Legendary female portrait photographers - Celebrating International Woman's Day

The world of photography would simply not be the way we know it as today without the work of several incredible female photographers. We’ve put together a list of 12 female photographers whose art will inspire and amaze you.


1. Corinne Day

Was a British photographer whose influence on the style and perception of photography in the early 1990s and onwards has been immense. She was known for forming long and close relationships with many of her muses including Kate Moss, Rosemary Ferguson, George Clements, Georgina Cooper, Sarah Murray, Tanya Court, and Tara St Hill, a way of working which resulted in candid and intimate portraits.

Kate Moss - Corinne Day

2. Diane Arbus

This American street photographer is famous for her poignant portraits of individuals on the margins of society, such as street people, transvestites, nudists, and carnival performers. Arbus’s work is highly controversial, eliciting in some viewers an overwhelming sense of compassion, while others find her images bizarre and disturbing.

Diane Arbus

3. Annie Leibovitz

A celebrated American photographer best known for her engaging and dramatic celebrity portraits. Adept at capturing her subject’s personality and inner life, her images reflect intimate or staged moments that reveal the playful and expressive aspects of her sitters.

Annie Leibovitz

4. Dorothea Lange

Was a photographer whose portraits of displaced farmers during the Great Depression greatly influenced later documentary photography. During the Great Depression, Dorothea Lange photographed the unemployed men who wandered the streets. Her photographs of migrant workers were often presented with captions featuring the words of the workers themselves.

Dorothea Lange

5. Cindy Sherman

Is an American artist whose work consists exclusively of photographic self-portraits, depicting herself in many different contexts and as various imagined characters.

Cindy Sherman

6. Sally Mann

Sally Mann is known for her photographs of intimate and familiar subjects rendered both sublime and disquieting. Her projects explore the complexities of familial relationships, social realities, and the passage of time, capturing tensions between nature, history, and memory.

Sally Mann

7. Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron was a British photographer who is considered one of the most important portraitists of the 19th century. She is known for her soft-focus close-ups of famous Victorians and for illustrative images depicting characters from mythology, Christianity, and literature.

Julia Margaret Cameron

8. Nan Goldin

Is an American photographer known for her deeply personal and candid portraiture. Goldin’s intimate images act as a visual autobiography documenting herself and those closest to her, especially in the LGBTQ community and the heroin-addicted subculture.

Nan Goldin

9. Vivian Maier

Vivian Dorothy Maier was an American street photographer whose work was not discovered and recognized until after her death. She worked for about forty years as a nanny, mostly in Chicago's North Shore, while she pursued her photography.

Vivian Maier

10. Ellen Von Unwerth

Ellen von Unwerth is a German photographer and director. She worked as a fashion model for ten years before becoming a photographer, and now makes fashion, editorial, and advertising photographs.

Ellen Von Unwerth

11. Zanele Muholi

Is one of the most acclaimed photographers working today, and their work has been exhibited all over the world. Muholi describes themself as a visual activist. From the early 2000s, they have documented and celebrated the lives of South Africa’s black lesbian, gay, trans, queer and intersex communities.

Zanele Muholi

12. Lisa Kristine

Lisa Kristine is an American humanitarian photographer, activist, and speaker. Her photography career has documented indigenous cultures and social causes, such as modern slavery, in more than 100 countries.

13. YOU!

We believe everyone has the potential to become a great photographer if they have the passion for it. Take inspiration from this list of female photographers. Pick up your camera and photograph people, places, objects or even yourself! Never give up on your passion and keep shooting!


You never know, one day you may even join our team!

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