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Anna Atkins

Anna Atkins may not have been the first woman to ever take a photograph – that honour looks likely to have gone to Constance Fox Talbot in around 1839 – but she is the first woman known to have been a photographer. Atkins had access to a camera as early as 1841. She learned both 'photogenic drawing' and the calotype process from William Henry Fox Talbot, but it is her work with Herschel's cyanotype process that she is justly famous for.

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Lee Miller: Even heroes have to face their demons

The first time I was confronted with Lee Miller's work was probably an unconscious encounter with pictures of the liberation of Buchenwald and Dachau. I grew up in Germany and no German education is complete without a visit to a concentration camp. This means that I must have been confronted with her gruesome concentration camp pictures very early on without even knowing that it was Lee Miller who took these photographs.

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Imogen Cunningham - I can always stay with people, because they really are different

Imogen Cunningham’s career spanned just shy of 70 years. She was one of America’s finest photographers and one of very few great portrait photographers. Her breadth and versatility stood the test of time, shooting everything from botanicals, soft-focus Pictorialism, sharp modernism, portraits through to street photography.

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Gunnie Moberg - It has to do with space...

Gun (Gunnie) Margoth Moberg was a prominent Scottish photo-journalist and photographer who lived in Orkney from 1976 until her death on the 31st October 2007....Her photojournalism career began almost by accident when an American plane, a Tomcat, crashed into the sea nearby, and she was able to persuade a pilot to take her to view and photograph the wreckage. These photographs sold to the National papers for a substantial sum, and she became their source for news photographs in the far islands of Orkney, Shetland and the Faroes.

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Lee Miller - A hero both in an artistic and a literal sense

When we think of the greats of photojournalism during the Second World War, we usually remember Robert Capa's D-Day coverage that got partly melted by a lab technician. He was not the only one covering front line fighting though and among those photographers who stood their ground in the middle of flying bullets was none other than model and surrealist photographer become photojournalist Lee Miller (1907-1977).

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Carrie Mae Weems - I move around with an old beat-up camera, a fucked-up tripod, and as much film as I can carry

On November 2nd 2014 Carrie Mae Weems, the world-renowned photographer, artist and activist, will be given a Lucie Award for her achievement in Fine Arts. Weems received her first camera at age twenty when she was working in the labour movement as a union organizer, and at first she used her camera in support of this work. She was inspired to pursue photography more seriously after she came across 'The Black Photography Annual', a book of images by African-American photographers, and in 1983 she held her first exhibition - a collection of images and words called 'Family Pictures and Stories'.

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Grete Stern - Photomontages for a psychoanalysis column

Back in 1948 when German photographer Grete Stern was commissioned to produce photo-montages for the psychoanalysis column of the Argentinian women's magazine Idilio she didn't know how to use Photoshop. In fact Photoshop didn't even exist yet, even though this seems entirely unimaginable now! Still, this didn't keep her, a scholar of the prestigious Bauhaus, from creating some of the most stunning and surreal montages that we have seen so far.

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Dorothea Lange - The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera

It has been 49 years since Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965) passed on. However her photography has been widely disseminated and it’s easily recognised. During her employment with the US Farm Security Administration (FSA), Lange documented poverty in rural areas and the exploitation of migrant labourers. The woman in the photo below is of Florence Owens Thompson with her two young children and baby - it is well known as Lange’s ‘Migrant Mother’.

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