List of women photographers

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

Photobooks by Carol Beckwith, Nina Berman, Marrie Bot, KayLynn Deveney, Rena Effendi, Aya Fujioka (藤岡亜弥), Cristina García Rodero, Fay Godwin, Lourdes Grobet, Mikiko Hara, Reiko Imoto (井本礼子), Kyōko Ioka (井岡今日子), Olya Ivanova (Ольга Иванова), Betsy Karel, Rinko Kawauchi, Vaida Keleras, Yōko Kishikawa (岸川洋子), Fusako Kodama, Eriko Koga (古賀絵里子), Ljalja Kuznetsova (Ляля Кузнецова), Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Helen Levitt, Markéta Luskačová, Bertien van Manen, Mary Ellen Mark, Miyuki Matsuda, Susan Meiselas, Inge Morath, Yurie Nagashima, Mika Ninagawa, Kei Orihara, Chizuru Ōta (太田ちづる), Megumi Ōtsuka (大塚めぐみ), Doris Quarella, Emmanuelle Riva, Inta Ruka, Toshie Saitō (齋藤利江), Rosalind Solomon, Toyoko Tokiwa

Afghanistan[edit]

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

Algeria[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Australia[edit]

Austria[edit]

Azerbaijan[edit]

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

Belarus[edit]

Belgium[edit]

Brazil[edit]

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

Cameroon[edit]

Canada[edit]

China (People's Republic)[edit]

Croatia[edit]

Cuba[edit]

Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Egypt[edit]

Estonia[edit]

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

Finland[edit]

France[edit]

Gambia[edit]

Germany[edit]

Greece[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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

Hong Kong[edit]

  • Wong Wo Bik (graduated 1977), architectural photographer

Hungary[edit]

  • 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[edit]

India[edit]

Iran[edit]

  • 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
  • Mitra Tabrizian (born 1959), British-Iranian, professor of photography at the University of Westminster, photobook Correct Distance, a critique of corporate culture
  • 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[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Photograph by Jane Shackleton
  • 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[edit]

Italy[edit]

Jamaica[edit]

Japan[edit]

Latvia[edit]

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

Lithuania[edit]

Luxembourg[edit]

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

Mexico[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

Nigeria[edit]

Norway[edit]

Palestine[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Poland[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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

Romania[edit]

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

Russia[edit]

Princess Olga Orlova at the 1903 Ball, a hand-tinted image of Princess Olga Orlova by Elena Mrozovskaya, now in the collection of the Hermitage Museum[1]

Singapore[edit]

South Africa[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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

Spain[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

Turkey[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • Elena Filatova (born 1974), photographs of the Chernobyl area
  • Anya Teixeira (1913–1992), took up amateur photography in London when 47, often working with children and actors, also founded the Creative Photo Group

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

Uzbekistan[edit]

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

Zimbabwe[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

Further reading[edit]

  • 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.