The list of elite shutterbugs is a short one. Here, fashion’s Top 12:
Steven Meisel: The go-to photographer for Vogue and Italian Vogue. Lauded for slick, high-fashion imagery.
Peter Lindbergh: A fixture in major glossies, best known for black-and-white images with anhonest quality.
Patrick Demarchelier: Frequently referred to as a legend. His charm disarms his subjects, including the late Princess Diana of Wales.
Mario Testino: Highly polished, exotically bright photos. A celebrity favorite.
Bruce Weber: A master of lifestyle shoots. Also known for having a sensual approach.
Nick Knight: Seeks to challenge conventional notions of beauty; known for his versatility and experimentation with complex technologies.
Mario Sorrenti: Got his big break in his early 20s, shooting Kate Moss for Calvin Klein. Uses the camera as a tool to experiment.
Michael Thompson: Pristine photos of celebrities. Known for amping up the beauty in his subjects.
Craig McDean: Has a very styled, hip aesthetic. Celebrated for his striking fashion imagery and portraiture.
Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott: Images have a staged and quirky quality, with stark contrasts and rich color.
David Sims: Known primarily for his strong fashion images.
Juergen Teller: A known rule breaker. His raw, unstyled images are a Marc Jacobs favorite.