American Female Photographers

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 1 Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz.
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Famous As: Portrait Photographer
Birthdate: October 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.

Anna-Lou Leibovitz is an American portrait photographer whose career is defined by intimate photographs of celebrities, as exemplified by her famous portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, hours before the English musician’s murder. The Rolling Stone magazine provided the platform for her photographic talent during the early years of her career. She was involved in a controversy over an apparent topless photo of Miley Cyrus.

 2 Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus.
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: March 14, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: July 26, 1971
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 3 Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange.
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: May 26, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
Died: October 11, 1965

 4 Linda McCartney

Linda McCartney.
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Famous As: Photographer, Musician
Birthdate: September 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: April 17, 1998
Linda McCartney, the first wife of Paul McCartney, formed the band Wings with her husband, after the Beatles disbanded. An animal rights activist, she wrote several vegetarian cookbooks, apart from launching Linda McCartney Foods. She was also a skilled photographer and published a photo book. She died of breast cancer.  

 5 Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman.
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Famous As: Photographer, Film director
Birthdate: January 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glen Ridge

 6 Alexandra Hedison

Alexandra Hedison.
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Famous As: Photographer, Actress, Director
Birthdate: July 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Alexandra Hedison is a renowned photographer and has exhibited her creations at numerous galleries, throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has also appeared in the series The L Word and Nash Bridges. Openly lesbian, she has dated Ellen DeGeneres in the past and is now married to Jodie Foster.

 7 Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: February 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: April 21, 2009

Vivian Maier was an American street photographer whose works received critical acclaim after her death. Maier's photographs were unpublished during her lifetime. However, her works went viral on the internet when it was published on Flickr five months after her death. Vivian Maier's life and work have inspired documentary films like Finding Vivian Maier.

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 8 Linda Fiorentino

Linda Fiorentino.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Linda Fiorentino is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Bridget Gregory in the 1994 neo-noir erotic thriller film The Last Seduction, for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination and won a couple of prestigious awards, including the New York Film Critics Circle Award.

 9 Ann Curry

Ann Curry
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 19, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hagåtña, Guam

Born to a Japanese mother and an American father, journalist Ann Curry is best known for her extensive war reporting and has covered disturbances from areas such as Syria and Afghanistan. The Emmy Award-winning journalist has had a long stint on NBC. She also supports cancer research.

 10 Cynthia Daniel

Cynthia Daniel.
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: March 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida

Cynthia Daniel is a photographer and former actress. The twin sister of Brittany Daniel, Cynthia followed in the footsteps of her sister to become an actress. However, she retired from acting in 1997 and chose to become a photographer, even as her twin sister Brittany Daniel continued to pursue acting.

 11 Susan Mikula

Susan Mikula.
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Famous As: Photographer, Rachel Maddow’s Partner
Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States
Self-taught photographer Susan Mikula is known for using old Polaroids and pinhole cameras to create her masterpieces. She was an accountant earlier and has also worked for the U.S. consulate in Mexico. The LGBT icon is in a long-term relationship with her partner, journalist and TV personality Rachel Maddow.

 12 Berry Berenson

Berry Berenson.
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Murray Hill, New York City, New York
Died: September 11, 2001

Berry Berenson was an American actress, photographer, and model. Apart from appearing on films alongside actors like Jeff Bridges and Anthony Perkins, Berenson also contributed as a photographer; her works were featured in popular magazines like Newsweek, Glamour, Vogue, and Life. Berry Berenson died aboard American Airlines Flight 11 during the September 11 attacks. 

 13 Francesca Hilton

Francesca Hilton
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: January 15, 2015

Born into luxury, comedian Francesca Hilton was the only child of Hilton founder Conrad Hilton and Hollywood star Zsa Zsa Gabor. It was later revealed that Francesca was born out of marital rape, and her parents divorced before her birth. Hilton left her a scanty fortune, and she died in poverty.

 14 Koo Stark

Koo Stark.
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Famous As: Actress, Photographer
Birthdate: April 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Renowned photographer Koo Stark has held numerous exhibitions. Her works have also been showcased at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has also been an actor and a model, and has been in the news for her relationship with Britain’s Prince Andrew. Stark is a cancer survivor. 

