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The Best Female Photographers  

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128 votes 30 voters 38 items

List Rules Vote up the greatest female photographers, then and now.

While it's often seen as a male-dominated industry, some of the best female photographers deserve to be right up there with the men. In other words, many of these women can be considered the greatest photographers of all time, as they've contributed years of outstanding work and images—regardless of their gender. Though greats like Ansel Adams and Richard Avedon are certainly at the top of their class, as are top female photographers such as Annie Leibovitz and Dorothea Lange. 

So, when it comes to the world's top female photographers, who deserves to make the list? The aforementioned Annie Leibovitz and Dorothea Lange are clearly two of the greatest photographers in general, and perhaps the most influential women photographers. However, other renown females could include Lee Miller, Diane Arbus, and Ruth Orkin, among many others.

Take a look at the list of famous female photographers below and vote up the ladies you think are the very best. You can also vote them down accordingly, and add any you think are missing from the list.

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Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Photographers
2
Dorothea Lange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 70 (1895-1965)
3
Ruth Orkin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 64 (1921-1985)
4
Lee Miller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 70 (1907-1977)
5
Anna Atkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 72 (1799-1871)
6
Ilse Bing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Ilse Bing Dec. at 99 (1899-1998)
7
Diane Arbus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 48 (1923-1971)
8
Frances Benjamin Johnston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 88 (1864-1952)
9
Helen Levitt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 96 (1913-2009)
10
Gertrude Käsebier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 82 (1852-1934)
11
Sally Mann is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Photographers
age 67
12
Christina Broom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Christina Broom Dec. at 77 (1862-1939)
13
Margaret Bourke-White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 67 (1904-1971)
14
Vivian Maier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Vivian Maier Dec. at 83 (1926-2009)
15
Shirin Neshat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Photographers
age 61
16
Nan Goldin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Photographers
age 65
17
Francesca Woodman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 23 (1958-1981)
18
Germaine Krull is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 88 (1897-1985)
19
Claude Cahun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 60 (1894-1954)
20
Mary Ellen Mark is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Photographers
21
Anne Geddes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Photographers
age 62
22
Susan Meiselas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Photographers
23
LaToya Frazier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Photographers
LaToya Frazier age 37
24
Katy Grannan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Katy Grannan age 50
25
Julia Margaret Cameron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Julia Margaret Cameron Dec. at 64 (1815-1879)