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The new exhibit "Who's Afraid of Women Photographers? 1839-1945," presented in two parts at Musée de l’Orangerie and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, celebrates 150 years of photography by women in an era when they weren’t given their due. Artists include pioneering women like Dorothea Lange, who is acclaimed for her photojournalism during the Great Depression, and Julia Margaret Cameron, who took innovative portraits in the 19th century. The exhibit features portraits, candids, fantastical staged photography, and photojournalism. Check out these stunning photographs and obsess over these strong women who kicked ass and took names in a male-dominated field.

a03. Bourke White Self portrait

Margaret Bourke-White


07. Johnston Autoportrait en travestie velocipediste

Frances Benjamin Johnston

01. Cameron Vivien and Merlin

Julia Margaret Cameron

03. Cameron Mrs Herbert Duckwort 12 avril 1867

Julia Margaret Cameron

a12. Kanaga Annie mae

Consuelo Kanaga, Annie Mae Merriweather

a01. Bernhard embryo


Ruth Bernharda05. Bernhard doll

Ruth Bernhard

09. Broom Young Suffragettes

Christina Broom

16. S. Hoare Indigene copy

 S. Hoare

Images Via Feature Shoot, Top Image: Alice Austen

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