Famous Landscape Photographers And What They Have Achieved

Famous Landscape Photographers

Landscape photography is one of the most popular genres in the field of photography. It has become a very broad term and there is no absolute definition of what makes a landscape in photography.  Some of the most famous landscape photographers have been motivated by their artistic goals, as well as a love of the natural environment and a wish to record it.

So, who are these famous landscape photographers?


Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams is definitely one of the most famous landscape photographers. He was an American photographer and environmentalist, born on February 20, 1902 and died on April 22, 1984 at the age of 82 from a heart attack. He is know best for his white and black photographs of the American West, especially of the Yosemite National Park.

He got his first portfolio, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras, contracted in 1927. It turned into success making nearly 3,900 dollars (when we take inflation into account it would be nearly 48,000 dollars today). His first portfolio included his famous photograph, Monolith, the Face of Half Dome.

In his lifetime Adams took many other famous photographs. One of these he shot on a trip in New Mexico, named Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico. Over nearly 40 years Adams made over 1,300 unique prints of it using his latest darkroom equipment. The total value of these prints is over 25,000,000 dollars.


Galen Rowell

Glen Rowell was a famous landscape photographer and climber. He was born on August 23, 1940, and died in plane crash on August 11, 2002.

In 1972 he sold his small automotive business to start life of a full-time photographer. He made a cover story for National Geographic Magazine as his first big assignment. Originally a fellow photographer Dewitt Jones invited Rowell to help him on an assignment. But Jones was called off and Rowell suggested a Yosemite National Park ascent that he documented by himself. That's when Rowell got started.

Rowell was good on seeking out optical phenomena in the nature and taking a photograph of it. Due to fast changing conditions, lights and his energetic pursuit of the best position to photograph, he referred his photographs as dynamic landscapes.


Colin Prior

Colin Prior is a British landscape photographer born in Milngavie, Glasgow in 1958. He takes photographs of Scotland and also around the world. His photographs are panoramic, and he generally shoots while golden hour at dawn or dusk.

Colin developed interest for wildlife when he was a child, wandering into forest near his home. His first taste of success happened when he was 23 years old. That's when he won the Best Newcomer Award in the Camera Beneath the Waves competition.

His interest in underwater world led him to his first professional photographic job. Over the next ten years, his career as a freelancer photographer developed when he got commissions from advertising agencies. Prior also has had several exhibitions including The Scottish Visual Experience, Land's End and The World's Wild Places.


Michael Kenna

Michael Kenna was born in 1953. He is a famous landscape photographer from England. He is known for his black and white landscapes. His photography mostly focuses on unusual landscapes with exposures of up to 10 hour.

Some of his works are included in the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C as well as Victorian and Albert Museum in London. His works have been shown around the world including United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Kenna was made a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the Ministry of Culture in France in 2000. This all makes him one of the most famous landscape photographers.