Top 20 Photographers You Should Be Studying Right Now

What’s lacking in many lists of all-time photography greats is an eclecticism of styles and strengths, periods and characters. Here is a sampling of twenty photographers whose works have stretched the medium as we know it, in twenty different directions, be they commercial, artistic, or ideological. We sought to include the canonical alongside the rising to give you the greatest breadth possible in your search for inspirational figures, and to instill appreciation for the infinite facets of a timeless art.