List of women photographers

Women have made significant contributions to photography since its inception. Notable participants include:

Afghanistan

  • Farzana Wahidy (born 1984), documentary photographer concentrating on women's issues in Afghanistan

Algeria

Argentina

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

  • Rena Effendi (born 1977), interested in the environment, post-conflict society, the effects of oil industry on people and social disparity

Belarus

Belgium

Brazil

  • Ingeborg de Beausacq (1910–2003), see Germany

Cameroon

Canada

China (People's Republic)

Croatia

Cuba

Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic

Denmark

Egypt

Estonia

  • Ann Tenno (born 1952), landscape photographer and photo artist, noted for her photographs of Tallinn and the churches and manor houses of Estonia

Finland

France

Gambia

Germany

Greece

  • Ianna Andreadis (born 1960), combines photography with her interest in archaeology, also landscapes from southern Africa
  • Nelly's (1899–1998), noted for her Greek temples, Berlin Olympics, later advertising, photo-reportages in the United States
  • Mary Paraskeva (1882–1951), possibly the first Greek woman to have left a large photographic legacy from the beginning of the 20th century
  • Athena Tacha (born 1936), conceptual photographer

Guatemala

  • María Cristina Orive (1931–2017), photographer, reporter and photojournalist, co-founder of the La Azotea publishing the work of Latin American photographers

Hong Kong

  • Wong Wo Bik (graduated 1977), architectural photographer

Hungary

  • Vivienne Balla (born 1986), fashion and fine art
  • Eva Besnyö (1910–2002), see Netherlands
  • Ata Kandó (born 1913), see Netherlands
  • Judith Karasz (1912–1977), Bauhaus graduate
  • Ergy Landau (1896–1967), Hungarian-born photographer, worked in Vienna, Berlin and latterly in Paris
  • Sylvia Plachy (born 1943), see United States
  • Ylla (born Camilla Koffler) (1911–1955), first to specialize in animal portraiture

Iceland

India

Iran

  • Parisa Damandan (born 1967), has collected portrait photographs illustrating the history of Isfahan, continuing her work after the 2003 Bam earthquake
  • Shadi Ghadirian (born 1974), portraits of women dressed in traditional style, often juxtaposed with modern anomalies such as a mountain bike or cola can, now increasingly exhibited in the west
  • Zahra Kazemi (1948–2003), Iranian-Canadian freeland photojournalist who died following arrest in Iran after covering poverty, destitutions and oppression in the Middle East
  • Sanaz Mazinani (born 1978), Iranian-Canadian photographer and curator, installation based photography
  • Shirin Neshat (born 1957), photos of women confronted by Islamic fundamentalism, later working with multimedia and film
  • Ashraf os-Saltaneh (1863–1914), first woman photographer of Iran
  • Shirana Shahbazi (born 1974), conceptual photography, installations
  • Newsha Tavakolian (born 1981), Iranian documentary photographer
  • Maryam Zandi (born 1947), founding board member of Iran's National Society of Photographers, has published many calendars of Iranian portraits

Iraq

Ireland

  • Jane Shackleton (1843–1909) pioneering Irish photographer
  • Helen Sloan (active since 1994), still and film photographer, known for photographing the TV series Game of Thrones

Israel

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Latvia

  • Inta Ruka (born 1958), specializing in portraits of people in the areas where they live

Lithuania

Luxembourg

  • Marianne Majerus (born 1956), specializes in garden photography contributing widely to magazines and newspapers

Mexico

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nigeria

Norway

Pakistan

* Farrukh Saleem (born 1988), Karachi based Female photographer known for her portraits and wedding photography 

Palestine

  • Karimeh Abbud (1896–1955), professional photographer in Nazareth in the 1930s, also producing postcards
  • Sama Raena Alshaibi (born 1973), Iraq-born Palestinian–US conceptual artist, using photography, also an academic
  • Rula Halawani (born 1964), photographer, photojournalist, educator
  • Emily Jacir, artist in photography and other media, also an academic
  • Ahlam Shibli (born 1970), photographer of Bedouins of Palestinian descent

Peru

Poland

  • Leopoldyna Janusz (1862–1934)
  • Lotte Beese
  • Ania Bien (born 1946), see United States
  • Margaret Michaelis-Sachs (1902–1985), Austrian-Australian photographer of Polish-Jewish origin, portraits, architecture of Barcelona, Jewish quarter in Cracow
  • Nata Piaskowski (1912–2004), Polish-born American photographer, portraits and landscapes, based in San Francisco
  • Zofia Rydet (1911–1997) documented postwar Poland
  • Faye Schulman, took photos during World War II

Portugal

  • Helena Almeida (1934-2018), conceptual painter and photographer
  • Ana Dias (born 1984), photographer of erotic femininity

Romania

  • Alexandra Croitoru (born 1975), seeks to challenge accepted ideas of power sharing and gender in Romania

Russia

Singapore

South Africa

  • Jodi Bieber (born 1966), known for taking the photograph of Bibi Aisha, the Afghanistan woman whose nose and ears were mutilated by her husband and brother-in-law
  • Vera Elkan (1908–2008), remembered for her images of the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War
  • Constance Stuart Larrabee (1914–2000), South African's first female World War II correspondent, also known for images of South Africa
  • Zanele Muholi (born 1972), has used photography in support of LGBTI issues, several solo and group exhibitions since 2004
  • Neo Ntsoma (born 1972), known for being the first woman recipient of the Mohamed Amin Award, the CNN African Journalist of the Year Prize Photography
  • Jo Ractliffe (born 1961), photographer and teacher
  • Colla Swart (born 1930), photographs of people, landscapes and flowers in Namaqualand
  • Nontsikelelo Veleko (born 1977), depicts black identity
  • Gisèle Wulfsohn (1957–2011), covered the struggle against apartheid and HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives

South Korea

  • Nikki S. Lee (born 1970), self-portraits posing in various ethnic and social groups such as punks, hip-hop musicians, male partners

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Turkey

  • Semiha Es (1912–2012), Turkey's first female photojournalist, worked between 1950 and 1970s as a war photographer
  • Maryam Şahinyan (1911–1996), Turkey's first female photographer, managing a studio from 1937, archive of some 200,000 images
  • Naciye Suman (1881–1973), Turkey's first Muslim female photographer, owning a studio from 1919 to 1930

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States

Uzbekistan

  • Umida Akhmedova (born 1955), photojournalist working in Central Asia, arrested in 2010 for her images of the Uzbek people

See also

References

  1. Exhibitions on tour: Princess Olga Orlova in masquerade, Hermitage Museum, retrieved 2013-10-19.

Further reading

  • Sullivan, Constance (1990). Women photographers. New York: Abrams. ISBN 0-8109-3950-9. OCLC 21042087.
  • Rosenblum, Naomi (2000). A history of women photographers. 2nd ed. New York: Abbeville Publishing Group (Abbeville Press, Inc.). ISBN 0-7892-0658-7. OCLC 43729073.
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