Women Photographers

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Throughout history, there have been many women photographers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Helena Christensen, Diane Arbus, Shirin Neshat, Berenice Abbott.The women photographers featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.
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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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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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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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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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Leni Riefenstahl
(Film Director, Photographer and Actress Known for Her Seminal Role in Producing Nazi Propaganda)
Leni Riefenstahl
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Birthdate: August 22, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: September 8, 2003

Leni Riefenstahl was a German film director and actress best remembered for her role in producing Nazi propaganda. She made her directorial debut in 1932, becoming one of the few women to direct a movie during the Weimar Period. Riefenstahl is credited with directing two of the most technically innovative propaganda films of all time, Olympia and Triumph des Willens.

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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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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
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Gina Lollobrigida
(Actress, Photojournalist)
Gina Lollobrigida
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Birthdate: July 4, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Subiaco, Italy

Gina Lollobrigida is an Italian actress and photojournalist counted amongst the highest-profile European actresses of the 1950s and 1960s. Considered a  sex symbol in her youth, she had a successful career both in the film and TV industries. She later built a second career as a photojournalist. She is a recipient of the NIAF Lifetime Achievement 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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Helena Christensen
(Danish Model, Co-founder of 'Nylon' Magazine, Former Beauty Queen and ‘Victoria's Secret Angel’)
Helena Christensen
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Birthdate: December 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Helena Christensen is a Danish photographer and supermodel. A former beauty queen, clothing designer, and Victoria's Secret Angel, Christensen has been featured on cover pages of magazines, such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Well-known for her philanthropic activities, Christensen has participated in campaigns to raise awareness about climate change. She has also launched fundraising campaigns to fight against breast cancer.

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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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Julia Margaret Cameron
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Birthdate: June 11, 1815
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kolkata
Died: January 26, 1879

Julia Margaret Cameron was a British photographer best remembered for her close-up portraits of popular Victorian men. Widely regarded as one of the 19th century's most important portraitists, Cameron is credited with capturing the beauty and innocence of children, women, and men. Julia Margaret Cameron is also credited with popularizing the close-ups in photography.

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Gerda Taro
(The First Woman Photojournalist to Have Died While Covering the Frontline in a War)
Gerda Taro
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Birthdate: August 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
Died: July 26, 1937

Gerda Taro was a German Jewish war photographer who was active during the Spanish Civil War. As a young woman, she became interested in Leftist politics. She then became involved with photographer Robert Capa and began her own career in photojournalism. She died in 1937 while covering the frontline during the Spanish Civil War.  

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Dora Maar
(Photographer, Painter)
Dora Maar
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Birthdate: November 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 16, 1997

Born to a French mother and a Croatian father, Dora Maar spent her childhood in Argentina and later studied art in Paris. The renowned surrealist artist and photographer later gained fame as Pablo Picasso’s lover and muse, and was featured in his paintings such as Weeping Woman.

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Mary McCartney
(Photographer)
Mary McCartney
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Birthdate: August 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

Mary McCartney is a British photographer best known as the daughter of Linda and Paul McCartney. McCartney is credited with capturing portraits of popular personalities like Jude Law, Ralph Fiennes, and Sam Taylor-Wood. Apart from being a photographer, Mary McCartney is also an animal rights activist. She is a Global Ambassador for initiatives like Green Monday and Meat Free Monday.

Minnie Weisz
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Minnie Weisz is an English visual artist and photographer. Weisz specializes in a technique called camera obscura which she uses to turn rooms into cameras. Minnie Weisz is also known as the younger sister of Academy Award-winning actress Rachel Weisz.

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Melissa Auf der Maur
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Birthdate: March 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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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.

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Amanda de Cadenet
(Photographer, Actress and Television Presenter)
Amanda de Cadenet
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Birthdate: May 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England

Amanda de Cadenet is an English author, photographer, and media personality. As a photographer, De Cadenet has worked for popular magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Jane, and Spin. Amanda de Cadenet has also appeared in a couple of films like Grace of My Heart and The Rachel Papers.

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Margaret Trudeau
(Author, Actress)
Margaret Trudeau
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Birthdate: September 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
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Deborah Foreman
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Birthdate: October 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montebello, California, USA
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Claude Cahun
(Former surrealist photographer, sculptor best known as a writer and self-portraitist, who assumed a variety of performative personae)
Claude Cahun
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Birthdate: October 25, 1894
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: December 8, 1954

Claude Cahun was a French sculptor, surrealist photographer, and writer. He is best remembered for his work as a self-portraitist and writer. Apart from his primary career, Claude Cahun also played a major role in the Second World War, serving as a propagandist and resistance worker.

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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
 37 
Gisela Getty
(Photographer)
Gisela Getty
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Birthdate: April 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kassel, Germany

German photographer Gisela Getty is known as an icon of the ’68 movement. She; her boyfriend, J. Paul Getty III; and her sister, Jutta, had once shared a bed, as a "threesome." She made headlines when she got married to Paul after he was released following a scandalous abduction.

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Astrid Kirchherr
(Photographer)
Astrid Kirchherr
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Birthdate: May 20, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: May 12, 2020

Astrid Kirchherr was a German photographer and artist who was famous for the photographs she took of the original band members of the Beatles. She wanted to study fashion designing as a young woman but shifted to photography at the recommendation of a teacher. She later became acquainted with the Beatles and took several iconic photographs of them. 

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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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Inge Morath
(Photographer)
Inge Morath
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Birthdate: May 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Graz, Austria
Died: January 30, 2002
 41 
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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Scarlet Page
(Photographer)
Scarlet Page
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Birthdate: March 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England

Scarlet Page is a British photographer best known as the daughter of popular musician and multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Page. Over the years, Scarlet Page has worked for popular publications like Raw Magazine. She has also been involved in projects with celebrities and bands like Robbie Williams, The Rolling Stones, The Black Crowes, and Linkin Park. 

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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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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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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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Yelena Yemchuk
(Photographer)
Yelena Yemchuk
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Birthdate: April 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
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Hannah Höch
(German Dada Artis Known for Her Work of the Weimar Period and One of the Originators of 'Photomontage')
Hannah Höch
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Birthdate: November 1, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gotha, Germany
Died: May 31, 1978

Apart from being the only female member of the Berlin Dada group, German artist Hannah Höch was also the pioneer of the photomontage form of art. Her works explored the sexually and financially independent New Woman and challenged gender stereotypes. She also experimented with textiles and patterns.

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Emmanuelle Riva
(Former Actress best known for her roles in the films Hiroshima mon amour (1959) and Amour (2012))
Emmanuelle Riva
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Birthdate: February 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cheniménil, France
Died: January 27, 2017

Emmanuelle Riva was a French actress best remembered for her portrayal of Anne Laurent in the 2012 romantic drama film Amour for which she won the prestigious César Award as well as a BAFTA Award. Riva achieved national recognition when she played the lead role in the 1959 film Hiroshima mon amour for which she earned a BAFTA Award nomination.

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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.