This site has been developed to acknowledge the accomplishments of women photojournalists during the film era, decades before the advent of digital cameras. Also referred to as “The Silent Generation,” it refers to a time when a few courageous women first entered the photojournalism work force and simply did the work without fanfare but with steely determination. They worked side by side with men on a daily basis at newspapers, magazines, wire services, and photo agencies. They reported from foreign war zones, the streets of our towns and cities across America, and everywhere in between. A generation of courageous and fearless women who embraced all that came with the job. For many the work came first.
Everyone included on this list is a woman who in her own right has made her mark in photojournalism. They did so often with stoicism and pride. Women have always had a voice. It’s shown through their work and courage. The women on this list have their own unique stories and all are trailblazers! The attributes that photojournalism require, the incredible mental and physical strength necessary to navigate fast-moving, often dangerous situations, the warrior-like determination and fortitude, the relentless commitment, intelligence and artistry behind the camera, is readily manifest in the work of the women on this list. Respect!
We encourage educators to use information on this site as a teaching and reference tool.