Top Five Iconic Female Photographers

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At the time when photography was still practically regarded as a man’s work, these influential women not only defied the norm but did so excellently.

As we celebrate International Women’s Week (in some locations, this occasion is celebrated as International Women’s Day and Women’s Month), we think that it’s only fitting for this week’s Top Five installment to center on these five women who paved the way in the field of photography for other females from succeeding generations. Here we have Julia Margaret Cameron, one of the very first photographers during the 1800s and specialized in taking Victorian portraits; Dorothea Lange, whose most renowned photographs captured the plight of migrant workers and the working class in the US during the Great Depression; Margaret Bourke-White, the first female war correspondent and photographer for Life magazine; Diane Arbus, whose preference in shooting “deviant and marginal people” earned her the oft-used description “photographer of freaks”; and Vivian Maier, a nanny whose work in street photography captivated those who saw them when they were brought to the public’s attention just a few years ago.

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879)

Dorothea Lange (1895-1965)

Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971)

Diane Arbus (1923-1971)

Vivian Maier (1926-2009)

Like this article? Check out our Top Five List series in the Lomography magazine!

Related features: *Iconic and Influential Photos Taken by Female Photographers* and *Celebrating Women in Photography*.

written by chooolss on 2014-03-06 in #lifestyle

5 Comments

  1. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    Good stuff! Learning from masterpieces is the best way to improve our skills :)

  2. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Where's Imogene Cunningham??

  3. chooolss
    chooolss ·

    @ihave2pillows indeed! Glad you enjoyed reading this! :)

  4. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    Also: Helen Levitt!

  5. wufnir
    wufnir ·

    Same for Hilla Becher.
    Düsseldorf school.

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