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]

Cameroon[edit]

Canada[edit]

China (People's Republic)[edit]

Croatia[edit]

Cuba[edit]

Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Egypt[edit]

Estonia[edit]

  • Ina Bandy (1903–1973), Tallinn-born humanist photographer, later based in Paris
  • Birgit Püve (born 1978), freelance photographer and photo editor
  • Katrina Tang (born 1985), fashion and portrait photographer
  • Ann Tenno (born 1952), landscape photographer and photo artist, noted for her photographs of Tallinn and the churches and manor houses of Estonia

Ethiopia[edit]

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
  • Venia Bechrakis (fl 2000s), artist and fine art photographer
  • Mary Kay (fl 2000s), landscape photographer
  • Nelly's (1899–1998), noted for her Greek temples, Berlin Olympics, later advertising, photo-reportages in the United States
  • Voula Papaioannou (1898–1990), photographer of Greek people and landscapes
  • 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]

Hungary[edit]

  • Vivienne Balla (born 1986), fashion and fine art
  • Eva Besnyö (1910–2002), see Netherlands
  • Ghitta Carell (1899–1972), Hungarian-born Italian portrait photographer
  • Lili Zoe Ermezei (born 1988), portrait and conceptual photographer
  • Kati Horna (1912–2000), Hungarian-born Mexican photojournalist
  • Ata Kandó (1913–2017), see Netherlands
  • Judith Karasz (1912–1977), Bauhaus graduate
  • Ergy Landau (1896–1967), Hungarian-born photographer, worked in Vienna, Berlin and latterly in Paris
  • Mari Mahr (born 1941), Hungarian-British photographer
  • Olga Máté (1878–1961), early portrait photographer
  • 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]

  • Sahar Ajdamsani (born 1996), singer, writer, photographer
  • Fatemeh Behboudi (born 1985), photojournalist and documentary photographer
  • Parisa Damandan (born 1967), has collected portrait photographs illustrating the history of Isfahan, continuing her work after the 2003 Bam earthquake
  • Solmaz Daryani (born 1989), photographer and photojournalist
  • Zahra Amir Ebrahimi (born 1981), photographer, television actress and short movies director
  • 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
  • Hengameh Golestan (born 1952), pioneering woman photographer
  • Sooreh Hera (born 1973), artist and photographer
  • 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[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Photograph by Jane Shackleton

Israel[edit]

Italy[edit]

Jamaica[edit]

Japan[edit]

Kenya[edit]

Kuwait[edit]

Latvia[edit]

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

Lithuania[edit]

Luxembourg[edit]

  • Deborah De Robertis (born 1984), performance artist and photographer
  • Marianne Majerus (born 1956), specializes in garden photography contributing widely to magazines and newspapers
  • Su-Mei Tse (born 1973), musician, artist and photographer

Mali[edit]

Malta[edit]

Mexico[edit]

Namibia[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

Nigeria[edit]

Norway[edit]

Pakistan[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 (born 1972), 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 (1903–1988)
  • Ania Bien (born 1946), see United States
  • Helga Kohl (born 1943), Polish photographer based in Namibia
  • 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 (1924–2015), took photos during World War II
  • Joanna Zastróżna (born 1972), photographer and filmmaker

Portugal[edit]

Romania[edit]

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[2]

Singapore[edit]

South Africa[edit]

South Korea[edit]

  • Jun Ahn (fl 2000s), photographer known for her Self-Portrait series
  • Bae Doona (born 1979), actress and photographer
  • Ina Jang (born 1982), South Korean photographer based in the United States
  • Miru Kim (born 1981), artist, photographer and arts events coordinator
  • Jungjin Lee (born 1961), photographer and artist based in New York
  • Nikki S. Lee (born 1970), self-portraits posing in various ethnic and social groups such as punks, hip-hop musicians, male partners
  • Soi Park (fl 2010s), fine art photographer

Spain[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

Turkey[edit]

  • Eylül Aslan (fl 2000s), fine art photographer and feminist
  • Nilüfer Demir (born 1986), photojournalist and photographer
  • Elvin Eksioglu (born 1966), film director photographer and screenwriter
  • Semiha Es (1912–2012), Turkey's first female photojournalist, worked between 1950 and 1970s as a war photographer
  • Yıldız Moran (1932–1995)
  • 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]

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

Yemen[edit]

  • Alaa Al-Eryani (born 1990), photographer, filmmaker, writer, and feminist activist


Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ {{Cite web|last=nationalgalleryofjamaica|date=2015-10-28|title=Silver Musgrave Medal for Art: Donnette Ingrid Zacca|url=https://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/silver-musgrave-medal-for-art-donnette-ingrid-zacca/%7Caccess-date=2021-05-06%7Cwebsite=National Gallery of Jamaica Blog|language=en
  2. ^ Exhibitions on tour: Princess Olga Orlova in masquerade Archived 2013-10-21 at the Wayback Machine, 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.