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These Women Changed the History of Photography

Celebrate Women’s History Month with 14 must-read articles and interviews that chronicle the impact of women artists, from the dawn of photography to today.

The Woman Who Made the World’s First Photobook

Why Anna Atkins deserves her place in the pantheon of great photographers.

Graciela Iturbide’s Dreams and Visions

The life and work of Latin America’s most revered photographer. This piece originally appeared in Aperture, issue 236, “Mexico City.”

For Annabelle Sellforf, Architecture is Not About Powerful Images

The art world’s favorite architect on her photographic influences, designing sought-after homes, and how buildings can actually “do something.” This piece originally appeared in Aperture, issue 238, “House & Home.”

A Japanese Photographer’s Encounters with Natural Disasters

Eight years after a devastating tsunami, Lieko Shiga investigates Japan’s haunted landscapes. This piece originally appeared in Aperture, issue 234, “Earth.”

When Women Photographers Went to War

From Gerda Taro to Susan Meiselas, a new book examines the ways eight women have expanded the field of war photography. This piece originally appeared in The PhotoBook Review 017.

How Do Portraits Keep Families of Incarcerated Individuals Together?

Drawing from her family’s experience, Nicole R. Fleetwood considers prison photographs as objects of love and belonging. This piece originally appeared in Aperture, issue 230, “Prison Nation.”

What Is A Feminist Photobook?

Carmen Winant on feminism, photobooks, and the radical gestures of world-building. This piece originally appeared in The PhotoBook Review 017.

Tania Franco Klein’s Magic Spells

Inspired by Mexico City’s Sonora Market, the photographer’s cinematic new series depicts an unshakeable belief in enchantment. This piece originally appeared in Aperture, issue 236, “Mexico City.”

The Woman Behind the First Photo Gallery

Helen Gee risked everything to open Limelight in 1954, selling prints by Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, and Robert Frank for less than fifty dollars each. This piece was originally published in Helen Gee: Limelight, a Greenwich Village Photography Gallery and Coffeehouse in the Fifties.

Rosalind Fox Solomon’s Confrontational Photographs Transcend Time and Place

In a conversation with Francine Prose, the photographer speaks about the trajectory of her career, as well as her recurring themes of ritual, religion, gender, and travel. This piece originally appeared in Aperture, issue 220, “The Interview Issue.”

These Radical Black Women Changed the Art World

Jessica Lynne speaks with the curators behind a landmark exhibition about the revolutionary artists who transformed American culture.

Rosalyne Blumenstein and the Art of Living

In her newest series, artist and activist Zackary Drucker pays homage to a trans icon. This piece originally appeared in Aperture, issue 235, “Orlando.”

12 Inspiring Photobooks by Women Photographers

From seminal first monographs by Diane Arbus and Nan Goldin to modern classics by Deana Lawson, Rinko Kawauchi and more.

Three Women Photographers Reclaim the American Landscape

Susan Lipper, Kristine Potter, and Justine Kurland deconstruct the mythology of the Wild West. This piece originally appeared in The PhotoBook Review 015.

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