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)
- Best of the Best: Julia Margaret Cameron
- Lessons from Photography Masters: Julia Margaret Cameron
- Mimicking the Masters: Julia Margaret Cameron
- Delicate 19th Century Portraits by Julia Margaret Cameron
Dorothea Lange (1895-1965)
- Today in History: Renowned Documentary Photographer Dorothea Lange Dies of Esophageal Cancer (1965)
- Influential Photographs: Migrant Mother, 1936 by Dorothea Lange
Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971)
- Icons in Focus: Margaret Bourke-White
- Influential Photographs: Gandhi at his Spinning Wheel, 1946 by Margaret Bourke-White
Diane Arbus (1923-1971)
- Best of the Best: Diane Arbus
- Lessons from Photography Masters: Diane Arbus
- Mimicking the Masters: Diane Arbus
- Influential Photographs: Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, 1962 by Diane Arbus
- A Box of Ten Photographs by Diane Arbus
- Monday Moodboard: Diane Arbus Documentary
Vivian Maier (1926-2009)
- The Genius of Vivian Maier
- The Secret Life of Vivian Maier
- The Invisible Woman: Vivian Maier on American Photo Magazine
- Interview with John Maloof: Discoverer of the Vivian Maier Collection
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*.