American Female Photographers

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Annie Leibovitz
(Portrait Photographer Who is Known for Her Engaging Portraits of Celebrities in Intimate Settings)
Annie Leibovitz
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Birthdate: October 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

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.

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Diane Arbus
(Photographer)
Diane Arbus
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Birthdate: March 14, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: July 26, 1971
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Robert Mapplethorpe
(American Photographer Best Known for His Black-And-White Photographs)
Robert Mapplethorpe
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Birthdate: November 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Floral Park, New York, United States
Died: March 9, 1989

Best known for his black and white photographs, Robert Mapplethorpe chose homoerotic themes to express himself. His male nudes reflected the gay BDSM subculture of New York. His works also included flowers, still lifes, and portraits of celebrities. The gay photographer-artist eventually died of aids.

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Dorothea Lange
(Photographer)
Dorothea Lange
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Birthdate: May 26, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
Died: October 11, 1965
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Cindy Sherman
(Photographer, Film director)
Cindy Sherman
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Birthdate: January 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glen Ridge
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Linda McCartney
(Photographer)
Linda McCartney
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Birthdate: September 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Scarsdale, 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.  
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Jena Malone
(Actress and Musician Who is Known for Her Roles in Both Independent Films and Mainstream Blockbuster Features)
Jena Malone
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Birthdate: November 21, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sparks, Nevada, United States

As a child actor, Jena Malone delivered a Saturn Award-winning performance in Contact. She later starred in Donnie Darko, Sucker Punch, Into the Wild. and The Hunger Games franchise. She also sings as part of Jena Malone and the Blood Stains and is a talented photographer who has held exhibitions.

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Vivian Maier
(American Street Photographer Whose Work was Discovered After Her Death)
Vivian Maier
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Birthdate: February 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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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Alexandra Hedison
(American Actress and Photographer Known for Her TV Series ‘The L Word’ and ‘Prey’)
Alexandra Hedison
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Birthdate: July 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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.
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Linda Fiorentino
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Birthdate: March 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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.

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Berry Berenson
(Actress, Model and Photographer)
Berry Berenson
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Birthdate: April 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Murray Hill, New York, United States
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. 

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Ann Curry
(Journalist)
Ann Curry
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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.

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Susan Mikula
(Photographer, Rachel Maddow’s Partner)
Susan Mikula
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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.
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Koo Stark
(American Photographer and Actress)
Koo Stark
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Birthdate: April 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, 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. 
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Margaret Bourke-White
(Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist)
Margaret Bourke-White
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Birthdate: June 14, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: August 27, 1971
 16 
Lee Miller
(Photographer)
Lee Miller
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Birthdate: April 23, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
Died: July 27, 1977
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Tasya van Ree
(Painter and Photographer)
Tasya van Ree
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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 
Deborah Foreman
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Birthdate: October 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montebello, California, USA
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Arlene Alda
(Musician, Photographer, Writer)
Arlene Alda
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Birthdate: December 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
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Sally Mann
(Photographer)
Sally Mann
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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.

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Tabitha Soren
(Journalist)
Tabitha Soren
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Birthdate: August 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Antonio San Antonio, Texas
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Susan Ford
(Journalist)
Susan Ford
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Birthdate: July 6, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., U.S.
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Stephanie Sheh
(Voice actress known for notable voice roles include Hinata Hyuga in the Naruto franchise, Orihime Inoue in Bleach)
Stephanie Sheh
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Birthdate: April 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
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Francesca Woodman
(Photographer)
Francesca Woodman
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Birthdate: April 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Denver
Died: January 19, 1981
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Nan Goldin
(Photographer)
Nan Goldin
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Birthdate: September 12, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
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Barbara Parkins
(Actress, Singer)
Barbara Parkins
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Birthdate: May 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Canadian-American actor Barbara Parkins was a 60s’ icon and is best remembered as Betty Anderson from the series Peyton Place and Anne Welles from the film Valley of the Dolls. The Emmy-nominated actor is now a wildlife activist and a photographer. She has also appeared in Playboy magazine.

