Women's History Month - Legendary Female Photographers
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting some of the pioneers in creative fields, today we’re looking at some groundbreaking female photographers.
No list like this could start without mentioning Annie Leibovitz. For more than 4 decades, Leibovitz has been at the forefront of Photography and she is widely considered one of the world’s foremost Portrait Photographers.
Her start came in the early 1970’s with Rolling Stone magazine, where she was made Chief Photographer at the age of 23, a title she would hold for the next decade.
It was at Rolling Stone that:
“Leibovitz developed her trademark technique, which involved the use of bold primary colors and surprising poses.”
In later years, Liebovitz would go on to earn greater fame and popularity at Vanity Fair magazine and eventually through self publishing her own work, including her widely acclaimed book:
“Annie Leibovitz published the book Women (1999), which was accompanied by an essay by friend and novelist Susan Sontag. With its title subject matter, Leibovitz presented an array of female images from Supreme Court Justices to Vegas showgirls to coal miners and farmers. Currently, many of her original prints are housed in various galleries throughout the United States.”
Dorothea Lange was a documentary Photographer and Photojournalist who gained great notoriety during the Great Depression for her portraits of migrant workers and the conditions they lived in.
Her work is considered among the first of the Documentary Photography genre and it helped raise awareness of what people were going through during the Depression. According to a Biography channel profile of her:
“During the Great Depression, Lange began to photograph the unemployed men who wandered the streets of San Francisco. Pictures such as White Angel Breadline (1932), showing the desperate condition of these men, were publicly exhibited and received immediate recognition both from the public and from other photographers.”
Lange would go on to continue to document the struggles of everyday people through photography, and in the year after her death in 1965, her life and work was paid tribute with a retrospective show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
These are but just two of the trailblazing female photographers who have contributed so much to our view of the world, we invite you to learn more about some of them in this Biography Channel special, or in another post at Bright Hub.
Do you share their passion for Photography? You might want to explore the Photography programs at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division.
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