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By 5th August 2018 No Comments

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.

Lucia Moholy


A name synonymous with the Bauhaus; with her images of the architecture, products and masters, representing the influential art school to this day.

Liz Nielsen, an artist working with handmade negatives, to create vibrant abstract works that blur the line between photography and collage.


Gerda Taro


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.

@jometsonscott, whose five year project, The Grey Line, documents soldiers who have developed a moral objection to the war in Iraq.

Start Up Photo Talks 002 - Jo Metson Scott

Berenice Abbott


From her urban images that culminated in Changing New York (1939); securing the archive of Eugène Atget; or her largely overlooked scientific images.

Helen Sear; an artist who continually innovates with each new body of work, as she explores and questions the materiality of vision.

Helen Sear …the rest is smoke.

Lady Clementina Hawarden


Initially taking stereoscopic landscape photographs, she quickly turned to the portrait; producing 800 charismatic studies of her young family.

@AnnaAgostonArt, an artist whose ongoing large-scale study of flora, forms a typology of form that invites the viewer into a world of contemplation and reflection.

The Untitled Series

Lisette Model


A photographer whose unflinchingly frank eye, produced one of the most striking documents of everyday life, and helped shape post-war photography.

Carrie Mae Weems, an artist who subtly explores identity, race and class, through multiple series of work.

Carrie Mae Weems—Can an artist inspire social change?

Gisèle Freund


A photojournalist who joined the Magnum agency in 1947 – although since omitted from its history; and an early adopter of colour.

Lorna Simpson; an artist who examines, questions and challenges the theme of identity, culture and race through her conceptual works.

The Photographers Gallery

Florence Henri


All to often overlooked, her Avant-garde photography lead László Moholy-Nagy to write in 1928, “photographic practice enters a new phase …”

Rineke Dijkstra; a photographer whose work focuses upon the representation of youth and the transition to adulthood.

DE PONT Museum Presents : Rineke DIJKSTRA

Esther Bubley


Through the work she produced for Roy Stryker’s FSA/OWI and beyond, her images are marked with an unmistakable sensitivity and intimacy.

Collier Schorr; whose primary themes see her explore gender, identity, and it’s framing and representation.

Artists at the Institute: Collier Schorr

Louise Dahl-Wolf


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.

Zanele Muholi; self-identifying as a visual activist, she documents the black LGBTI community of South Africa, with a commitment to redressing the injustices they face on a daily basis.

Zanele Muholi - Fragments of a New History

Helen Levitt


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.

Rinko Kawauchi; a photographer whose luminous images capture the everyday – the often mundane – and reveal the hidden poetry of life.

Rinko Kawauchi : DREAMWALKING

Tina Modotti


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.

Julie Cockburn; an artist reworking found photography – removing it from the past and representing it – and in doing so, challenging and questioning the ways we digest visual material.

Julie Cockburn: Yossi Milo Gallery

Gertrude Käsebier


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.

Sarah Moon, a photographer whose distinct textural and poetic – almost ethereal – images are instantly recognisable, whilst hard to define.

The Photography of Sarah Moon

Anna Atkins


who in 1843 privately published, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, the first book illustrated with photographic images.

Susan Derges, who explores the relationship between self and nature in her work, through direct interaction with the landscape.

Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography

Mary Ellen Mark


Her penetrating social documentary images and portraits, have left a lasting and rarely equalled legacy.

Kathy Ryan Magazine photo editor @nytimes . For three decades Ryan has headed the picture desk of the New York Times Magazine, during which time she has pushed the boundaries of editorial photography. @ryan_kathy

Aperture, Kathy Ryan: Office Romance

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.

Awoiska van der Molen.  A photographer exploring the identity of place, through its emotional and physical qualities, and her own relationship with the landscape.  Twitter: @Awoiska  Instagram: @awoiska_vdm

The Photographers' Gallery Interviews Awoiska van der Molen

Francesca Woodman


One of the defining visual artists of her generation; Woodman explores the complexities of self, gender, and identity.

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen. Her documentary approach, which David Alan Mellor described as “intimate embeddedness in the locality,” has resulted in a seminal body of work in and around Newcastle.

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen – 'You Always Reveal Yourself in the Pictures'

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.

Curator, writer and educator Susan Bright. From her exhibitions to her books, such as: Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography (2017), she continually develops and promotes our understanding of the medium. @SusanKTBright

Museum of Contemporary Photography - Susan Bright

Claude Cahun


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.

Dayanita Singh; an artist who explores the relationship and narrative of images, whilst expanding the form of what a book or exhibition is, in the decemination of her work.

Dayanita Singh Interview: Stealing in the Night

Lillian Bassman


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.

Jillian Edelstein Hon FRPS. From celebrity portraits to powerful visual essays – such as Truth & Lies: Stories of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission – Edelstein stands as one of the great photojournalists. @JillEdelstein

‘Here and There’ by Jillian Edelstein

Sophy Rickett; an artist who explores and challenges the concept of narrative and abstraction within the photographic image, through multiple bodies of work. @SophyRicket

Culture Now: Sophy Rickett and Darian Leader

Jane Bown HonFRPS


I had the pleasure of working with Jane Bown whilst art directing the Observer colour supplement in the late 1990s; and in both her portraits and documentary photographs, her quiet observation was always a revelation

Photojournalist Letizia Battaglia, who has shown commitment in her long-form work, that now stands as testimony against the Mafia.

Letizia Battaglia. Per pura passione

Fleur Olby who in her intimate studio studies of flora, to her various series exploring childhood memories and the landscape, has demonstrated a bold and singular artistic vision @fleurolby

Installation timelapse - Fleur Olby, 'Horsetail Equisetum’