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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Le Bonheur (1965) 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....

Ana Mendieta. Untitled

Ana Mendieta

Ana Mendieta was a Cuban-American performance artist, filmmaker, sculptor, and painter known for her ‘earth-body’ artwork....

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