Top 5 Creative Photographers

1. Chase Jarvis

Chase Jarvis is well known as a visionary photographer, director, and fine artist with a consistent ambition to break down the barriers between new- and traditional media, fine- and commercial art.

As a photographic master, Chase has won numerous awards from Prix de la Photographie de Paris, The Advertising Photographers of America, The International Photography Awards, and numerous photographic trade magazine throughout the world. Photo District News (PDN) Magazine called Chase one of the top 30 most influential photographers of the past decade.

Early in his career, Chase dabbled in filmmaking, directing and producing short films (winning recognition at select film festivals across the country), but this passion was resurrected in 2008 when Chase launched the world’s first HDdSLR for Nikon. As literally the first artist in the world with access to this technology, Chase was propelled into the limelight as a new “indie” directorial figurehead armed with these new cameras and others like it, as well as the creative chops that have helped defined a new era of filmmaking. As such, his career as a Director and Producer of commercials, short films and music videos has exploded in the last 2 years. Whether working on commercial or personal projects, the opportunity to work with some of the best brands of our time–Apple, Starbucks, Nike and others–with multi-platinum artists like Sarah Mclachlan and members of Pearl Jam–Chase has defined an aesthetic that’s all his own.

In the Fine Art world, Chase has begun work with curators, museums, and foundations, as well as galleries in the USA, Europe and Middle East in and around work in mobile photography, “instant” and “live” worlds of creativity, and the interrelation of accessible art and popular culture. His most recent installation at the Ace Hotel NYC during an artist in residency drew international acclaim, as well as attention of curators from MOMA and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. In the lineage of Warhol, Basquiat, and Shepard Fairey, Jarvis has worked to elevate the nature of instant art, community collaboration and sharing of art while simultaneously democratizing its processes.

Chase is also the creator of 3 books. Seattle 100, Portrait of a City which is the culmination of a 3 year project photographing cultural leaders in Seattle and combining those images with an ethnography of the city he calls home. Another book launched in 2007 titled simply Stevens Pass–the first book of its kind celebrating a single ski area. And last year’s hit book–part of an ‘ecosystem’ combined with an online site and iPhone app–called The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You was released in the Fall 2009 to widespread media acclaim, and was featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, the Discover Channel, Fox, CBC Canada, as well as in The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times and numerous other media channels in broadcast, print, and online. His iPhone app “Best Camera” completely re-shaped the photo app paradigm as the first app that allowed users to share images via social channels from within the interface of the app – a feature that is now considered requisite. Wired Magazine and Macworld both called Best Camera a “Top 20 app of the year” out of more than 300,000 apps online by, and was also highlighted by Apple CMO Phil Schiller in a New York Times feature article, calling it a “must have” app along with Facebook, ESPN, and CNN.

In addition to his creative pursuits, Chase has many interests. He is a widely sought after presenter and has been a Keynote speaker on 5 continents. His invites include those ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to top universities, to the prestigious TEDx conferences held worldwide. He is an “accidental” social media maven with millions of subscribers, fans, and followers. He is also an entrepreneur–having recently started one of the world’s fastest growing online education companies,, in March 2010–and is a gifted leader, volunteer, husband and uncle.


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2.Joe McNally!/index

Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned more than 35 years and included assignments in 60 countries. McNally was the last staff photographer in the history of LIFE magazine, sharing a legacy with his heroes and mentors—Carl Mydans, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Gordon Parks, John Loengard—who forever influenced and shaped his work. McNally won the first Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Journalistic Impact for a LIFE coverage titled, “The Panorama of War.” He has been honored numerous times by Communication Arts, PDN, Graphis, American Photo, POY, and The World Press Photo Foundation. His prints are in numerous collections, most significantly the National Portrait Gallery of the United States and National September 11 Memorial & Museum. McNally is represented by the prestigious Monroe Gallery of Photography, which staged a one-man print exhibition of his photographs in 2014.

McNally is often described as a generalist because of his ability to execute a wide range of assignment work, and was listed at one point by American Photo as one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography” and described by the magazine as “perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today.” His expansive career has included being an ongoing contributor to the National Geographic – shooting numerous cover stories and highly complex, technical features for the past 25 years; a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated; as well as shooting cover stories for TIME,Newsweek, Fortune, New York, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine.

