27 female photographers you need to know, on International Women's Day

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Margaret Bourke-White on top of Chrysler Building, New York, 1930 (Image credit: Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

With today being International Women's Day, it's a great opportunity to take a look at some of the most important, influential, and contemporary women who shaped and are continuing to shape the world of photography.

Despite being an industry traditionally skewed towards men – with names like Ansel Adams immediately springing to mind – some of the world’s most recognized images have been captured by women, working both in the field and operating their own successful photographic studios.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar, Space.com, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.

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