 15 Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Bourke-White
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Famous As: Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist
Birthdate: June 14, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: August 27, 1971

 16 Arlene Alda

Arlene Alda.
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Famous As: Musician, Photographer, Writer
Birthdate: March 12, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, New York

 17 Tasya van Ree

Tasya van Ree.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mililani, Hawaii, United States

Tasya van Ree is a popular American painter and photographer, known for her keen interests in visual presentation and mixed media. Also known for her distinctive sense of fashion, Tasya believes that people become what they wear. An openly gay celebrity, she serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community. She has dated personalities like Amber Heard and Caroline Vreeland.

 18 Tipper Gore

Tipper Gore
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Famous As: Advocate
Birthdate: August 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Mary Elizabeth Gore, better known as Tipper Gore, was married to former American president Al Gore. She had a major role in establishing the Parents Music Resource Center, which made CDs carry parental advisory stickers, to prevent their children from listening to music laced with profanity.

 19 Tabitha Soren

Tabitha Soren
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Antonio San Antonio, Texas

 20 Sally Mann

Sally Mann
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: May 1, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lexington

Sally Mann is an American photographer whose works prompted Time magazine to name her America's Best Photographer in the year 2001. She is best known for releasing photography books such as At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women, Still Time, and Immediate Family. Her photographs are displayed in popular art museums like Metropolitan Museum of Art and National Gallery of Art.

 21 Deborah Foreman

Deborah Foreman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montebello, California, USA

 22 Susan Ford

Susan Ford
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 6, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., U.S.

 23 Francesca Woodman

Francesca Woodman
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Denver
Died: January 19, 1981

 24 Jill Gibson

Jill Gibson
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Famous As: Painter, Photographer, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 25 Laurie Simmons

Laurie Simmons
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: October 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Long Island

 26 Mary Ellen Mark

Mary Ellen Mark
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Famous As: Photographer, Photojournalist, Screenwriter, Journalist
Birthdate: March 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: May 25, 2015

 27 Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: September 12, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

 28 Imogen Cunningham

Imogen Cunningham
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 12, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: June 23, 1976

 29 Stephanie Sheh

Stephanie Sheh
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Famous As: Voice actor, Actor, Screenwriter, Audio engineer, Television producer, Photographer, Singer
Birthdate: April 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kalamazoo

 30 Holly Randall

Holly Randall
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: September 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hollywood

 31 Lee Miller

Lee Miller.
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 23, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
Died: July 27, 1977

 32 Carrie Nuttall

Carrie Nuttall.
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: November 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

 33 Sylvia Plachy

Sylvia Plachy
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: May 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

 34 Yelena Yemchuk

Yelena Yemchuk
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

 35 Berenice Abbott

Berenice Abbott.
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Famous As: American photographer
Birthdate: July 17, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio
Died: December 9, 1991

 36 Lena Herzog

Lena Herzog
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Yekaterinburg Ekaterinburg, Russian SFSR

 37 Jennifer Lyon

Jennifer Lyon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boulder City
Died: January 19, 2010

 38 Taryn Simon

Taryn Simon
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: February 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York

 39 Eve Arnold

Eve Arnold
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Famous As: Journalist, Photographer, Photojournalist
Birthdate: April 21, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: January 4, 2012

 40 Catherine Leroy

Catherine Leroy
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Famous As: Photojournalist
Birthdate: August 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 8, 2006

 41 Bunny Yeager

Bunny Yeager
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Famous As: photographer, model
Birthdate: March 13, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Died: May 25, 2014

 42 Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 20, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States

 43 Gene Stratton-Porter

Gene Stratton-Porter
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 17, 1863
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lagro, Indiana, U.S
Died: December 6, 1924

 44 Gertrude Käsebier

Gertrude Käsebier
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: May 18, 1852
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Des Moines
Died: October 12, 1934

 45 Lorna Simpson

Lorna Simpson
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: August 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 46 Helen Levitt

Helen Levitt
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Famous As: Photographer, Cinematographer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: August 31, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: March 29, 2009

Photographer Helen Levitt is remembered as one of the most celebrated street photographers of her time. Her works, depicting New York City, were later published as A Way of Seeing: Photographs of New York. Her subjects were mostly underprivileged children. She had also been a cinematographer for documentary films.

 47 Nancy Holt

Nancy Holt
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 8, 2014

 48 Audrey Flack

Audrey Flack
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: May 30, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 49 Julie Bell

Julie Bell
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Famous As: Artist, Illustrator
Birthdate: October 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas, United States

 50 Sherrie Levine

Sherrie Levine
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 17, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hazelton, Pennsylvania, United States