Legacy Heroines

Heroines of the past who were active at some point between the mid-20th century and the early 21st century.

From Agnès to Ylla, explore the archive of Legacy 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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Cleo from 5 to 7 Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda is considered a forerunner of the French New Wave, exploring new approaches to editing, visual style and social and political engagement...

Alexandra Boulat

Alexandra Boulat (1962-2007) photographed wars from women's perspectives, paving the way for other women in photography to do the same....

Corinne Day

Corinne Day

Transitioning from fashion model to fashion photographer, Corinne Day proves that the only rule for success is to remain true to your vision...

Cui Xiuwen

Cui Xiuwen (1967 – 2018) was one of China’s leading contemporary artists. Her work looks at femininity, Chinese iconography and motherhood....

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...

Elly Niebuhr

Elly Niebuhr (1914 – 2013) became one of the most sought after fashion and advertising photographers in Vienna during the 1950s....

Eve Arnold

Eve Arnold

Photographer who rebelled against the homogeneous narrative with which women were typically represented in the public eye....

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