss, Britney Spears and Gisele. Seriously. He gets to hang out with all these cool models, while I’m sitting here writing on a blog about his work… Anyway. His resume includes work for some of the global fashion brands such as Armani, Versace and Burberry. He does celebrity work as well.
Strangely, I found out that this guy was an economics graduate, before he decided ‘nah’ and moved into photography. I guess it just goes to show how career paths can change over time.
2. Bruce Weber
A slightly more controversial choice (just a tiny bit more), Bruce is well respected among the photography and fashion community. This guy has shot for a large group of fashion publications. This can include Vanity Fair, Vogue, GQ and a ton of others.
However, the controversy arises (like the Dark Knight) because he is most well known for the homo-erotic and ultra sexy campaigns he has created for Abercrombie and Fitch back in the day. If you are wondering how or why he has gotten all that attention, these catalogs were so racy that kids has to show their IDs before they were allowed purchase. Yes. That bad.
Anyway, Bruce is still a prominent figure in the industry. He still does work for top celebrities, include Jake Gyllenhaal and Liam Hemsworth. Not one to be counted out when talking about famous photographers, I suppose.
3. Terry Richardson
Terry Richardson from NYC is famous, and there are many people in the fashion industry (no surprises there to be honest with you) who don’t like him. There are plenty of people who think he’s more of a creep than anyone else – he has a reputation for overly sexualised photography and pictures that are demeaning to certain people. Safe to say, there are people who think he goes to far sometimes.
However, you really can’t discount the amount of success he has brought to the table over the last couple of years. This guy has been doing a lot of work – he invites celebrities over and takes pictures of them – he has done work for Tom Ford (who has a line of pretty amazing cologne I must say) and Diesel). This guy has made millions in the photography industry and continues to do so till this day. I respect his success very much!