Culture The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time  

Ranker Art
88 votes 23 voters 30 items

List Rules Vote up the most influential and important females who changed the photography industry.

As with many industries, female photographers bring a different perspective from behind the lens. In a male-dominated industry, plenty of women have established themselves as influential photographers, setting the standard for not just other female photographers, but for anyone pursuing the field. In short, the most influential photographers of all time consist of numerous women who have had a strong hand in the industry's progression, but which women had the greatest influence? 

Photographers like Annie Leibovitz are a true testament to the notion that gender doesn't apply to photography. Not only has she set the pace for any female photographers to come next, she's become a mainstay in photography in general—now known as one of the best photographers in history. Similarly, women photographers like Cindy Sherman, Berenice Abbott, and Diane Arbus have all influenced generations, and will continue for those to come.

Which of these influential female photographers do you think had the strongest impact? Cast your votes below and feel free to add others to the list.

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Cindy Sherman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Cindy Sherman age 64

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Francesca Woodman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Francesca Woodman Died at 23 (1958-1981)

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Gerda Taro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Gerda Taro Died at 27 (1910-1937)

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Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time

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Berenice Abbott is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Berenice Abbott Died at 93 (1898-1991)

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Nan Goldin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Nan Goldin age 64

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Diane Arbus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Diane Arbus Died at 48 (1923-1971)

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Dorothea Lange is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Dorothea Lange Died at 70 (1895-1965)

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Taryn Simon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Taryn Simon age 43

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Sally Mann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Sally Mann age 66

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Ruth Orkin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Ruth Orkin Died at 64 (1921-1985)

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Claude Cahun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Claude Cahun Died at 60 (1894-1954)

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Shirin Neshat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Shirin Neshat age 61

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Helen Levitt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Helen Levitt Died at 96 (1913-2009)

The Most Influential Photographers of All Time

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Leni Riefenstahl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Leni Riefenstahl Died at 101 (1902-2003)

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Tina Modotti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Tina Modotti Died at 46 (1896-1942)

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Lisette Model is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Lisette Model Died at 82 (1901-1983)

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LaToya Frazier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
LaToya Frazier age 36

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Susan Meiselas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time

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Cristina Mittermeier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time

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Julia Margaret Cameron is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Julia Margaret Cameron Died at 64 (1815-1879)

The Most Beautiful Women of All Time

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Katy Grannan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Katy Grannan age 49

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Rineke Dijkstra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time

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Ilse Bing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Ilse Bing Died at 99 (1899-1998)

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Vivian Maier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Vivian Maier Died at 83 (1926-2009)

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Eve Arnold is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Eve Arnold Died at 100 (1912-2012)

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Imogen Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Imogen Cunningham Died at 93 (1883-1976)

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Margaret Bourke-White is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Margaret Bourke-White Died at 67 (1904-1971)

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Lorna Simpson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Lorna Simpson age 58

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Mary Ellen Mark is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time