It is possible to attain fame as a photographer, or at the very least make money off being one. Throughout the decades there have been several people in this field who managed to make big names for themselves. A number of fictional photographer characters have also become recognisable to audiences.
- David Bailey
During the 1960s, Bailey was one of the biggest names in the fashion industry. This was thanks to his creative skills as a photographer. Bailey became so renowned that numerous celebrities sought him out. He released a boxset of his pictures of well-known faces. This included the actor Terrence Stamp and even the East End gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray.
- Fay Godwin
Godwin’s most famous works are depictions of the landscapes around Britain. She primarily uses black and white to highlight contrasts and shadows. She focuses mostly on the countryside. Grass will often dominate the frame, with a structure or tree in the mid-ground.
- Gordon Parks
This American photographer is concerned with the issue of civil rights. His pictures reflect this by highlighting divisions in class and race. During the 1940s Parks created images that showed the hardships faced by black American workers. His visual skills would later work well when Parks began a career as a film director.
- Peter Parker
Peter Parker is the secret identity of Spiderman. He works for a city newspaper as a photojournalist. Parker uses his superhero alter-ego to his advantage. He often takes pictures of himself as Spiderman and sells them to the company he works for. However, his boss has a distrust of superheroes and often writes stories where he calls Spiderman a menace to the city.
- Vicki Vale
Vicki Vale is another comic book photojournalist. She lives in Gotham and is often covering stories involving the superhero vigilante Batman. In the Tim Burton movie adaptation, Vicki meets Bruce Wayne and they begin a relationship. Eventually, Wayne reveals that he leads a double life as Batman. She agrees not to publish the truth. However, she does take numerous photos of Batman to print in the paper.
- Austin Powers
A clear parody of James Bond, this flamboyant secret agent is often on missions trying to save the world. When not out on covert operations, Austin Powers likes to work as a photographer. In each film, he is shown taking part in photoshoots. These scenes spoof the well-known 1960s film, Blow-Up.