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Even though it happens to be a male-dominated industry, over the years there has been a rise in the number of women who show perfection in the art of photography. All through the globe, women from different nations have made significant contributions to photography ever since the 19th century. Here at mypostcard, we are all about recognizing talent as well as women empowerment. That’s why we take time to honor these talented women who put the camera to good use by celebrating women in photography. This list might not be able to name every one of these best women photographers but it’s a great start. Enjoy!

 

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Lorna Simpson

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Lorna Simpson is an African American photographer born in 1960 and made her name throughout the 80s and 90s. Her work stands out and has been recognized in major exhibitions both nationally and internationally. She started engaging in photography as young as in her high school days pursuing it hard enough to earn a degree later. Lorna’s work came to prominence in the 1980s for combining text and photography and defied major conceptions of sex, race, and culture. She has been recognized as one of the leading women photographers in her generation evident with her awards. Her latest one was in 2014 when she was shortlisted for Deutsche Borse photography prize. As long as the list for women photographers is, she will always be in it.

 

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Annie Leibovitz

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Anna-Lou “Annie” Leibovitz is another popular name as far as photography is related. She took her first photograph while in the Philippines when her father was stationed there during the Vietnam War. She started her career as staff photographer for Rolling Stone. She was later named chief photographer and retained that title for ten years. She happened to photograph John Lennon five hours before he was assassinated. Anna’s work has seen her travel the globe and receive numerous awards like the 2013 Prince of Asturias Award for communication. Her work has been greatly praised and some even end up in museums making her among the most successful women in photography up to date.

 

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Cindy Sherman

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Being a sign of artistic maturity, in 1970s Sherman decided to explore photography attracting large audiences with her amazing captions. She is known best for her conceptual portraits among the many wildly unique photos she takes. Being recognized in the famous Hollywood “Girl Next Door” her work has evidently proven to capture the up to date era tackling the uncommon subjects making her thrive in a super realistic style.

 

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Peggy Sirota

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Starting off, she worked at Fred Segal’s clothing store where she was surrounded by would-be actors. At first, it was just a way of getting extra cash but she slowly progressed to becoming one of the most famous women photographers. She is known for her ability to connect with her subjects who describe her as a joyous and playful person. Peggy has a long list of famous celebrities she has worked with. From One direction to Michelle Obama and has shot for several magazines like Vogue, Rolling stones, Vanity Fair, GQ and Glamour, her work full of content and creativity. Let’s face it photographer like this can’t go without having an award or two. Hence she has multiple awards from creativity editorial magazine cover awards to multiple communication arts award of excellence awards. She has even been described as one of the top female photographers by British Vogue.

 

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Kattie Orlinsky

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Katie Orlinsky is a New York-based photographer majoring in news stories and cover assignments all around the world. She has worked for major publishing companies like the New York Times, the New Yorker and National Geographic. She then partnered with education institutions and nonprofit organizations like the ‘too young to wed’, campaign that aims to end child marriage as part of her personal long-term work. Katie has received numerous awards such as 2013 PDN 30’S award and 2009 Coup de Coeur at Visa Pour l’image. Her work aims to raise awareness on social issues leading us to describe her as one of the best women photographers in the world.

 

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Danielle Villasana

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Danielle is an independent photojournalist currently based in Istanbul. Her work mainly focuses on women, identity, human rights, and health. She once toured over thirty countries in Europe and West Africa photographing on her way. She then joined college where she pursued and graduated with a degree in photojournalism and Spanish from the University of Texas. She is one of the few photographers who believe in giving back through her work. Katie in collaboration with the US Embassy in Peru started a yearly photography workshop aimed at empowering emerging photographers. She has received numerous awards since 2013 with the Magnum Foundation’s Inge Morath Award of 2015 being one of them. She is a young photographer and has already achieved a lot as a photographer thus showing she has a bright career ahead of her.

 

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Tamara Abdul Hadi

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Tamara Abdul Hadi was born in the United Arab Emirates but raised in Montreal, Canada. She studied and graduated with a degree in the Bachelor of Fine Arts then moved back to Dubai, UAE where majority of her photography career. She worked for both Reuters News Agency and New York Times based in the UAE. Her personal photography work deals with social injustices and empowerment to women and children. Abdul has also created photographic workshops that empower women and children to venture in creative arts. She also founded and is a member of the photography group ‘rawiya’ that consists of six women photographers based in the Middle East. Her work brings change to her home country thus she fits well with the top women photographers around the globe.

 

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