McNally’s most well known series is “Faces of Ground Zero – Portraits of the Heroes of September 11th,” a collection of 246 Giant Polaroid portraits shot in the Moby c Studio near Ground Zero in a three-week period shortly after 9/11. A large group of these historic, compelling, life-size (9’ x 4’) photos were exhibited in seven cities in 2002, and seen by almost a million people. Sales of the exhibit book helped raise over $2 million for the 9/11-relief effort. This collection is considered by many museum and art professionals to be one of the most significant artistic endeavors to evolve from the 9/11 tragedy. To mark the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, more than 50 images from McNally’s renowned “Faces of Ground Zero” were brought back out for a public exhibition “Joe McNally’s Faces of Ground Zero – 10 Years Later.” This special exhibition featured the original life-size Polaroids, along with new digital images and exclusive video interviews shot with Nikon D-SLR cameras revealing where the subjects are today and how 9/11 affected their lives.

Some of McNally’s other renowned photographic series include: “The Future of Flying,” cover and 32-page story, National Geographic Magazine, December 2003. The story, on the future of aviation and the first all digital shoot in the history of that venerable magazine, commemorated the centennial observance of the Wright Brothers’ flight. This issue was a National Magazine Award Finalist and his coverage was deemed so noteworthy it has been incorporated into the archives of the Library of Congress.

He regularly writes a popular, occasionally irreverent blog ( about the travails, tribulations, oddities and high moments of being a photographer, and has authored several noteworthy books on photography, two of which, The Moment It Clicks and The Hot Shoe Diaries, cracked Amazon’s Top Ten list of best sellers. While his work notably springs from the time-honoured traditions of magazine journalism, McNally has also adapted to the Internet driven media world, and was recently named as one of the “Top 5 Most Socially Influential Photographers” by Eye-Fi. McNally was also named the 2015 Photographer of the Year by PMDA. His work and his blog are regularly cited in social media surveys as sources of inspiration and industry leadership. He is also among the rare breed of photographer who has bridged the world between photojournalism and advertising, amassing an impressive commercial and advertising client list including FedEx, Nikon, Epson, Sony, Land’s End, General Electric, MetLife, USAA, Adidas, ESPN, the Beijing Cultural Commission, and American Ballet Theater.

A sought-after workshop instructor and lecturer, he has taught at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshop, the Eddie Adams Workshop, the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian Institution, and the Annenberg Space for Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology, the Disney Institute, and the U.S. Department of Defence. He received his bachelor’s and graduate degrees from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and returns there to lecture on a regular basis. He is proud to be named a Nikon USA Ambassador, an honor that has a special significance for him, as he bought his first Nikon camera in 1973, and for forty years, from the deserts of Africa to the snows of Siberia, he has seen the world through those cameras.

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3. Ian Ruhter


Ian started out with his vision on photographer as an art form, but over the last several years it has evolved into something less personal and true. A process that has become vapid, much less inspiring, and therefore less significantly less fulfilling.

As his career progressed, with technological advances in the image-making process, he lost sight of the old way of making images. So he started to begin loosing all connection to the search for the most important component of the photographic art. The never-ending search for that image, absent of any words or supporting information, he reveals a hidden truth. This all changed when  he began working with a nineteenth century process called wet plate collodion that would take his art and life in a new direction. This revelations in which he embraced the past and utilise the technological advances of the future allowed him to find the component that he has been searching for.

In the process of losing his way it has taken him on a tremendous journey back to the 1800’s. He has time-traveled the way you would in a dream. Taking him backwards into the future, a future where you paint with silver and light.

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4.  Eric Kim

Eric Kim is a street photographer currently based in Berkeley, California. As an undergraduate at UCLA, he studied Sociology and combined it with his passion for photography to make statements about society through street photography.

When he started street photography, he had a difficult time finding anything on the internet on the approach of street photography. He had questions in his mind and such his blog was born out of his passion for street photography. About a year ago he got fired from his former job, which gave him the opportunity to travel the world and teach street photography workshops full-time to those wanting conquer their fear of shooting in the streets breaking out of their comfort zone.
He has taught all around the globe, including cities such as Beirut, London, Paris, Zurich, Amsterdam, Prague, Stockholm, Venice, Dubai, Mumbai, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Saigon, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago. In the past I have collaborated with brands such as Leica, Fujifilm, Olympus, Ricoh, Samsung, and Ford.He puts his heart and soul into his street photography blog, and i do recommend you reading it.

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5. Stefan Johnson


Stefan Johnson is a creative food photographer from London. Working on creative shoots for clients such as Great British Chefs, Fudge Kitchen and many more.



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