The photographers who bring fashion to life in the pages of Vogue are as influential in the fashion industry as the designers themselves. Get in-the-know about Vogue’s most famous photographers and their top shots with our rundown of the greats. And be sure to tune-in to Season 2 of The Fashion Fund, Wednesdays in November at 10PM ET.
Edward Steichen (1879-1973)
Claim to Vogue Fame: First color cover in 1932 (on left).
Fun Fact: Shot the first “modern” fashion photoshoot in 1911.
Irving Penn (1917-2009)
Claim to Vogue Fame: Vogue’s first and only still life cover (on left).
Fun Fact: Married the world’s first supermodel, Lisa Fonssagrives (featured on the June 1950 cover, right).
Helmut Newton (1920-2004)
Claim to Vogue Fame: On left, his famous photograph featuring Yves Saint Laurent’s “Le Smoking Tuxedo.”
Fun Fact: Known as the “King of Kink” for his provocative style.
Richard Avedon (1923-2004)
Claim to Vogue Fame: 148 covers, including Twiggy in 1967 (on left).
Fun Fact: Funny Face, the classic Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire musical, is based in part on Richard Avedon’s early life.
Patrick Demarchelier (b. 1943)
Claim to Vogue Fame: 1992’s 100th anniversary cover featuring 10 top models of the day.
Fun Fact: In The Devil Wears Prada, Anne Hathaway’s character is dumbfounded by the question, “Did Demarchelier confirm?”
Peter Lindbergh (b. 1944)
Claim to Vogue Fame: First cover under Editor in Chief, Anna Wintour (1988, on left).
Fun Fact: Lindbergh was the first to incorporate narrative storylines into his fashion editorials.
Bruce Weber (b. 1946)
Claim to Vogue Fame: Revolutionized men’s fashion photography with spreads featuring fresh-faced, American “beefcakes” (like the 1990 River Phoenix image, on left).
Fun Fact: Weber was the man behind Abercrombie & Fitch’s iconic (and divisive) ad campaign.
Annie Leibovitz (b. 1949)
Claim to Vogue Fame: First cover with a First Lady – Hillary Clinton in 1998.
Fun Fact: Leibovitz shot the famous image of John Lennon curled up naked next to Yoko Ono, taken just five hours before he was killed.
Herb Ritts (1952-2002)
Claim to Vogue Fame: Due to his talent and connections, Ritts was able to get rare photoshoots with celebrities, even uber-famous couples like Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford (on right).
Fun Fact: Also directed music videos for stars like Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, and Jennifer Lopez.
Steven Meisel (b. 1954)
Claim to Vogue Fame: Currently photographs every cover of Italian Vogue.
Fun Fact: Shot the cover of Madonna’s 1984 album, Like a Virgin
Be sure to catch Season 2 of Ovation’s The Fashion Fund starring Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Wednesdays in November at 10PM ET.