Now Ebi, you did not make any statements as if they have to be modern or alive or anything, so I am going to give you both.
As for dead – you can’t go wrong with Ansel Adams, but I like Eugene de Salignac to. Love how he combines portraits with architectural, structure with expression. Now he was from way back before I was thought of, but I like his work.
As for modern [alive] – I like Chris Orwig. His work may not be the greatest, but I can see a lot of him in his work. I like others for one thing or another, but Chris is alright.