The Royal Photographic Society has just announced their list of Hundred Heroines, women from across the world whose work is transforming photography today.
These female photographers, who were nominated online (anyone was allowed to make a nomination), have inspired and challenged others, highlighted particular issues or shown bravery or courage through their image-making. The final list has been whittled down from some 1,300 nominations from members of the public.
Why 100 Heroines?
The date marks one hundred years to the day since some British women first voted in a general election.
Hundred heroines, and in turn the RPS, are celebrating this key centenary and the significant contribution women are making globally to photography.
Who's made the list?
The heroines includes well-known names such as Nan Goldin (pictured above), Britta Jaschinski, Sophie Calle, Rineke Dijkstra, Susan Meiselas, and Hannah Starkey, as well as photographers such as Wendy Red Star and Moscow based photographer, Oksana Yushko, whose works aren't so widely recognised, particularly in the UK.
An exhibition and accompanying publication will follow and each of the heroines will soon be awarded a medal minted specifically for the project – the Margaret Harker medal (Margaret Harker (1920 – 2013) was the first female president of The RPS and the first female professor of photography in the UK).
In addition to contemporary heroines the campaign received hundreds of nominations for those women no longer with us, whose work has been vitally important to photography as it exists today.
This campaign will continue in 2019 with a focus on historical heroines, when the list will be put to public vote.
Find out more about RPS Hundred Heroines
Through this initiative, The RPS wants to redefine the status of women in contemporary photography, allowing talents that may otherwise have been overlooked to emerge.
For more details of the campaign and the 100 photographers visit www.rps100heroines.org
Hundred Heroines: full list of 100 female photographers
Adama Delphine Fawundu & Laylah Amatullah Barrayn
Aida MulunehAlix Marie
Anastasia Taylor Lind
Anne HardyAnnegret SoltauBritta Jaschinski
Carrie Mae Weems
Chloe Dewe Mathews
Cristina de Middel
Daesha Devon Harris
Hannah Reyes Morales
Helene BinetIndre Serpytyte
Josephine PrydeJoy Gregory
LaToya Ruby Frazier
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
Wendy Red Star
Yan Wang Preston