Most famous photographers of our time

What makes a photographer noticed or well-known? Is it the number of years he or she has been in this profession, the experience they have gathered, or a particular field of photography that he or she has chosen? None of these; the most important reason behind any photographer in this world are the pictures he or she has taken. You must have heard the saying: a picture speaks a thousand words. At one time or another in their careers, they have clicked a picture that has taken them beyond the realms of greatness.

What Has Made the Cut

As you read through the article, you will notice that the list doesn’t mention any fashion or popular photographers of today. There is no doubt that photographers like Javier Vallhonrat, Ruven Afandor, Vincent Peters, Glen Luchford, and many more alike are famous for their work. But the photographers that I wish to include in the list below have an edge to them; they are the ones who have given a new name to photography altogether.

Steve McCurry
In 1984, National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry took a picture of a 12 year old Afghan girl. Her picture became so famous that in 1985, National Geographic magazine printed it as their cover. The picture is called, Afghan Girl.

Kevin Carter
I believe that you all may have seen the ‘Pulitzer Prize’ winning picture of a small kid in Sudan, crawling on the ground, wishing to reach a food camp. Due to the Sudan famine, United Nations food camp was established and photographer Kevin Carter captured the picture of the young child. This picture was so devastatingly real that the entire world was in shock. 3 months after the picture was taken, Kevin Carter committed suicide because he was depressed after seeing the plight of the child. The picture is called, Stricken Child Crawling Towards a Food Camp.

Frank Fournier
On November 14, 1985, Nevado del Ruiz in Colombia witnessed a horrible volcano eruption. Over 25,000 people fell victim to this devastating volcano. Photographer Frank Fournier took a picture of Omayra Sánchez, a 13 year old girl who was trapped underneath concrete and water for approximately 3 days. She died a little bit after the picture was taken. The picture is called, The Agony of Omayra Sánchez.

Robert Capa
D-Day, June 6, 1944, photographer Robert Capa reached Omaha Beach, France with the first infantry. This is the picture that changed the face of photojournalism and gave a new name to ‘pressure under fire’. Capa had used 4 rolls, out of which only 11 pictures were salvaged. The picture is called, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France.