Women In Photography International Establishes
List of Top 100 Women Photographers

Distinguished  .  Established  .  Emerging  .  Debutante

August 31, 2008
(established between 2006 and 2008)

Women In Photography International continues its tradition by establishing a list of the Top One Hundred Distinguished Women Photographers for 2008. Included on the list are photography's classics, Lillian Bassman, Jodi Cobb, Anne Geddes, Graciela Iturbide, Helen Levitt, Sally Mann and Cindy Sherman.

Starting in 2006, to celebrate WIPI’s 25th Anniversary, Women In Photography International (www.WIPI.org) began the process of researching and culling the names of working women photographers worldwide. After two years, the finalized list of the Top 100 female Photographers was completed in August 2008, and serves as the 25th Anniversary Addendum to WIPI’s Distinguished Photographer’s Award, first presented to Eve Arnold in 1981.

Selecting the top 100 women photographers involved Googling each of the candidates nominated with attention focused on the artist’s body of work, history of exhibition, biographies, portfolios, career longevity, publications, and social impact. The selection acknowledges women starting at the earliest stages of their career to working photographers with twenty-five or more years of history.

A variety of resource materials were used to assemble the list, most notably Dr. Naomi Rosenblum's 1994 groundbreaking volume, 'A History of Women Photographers', and Photo Historian, Peter E. Palmquist’s, 2001 list of women photographers, donated to WIPI’s online resource center. The Palmquist Collection of Western American and Women's Photography is housed at Yale University's Beinecke Library. Additional support and consultation was provided by photographers, curators, educators, museums, educational foundations, photographic organizations, and gallery owners worldwide.

Women In Photography International’s Top 100 Distinguished Photographers list honors the accomplishments of dedicated working women photographers around the globe. Each of the nominees, and the selected finalists has contributed uniquely to the field of the visual arts. Whether self-taught or formally educated, each of these women were selected for their dedication, artistry, and for creating a body of work that has touched our lives.

Distinguished Photographer's Award

Established to give recognition to an artist who has
contributed significantly to the world of photography.
Past recipients include:

Eve Arnold, 1983
Ruth Bernhard, 1984
Judy Dater, 1985
Marion Post Wolcott, 1986
Linda McCartney, 1987
Mary Ellen Mark, 1988
Ruth Orkin, 1989
Joyce Tenneson, 1990
Berenice Abbott, 1991
Grace Robertson, 1992

Annie Leibovitz, 2003 (presented in collaboration w/Lucie Awards)
Sylvia Plachy, 2004 (presented in collaboration w/Lucie Awards)
Carrie Mae Weems, 2005 (announced Sept. 15, 2005)
Editta Sherman, 2013 (announced Oct. 2013
Distinguished Photog/EdittaaSherman, 2013

