Hundred+ Heroines: 50 new names

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An-My Lê, Cindy Sherman, Deana Lawson and Ute Mahler are among the 50 new names added to Hundred+ Heroines: a growing list celebrating contemporary women photographers

Two years ago today, on the 100th anniversary since women secured the vote in Britain, a list of 100 women photographers was announced by the UK’s Royal Photographic Society. Hundred Heroines was compiled from 1300 nominations by the general public, with each photographer awarded a Margaret Harker medal — named after the first female president of The Royal Photographic Society, and the first female professor of photography in the UK. The list aimed to reflect and highlight the global influence of female practitioners working in what is still a male-dominated industry. Now, the list is growing, and an additional 50 artists have been announced.

The new additions include some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Annie Liebowitz and Cindy Sherman, and comprises photographers from all over the world, from India to Namibia, Mexico and Iran. Included in these latest additions are practitioners such as Alinka Echeverria, whose work explicitly reframes the legacy of early photography from a feminist perspective, and Lola Flash, who uses photography to challenge gender, sexual and racial stereotypes.

In a statement provided by the organisation, founder Del Barrett said: “We’re excited by the names on this list, but there’s still so much incredible work which isn’t being recognised. The mission of Hundred Heroines remains vital: it is imperative that our journey continues.”

The full list of Hundred+ Heroines can be viewed on the organisation’s website.

Marigold Warner

Marigold Warner joined the British Journal Photography in April 2018, and currently holds the position of Online Editor. She studied English Literature and History of Art at the University of Leeds, followed by an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London. Her work has been published by titles including the Telegraph Magazine, Huck, Gal-dem, Disegno, and the Architects Journal.