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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Toni Frissell

Born into a wealthy New York banking family, legendary photographer Antoinette ‘Toni’ Frissell Bacon (1907 – 1988) was introduced to photography in her twenties by her filmmaker brother Varick....

Self Portrait Vivian Maier, New York, 1954.© Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY.

Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier is one of the most prolific and distinctive American photographers of the mid to late twentieth century...

Zofia Rydet

For Zofia Rydet (1911-1997), photography was the perfect medium to express all human stories; through her work, she felt that she was capturing the essence of what it meant to be human....

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