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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Lady Caroline Emily Nevill

My name is Caroline Emily Nevill. I was born on 31st May 1829 as the eldest daughter of Wil-liam Nevill, the 4th Earl of Abergavenny, and Caroline Leeke....

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Lady Mary Rosse

Mary Rosse also possessed a sense of community and a generosity of spirit. During the Irish famine in 1845, she provided jobs for local people at Birr Castle....

Black and white portrait photograph of photographer Lallie Charles

Lallie Charles

Lallie Charles (1869-1919) was a well-known society photographer based in Regent’s Park, London, who specialised in commercial portraiture....

Laura Gilpin

Laura Gilpin

Laura Gilpin spent her photography career documenting the Indigenous tribes of the United States, particularly the Navajo and Pueblo tribes....

Laure Albin-Guillot

Born Laure Meffredy in Paris, photographer Laure Albin-Guillot first opened a portrait studio at her home in Rue du Ranelagh in the 1920s....

Lillian Bassman

Lillian Bassman

Lillian Bassman’s (1917-2012) fashion photography appeared on the pages of Harper's Bazaar from the 1940's to the 1960's. Her self-taught, experimental and dreamlike approach brought an elegance to fashion photography and elevated it...

Lisa Larsen

Legendary photographer Lisa Larsen was one of LIFE’s pioneering female photojournalists. Born in Germany, she moved to the US as a teenager...

Liselotte Billigheimer Grschebina

Liselotte studied painting and graphic design at her local art academy – Badische Landeskunstschule, Karlsruhe (BLK) – and took up the then–new course in advertising photography at the School of Applied Arts in Stuttgart....