2006-2008 25th ANNIVERSARY 100 Top Photographers below

 D I S T I N G U I S H E D     PHOTOGRAPHERS   LIST:    25  years  +


Lillian Bassman,
New York City, NY / USA  http://tinyurl.com/yt7cke
Letzia Battaglia,
Palermo, Sicily / ITALY  http://tinyurl.com/2orb6d
Barbara Bordnick,
New York City, NY / USA http://tinyurl.com/2t6wom
Marta Maria Pérez Bravo
, Havana / CUBA   http://tinyurl.com/ypwxvq  http://tinyurl.com/2f64ae
Sisse Brimberg,
Mill Valley, CA/ USA   http://tinyurl.com/372lsm
Jane Bown,
London / UK   http://tinyurl.com/ypyjne
Nancy Clendaniel,
Enumclaw, WA/ USA  http://tinyurl.com/2dnldb
Jodi Cobb
Washington, D.C. / USA  http://tinyurl.com/243xll
Eileen Cowin / Los Angeles, CA / USA  http://tinyurl.com/6q5wpx
Julia Dean,
Venice, CA / USA  http://tinyurl.com/2hq99k
Barbara Ess,
New York City, NY/ USA  http://tinyurl.com/2tbvph
Jean Ferro,
Los Angeles, CA / USA  http://tinyurl.com/yqr4k5
Irene Fertik,
Los Angeles, CA/ USA  http://tinyurl.com/2szzhx
Martine Franck,
Paris / FRANCE  http://tinyurl.com/ypyfds
Anne Geddes,
Sydney  /AUSTRALIA   http://tinyurl.com/279q34
Judy Ellis Glickman,
Cape Cod, ME / USA   http://tinyurl.com/6boojq
Nan Goldin,
New York City, NY / USA  http://tinyurl.com/2aww52
Lynn Goldsmith,
New York, CO / USA   http://tinyurl.com/2mnja7
Annie Griffiths Belt,
Great Falls, VA / USA http://tinyurl.com/36vzfa
Candida Höfer,
Cologne / GERMANY http://tinyurl.com/22cztk
Miyako Ishiuchi,
Tokyo / JAPAN  http://tinyurl.com/yvptp4
Graciela Iturbide, 
Coyoacán / MEXICO  http://tinyurl.com/yt2twm
Barbara Kruger,
New York, Los Angeles / USA  http://tinyurl.com/6h63l9
Helen Levitt,
New York City, NY/ USA   http://tinyurl.com/3a5atq
Sally Mann,
Lexington, VA / USA  http://tinyurl.com/259pfr   
Susan Meiselas,
New York City, NY/ USA   http://tinyurl.com/2n9vnr
Sheila Metzner,
Lexington, VA / USA  http://tinyurl.com/2q7xjt
Sarah Moon,
Paris / FRANCE   http://tinyurl.com/225ld8
Lida Moser,
Rockville, MD / USA  http://tinyurl.com/2yjsan
Jean Pagliuso, New York City, NY / USA http://tinyurl.com/5j6ur7
Bettina Rheims,
Paris / FRANCE   http://tinyurl.com/2tj4wt
Bonnie Schiffman 
Cindy Sherman,
New York City, NY / USA   http://tinyurl.com/3493o8
Alice Springs/June Newton ,
Principato di Monaco/ MONTE CARLO  http://tinyurl.com/2jyab8
Catherine Steinmann,
New York City, NY/ USA  http://tinyurl.com/24hq8q
Deborah Turbeville,
New York City, NY/ USA   http://tinyurl.com/ysdb8m
Michelle Vignes,
San Francisco, CA / USA   http://tinyurl.com/35ho3v
Deborah Willis,
Philadelphia, PA/ USA  http://tinyurl.com/2seu9x
Joyce Wilson,
Santa Barbara, CA / USA  http://tinyurl.com/4kw787
Pat York,
Los Angeles, CA / USA   http://tinyurl.com/25vm2l

 E S T A B L I S H E D    PHOTOGRAPHER  LIST:      15 - 25   years


Jane Fulton Alt, Chicago, IL / USA  http://tinyurl.com/yrdsa4
Amy Arbus,
New York City, NY/ USA  http://tinyurl.com/35zhua
Zohra Bensemra,
Algiers / No. AFRICA http://www.bensemra.com  http://tinyurl.com/2okyfl
Nina Berman,
New York City, NY/ USA  http://tinyurl.com/3c778e http://tinyurl.com/4fxvcg
Zarina Bhimji,
London, UK /Berlin/ GERMANY http://tinyurl.com/36jn9n
Renée C. Byer,
Seattle, WA /USA  http://tinyurl.com/2y8h2l
Rineke Dijkstra,  Sittard / NETHERLANDS  http://tinyurl.com/5esh7n
Donna Ferrato,
New York City, NY/ USA  http://tinyurl.com/2svoff
Kattia Garcia,
Havana / CUBA  http://tinyurl.com/ytvpvu
Claire Garoutte,
Seattle, WA / USA   http://tinyurl.com/2pbtvh
Carol Guzy,
Arlington, VA / USA  http://tinyurl.com/45soju  http://tinyurl.com/494b7b
Lizzie Himmel,
NYC, NY/ USA  http://tinyurl.com/6n2rxk  http://www.lizziehimmel.net
Connie Imboden,
Baltimore, MD / USA http://tinyurl.com/2l95kq
Karen Kasmauski,
NewYork City, NY/ USA  http://tinyurl.com/2f5m8v
Elaine Ling,
Ontario, CANADA  http://tinyurl.com/3jdp6c
Joyce P. Lopez,
Chicago, IL / USA  http://tinyurl.com/256qmm    http://tinyurl.com/3gsdsm
Diana Lui,
Paris / France  http://tinyurl.com/2h24tt    http://tinyurl.com/2gkzfc
Andrea Modica,
  Manitou Springs, CO / USA  http://tinyurl.com/ytwbgq
Karin Apollonia Müller,
Heidelberg / GERMANY  http://tinyurl.com/263uph
Catherine Opie,
Los Angeles, CA/ USA  http://tinyurl.com/2uweod
Patrizia Pulga,
Bologna / ITALY   http://tinyurl.com/2m2k7u
Patricia D. Richards,
Plano, TX / USA  http://tinyurl.com/2at9v2  http://tinyurl.com/4nycfn
Judith Joy Ross,
Bethlehem, PA / USA  http://tinyurl.com/2av94r
Stephanie Sinclair,
Chicago, IL/ USA / AFGHANISTAN  http://tinyurl.com/2wxslx  
Maria Stenzel,
Falls Church, VA / USA  http://tinyurl.com/34lswr
Helen Stummer,
Metuchen, NJ /USA  http://tinyurl.com/3hmpzp  http://tinyurl.com/yto7bb
Maggie Taylor,
Gainesville, Fl / USA  http://tinyurl.com/2eeqqy   
Sara Terry,
Los Angeles, CA / USA   http://tinyurl.com/33b3m9
Hullea Tsinhnahjinnie,
Davis, CA / USA  http://tinyurl.com/2mo2bm   http://tinyurl.com/35qooy
Ilona Wellman,
Gummersbach / GERMANY http://tinyurl.com/285kvh

