International Women’s Day – The Women who went Before

This International Womens Day I’m celebrating the women who went before…I have decided after 40 years as a working photographer that the most important thing for the women is to see another woman doing what she aspires to do. It was true for me, the women who went before showed me it was possible.

I originally did this blog when Nikon failed to pick one woman to trial their new camera … we have a long way to go.

Read this article and wonder why in 2017 Women Photographers are still being treated like second class citizens.

Oh and a little history lesson above…Margaret Bouke White, the first LIFE photographer…note not first woman…..and Shima Ryu earliest known Japanese female photographer ( 1823-1899 )


Narelle Autio (born 1969), photojournalist working first in Europe and the USA before returning to Australia in 1998 as staff photographer for the Sydney Morning Herald
Polly Borland (born 1959), now living in England, known both for her portraits of famous Australians and for several series of stylized portraits
June Browne (born 1923), photographs under the pseudonym Alice Springs
Alex Cearns, animal photography
Suzanna Clarke (born 1961), see New Zealand
Olive Cotton (1911–2003), modernist photographer working in the 1930s and 1940s in Sydney, receiving commissions from the publisher Sidney Ure Smith
Maggie Diaz (born 1925), American-born photographer, noted for her 1950s Chicago Collection
Joyce Evans (born 1929), opened the first commercial photo gallery in Melbourne, later working herself in portraiture and landscapes, taught history of photography
Anne Geddes (born 1956), stylized photographs of babies published in book-form or calendars
Kate Geraghty (born 1973), photojournalist for the Sydney Morning Herald, covered the 2002 Bali bombings and 2003 invasion of Iraq
Carol Jerrems (1949–1980), explored issues of sexuality, youth, identity and mortality
Margaret Michaelis-Sachs (1902–1985), see Poland
Tracey Moffatt (born 1960), explores issues of sexuality, history, representation and race
Polixeni Papapetrou (born 1960), noted for her themed photo series about people’s identities
Alexia Sinclair (born 1976), fine-art photographer
Ruby Spowart (born 1928), photographs of the Australian outback in the 1980s and 1990s

Mikiko Hara (born 1967), colour snapshots of people or things in everyday life, often causing feelings of levity or foreboding
Hiromix (born 1976), life from a teenager’s perspective and photo books on identity, community, gender and the everyday
Hisae Imai (1931–2009), specialized in the photography of horses
Miyako Ishiuchi (born 1947), contrasty prints including close-ups of the very old
Rinko Kawauchi (born 1972), serene, poetic photography
Fusako Kodama (born 1945), depicted Japan as a nation of high technology, and life in Tokyo
Michiko Kon (born 1955), new approach to mainly black-and-white still lifes with images of everything from toothbrushes to timepieces and fish parts[1] Miyuki Matsuda (born 1961), an actor who has published photography of nudes
Michiko Matsumoto (born 1950), portraits of artists and dancers living in various countries
Yurie Nagashima (born 1973), portraits, including portraits of herself and her family in the nude, street photography, still lifes
Mika Ninagawa (born 1972), brightly coloured photographs of flowers, goldfish and landscapes, commercially successful in fashion and advertising
Rika Noguchi (born 1971), landscape photographer
Yoshino Ōishi (born 1944), widely travelled photojournalist
Yuki Onodera (born 1962), images of everyday objects such as old clothes, tin cans, birds, houses shining in the darkness, and human figures[2] Kei Orihara (born 1948), documentary and portrait photographer, has published books on life in New York, and books for children about the disabled
Tsuneko Sasamoto (born 1914), Japan’s first female photojournalist, has photographed some of the country’s greatest personalities and historic moments[3] Shima Ryū (1823–1899), earliest known Japanese woman photographer, photographed her husband in 1864, later opened a studio in Kiryū
Mieko Shiomi (1909–1984), abstraction and realism, known for her monochrome compositions
Kunié Sugiura (born 1942), creator of photograms
Cozue Takagi (born 1985), creator of montages
Toyoko Tokiwa (born 1930), best known for her depiction of the red-light district of post-occupation Yokohama, for a clientele of US servicemen
Eiko Yamazawa (1899–1995), portrait photographer and founder of a photography school
Miwa Yanagi (born 1967), staged events with women of various ages, frequently using the computer to alter the image in strange ways, several published series including Elevator Girls
Ruiko Yoshida (born 1938), has published several photobooks designed to fight against discrimination towards the poor and blacks, best known for Harlem Black Angels[4]

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