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Updated by Roger Overall on Jun 07, 2014
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Influential Documentary Photographers Working Today

This list is an attempt at gathering together in one place the most significant documentary photographers working today. They are not necessarily photojournalists working for news agencies. They could be wedding photographers and commercial photographers too.

This list is a work in progress, and will continue to evolve. What this list isn't is a Top Ten, Top 100 or Top Whatever. It is intended as a resource - a place to list rather than a place to rank.

James Nachtwey

James Nachtwey's always extracts such powerful imagery from the snarling jaws of war.


Sebastião Salgado

Sebastião Salgado

A giant of black and white documentary photography.

Elliott Erwitt

A master of the documentary image, Elliott is still working today, well into his eighties. His images have amused and enlightened millions who have seen them, as well as inspiring tens of thousands of photographers.

Samih Güven

His "Orphan & Illegal" series is very powerful ...

Born in 1975 in Turkey I moved to France for studies in 1994 where I live since then and where I developed and intensified my practice of photography. After a degree in political sciences and a master in turkish language and oriental civilizations, I accumulated a lot of jobs ...

Doug Menuez

Doug is one of the warmest people you will ever talk to. He is also an amazing documentary photographer who has been able to bring his passion into the corporate space.

Jeff Ascough

Jeff is a UK-based documentary wedding photographer who has shown many others the merits of a storytelling approach to wedding photography.

Simon Norfolk

To hear Simon speak about his career and his photography is a magical experience. He brings a depth, richness and thought to documentary photography that is almost unrivaled

Tony Ray Jones

I can't remember when I first saw the work of Tony Ray Jones but it changed my view of photographers and photography. In his photographs of the British holiday resort we were introduced to yawing contestants in beauty competitions as well as families 'grimly' enjoying their two weeks by the seaside under leaden skies . Ray-Jones's 'revisionist' (at the time) style showed me like nothing else before the eccentricities of the British leisure classes at play. He died at the cruelly young age of 29.

Maisie Crow

Maisie Crow is a freelance photographer and multimedia producer. In 2010 her multimedia piece, “A Life Alone,” was nominated for an Emmy and recognized in the NPPA Best of Photojournalism. The print version appeared in the Winter 2011 issue of VQR. She has received the Ian Parry Scholarship, the Pierre and Alexandra Boulat Grant, and was selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. by Maisie Crow

Robert Larson

Another interesting project on Haiti ...
Also a nice photo essay on old age

Edmund Clark

With a reputation for combining strong ideas with an ability to work in sensitive situations, Edmund Clark is best known for his images exploring the consequences of control and incarceration.

Greg Constantine

His work for the UNHRC is amazing ...

John Stanmeyer - Photographer

Photojournalist, founding member of the VII Photo agency, contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine and other major publications around the world.

Alex Webb

Alex Webb (born 5 May 1952, San Francisco, California) is a photojournalist associated with Magnum Photos. He has primarily worked in color, has published several books, and has contributed to such magazines as GEO, Time, and the New York Times Magazine.