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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Francesca Woodman

Francesca Woodman

The work of Francesca Woodman, and life, is often cast with an air of melancholy. Discover her self-proclaimed "ghost pictures"....

Friedl Dicker-Brandeis

Friedl Dicker-Brandeis

The Bauhaus-trained Austrian designer and artist who was killed in the Holocaust has recently become better known for her painting and art therapy than photography. But in the early 30’s she produced powerful anti-fascist photomontages...

Gerda Taro - Crowd at Morgue in Valencia

Gerda Taro

Gerda Taro has both the distinction of being one of the first female war photographers, and the first to die in the line of work as in 1937....

Germaine Krull

Germaine Krull was the groundbreaking photographer who influential surrealist Man Ray named his artistic equal...

Gertrud Arndt

Gertrud Arndt (1903 – 2000) was a German photographer and weaver trained at the Bauhaus between 1923 and 1927. She is remembered for her pioneering series of self-portraits ‘The Mask Portraits’ from around 1930....

Gertrude Käsebier

For legendary photographer Gertrude Käsebier (1852–1934), photography was a means to escape an unhappy marriage and become financially independent....

Hannah Höch

Hannah Höch

From being the only woman associated with the Berlin Dada movement to evolving her craft for more than half a decade, Hannah Höch created photomontages that commented on politics, gender roles and popular culture....

Hansel Mieth

Hansel Mieth

Hansel Mieth was a German-born photojournalist, most notable for capturing the dire conditions of working-class Americans in the 1930s and 1940s...

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