By  on November 14, 2008

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.



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