The 15 Highest Paid Photographers in the World

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It’s about much more than point and shoot for these highest paid photographers

The highest paid photographers in this list are everything from contemporary artists to photojournalists, celebrity portraitures to social commentators. The one thing they all have in common is that their work sells for a fortune and they’d be an expensive addition to your wedding.

Photography is an occasionally derided art form, sometimes accused to be too simplistic or easy – something that anyone can do. The highest paid photographers on this list prove the sceptics wrong, with their thought-provoking, popular, controversial, striking and intelligent work.

From fashion shoots to war zones, these are the highest paid photographers in the world.

15. Zhang Jinghua

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Image via Zhang Jinghua and

A Chinese-Singaporean photographer, Zhang Jinghua was 2013’s Young Photographer of the Year and is the youngest photographer on this list.

Her first book, Something Beautiful, was published when she was 19, and her career has continued to go from strength to strength. Influenced by “Japanese fantasy art”, Jinghua’s work has featured internationally in Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. She has exhibited at The Arts House, Japan Creative Centre in Singapore and was named Master Photographer of the Year in 2007.

Jinghua’s work is greatly influenced by Pre-Raphaelite art.

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