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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7 1
Anna Atkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 72 (1799-1871)

2
7 1
Dorothea Lange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 70 (1895-1965)

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7 1
Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Photographers

4
5 0
Lee Miller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 70 (1907-1977)

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5 0
Ruth Orkin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 64 (1921-1985)

6
6 2
Ilse Bing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Ilse Bing Dec. at 99 (1899-1998)

7
4 0
Helen Levitt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 96 (1913-2009)

8
4 0
Frances Benjamin Johnston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 88 (1864-1952)

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5 2
Diane Arbus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 48 (1923-1971)

10
5 2
Gertrude Käsebier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 82 (1852-1934)

11
3 0
Christina Broom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Christina Broom Dec. at 77 (1862-1939)

12
2 0
Nan Goldin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Photographers
age 64

13
2 0
Sally Mann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Photographers
age 66

14
2 0
Shirin Neshat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Photographers
age 61

15
4 3
Margaret Bourke-White is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 67 (1904-1971)

16
3 2
Claude Cahun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 60 (1894-1954)

17
3 2
Mary Ellen Mark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Photographers

18
3 2
Germaine Krull is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 88 (1897-1985)

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1 0
Susan Meiselas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Photographers

20
1 0
Vivian Maier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Vivian Maier Dec. at 83 (1926-2009)

21
1 0
Eve Arnold is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 100 (1912-2012)

22
1 0
Anne Geddes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Photographers
age 61

23
1 0
LaToya Frazier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Photographers
LaToya Frazier age 36

24
1 0
Katy Grannan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Katy Grannan age 49

25
1 0
Julia Margaret Cameron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Julia Margaret Cameron Dec. at 64 (1815-1879)

26
1 0
Cindy Sherman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Photographers
age 64

27
2 2
Francesca Woodman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 23 (1958-1981)

28
1 1
Rineke Dijkstra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Photographers

29
0 0
Scout Tufankjian is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Scout Tufankjian

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0 0
Cristina Mittermeier is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Photographers

31
0 0
Taryn Simon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Taryn Simon age 43

32
0 0
Lisette Model is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 82 (1901-1983)

33
0 0
Gerda Taro is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 27 (1910-1937)

34
0 0
Imogen Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 93 (1883-1976)

35
0 0
Lorna Simpson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Photographers
age 58

36
0 0
Leni Riefenstahl is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Died at 101 (1902-2003)

37
2 3
Tina Modotti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 46 (1896-1942)

38
0 1
Berenice Abbott is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Photographers
Dec. at 93 (1898-1991)