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Top 30 Artists alive contemporary art photography

Here is a photografer list with the established artists worldwide who use primarily the medium of photography - ranked for attention since 2004, as measured by the Art Report method. This medium has prevailed in recent decades, more and more, because the durability is improved and the problem of unlimited multiples has become more manageable.



ranking name nation lives in born born in medium gain 2016 total AR-points
1 Cindy Sherman US New York 1954 Glen Ridge photography 7.7% 31210
 
2 Thomas Ruff DE Düsseldorf 1958 Zell am Hamersbach, BW photography 10.9% 27123
 
3 Wolfgang Tillmans DE London 1968 Remscheid photography 6.8% 25070
 
4 Fischli & Weiss CH Zurich 1952 Zurich photography 6.1% 23781
 
5 Paul McCarthy US Los Angeles 1945 Salt Lake City photography 7.3% 22803
 
6 Douglas Gordon GB Glasgow 1966 Glasgow photography 4.3% 21027
 
7 Dan Graham US New York 1942 Urbana photography 5.3% 20612
 
8 Jeff Wall CA Vancouver 1946 Vancouver photography 4.4% 20202
 
9 Man Ray US Paris 1890 Philadelphia photography 7.6% 19622
 
10 Andreas Gursky DE Düsseldorf 1955 Leipzig photography 6.2% 19460
 
11 Thomas Struth DE Düsseldorf 1954 Geldern photography 10.2% 18632
 
12 Gilbert & George GB London 1942 Totness/Devon photography 6.4% 18535
 
13 Gabriel Orozco MX Mexiko/New York 1962 Jalapa photography 7.7% 17794
 
14 Robert Mapplethorpe US New York 1946 Queens photography 12% 17744
 
15 Thomas Demand DE Berlin/London 1964 Munich photography 9.3% 17632
 
16 Candida Höfer DE Cologne 1944 Eberswalde photography 6.6% 16521
 
17 Roni Horn US New York 1955 New York photography 11.2% 16252
 
18 Hiroshi Sugimoto JP New York 1948 Tokyo photography 3.8% 16208
 
19 Nan Goldin US New York 1953 Washington photography 14.2% 15439
 
20 Alfredo Jaar CL New York 1956 Santiago de Chile photography 7.1% 14989
 
21 Barbara Kruger US Los Angeles 1945 Newark, NY photography 10.6% 14962
 
22 Louise Lawler US New York 1947 Bronxville photography 10.8% 14508
 
23 Rineke Dijkstra NL Amsterdam 1959 Sittard photography 9.5% 14055
 
24 Bernd & Hilla Becher DE Düsseldorf 1931 Potsdam/Siegen photography 11.9% 13935
 
25 Sophie Calle FR Paris 1953 Paris photography 6.6% 13320
 
26 László Moholy-Nagy HU Chicago 1895 Bácsborsód photography 14.1% 13229
 
27 Vik Muniz BR New York 1961 photography 6.5% 13174
 
28 Taryn Simon US New York 1975 New York photography 16.1% 12362
 
29 Diane Arbus US New York 1923 photography 10% 12090
 
30 Christopher Williams US Los Angelos 1956 Los Angelos photography 6.6% 11836