Celebrating Women in Photography


International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8. Celebrations around the world take place to honor women and their achievements. This year, we’d like to celebrate by showing appreciation for some women who have made their mark in the photography world.

Candida Höfer

Candida Höfer is a Germany-based photographer who began taking photos of buildings, rooms, banks and other structures in 1979. She is known for her large-format photographs of empty spaces and architecture wherein she uses a straight angle, diagonal angle, or an elevated point to capture the images. There is a consistent theme among her works as she is fond of photographing big open spaces without people in them. You can see her magnificent works on the gallery above.

Candida Höfer Photos via Marco Vigo, Space Framed, Looking for Nice Things, Robilant + Voena, ongo

Imogen Cunningham

Imogen Cunningham was an American photographer known for botanical photography. Her interest in photography started in 1901 when she was 18 years old. However, her interest in the craft waned and it wasn’t until 1906 that she started to love photography again. Her interest in botanical photography started when she took photos of plants in order to pay her tuition fee.

Imogen Cunningham Photos via Jim Alinder Photography, Photo Liason, melisaki, and Gallery 1118

Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier was an American street photographer who also worked as a nanny. During her stint as a nanny, she took over a hundred thousand photographs of everyday life. Although she took plenty of photographs in her lifetime, her works only became known a few years before her death.

Vivian Maier Photos via Pleasure Photo, and Vivian Maier Prints#

Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron was a British photographer who took photography late in life. She was 48 years old when she dabbled in photography upon receiving a camera as a gift. She is mostly known for her portraits of big personalities, such as painters, poets, philosophers, and even Charles Darwin. Although she started photography as a non-commercial endeavour, she went on and marketed her photographs to museums.

Julia Margaret Cameron Photos via Megan Guzman Blog, Francis Hodgson Blog, Wikipedia, Alex Waterhouse Blog, Shari Blog, and Vintage Ephemera

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus was an American portrait photographer known for her black and white square photographs. Her subjects are often controversial as she took photos of circus performers, transvestites, and the mentally disabled among others. There are mixed reactions to Diane Arbus’ photos among critics. Some praise her for the unique and revolutionary work that she has done, while some think otherwise.

Diane Arbus Photos via Ghost in Snow, fondopiras, Noelle Rich Tumblr, Elton Jacobsen, Saw Meister, and Cifars and Cupcakes

Sources for this article include Wikipedia - Candida Hofer, Ongo, Wikipedia - Imogen Cunningham, Wikipedia - Vivian Maier, Met Museum, and The Daily Beast

written by jeanmendoza on 2012-03-08 #people #lifestyle #photographer #international-women-s-day #diane-arbus #imogen-cunningham #vivian-maier #julia-margaret-cameron #women-photographers #candida-hofer #international-women-s-day-2016


  1. carlota_nonnumquam
    carlota_nonnumquam ·

    Great article! I'm a big Vivian Maier and Julia Margaret Cameron. I didn't know the other photographers mentioned on the article and I loved Diana Arbus' photos.

  2. clownshoes
    clownshoes ·

    Great article

  3. jeanmendoza
    jeanmendoza ·

    @carlota_nonnumquam, I'm a fan of Diane Arbus' works as well. I think her photos are amazing!

    @clownshoes, thank you!

  4. marjanbuning
    marjanbuning ·

    Great article!! ! i went last year to a vivian maier exhibition during the Noorderlicht photofestival in groningen the netherlands. Amazing background she came from!

  5. danbarry
    danbarry ·

    This selection is sublime.

  6. ashleylilla
    ashleylilla ·

    love this!
    i think one of the photos you included for arbus is actually a recreation of one her famous works. the original is here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Childwithhandgrenadedianearbus.j…

  7. poglad
    poglad ·

    Very, very inspiring.

  8. jaanius
    jaanius ·

    Perfect and good inspiration selection

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