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
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.