Want to know who are the wealthiest photographers in the world? Whether they take pictures of nature, models, landscapes, celebrities, animals, conflicts or politicians, these artists are without a doubt some of the most talented of the industry. Although their net worth is hard to establish, these photographers have definitely managed to make art and win several awards, as well as incredible prestige, with their work.
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10. Zhang Jinghua
With only 26 years, Zhang Jinghua is already one of the top ten richest photographers in the world. With several accolades and prices under her arm, this Chinese-Singaporean young woman has, without a doubt, an amazing future ahead of her. Zhang Jinghua has already shot for Mercedes Benz, Canon, Pond’s, Elle magazine, and Ogilvy & Mather Advertising among other major clients.
9. Timothy Allen
Besides being a wealthy photographer, this English man is also a prominent filmmaker. Timothy Allen has worked for the Sunday Telegraph and The Independent, but he is best known for his prints of indigenous communities around the world. A zoology graduate, this unique photographer is one of the wealthiest at the moment.
8. George Steinmetz
George Steinmetz is a unique photographer who managed to combine his Geophysics degree and his photographing career in a remarkable way. The work of this American photographer has been featured in Smithsonian, The New Yorker, and even the legendary National Geographic. Steinmetz is a wealthy man who snaps his pictures from a motorized paraglide, resulting in exceptional prints of inaccessible corners of the Earth.
7. Nick Veasey
Yet another exotic artist, Nick Veasey’s work is devoted to the creation of images using X-ray imaging. This British photographer has had exhibitions in galleries all around the world and has won several awards for his photography and designs.
6. Marco Grob
Marco Grob, a Swiss photographer who is currently living in New York, began his career shooting still life. Since he decided on his career path change over a decade ago, Grob has become one of the highest paid portrait photographers in the world. This wealthy man has shot every celebrity and public figure you can imagine, from Bill Clinton to Lady Gaga, from Barack Obama to George Clooney, and from Robert Plant to Jeff Bridges.
5. Nick Brandt
Nick Brandt is a renowned and resolved wildlife photographer with a clear purpose: to capture and record the beautiful African landscape and its inhabitants before they are forever altered and destroyed by mankind. This British artist has published books, received awards, and even started a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the ecosystem he loves.
4. GMB Akash
GMB Akash is a wealthy photojournalist from Bangladesh who has won many awards and whose work has been featured in many famous publications including Vogue, Newsweek, National Geographic, and The Guardian. Determined to raise awareness on those marginalized from society around the world, Akash takes pictures of the underprivileged, thereby giving them a voice.
3. Lynsey Addario
Focused on women’s role in society, human rights, and other conflicts, Lynsey Addario has made a big name for herself in the photography industry. This American photojournalist has taken pictures for The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, and other renowned publications. She has covered stories in several conflicts around the world, including Afghanistan under Taliban control, Haiti, Congo, and Iraq.
2. Gilles Bensimon
One of the richest photographers in the world, Gilles Bensimon has devoted his camera to fashion. This French photographer is also the former International Creative Director of Elle magazine and has shot internationally renowned models including Tyra Banks, Cindy Crawford, Elle Macpherson, and Naomi Campbell.
1. Morgan Norman
Morgan Norman has shot for several magazines, advertising agencies, and even record labels. This artistic fashion photographer has a one-of-a-kind style that the fashion industry appreciates greatly.