Historical Heroines

Heroines of the past who were active at some point between the late 18th century and the mid-20th century.

From Alice to Yva, explore the archive of Historical Heroines and learn about the rich lives and careers of pioneering women photographers. As we continue our mission, our online archives will continue grow.

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Caroline Taylor

In 2017, Lacy Scott and Knight, an independent and longstanding firm of auctioneers and property valuers, were tasked with carrying out the valuation of items discovered at Thorne Court, just outside of Bury St Edmunds....

Christina Broom

Christina Broom

Britain’s pioneering female press photographer, Christina Broom, took up photography only in her 40s after her husband became unable to work....

Dora Maar

Dora Maar

Dora Maar (1907 – 1997) was an acclaimed painter, poet and photographer who was an integral figure in the Surrealist art movement...

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange was able to run a successful portrait studio in San Francisco during the 1920s during the Great Depression....

E. Lennie

E. Lennie

E. Lennie is the acronym used by Eliza Lennie (1818 – unknown) who was a successful 19th century business owner and optician in Edinburgh, Scotland...

Edith Barakovich - Photograph of La Jana

Edith Barakovich

Serbian-born photographer whose work explored, and was influenced by, Vienna, the heart of the Austrian Empire and a prominent place within the world of art and fashion....

Edith Glogau

Edith Glogau (1898 – 1970) was a student of Madame D’Ora who opened her own Atelier Glogau in Vienna in 1925 when Madame D’Ora went to Paris....

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