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Famous Female Photojournalists

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List of famous female photojournalists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female photojournalists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being photojournalists. There are thousand of females working as photojournalists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic photojournalists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a photojournalist then the people below should give you inspiration.

You can rank all of these people, from Hansel Mieth to Homai Vyarawalla.

While this isn't a list of all female photojournalists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female photojournalists?" and "Who are the best female photojournalists?"


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    Gina Lollobrigida
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    Luigina "Gina" Lollobrigida is an Italian actress, photojournalist and sculptor. She was one of the highest profile European actresses of the 1950s and early 1960s, a period in which she was considered to be a sex symbol. As her film career slowed, she established second careers as a photojournalist and ...more

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    • Age: age 88
    • Birthplace: Subiaco, Italy
    • Profession: Sculptor, Pin-up girl, Politician, Photojournalist, Actor
    • Credits: Beat the Devil, Solomon and Sheba, A Hundred and One Nights, One Hundred and One Nights, Bread, + more
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    Margaret Bourke-White was an American photographer and documentary photographer. She is best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of Soviet industry, the first American female war photojournalist, and the first female photographer for Henry Luce's Life magazine, where her ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1904-1971)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Photojournalist, Photographer
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    Marvin Breckinridge Patterson
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    Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson, was an American photojournalist, cinematographer, and philanthropist. She used her middle name, Marvin, both professionally and personally to distinguish herself from her cousin Mary Breckinridge and to avoid the prejudice against women prevalent at the time.more

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    • Age: Died at 97 (1905-2002)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Cinematographer, Photojournalist, Photographer
    • Credits: The Forgotten Frontier
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    Hansel Mieth was a German-born photojournalist who worked on the staff of LIFE Magazine. She was best known for her social commentary photography which recorded the lives of working class Americans in the 1930s and 1940s. She was born Johanna Mieth in Oppelsbohm, Germany, one of three daughters of a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1909-1998)
    • Birthplace: Berglen, Germany
    • Profession: Journalist, Photojournalist, Photographer
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    Susan Meiselas is an American documentary photographer. She has been associated with Magnum Photos since 1976 and a full member since 1980. She has published several books of her own photographs and has edited and contributed to others. Her works have been published in newspapers and magazines including ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Photojournalist, Film Director, Photographer
    • Credits: The Windmill Movie, Pictures from a Revolution
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    Kimberlee Acquaro is an American filmmaker and photojournalist. Her short documentary God Sleeps in Rwanda was nominated for an Oscar and won the Emmy award for Best Documentary God Sleeps in Rwanda was shown at the United Nations Association Film Festival, Woodrow Wilson Center, and Women, Power and ...more

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    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Photojournalist, Film Director
    • Credits: God Sleeps in Rwanda
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    Homai Vyarawalla, commonly known by her pseudonym "Dalda 13," was India's first woman photojournalist. First active in the late 1930s, she retired in the early 1970s. In 2011, she was awarded Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award of the Republic of India.more

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    • Age: Died at 99 (1913-2012)
    • Birthplace: Mumbai, India
    • Profession: Photojournalist, Photographer
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    Elizabeth "Lee" Miller, Lady Penrose, was an American photographer. Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1907, she was a successful fashion model in New York City in the 1920s before going to Paris, where she became an established fashion and fine art photographer. During the Second World War, she became ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1907-1977)
    • Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Model, Photojournalist, Photographer
    • Credits: The Blood of a Poet
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    Barbara Pfeffer was a Film Director and Photojournalist.more

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    • Profession: Photojournalist, Film Director
    • Credits: Art and Remembrance: The Legacy of Felix Nussbaum
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    Melissa Springer is an American photojournalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including Aperture, Elle, Forbes, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Southern Living, The Village Voice and House & Garden. Springer was one of the first ...more

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    • Profession: Journalist, Photojournalist, Photographer
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    Julia Tutwiler
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    Julia Strudwick Tutwiler was an advocate for education and prison reform in Alabama. She served as co-principal of the Livingston Female Academy, and then the first woman president of Livingston Normal College. She was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1971.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1841-1916)
    • Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Photojournalist
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    Preston Gannaway is a Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist.more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Profession: Photojournalist, Photographer
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    Alexandra Avakian

    Alexandra Avakian is a photojournalist and author.more

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    • Profession: Photojournalist, Author
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    Linda Aksomitis, née Linda Demyen is a Canadian author specialising in children's and travel literature, as well as nonfiction about the history of the snowmobile. She is a former president of the Saskatchewan Writer's Guild. After a career that spanned more than 35+ paying jobs, Aksomitis now works as ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Canada
    • Profession: Photojournalist
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    Noura Tabet is a Lebanese photo journalist who covered the civil war in Lebanon. Tabet, a well-respected photographer covered some of the heaviest fighting between Christian militia forces and various Muslim groups. Tabet disappeared in late 1991 and her current whereabouts are unknown bringing ...more

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    • Profession: Journalist, Photojournalist
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