The hardest part in fashion world is that it’s such a visual industry. No matter how talented a designer can be at sewing or stitching fabrics together, the end result always has to “look” amazing. For this reason, photographers who shoot fashion campaigns and high-end fashion magazine editorials are treasured in fashion. A lot of these brands are selling a fantasy, and it need to be visualized perfectly. Here is a list of the top fashion photographers who charge huge sums of money for creating the alluring and stylish images that keep the fashion industry evolving from season to season.
Born in Peru, the 59-yr-old Testino actually studied economics in college before he found his true calling. When it comes to the most respected fashion photographers in the world, Mario Testino is certainly at the top of the heap. He has shot numerous magazine covers like VOGUE and Vanity Fair, and when it comes to the top models in the fashion world, it’s fair to say that he has probably shot them all.
Born in New York, 1954, Mr. Meisel is another very important photographer in the fashion industry. Although he has also shot a bunch of fashion campaigns for brands like Versace, Valentino, Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton, and also whole biunch of high end magazines such as VOGUE and Harper’s Bazaar.
A romantic Dutch couple who work together, you must be wondering how they do it and they’ll probably tell you that it’s a really tricky balance to pull off. Somehow the same feelings that make a personal relationship work don’t quite work on a professional level. With that said, They have been working together since 1986, and are one of the most requested photography teams in the fashion industry.
The second photography duo featured in this piece is Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Both of them were born in 1971 and their work is known for a glossy, futuristic and very sleek look. They came from two different angles of the fashion industry; Mert was a photo modeler and Marcus was an assistant photographer. However, when they joined forces, the images they created were truly fantastic. To date, they have created striking visuals for publications like LOVE Magazine, Vogue, Interview, Arena and more. As far as their fashion label clients for ad campaigns, some of those include Missoni, Miu Miu, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, Givenchy and Lancome.
There is no doubt that Annie Leibovitz is a true photography icon. The 64-yr-old Connecticut native has created some of the most beautiful portraits that have ever been captured on the printed page. She has done some stunning work for Vanity Fair and Vogue, and she also photographed Preseident Barack Obama and the first family at the White House. But perhaps you may have heard her name in the news from the issue of Vogue magazine featuring Kanye West and Kim Kardashian just dropped (with pictures of their daughter inside) – and guess who shot it? And the answer is … The One & Only Annie Leibovitz .