Famous Female Masters of Photography

Updated on July 19, 2021 in Photography
20 on July 3, 2017

Margaret Bourke-White

She is best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of the Soviet five-year plan, the first American female war photojournalist (flew in combat on a B-17!), and to have her photograph on the cover of the first issue of Life. 

The current hagiographers of Maier, Lange, et al pay scant attention to the trail Bourke-White blazed for their subjects.

Look at her images of the Dust Bowl she shot for Fortune, the images of concentration camp survivors, her commercial images. They still make my jaw drop. 

Although the word “iconic” has become debased through overuse, her image of Gandhi at his spinning wheel is that: “iconic”. It captures the essence of the man and his ideas. 

 
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1 on July 3, 2017

Thanks for sharing Tom, I handn’t come across Margaret Bourke-White before. Stunning body of work, what a time to have been around!

 

Julia Margaret Cameron, 1815-1879

An early pioneer, took up photography at 48 and developed her own processing technique to compliment her Pre-Raphaelite portrait style. While not gritty street, or Jurno in style I love her portrait work with the same eye as look at Charles Bargue’s work.

 

on July 8, 2017

 JMC “I longed to arrest all the beauty that came before me and at length the longing has been satisfied.”

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0 on July 3, 2017

Thank you! MBW’s images and ground breaking work is amazing. Just yesterday I visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture and just as you enter the historical section, to go to the bottom of a ramp that will take at least 4 hours to explore, was her depression photo in the American Way of life.

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Margaret Bourne White’s photo that is shown at Washington, DC’s newest museum – the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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A number of well known female photography masters who have had a social impact were featured in a YouTube essay by Tony & Chelsea Northrup. Worthwhile having a look. –Andrew

 

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0 on July 4, 2017

I’ve read her biography. It’s awesome.

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Tina Modotti is one that isn’t very well known, although she worked in just about every genre throughout her life and is known more for her portraits she does have several very good photographs that fit into the definition of street photography. There’s also a great video about her on The Art of Photography youtube channel that talks about her life and work,

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0 on July 20, 2017

I’d like to add Evelyn Hofer, Inge Morath and Eva Rubinstein to the list.

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