May is national photography month! To celebrate, we’ve thought long and hard about all the photographers we admire in the industry we work in.
To honor the photographers that make lusting after fashion oh-so-irresistible, we’ve compiled a list of 32 of our favorite snappers. That’s one for every day of the month plus a bonus (because we just couldn’t narrow it down).
You’ll find some of today’s rising stars, some industry veterans, and some old-school photographers that continue to inspire long after their time.
Click through the slideshow above to see our picks, and don’t forget to let us know who your favorite fashion photographer is in the comments section below!
"A Man For All Seasons", Vogue magazine, by Annie Leibovitz
Leibovitz is well known for her provocative celebrity portraits and high-concept fashion editorials.
Marloes Horst for Elle Paris, by Ben Watts
You'll see this English photographer's work all over magazines like Elle, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Oh, and yes, he is Naomi's brother.
"Summer of Love," Vogue magazine, by Bruce Weber
This fashion photog has done ad campaigns for some of the biggest names in fashion and editorial spreads for some of the biggest names in print.
Jessica Simpson on the cover of the April 2012 issue of Elle magazine, by Carter Smith
Carter Smith dropped out of FIT to pursue a career in fashion photography. Since then, he's been shooting celebrities and editorials alike and dabbles in independent film-making.
"Arizona Muse: Exquisite Art" by Chadwick Tyler
Chadwick Tyler was a presence in the art world before he turned to fashion photography. His artistic inclinations are evident in all of his pieces, which is characterized by hauntingly beautiful depictions of women.
Kate Moss, The Face 1990, by Corinne Day
Corinne Day's gritty, realistic approach to fashion photography helped launch Kate Moss's career.
Kristen Stewart, Interview magazine, by Craig McDean
McDean photographed numerous high-fashion campaigns, editorial spreads and celebrity portraits. He received the International Center of Photography's Infinity Award in 2008.
"Alexander McQueen" by David LaChapelle
David LaChapelle's body of work is recognizable due to the social messages contained in almost every piece and his completely unique aesthetic.
Bjork by David Sims
British fashion photographer David Sims has an impressive number of ad campaigns, magazines and gallery exhibitions under his belt.
Keira Knightly for Vogue Italia, by Ellen Von Unwerth
Former model Ellen Von Unwerth has lent her photographing talents to both the fashion and music industries.
Bianca Balti for Numéro #67, by Greg Kadel
This New York City-based fashion photographer has done editorial spreads for just about every chapter of Vogue magazine there is.
Elsa Hosk by Guy Aroch
The Israeli photographer takes a naturalistic approach to fashion and celebrity photography.
French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin has had a huge influence on fashion photography, an influence that is still felt today. He worked for French Vogue from 1955 to 1987 and was the first photographer to create a narrative for his shoots.
Private Property, New York, 1992 by Helmut Newton
This German-Austrian photographer's dramatic black and white photos were Vogue favorites back in the 90s.
Mila Kunis by Inez and Vinoodh
These Dutch photographers are equally successful in the art and commercial worlds and consistently break new ground in the realms of fashion and celebrity photography.
Mia Wasikowska for W magazine, by Jean-Baptiste Mondino
This French fashion photographer has also directed videos for artists like Madonna and David Bowie, just to name a few.
Dakota Fanning for Marc Jacobs, by Juergen Teller
Juergen Teller is the rare photographer that seems to seamlessly blend art and fashion.
"Tears" by Man Ray
Man Ray brought photography into the Dada and Surrealist movements of the 1920s, but his work wasn't all completely avant-garde. Ray was also a renowned fashion and portrait photographer too!
"Into The Woods" W magazine by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
This duo is made up of two of the most respected fashion photographers working today. They helped make digital manipulation a thing and take some of their style from Guy Bourdin (who you may remember from a bit earlier on our list).
Anne Hathaway for W magazine, by Mario Sorrenti
Italian photographer Mario Sorrenti is known for his fondness for nudity in editorial spreads.
Lindsay Lohan for Marie Claire, by Mark Abrahams
Mark Abrahams's specialty is portraits--both fashion and celebrity.
Patrick Petitjean by Nathaniel Goldberg
Nathaniel Goldberg's stylized photos have appeared in a number of magazines and ad campaigns.
Yohji Yamamoto Red Coat, Naomi Campbell 1986, by Nick Knight
Nick Knight's bold images have attracted high fashion houses since the 80s. More recently, he directed the video for Lady Gaga's "Born This Way."
Patrick Demarchelier has shot covers for just about every major fashion magazine out there today.
"Masks" by Richard Burbridge
You'll notice precise lighting and intense collaborations with the hair and makeup teams in this British photographer's work.
Macaulay Culkin by Richard Phibbs
Think of all the black and white portraits of almost any celebrity you've seen–'cause it'll most likely be a Phibbs piece!
A Colombian native, Ruven Afanador's fanciful photos have graced the pages of fashion magazines since the 90s.
Lily Cole by Solve Sundsbo
Solve Sundsbo may be one of the biggest names in fashion photography at the moment. He has a knack for all kinds of photo manipulation techniques that produce truly striking images.
"The Total Lady," Vogue Italia, by Steven Klein
Steven Klein frequently collaborates with Madonna on everything from W magazine spreads to concert videos.
Linda Evangelista by Steven Meisel
Veteran fashion photographer Steven Meisel has worked with all the major fashion houses and all of the major models.
"Rihanna as Me" by Terry Richardson
If there were a prize for "Biggest household name in celebrity and fashion photography," we think it would have to go to Terry.
This London-based photographer has contributed to campaigns with Barneys, Comme des Garcons, and Yohji Yamamoto, and has appeared consistently in Vogue for over ten years now. You'll know his work from the elaborate staging and romantic themes.