Influential

The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time  

Ranker Art
93 votes 27 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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Gerda Taro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 27 (1910-1937)
2
Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
3
Berenice Abbott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 93 (1898-1991)
4
Cindy Sherman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
age 65
5
Francesca Woodman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 23 (1958-1981)
6
Diane Arbus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1923-1971)
7
Nan Goldin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
age 65
8
Dorothea Lange is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 70 (1895-1965)
9
Taryn Simon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Taryn Simon age 44
10
Sally Mann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
age 67
11
Shirin Neshat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
age 61
12
Helen Levitt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 96 (1913-2009)
13
Ruth Orkin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 64 (1921-1985)
14
Claude Cahun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 60 (1894-1954)
15
Vivian Maier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Vivian Maier Dec. at 83 (1926-2009)
16
Leni Riefenstahl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 101 (1902-2003)
17
Tina Modotti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 46 (1896-1942)
18
Lisette Model is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1901-1983)
19
LaToya Frazier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
LaToya Frazier age 37
20
Cristina Mittermeier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
21
Ilse Bing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Ilse Bing Dec. at 99 (1899-1998)
22
Eve Arnold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Dec. at 100 (1912-2012)
23
Susan Meiselas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
24
Julia Margaret Cameron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Julia Margaret Cameron Dec. at 64 (1815-1879)
25
Katy Grannan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Female Photographers of All Time
Katy Grannan age 50