This Research Shows The Top 100 Photographers On The Web. US Humans Of NY Wins Big Time

Oct 14, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

This Research Shows The Top 100 Photographers On The Web. US Humans Of NY Wins Big Time

Oct 14, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Join the Discussion

Share on:

top-100

Here are some interesting statistics. This survey checks for the reach of photographers on the web. It does so, by looking at each photographer’s Web Popularity Index (WPI). This index mixes the three key factors of the social web: reach, interaction with users, and external references. To do so WPI analyzes “fans, followers and subscribers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Tumblr, 500px and other social networks, ratios for interaction with subscribers, fans and followers, as well as references for the photographers’ publications”. The site does not share how much each of those components contribute to WPI or even how some of the indexes were concluded. Yet, being who we are, there are now metrics on the table and we can not ignore them.

Is this a good way to see who is a good photographer? I think not. In fact I am not even sure that this is a good way to check who is the most influential photographer, as influence works not just by reach by also by who you are reaching. But, this does measure who has the most presence online and this by itself is an interesting index. (on a side note, 20 years ago, everybody on that index would rate 0).

US photographer Brandon Stanton who is known for his Humans Of New York project is by far the most web-present photographer with WPI of 1,935.10 and a huge facebook base of 15 million Facebook fans. (the next closest is Russian photographer Murad Osmann with WPI of 333.37). Annie Leibovitz for comparison is the first female photographer on the list and she ranks 18th with a WPI of 90.53.

While, as we said, the table does not consider quality, impact or it does show some interesting trends:

  • 82 out of the 100 photographers in the TOP 100 are men: “Although 25.7 % of the analysed photographers are female, only 18 women made it into the TOP 100.” Of course, having only a quarter of the group be female means that it is not just the top 100 that is male dominated.
  • TOP photographers are from the US: US is leading the table with 34 photographers (total of 4278 WPI points), then Germany with 22 photographers (1,240 WPI points,) and the UK closes the top 3 (10 photographers, 846 WPI points). Of course considering that the US is significantly bigger than any other country in the table while most social media is done in english can not be ignored.

info_gr_005_en

To see some more insights as well as the entire list, visit xxlpix. It is a trove for data geeks.

 

Filed Under:

Tagged With:

Find this interesting? Share it with your friends!

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Join the Discussion

DIYP Comment Policy
Be nice, be on-topic, no personal information or flames.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

6 responses to “This Research Shows The Top 100 Photographers On The Web. US Humans Of NY Wins Big Time”

  1. David Liang Avatar
    David Liang

    Terry Richardson!?! Seriously!?!?

    1. Matt Owen Avatar
      Matt Owen

      He probably scores very high in interactions and references, but for negative reasons.

  2. Gvido Mūrnieks Avatar
    Gvido Mūrnieks

    Clearly, this list is not very accurate, because I am nowhere, to be found in it.
    :D

  3. Ryan Poorman Avatar
    Ryan Poorman

    Humans of New York is boring.

  4. Rick Sullivan Avatar
    Rick Sullivan

    LoveSpell Images in Mason city Iowa has award winners throughout