Olive Edis (1876-1955)
was a professional photographer who owned a number of studios throughout London
and England. In 1919 she became the first official female war photographer in
She obtained her first camera in 1900, and
opened the first studio in 1905 in North Norfolk. She was one of the first
adopters of the new autochrome technique, an early style of colour photography.
Her subjects included many prominent figures in British history, such as
Emmeline Pankhurst or Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.
Käsebier (1852-1934) was a photographer, active in the 19th and 20th
centuries. She is best known for her images of Native Americans and portraits
She was a homemaker until the age of 37, when she started attending the
Pratt Institute of Art and Design, and later went to study the chemistry of
photography in Germany. Her first exhibition was at the Boston Camera Club in
1895. She cultivated a close friendship with the Sioux and photographed many
Native Americans in her studio. In 1910, she founded the Women’s Professional
Photographers Association of America.
(1930-2012) was a photojournalist who documented numerous crucial events
in American history, mostly as part of the movements for civil rights, gay
rights and feminism.
After being assigned to cover the first Women’s Strike for Equality in
1970, she made it her mission to attend and document every single march and
rally. She was one of the few who photographed the Stonewall riots, an important
part of the movement for LGBT rights. Her work is permanently exhibited at the
National Museum of Women in Arts, as well as the New York Public Library and
Harvard University, among others.
Gerda Taro (1910-1937) was a Jewish German war photographer. She is the first female photojournalist to have died on the frontline of a war.
She was detained in 1933 for sharing propaganda against the National Socialist Party, but managed to escape Germany before the Second World War. She documented the Spanish Civil War in many photographs, and became well-known in antifascist circles around Europe. Sadly, she died while riding in a car carrying wounded Republican soldiers, when a tank crashed into its side.
Anna Atkins (1799-1871) was the
first person in the world to publish a book illustrated with photographic images. She
is also said to be the first woman to ever create a photograph.
She studied botany, and later
became interested in photography. She used the cyanotype photographic process
to create photograms of algae, that she published in the form of a book in 1843.
The book is of considerable historical importance and rarity; only 17 copies
are known to exist, held in institutions such as The British Library and the
Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Japanese photographer Hisakata Hiroyuki has decided to dedicate a fair portion of his time to shooting cats during their totally serious combat practices, and the result is purrrfect.
Annie Leibovitz (b. 1949) is an
influential photographer, creating some of the world’s best-known works. In
1991, she was the first woman to hold an exhibition at Washington’s National
started her career working for Rolling
Stone magazine, shooting iconic photographs of many famous artists. In
2009, she received the Royal Photography Society’s Centenary Medal.
Linda McCartney (1941-1998)
was a prominent photographer and animal rights activist. Her photography career
focused mostly on the life of rock stars, and she was the first woman to have a
photograph featured on the front cover of Rolling
She was a dedicated promoter of vegetarianism, and founded
the successful vegetarian frozen meals company that bears her name. She was
also a patron of the League Against Cruel Sports.