Photographers The Best Female Photographers  

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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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Anna Atkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Anna Atkins Died at 72 (1799-1871)

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Dorothea Lange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dorothea Lange Died at 70 (1895-1965)

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Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Photographers

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Lee Miller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Lee Miller Died at 70 (1907-1977)

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Ruth Orkin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Ruth Orkin Died at 64 (1921-1985)

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Ilse Bing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Ilse Bing Died at 99 (1899-1998)

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Helen Levitt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Helen Levitt Died at 96 (1913-2009)

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Frances Benjamin Johnston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Frances Benjamin Johnston Died at 88 (1864-1952)

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Diane Arbus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Diane Arbus Died at 48 (1923-1971)

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Gertrude Käsebier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Gertrude Käsebier Died at 82 (1852-1934)

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Christina Broom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Christina Broom Died at 77 (1862-1939)

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Nan Goldin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Nan Goldin age 64

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Sally Mann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Sally Mann age 66

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Shirin Neshat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Shirin Neshat age 61

The Greatest Female Film Directors

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Margaret Bourke-White is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Margaret Bourke-White Died at 67 (1904-1971)

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Claude Cahun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Claude Cahun Died at 60 (1894-1954)

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Mary Ellen Mark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Photographers

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Germaine Krull is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Germaine Krull Died at 88 (1897-1985)

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Susan Meiselas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Photographers

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Vivian Maier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Vivian Maier Died at 83 (1926-2009)

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Eve Arnold is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Eve Arnold Died at 100 (1912-2012)

The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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Anne Geddes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Anne Geddes age 61

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LaToya Frazier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Photographers
LaToya Frazier age 36

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Katy Grannan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Katy Grannan age 49

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Julia Margaret Cameron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Julia Margaret Cameron Died at 64 (1815-1879)

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Cindy Sherman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Cindy Sherman age 64

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Rineke Dijkstra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Photographers

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Scout Tufankjian is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Scout Tufankjian

The Top Female MMA Fighters

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Cristina Mittermeier is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Photographers

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Taryn Simon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Taryn Simon age 43

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Lisette Model is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Lisette Model Died at 82 (1901-1983)

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Gerda Taro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Gerda Taro Died at 27 (1910-1937)

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Imogen Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Imogen Cunningham Died at 93 (1883-1976)

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Lorna Simpson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Lorna Simpson age 58

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Leni Riefenstahl is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Leni Riefenstahl Died at 101 (1902-2003)

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Tina Modotti is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Tina Modotti Died at 46 (1896-1942)

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Francesca Woodman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Francesca Woodman Died at 23 (1958-1981)

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Berenice Abbott is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Berenice Abbott Died at 93 (1898-1991)