Famous Photojournalists in History & Famous Photographers in History

Famous Photojournalists in History. Also Famous Photographers in History. Famous Photographer list in the History\


Famous Photojournalists in History

  1. Mathew Brady

  • Civil War photographer
  • Managed group of photographers
  • He is given credit for many photos that he didn’t actually take
  • Rumored that his team moved bodies to improve composition
  • Shot glass plates, not film, had a wagon full of darkroom materials
  1. Dorothea Lange

  • Migrant Mother
  • Depicts destitute pea pickers in California
  • Mom and her seven children
  • March 1936
  • Depth of emotion uncommon in most photos
  • Member of FSA.
Famous Photojournalists in History.
Famous Photojournalists in History.
  1. Margaret Burke-White

  • Documented World War II
  • Only females allowed in the war zone in WWII by Army
  • One of the first to do a photo story
  • Had photo on the first cover of Life magazine
  1. Alfred Eisenstaedt
  • V-J Day
  • Father of photojournalism
  • One of the first to use 35mm
  • One of four original Life photographers
  • “Paitence, patience, patience.”
  1. Henri Cartier-Bresson

  • 1932
  • The decisive moment — known for waiting hours for the right photo
  • Founding member of photo agency the Magnum Group


  1. Robert Capa
  • “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.”
  • Killed by a land mine in Vietnam
  • Founding member of Magnum Group
  1. W. Eugene Smith
  • Born in Wichita, Kan.
  • Studied people in detail before photographing
  • Known for a photo essay on the country doctor and mercury poisoning of a fishing village in Japan.
  1. Joe Rosenthal

  • Raising the flag at Iwo Jima
  • 23, 1945
  • Five Marines and one Navy medic
  • Second flag-raising that day
  • The film from the first one (different photographer) got ruined
  • Basically, he got lucky
  • “Flags of our Fathers”
  • Won the Pulitzer prize in 1945
  • Within a month after the photoshoot, three of the six were killed in combat.


  1. Ansel Adams
  • 1942 The Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  • Landscape photographer
  • Large format cameras
  1. Gordon Parks
  • American Gothic 1942
  • Grew up in poverty and inspired to make something of his life because of the racism he grew up with
  • Black photographer setting a president for the time period
  • Life magazine.

Famous Photojournalists in History & Famous Photographers in History

  1. Eddie Adams

  • Vietcong Execution, Saigon 1968
  • Brigadier General Nguyen Ngoc Loan shoots suspected Vietcong Bay Lop in the street.
  • Photo received world attention because of its gruesomeness
  • Won the Pulitzer Prize in 1968
  1. Sal Verder
  • AP photographer
  • USAF colonel welcomed home after 5 years as POW
  • Won Pulitzer in 1974

Tutorial Question

  • After studying international photojournalism’s history, how about Malaysia’s photojournalism?
  • Within-group of 4-5 persons, explain Malaysia’s photojournalism history. The explanation must include these points;
  • When it’s started?
  • Important events
  • Photojournalism now
  • Submit on Padlet before 5 April 2021, 12 midnight.

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