Let’s celebrate Women’s History Month by honoring these talented photographers.
By Alanna Vagianos, Women’s Editor, and Damon Dahlen,Staff Photographer/Photo Editor
The Huffington Post, Black Voices, March 17, 2016 —
Photography is an integral tool that gives us a glimpse into a world of experiences that can be so different from our own. It allows us to connect with people and places we may never have come across otherwise.
A powerful image demands our full attention, but the perspective of the person who created it can tell an even richer story.
To celebrate Women’s History Month this March, we’ve collected 35 powerful images taken by photographers who are women. The images include Dorothea Lange’s iconic Great Depression photos and the war photography of photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, who lost her life covering Afghanistan in 2014. These women and their work capture the human condition at its most honest.
Images can become as much a part of history as the moment they capture. And in that sense, women have been capturing history as long as they have been making it.
While it’s impossible to include every photographer we love on this list, take a look at 35 extremely talented women telling history through their lenses.
Images are listed from most recent to oldest.
Photographer: Allison Shelley, 2015
Miyoshia Bailey cries as she describes how her only son, Cortez Bailey, 23, was shot to death in Chicago, Illinois. The press conference on Capital Hill in Washington, D.C. featured supporters of gun control and family members of gun violence victims.
Photographer: Asmaa Waguih, 2015
A female Kurdistan Workers Party fighter stands near a security position in Sinjar, Iraq on March 13, 2015. Similar to their male counterparts, these female fighters have to be ready for action at any time. Many of the women have cut links with their families back home; the fighters come from all corners of the Kurdish region.
Photographer: Astrid Riecken, 2015
A man reaches out to a large rainbow flag which is waving in support of gay marriage in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on April 28, 2015.
Photographer: Paula Bronstein, 2015
Refugees arriving to the island of Lesbos fall out of a boat as it capsizes landing in rough seas coming from Turkey on October 31, 2015 in Lesbos, Greece.
Photographer: Amanda Lucidon, 2015
The First Lady snuggles against the President during a video taping for the 2015 World Expo in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on March 27, 2015
Photographer: Andreea Campeanu, 2014
A man displaced by the fighting in Bor County, South Sudan arrives in the port in Minkaman in Awerial County, Lakes State in South Sudan. This photo was taken on January 15, 2014.
Photographer: Carolyn Cole, 2014
During the Baltimore riots in 2014, police attempt to disperse a group of media and civilians after the 10 p.m. curfew after bottles and fireworks were thrown. This photo was taken on April, 28, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Photographer: Mary F. Calvert, 2013
Protestors Tanisha Rollins and Nicole Cowan hold iced tea and Skittles at a “Justice for Trayvon Martin” vigil on July 20, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Photographer: Camille Lepage, 2013
A member of the Lou Nuer tribe comes back home in the Yuai village in South Sudan on July 23, 2013 after fighting against the rebel group of Yau Yau also in South Sudan.
Photographer: Katie Falkenberg, 2011
Groundskeeper Sammy Treto’s shadow is cast onto a casket as he lowers it below ground following a graveside service in Altadena, California on May 23, 2011.
Photographer: Anja Niedringhaus, 2011
On June 4, 2011, injured U.S. Marine Cpl. Burness Britt reacts after being lifted onto a medevac helicopter. German photographer Anja Niedringhaus, 48, was killed on April 4, 2014 when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan.
Photographer: Insiya Syed, 2011
Memoona, a 23-year-old survivor of an acid attack, poses for a photograph inside her home in Karachi, Pakistan on December 14, 2011. Memoona says the acid attack took place on August 13, 2002, when a boy threw acid on her face and body over an old family feud.
Photographer: Liz O. Baylen, 2009
Veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Kristina Ripatti, was shot and paralyzed from the chest down while pursuing a suspect. In this photo, Ripatto works out with her personal trainer Lou Sidella on September 10, 2009.
Photographer: Marvi Lacar, 2008
Male prisoners are crammed inside the detention cells of the Pasig City Police Headquarters on December 12, 2008 in Metro Manila, Philippines. As many as 20 to 30 men occupy the 8 by 10 feet cells for one to six months.
Photographer: Maya Alleruzzo, 2007
An injured Iraqi child is treated by medics at a patrol base near Baghdad after a mortar strike injured two girls in the town of Arab Jabour, Iraq on December 11, 2007.
Photographer: Jill M. Dougherty, 1996
Former First Lady of the United States Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea visit U.S. troops at Tuzla Air Base, Bosnia and Herzegovina on March 25, 1996.
Photographer: Barbara Alper, 1994
Men and women carry placards that read “Boycott Colorado” at the Gay Pride parade in New York City in June of 1994.
Photographer: Brigitte Hiss, 1989
A Trabi car crossing the border at the Bornholm Bridge in Wedding on November 10, 1989 during the fall of the Berlin wall.
Photographer: Patti Gower, 1989
A lot of time is spent watching television as young offenders wait for their sentences to expire, circa 1989.
Photographer: Erin Combs, 1984
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in Canada in 1984.
Photographer: Barbara Freeman, 1976
Women gather at a demonstration in support of passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in Pittsburgh, PA in 1976. Three foreground women’s signs read “Grandmas for the ERA” and “Grandmas N.O.W.” (National Organization for Women).
Photographer: Darlene Hammond, 1962
American actress Natalie Wood in 1962.
Photographer: Doreen Spooner, 1951
A young resident at the Tascosa boys’ ranch in Texas learns to read under the watchful eye of a teacher in February 1951. The ranch was set up as an alternative to reform school, to provide a refuge for boys from broken homes who might otherwise turn to a life of crime.
Photographer: Eleanor Butler Roosevelt, 1949
A photo of an open-air market in Taxco, Mexico in 194
Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White, 1946
Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi reads as he sits cross-legged on floor next to a spinning wheel which looms in the foreground as symbol of India’s struggle for independence
Photographer: Toni Frissell, 1945
View from below of four P-51 Mustangs flying in formation, near Ramitelli airbase in Italy in March of 1945.
Photographer: Esther Bubley, 1943
Two women ride on a streetcar in Washington, D.C. in 1943.
Photographer: Marjory Collins, 1942
Three soldiers smoke in the Pennsylvania railroad station in New York City during World War II. The photo was taken in August of 1942.
Photographer: Louise Rosskam, 1940
A woman sits on her front porch in Lincoln, Vermont in 1940.
Photographer: Marion Post Wolcott, 1938
Children of a coal miner in Pursglove, West Virginia in 1938.
Photographer: Dorothea Lange, 1936
Florence Owens Thompson, a 32-year-old mother of seven, in California during the Great Depression.
Photographer: Doris Ulmann, 1925
A photo of a laborer’s hands, taken in 1925.
Photographer: Jessie Tarbox Beals, 1915
Four young children load rocks into a wagon while a smaller chid sits on the ground playing with his toy pony cart in 1915.
Photographer: Gerhard Sisters, 1904
A photo of Chief Wolf Robe in 1904. The Southern Cheyenne chief sometimes believed to be the man whose profile was used on the Indian-head nickel.
Photographer: Gertrude Käsebier, 1902
A young African American woman working in the midst of clotheslines heavy with sheets and stockings in Newport, Rhode Island in 1902.