Coffee with @wayneford has become one of the highlights of the #HundredHeroines day. Just after 06.00 (BST), we’re poised on Twitter, with coffee cups in hand, to see who Wayne will nominate. He’s pledged to nominate one #heroinic photographer a day until the end of the campaign and he’s introducing us to new photographers and some really exciting work. He’s also posting nominations for our #100HistoricalHeroines, the trailblazers of women in photography. If you’re looking for a virtual summer school on female photographers, look no further than Wayne Ford’s Twitter feed. Thanks Wayne for bringing us such a great start to every day! #HeroinesHero.
Wayne Ford is a graphic designer, creative director and visual consultant working in the area of communication.
A former art director of the Observer newspapers colour supplement, art director of the RSA Journal, and creative director of Haymarket Business Media; he has created designs for over 50 media brands, and now works with a broad range of clients across the spectrum of visual communication – with a focus on content.
His interest in photography is two fold; firstly, his professional interest reflects the importance of photography within his past and present projects, whilst on a personal level he holds a passionate interest in the medium and its history.
Photo credit: Luca Sage
Explored her Gambian-British identity through a series of compelling self-portraits.
Joy Gregory. A British artist whose work focuses upon and explores the concerns of race, gender and cultural differences in contemporary society. (From the series, Girl Thing)
Ruth Orkin (1921-1985)
A photojournalist who began her career in the 1940s with The New York Times, Life and Look; and produced a number of books incl: A World Through My Window.
Ira Wright Martin
A photographer whose work is firmly rooted within the Pictorialist movement; but who also explored abstraction.
Sian Bonnell, who turned to photography to record her own sculptures; before adopting photography as her artistic medium, through which she creates “a Dada of the everyday.”
Whilst names like, Kertész, Capa, Moholy-Nagy, Brassaï, and Munkácsi, are well documented in photographic history, their fellow Hungarian is undeservedly less so.
Jennie Louise Van Der Zee Welcome
Known as Madame E. Toussaint, she was associated with the Harlem Renaissance, and made photographs and films that recognized African-American contributions to WWI
A London born portrait photographer whose New York studio was one of the most fashionable on Fifth Avenue in the late 19th century.
The first photographer to have a retrospective exhibition at a major London art gallery, when her work was shown at the Whitechapel gallery in 1960.
Mayotte Magnus, whose 1977 show
@NPGLondon featured 90 portraits of eminent British women; and was the first photographic exhibition in the gallery’s history to focus exclusively on female achievement.
Documented the daily life of Mexico’s indigenous communities, particularly of women, for more than half a century. (Mazahua School, 1984)
Studied painting/graphic design at the Bauhaus, before turning to experiments with photography and photograms; most of this work being destroyed in WWII.
Born into a family of photographers – her great-grandfather met and purchased a license from Daguerre in 1840 – she once said “I was born to photography.”
Her avant-garde approach to photography placed her firmly at the forefront of the Neue Optik.
In response to the statement “the whole world has been photographed,” turned to cameraless photography, which she felt held greater scope for experiment.
Claire de Rouen
Her eponymous bookstore – situated above a sex shop on London’s Charing Cross Rd – became a Mecca for photobook lovers, where you were met with Claire’s charm and charisma, and pug Otis.
Evelyn Hofer’s work appears routed in the tradition of August Sander, and predates the colour work of William Eggleston, and continues to influence to this day.
Joined Magnum as an editor at the invitation of Robert Capa and began taking photographs in 1951, becoming a full member of the agency in 1955.
Known for her portraits and early work with the Vivex colour process; she held one of the earliest exhibitions of colour photography in 1932.
An early pioneer of photography in Japan, her portrait of her husband Shima Kakoku (1864), is believed to be the earliest known photograph made by a Japanese woman.
Known as the ‘Queen of the Leica’ for her early adoption of the small format camera, her self-portrait with Leica (Paris, 1931) reflects an era where women embraced modernity and independence.