 E M E R G I N G     PHOTOGRAPHER  LIST       5 - 15   years


Ana Laura Alaéz, Madrid / SPAIN http://tinyurl.com/2ch6gu
Patricia Aridjis,
Mexico City/ MEXICO
Narelle Autio/ 
AUSTRALIA http://tinyurl.com/2lg6fn
Bianca Brunner,
London / UK  http://tinyurl.com/2ejc4w
Lalla Essaydi,  
New York City, NY/ MOROCCO  http://tinyurl.com/ywmtla
Gauri Gill,
New Delhi / INDIA    http://tinyurl.com/36ur98   http://tinyurl.com/3ctpnn  
Lauren Greenfield,
Venice, CA, / USA   http://tinyurl.com/27vdty
Claudia Guadarrama,
Mexico City / MEXICO  http://tinyurl.com/36stju
Brigitte Lustenberger,
Bern, Switzerland  http://tinyurl.com/3djok4
Loretta Lux,
Dresden / EAST GERMANY http://tinyurl.com/2yn7pp
Mary McCartney,
London / UK  http://tinyurl.com/5rneoj
Erin Manning,
Manhattan Beach, CA / USA http://tinyurl.com/27nx9a
Rania Matar,
Lebanon /Boston, MA / USA  http://tinyurl.com/28kate
Heather McClintock,
New York City, NY/USA  http://tinyurl.com/22ccj4
Lizzie Sadin,
FRANCE  http://tinyurl.com/2g92wm   http://tinyurl.com/2g92wm
Elizabeth Siegfried,
Toronto /CANADA  http://tinyurl.com/ytkzwf   
Marla Sweeney,
Boston, MA / USA  http://tinyurl.com/2hplsm
Hazel Thompson,
London / UK  http://tinyurl.com/6z5ncm
Helen Van Meene,
Heiloo / NETHERLANDS  http://tinyurl.com/3cxvqb
Carrie Villines,
Brooklyn, NY/ USA  http://tinyurl.com/ytyber

 D E B U T A N T E      PHOTOGRAPHER  LIST     1 - 5  years


Mariliana Arvelo, 
Caracas, VENEZUELA  http://tinyurl.com/357pml
Julia Milner Bochkova,
Moscow / RUSSUA  http://tinyurl.com/ytv75a
Susan Burnstein,
Los Angeles, CA/ USA  http://tinyurl.com/2b3xpa
Véronique de Viguerie,
Paris / FRANCE  http://tinyurl.com/2wyocc
Alla Esipovich,
St. Petersburg / RUSSIA  http://tinyurl.com/2cmehg   http://tinyurl.com/35mh3y
Shadi Ghadirian,
Tehran/ IRAN  http://tinyurl.com/29otg3
Catherine Hall, 
New York City, NY/ USA  http://tinyurl.com/4dmgg7
Karolina Marcinkowska,
Lodz / POLAND  http://tinyurl.com/yohk5g
Ami Vitale,
Kashmir / INDIA  http://tinyurl.com/2a4e7e
Miwa Yanagi,
Kyoto / JAPAN
  http://tinyurl.com/2mzqb4  http://tinyurl.com/3kumkf


NOMINATED - Honorable Mention     CLICK HERE

Women In Photography International 2008

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