Notes On: The Female Lenses

Writing the “Notes On: Persian Photography” I realised the importance of female photographers in history. The world can have the best chefs, painters, sculptures, even writers most of all males, but in photography females do have a word, mainly because most of them were brave enough to break the rules and be themselves in a freedom scream.
They can bring sexuality, they can make political statements, but over all they impose humanity portrayed in photography being honest in the most raw way.

Claude Cahun (1894–1954)

Claude Cahun (1894–1954)

by Claude Cahun (1894–1954)

Dorothea Lange (1895–1965)

Dorothea Lange (1895–1965)

by Dorothea Lange (1895–1965)

Leni Riefenstahl (1902–2003)

Leni Riefenstahl (1902–2003)

by Leni Riefenstahl (1902–2003)

Diana Arbus (1923–1971)

Diane Arbus (1923–1971)

by Diane Arbus (1923–1971)

Francesca Woodman (1958-1981)

by Francesca Woodman

by Francesca Woodman

 

Francesca Woodman (1958-1981)

by Francesca Woodman (1958-1981)


Annie Leibovitz (born 1949)

by Annie Leibovitz (born 1949)

by Annie Leibovitz (born 1949)

Sally Mann (born 1951)

by Sally Mann (born 1951)

by Sally Mann (born 1951)

Cindy Sherman (born 1954) 

by Cindy Sherman (born 1954)

by Cindy Sherman (born 1954)

Nan Goldin (born 1953)

by Nan Goldin (born 1953)

by Nan Goldin (born 1953)

Lauren Simonutti (1968-2012)

by ©Lauren Simonutti

by ©Lauren Simonutti

by Lauren E. Simonutti (1968-2012)

by Lauren E. Simonutti (1968-2012)

As a side note, there’s a wonderful tribute (with a video) to Lauren Simonutti at 500 Photographers by Pieter Wisse, that you might enjoy reading.

You can also see great works by Shirin Neshat, Shadi Ghadirian, Gohar Dashti at Notes On: Persian Photography.


Note that these are just few examples of outstanding female photographers who did or are still doing history in photography. If you have any special female photographer that you didn’t see above and want to mention, let us know in a comment. 

Notes On, by ©Gonzalo Bénard 2013

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