Like any other form of art, fashion comes with different perspectives that capture different concepts. For a long time, the world of fashion and photography have come together to create some of the most iconic visuals — through the eyes of icons. Here is a brief rundown of five examples of the most iconic fashion photographers to ever depict the world of fashion through a camera lens.
1. Helmut Newton
Dubbed the “King of Kink” for a reason, Helmut Newton is Iconic to the world of fashion and photography due to the provocative nature of his photos. Newton’s works are notoriously themed in black and white in order to portray his female models as strong and assertive. Newton’s explicit photography is deliberate, and has made him an iconic staple in the fashion photography world.
2. Peter Lindbergh
Peter Lindbergh, who once was a part of Stern Magazine along with Helmut Newton, is more contemporary in his work. Lindbergh’s works focused on women and “freeing” them from the stereotypes that the world placed on them and age. Lindbergh’s photos tend to draw inspiration from the industrial setting of his German hometown, and Lindbergh’s photos also have cinema inspiration given that Lindbergh is also credited for being a film director. Peter Lindbergh is known for taking his humanist approach on fashion photography to the next level.
3. Richard Avedon
Richard Avedon is known for his minimalist portraits, and poking a bit of disturbance in the eyes of his viewers at times. Avedon is a true icon due to the fact that Avedon is different from your ideal fashion photographer. Avedon is credited with a staple of his very own called the “Avedon blur” which was part of what made his photos different. Avedon was known for doing things unlike the traditional photographer more so than any other iconic photographer, and can even be said to have inspired photographers such as Steven Meisel.
4. Steven Meisel
Steven Meisel is best known for shooting regularly with US and Italian Vogue. Meisel can be credited with bringing many renowned models to fame such as Naomi Campbell, Lara Stone, and many more. Meisel’s work has been noted, at times, as very controversial, but this is not such a bad thing as it has help maintain Meisel’s position at the top of the fashion photography scene.
5. Annie Leibovitz
Annie Leibovitz is renowned for her portraits due to her very bold colors. Leibovitz has been featured a number of Vanity Fair covers, and has been chief photographer for Rolling Stone. Leibovitz initially studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, but ended up developing interest in photography. Leibovitz’s work remains iconic due to the bold coloring and sometimes controversial uses of celebrities within her portraits.