Flor Garduña, highly influential Mexican photographer whose work encompasses still lifes, nudes, portraits, street scenes and the representation of indigenous cultures.
Lady Mary Rosse
Experimenting with photographic processes in late 1853, and is noted for her use of wax paper negatives.
A photojournalist who covered the Vietnam war from 1966 to 1969; and further conflict in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Lebanon.
Maxine Walker, who explores, questions and challenges the nature of identity and racial stereotypes through an ongoing series of self-portraiture.
A collector and historian, who co-authored The History of Photography: from the camera obscura to the beginning of the modern era, 1955.
A key figure of the international feminist avant-garde movement, her work is heavily autobiographical focusing on the female body and its transformation.
Working in the humanist style of documentary photography, she is widely considered to be the only woman solely engaged in street photography in post-war Britain.
@CelineMarchbank, is a documentary and editorial photographer whose interest is in the stories of everyday life. Her first book, Tulip, is the highly emotional story of her mother’s last year of life.
Lola Álvarez Bravo
a photographer overshadowed by her husband, but who’s work with its remarkable range – including teaching and curating – deserves far greater critical attention.
pioneering photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White, who was Fortune magazine’s first photographer, and the first female war correspondent accredited to work in WWII combat zones.
who explored the themes of feminism, sexuality and femininity through photography, video and performance.
who can be considered one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, inspiring a generation of image makers.
Known for her fashion and photojournalism, she volunteered her services to the Red Cross, Women’s Army Corps and Eighth Army Air Force during WWII.
A student of Edward Weston, she was renowned for her nudes, with fellow f64 member Ansel Adams calling her “the greatest photographer of the nude.”
One of the first artists to explore identity politics through role-play, and a key figure in the history of feminist photography.
One of only four female photographers accredited as official war correspondents with the US forces in WWII.
Maud Sulter whose distinct – often multilayered – portraits frequently reference historical and mythical subjects as she sought to reframe the representation of black women.
With a career spanning seven decades, she emerged from the Pictorialist movement to become one of the most significant artists of American modernism.
Corrine Day who took a documentary approach to fashion – that lacked the glamour so often associated with it – and instead depicted a harsh realism.
More than a poetic landscape photographer, her images increasingly held a political and environmental message.
A name synonymous with the Bauhaus; with her images of the architecture, products and masters, representing the influential art school to this day.
The first woman to photograph the heat of battle (and to die in action), her career was short; however the power of her images serve as her legacy.
From her urban images that culminated in Changing New York (1939); securing the archive of Eugène Atget; or her largely overlooked scientific images.
Lady Clementina Hawarden
Initially taking stereoscopic landscape photographs, she quickly turned to the portrait; producing 800 charismatic studies of her young family.
A photographer who defined the image of the modern independent post-war woman through 86 covers for Harper’s Bazaar, and thousands of feature images.
A master of the street photography genre, who was only the second woman to receive a Guggenheim fellowship (1959), and a pioneer in the use of colour film.
Although her legacy is small, it is an intensely influential body of work – with a focus on social awareness, and the power of the camera as a political weapon.
An American noted for her portraits, and as a founding member of the Photo-Secession movement; she was a strong advocate for photography as a career for women.
who in 1843 privately published, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, the first book illustrated with photographic images.
Mary Ellen Mark
Her penetrating social documentary images and portraits, have left a lasting and rarely equalled legacy.
Constance Fox Talbot
Whilst only two images are known to survive, evidence suggests she was experimenting with photography as early as 1839, making her – possibly – the first woman to take a photograph.
One of the defining visual artists of her generation; Woodman explores the complexities of self, gender, and identity.
Julia Margaret Cameron
Whilst her artistic career was short, she was a photographer ahead of her time – and her portraits now stand as some of the greatest of the genre.
One of few women to actively participate in the surrealist movement, who was described by André Breton as “one of the most curious spirits of our time.
As an art director she promoted the likes of Avedon, Frank, Faurer & Newman. As a fashion photographer she broke new ground with her visually striking aesthetic.