About the List
The goal of this list is to have the 52 most relevant Street Photographers or Artists that have influenced Street Photography, today and yesterday, broken into two sections; Most Influential Street Photographers, making up a total of 15 photographers that everyone should study; and 37 more influencers for a total of 52. Currently the list is at 48 total with 4 more photographers to be added. (Help us decide which 4 should me moved to this list from this list of Other Notable Street Photographers.
There is a third and fourth component to this list that will continue to expand as we add some great photographers that we keep finding. These are the Other Notable Street Photographers list and the Street Photographers To Watch List. They can both be found [here].
This Street Photographers list is not about who was or is the ‘best’ Street Photographer, but rather, about those that have influenced Street Photography historically, currently, technically, artistically, or even just by the influence they had on other photographers. This ‘influence’ is about those that were influenced years ago, but also, those of the new generation of Street Photographers being influenced today.
It would be very hard to argue that photographers like Zach Arias, Eric Kim, and Vivian Maier have had no influence on Street Photography. Today, thousands of photographers are turning to Street Photography because of these three individuals and others. Zach and Vivian are inspiring many because of their work and Eric because of his reach via marketing and helpful site. This we cannot dispute.
This list is created using hours of on-line research on the individual photographers and by gathering results from many ranking lists, surveys, and how the photographers are ranking in, and the subject of Google Searches. This list also has a North American/European slant as all research is done on English websites. We are currently researching the top Street Photographers in Africa, Asia, Russia, and the Middle-East. But, no matter how hard we work at making the list perfect, we cannot take into account how any particular photographer may or may not have influenced you personally or even if you like or hate their images. There will always be differences in opinion.
This list will be fluid and we will update it every year based on new emerging photographers, trends and other factors including feedback.
15 Most Influential Street Photographers Every Street Photographer Should Know
37 More Influential Street Photographers
Help us decide which other 4 Street Photographers to move up to this list. Check them out [here] and let us know who you would move up or, if you think we missed a photographer, let us know.
We try our best to find relevant links but many of the past masters do not have dedicated pages. Perhaps it’s something the Street Photography community could work on. A good example of this is Paul Augustus Martin. Doing a Google search brings up very few results and no direct links to a page. If you know of better sites or links to pages that describe the lives of the photographers, please let us know.
If you have a favorite Street Photographer you would like to add to this list, or someone you think we may have missed, please let us know.
Updated 2022.03.08 – Fixed a link. Edited some text.