In an online poll conducted earlier this year, we asked our readers to name the most influential living photographers. The 25 you selected are listed below‑in strictly alphabetical order. These 25 photographers are mentors, teachers, role models. They have forged new techniques, explored new subjects, and taken photography into new, provocative or exciting territory. As a tribute to these influential masters, we invited portrait photographers to photograph artists who had influenced them. Other photographers were proud to share portraits with us that they have had the privilege of shooting in the past. Portraits and self‑portraits of all 25 of these influential photographers can be found this month on our Web site, <wwwpdnonline.com>.
Mary Ellen Mark, photographed for PDN by Shannon Fagan
Mary Ellen Mark