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Laurie Simmons
(Photographer)
Laurie Simmons
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Birthdate: October 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Long Island
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Jill Gibson
(Painter, Photographer, Singer, Songwriter)
Jill Gibson
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Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles
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Imogen Cunningham
(Photographer)
Imogen Cunningham
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Birthdate: April 12, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: June 23, 1976
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Yelena Yemchuk
(Photographer)
Yelena Yemchuk
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Birthdate: April 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
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Sylvia Plachy
(Hungarian-American Photographer Best Known for Weekly Pictures in 'The Village Voice')
Sylvia Plachy
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Birthdate: May 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Born in Hungary, Sylvia Plachy fled to the US with her family after the Hungarian Revolution. Now a renowned photographer, she is mainly known for her stint with the US newsweekly The Village Voice. A Guggenheim fellow and a Lucie Award winner, she is also the mother of Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody.

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Ricky Lauren
(Writer)
Ricky Lauren
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Birthdate: June 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
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Carrie Nuttall
(Photographer)
Carrie Nuttall
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Birthdate: November 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
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Mary Ellen Mark
(Photographer, Photojournalist)
Mary Ellen Mark
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Birthdate: March 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 25, 2015
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Holly Randall
(Photographer)
Holly Randall
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Birthdate: September 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hollywood
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Berenice Abbott
(American photographer)
Berenice Abbott
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Birthdate: July 17, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio
Died: December 9, 1991
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Lena Herzog
(Photographer)
Lena Herzog
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Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Yekaterinburg Ekaterinburg, Russian SFSR
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Jennifer Lyon
(Former actress and television personality best known for her appearance on Survivor: Palau)
Jennifer Lyon
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Birthdate: February 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boulder City, Nevada, United States
Died: January 19, 2010
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Tina Modotti
(Photographer Known for Her Symbolic Close-Ups and Images of Mexican Workers)
Tina Modotti
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Birthdate: August 17, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Udine, Italy
Died: January 5, 1942

Italian-American photographer Tina Modotti was the daughter of migrant laborers in Austria. She later worked in a textile factory in Italy, before moving to the U.S., where she acted in Italian theater. Initially excelling in still lifes and portraits, she later gained fame for her signature close-ups of Mexican workers.

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Taryn Simon
(Photographer)
Taryn Simon
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Birthdate: February 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York
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Eve Arnold
(Journalist, Photographer, Photojournalist)
Eve Arnold
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Birthdate: April 21, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: January 4, 2012
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Catherine Leroy
(Photojournalist)
Catherine Leroy
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Birthdate: August 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 8, 2006

Catherine Leroy was a French-born American war photographer and photojournalist. She is best remembered for capturing scenes from the Vietnam War which appeared in major publications like Life magazine. Over the course of her illustrious career, Catherine Leroy won several prestigious awards, such as the George Polk Award in Journalism and the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award.

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Bunny Yeager
(photographer, model)
Bunny Yeager
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Birthdate: March 13, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Died: May 25, 2014
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Gene Stratton-Porter
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Birthdate: August 17, 1863
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lagro, Indiana, U.S
Died: December 6, 1924
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Vanessa Beecroft
(American Contemporary Performance Artist)
Vanessa Beecroft
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Birthdate: April 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy

Vanessa Beecroft is a contemporary performance artist who often works with professional models to stage tableaux vivants. In 2018, she used Kim Kardashian as her model for the release of the latter's perfume brand. A controversial personality, Vanessa Beecroft's unsuccessful attempt to adopt Sudanese twins inspired a derogative documentary titled The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins by Pietra Brettkelly.

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Carrie Mae Weems
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Birthdate: April 20, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
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Helen Levitt
(Photographer, Cinematographer, Screenwriter)
Helen Levitt
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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.

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Gertrude Käsebier
(Photographer)
Gertrude Käsebier
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Birthdate: May 18, 1852
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Des Moines
Died: October 12, 1934
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Lorna Simpson
(Photographer)
Lorna Simpson
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Birthdate: August 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Nancy Holt
(Artist)
Nancy Holt
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Birthdate: April 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 8, 2014